Finding The Missing Peace

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Studies in the Psalms - The Seven Penitential Psalms

Most people will be aware that the Americans talk about their prisons as ‘penitentiaries’. You may also be vaguely familiar with the concept of ‘penance’. In religious circles this normally means either a feeling of regret for misdeeds or some religious payment for sin.  In Biblical terms the word ‘penitential’ means to ‘repent of sin and to seek forgiveness’. We are going to discover in these psalms a number of lessons about sin, the sinner and how God deals with sin. 

Let me summarise them:

1.    There is nothing that can be done by an individual to atone for sin;
2.    God is extremely angry about our sin;
3.    Sin weakens and exhausts a person morally and physically;
4.    Sin has a defiling and contaminating effect in the life of the believer;
5.    Sin ruins our relationship with God;
6.    God alone can forgive sin;
7.    God is gracious and merciful as well as holy and just;
8.    There are forces against the believer that would seek their downfall (i.e. our flesh, the world and the Devil).

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

European Tour Final Stop - Rome - Acts 28

Scripture Passage

Acts chapter 28

Scripture Verse

Acts 28:28 ‘Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles’

This the final episode of Paul’s journey to Rome. How will he get there?

At the end of the last blog post on the Book of Acts all the men on the ship escaped to the shore safely. The soon found out that they were on the island of Malta. The local people were really kind. They made a fire to warm them up. It was rainy and they were cold.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Storm Survival Advice - Acts 27

Scripture Reading

Acts chapter 27

Scripture Verse

‘I believe God that it will be just as it was told me’
Acts 27:25

This part of the story is scary for anyone who does not like sailing. Paul is starting his journey to Rome where he will meet the Roman Emperor. The soldier who is guarding him is called, Julius.  Julius is a nice man. He is kind, thoughtful and polite. He must also have been good at his job. He was part of a group of important soldiers and he was the boss.

Friday, March 17, 2017

How do you tell people you are a Christian - Acts 26

Scripture Reading
Acts chapter 26
Scripture Verse
Paul was sent to ‘open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light”

Acts 26:18  

We have learned lots about Paul as we have read the Book of Acts. I have told you about the places he visited. We are going to see three different things happen to him today, tomorrow and the next day.
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