The Kingdom of God on Earth

There are different types of kingdom: the animal, plant and mineral kingdom; and the territory over which a king or queen have authority. There are relatively few monarchs today, but here in Britain we have a queen and she has some authority. Maybe you have a king, queen or other ruler in your country. To deal with our subject we have to ask certain questions: Do you have such loyalty for them that you would willingly die for them? Can the ruler live for ever and offer you the opportunity of everlasting life? Can they change the attitude of all nations so that they will be dedicated to serve them? Can they close all hospitals and offer good health to everyone without the need for medicine? Can they change nature itself, and make this world a paradise ? To most of these questions you probably answered ‘No’. The Coming King

New Life in Shunem

New Life in Shunem

Elijah and Elisha – 10 Like Samuel before him, Elisha seems to have moved around the land of Israel in a circuit, ensuring that God’s message was available to as many as possible. On these journeys he passed through Shunem on several occasions. Shunem was a town in the north of the land, in the territory of the tribe of Issachar. A Home from Home There was a woman living there who was obviously hospitable, persuading Elisha and his servant Gehazi to stay with her, and eat a meal with her. She is described as ‘notable’ or ‘wealthy’, and probably provided with Elisha with a more comfortable place to stay than some of the other homes he would visit. After one of the visits, the woman suggested to her husband that they should build a room especially for Elisha to stay in. They would build it on the flat roof

Our Amazing Bible

In much of the western world, it is easy to get a Bible. In fact we have a lot of choice because there are dozens of different translations. It is even possible to read a Bible free on the internet or to download one to a mobile phone. However, there are an estimated 250 million people without access to any part of the Bible in a language that they understand well. More than one billion people are without the full Bible in their first language. There are over 2,000 languages without a translation. Printed English Bibles have been available since the 1500’s but translations into other languages came much later. For example the Bible was translated into Farsi and Russian in the 19th century and into Afrikaans in the 20th century. The Bible is still a best-seller, although not read as much as in previous generations. Nonetheless, many people still

Old and New Towns

Southport is a small town in England about 15 miles north of Liverpool. It was founded as a village in 1792, near a stream called the Nile, and now has a population of more than 90,000 people. It is world–famous for its Birkdale golf course. In 1838 the exiled prince Louis Bonaparte stayed there before returning to France and becoming Emperor. It has a popular main shopping street. Apart from these facts it is little known outside of the United Kingdom, and no–one world famous was born there. Its shopping street and the whole town have changed dramatically over the past 200 years. An Ancient Civilization Thousands of miles away and thousands of years ago, in what is now Southern Iraq, there was a town called Ur. Critics of the Bible had questioned its existence, but in the 1920’s the archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley found remains of Ur. It had

Is Seeing Believing?

Is Seeing Believing?

“I thought we were going to the seaside”, cried Tommy. “We are at the seaside Thomas”, insisted his mother. “But there is no sea!” wailed Tommy and stamped his foot. “Well we are near the pier; if you go down that you will see the sea; I can show you photographs of when the sea flooded the main street and my Grandad used to paddle here”. “No! No! I don’t believe you. I can’t see it. It is not HERE”. Faith, Not Proof Very few things can be proved ‘without any doubt’. We believe because of evidence. This applies to scientific theories, medical research, relationships and promises. We need to look at the evidence and decide for ourselves what or who to trust. The Bible teaches that faith is about things that we cannot see or prove: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things