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BST Message of Deuteronomy: Not by Bread Alone
BST Message of Deuteronomy: Not by Bread Alone
BST Message of Ecclesiastes: A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance
BST Message of Ecclesiastes: A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance
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In Deuteronomy Moses looks to the future, forecasting the challenges that the coming generation of Israel will face, and applying Gods covenant word to new situations. Reading Deuteronomy is like standing with Israel before Moses. He addresses us as a future generation of the covenant people of God, who have passed over Jordan into the good land - and yet still struggle with temptations and...
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Is that what life is? A wisp of vapour, a puff of wind, a mere breath - nothing you can get your hands on - the nearest thing to zero? So says the Preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes. But is this the whole message of Ecclesiastes? With imagination and clarity Derek Kidner introduces this Old Testament book which speaks...
 
BST Message of Ephesians: God's New Society
BST Message of Ephesians: God's New Society
BST Message of Esther
BST Message of Esther
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A new and better society has been the constant dream of men and women. Responding to this dream, John Stott has been attracted back again and again by Pauls letter to the young church at Ephesus. It portrays a new society of Christs making that stands out in bright relief against our colourless world of oppression, heartache, separation and division. Pauls letter, with its exultant vision of a...
In Persia in the fifth century BC, the Jews were threatened with genocide, and the Book of Esther describes how this crisis was averted. David Firth's exposition brings out the book's theology and relevance for Christian living by faith today.
 
BST Message of Exodus: The Days of Our Pilgrimage
BST Message of Exodus: The Days of Our Pilgrimage
BST Message of Ezekiel: A New Heart and a New Spirit
BST Message of Ezekiel: A New Heart and a New Spirit
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The whole story of the Old Testament book of Exodus is a covenant narrative. The God who pledged himself to Abraham and his descendants remained the faithful God – he made promises, and honoured them. He revealed himself to Moses, claimed Israel as his own, brought them out of slavery in Egypt, cared for them through long wilderness years, and finally gave them the land he had pledged to their...
The land was awash with false gods and groaning under all kinds of social evil. The inevitable happened – God's horrific judgment on his people started to unfold. A young Ezekiel, carried off to exile in Babylon, was commissioned by the Lord to warn of a more devastating and unthinkable judgment.

When the most traumatic event in Israel's whole biblical history did happen – the...
 
BST Message of Ezra and Haggai: Building for God
BST Message of Ezra and Haggai: Building for God
BST Message of Galatians: Only One Way
BST Message of Galatians: Only One Way
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The background to the books of Ezra and Haggai is the exile of Judah to Babylon in 587 BC and the return from exile following the edict of Cyrus in 538 BC. Ezra narrates the history of the period, while Haggai speaks into the situation where those who had begun to rebuild the temple (Ezra 1 - 3) had ceased to do so because of external opposition and internal failure of nerve (Ezra 4).
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To enclaves of young converts tucked away in the mountains of Asia Minor, Paul wrote what is perhaps the oldest document in the New Testament - the letter to the Galatians. What problems were they facing? Among a variety of religious authorities espousing different teachings, how were they to know who was right? How were men and women to be put right with God? How could Christians in the midst...
 
BST Message of Hebrews: Christ above All
BST Message of Hebrews: Christ above All
BST Message of Hosea: Love to the Loveless
BST Message of Hosea: Love to the Loveless
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Times were hard for the first readers of the letter to the Hebrews. Many had been exposed to fierce persecution. They had been assaulted, their homes had been plundered, and some had been cast into prison. To such people this letter can as an encouragement. The write of the letter turns their eyes to Christ, and shows how he fulfils the hope expressed in the Old Testament sacrifices. He calls...
Go and marry a prostitute. These are the first words God spoke to his prophet Hosea. Why would he ask this of one of his special spokesmen? Because he wanted to teach Hosea, the nation of Israel, and all of us today a lesson we will not forget, a lesson that is painful yet joyous. Hoseas sombre portrait of the human condition is our lesson in pain. All of us have played the harlot by forsaking...
 
BST Message of Isaiah: On Eagles' Wings
BST Message of Isaiah: On Eagles' Wings
BST Message of James: The Tests of Faith
BST Message of James: The Tests of Faith
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The book of Isaiah is outstanding in its brilliance of style, its poetic power, and its foretaste of the hope of the gospel. It tells us how God himself has provided the highway to holiness for those who have been redeemed or ransomed. These are images which evoke the Exodus from Egypt, and foreshadow Christs achievement at the cross. There is tangible joy for the reader in Isaiahs portrayal of...
For James, genuine Christianity is practical. It is a tested faith. In this admirable exposition, Alec Motyer captures James forthright and powerful message for today.