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The crumbs under thy Table

It is, perhaps, Thomas Cranmer’s most famous prayer.  Known as The Prayer of Humble Access, it is said prior to receiving the Lord’s Supper: “We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much […]

Pearl of great price

Recently a friend emailed me with a question.  He’s not yet a Christian but he’s been attending bible studies for a while.  The previous night they had used Christian-sounding language that he didn’t understand.  He wrote: “They asked me if I had ever ‘given my life to God.’  I was unsure.  What does that mean?  […]

Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden…

Jesus has hit something of a brick wall in His evangelism (Matthew 11:20-24).  He brings the living and life-giving word of God.  He answers every question with the wisdom of heaven.  He performs the mighty works of God.  He is like a little oasis of paradise walking around planet earth.  Everything that He touches turns […]

Good Samaritan

It’s one of the most famous stories Jesus ever told.  A beautiful stranger helps a man left for dead when his own people disdain and forsake him.  Those who ignore his sufferings are Levites and Priests – the holiest of the holy.  The stranger is a Samaritan – from that race of hated half-breeds to […]

The friend of sinners

The world is always judging Jesus.  At His birth much was made of His name (Matthew 1:18-25).  At His death the key issue was His identity (Matthew 26:63-65).  And the central question of the Gospels is “What think ye of Christ?”  (Matthew 22:42). Sometimes the labels He attracted were true and well-meant, as in “Behold […]

They that are whole need not a physician but they that are sick

Last week David Cameron called “pockets of our society… not just broken but, frankly, sick.”  He was referring not, of course, to politicians but to the riotous youth of Britain. Jesus says, there is a problem with moral and spiritual sickness – a deadly one.  Yet the far greater problem is people who deny their […]

…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life

Everything is relative.  By which I mean that all things correspond to God.  Even God corresponds to God and has His existence relative to God.  That is the doctrine of the Trinity. Therefore how much more ought the creature to properly relate to its Creator.  So the vital question arises, how should we correspond to […]

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…

Suppose I told you that anyone could drive my car.  What kind of car would you imagine?  And if I told you that anyone could have my car, what would you suppose?  Would you imagine a sports car?  Probably not.  More likely I was offering a rust bucket due for an expensive MOT. If we […]

Weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth

Sometimes the KJV translates it as “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28) Sometimes it says “wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:42, 50) Both are translations of the same Greek phrase.  (The King James is not as consistent as some like to make out).  Yet the popular reception of […]

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Here is a famous phrase from the bible.  Yet it’s not in the bible.  Not in as many words anyway.  Here’s how the King James Bible renders it: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”  (Matthew 7:12) […]