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Editorial: What is in Thy Hand?

This was the Lord’s question to His reluctant servant Moses1. What was in his hand? A rod it seemed an ordinary thing to Moses. He was likely familiar with it and it undoubtedly had served him well. But this ordinary rod became something quite extraordinary. It proved to demonstrate the supremacy of the God Moses served. It was soon to be called ‘the rod of God’2

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Holy Ambition

In Philippians chapter three Paul frames life in terms of winning and losing. ‘But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,…’ 3:7-8. In fact the idea looms large in his thinking as seen by his statement in chapter 1 and verse 21 ‘For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.’ 

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The Ages To Come

 

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7

The Christian life is lived in expectation of better things to come. This has always been the character of the one who lives by faith. Hebrews 11 reminds us: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God… These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from when they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better county, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared or them a city.”1

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Editorial: A Sober Read

Every Christian should read some Church history. The Pilgrim Church by E.H. Broadbent (available from Gospel Folio Press at www. gospelfolio.com) is a worthy choice of a book giving a good overview of the history of the church from the Day of Pentecost to the last century. At times the reading may be difficult as we are confronted with unfamiliar places and people, some with unpronounceable names, yet the cumulative effect of reading the entire history gives one a sober perspective on the church.

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