Post-exilic Psalms: Psalm 89

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The book of Psalms was not completed until well after the exiles had returned from Babylon. They came to life as Israel’s ‘prayer book’ in the Second Temple period– the temple re-built by Zerubbabel with worship practices formed by Ezra the priest. The several Psalms written after the exile (‘post-exilic’) reflect Jerusalem’s need for security and their realisation that their protection could not come from human kings, but only from their True King. Lauren van der Merwe, St Andrew’s Youth Minister, helps us enter into the life of some Post-exilic Psalms.

Esther, part 4

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The book of Esther is set after the Jewish people begin to return to and rebuild Jerusalem, and yet they are still a people subject to foreign powers and rulers. Esther finds herself a pawn in the midst of political intrigue and conflict, and yet courageously she trusts God and is used to save her people from destruction. St Andrew’s Youth Minister Lauren van der Merwe leads us through a series of devotions on this book, today focussing on Esther 5-10.

Esther, part 3

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The book of Esther is set after the Jewish people begin to return to and rebuild Jerusalem, and yet they are still a people subject to foreign powers and rulers. Esther finds herself a pawn in the midst of political intrigue and conflict, and yet courageously she trusts God and is used to save her people from destruction. St Andrew’s Youth Minister Lauren van der Merwe leads us through a series of devotions on this book, today focussing on Esther 4:1-17.

Esther, part 2

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The book of Esther is set after the Jewish people begin to return to and rebuild Jerusalem, and yet they are still a people subject to foreign powers and rulers. Esther finds herself a pawn in the midst of political intrigue and conflict, and yet courageously she trusts God and is used to save her people from destruction. St Andrew’s Youth Minister Lauren van der Merwe leads us through a series of devotions on this book, today focussing on Esther 2:11-3:15.

Esther, part 1

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The book of Esther is set after the Jewish people begin to return to and rebuild Jerusalem, and yet they are still a people subject to foreign powers and rulers. Esther finds herself a pawn in the midst of political intrigue and conflict, and yet courageously she trusts God and is used to save her people from destruction. St Andrew’s Youth Minister Lauren van der Merwe leads us through a series of devotions on this book, today focussing on Esther 1:1-2:10.

Isaiah: The Suffering Servant 6

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Isaiah chapters 40-66 seem to be written during the Babylonian exile, promising God’s people times of renewal back in the land. During these chapters a figure begins to emerge– God’s Servant, who will suffer while bringing restoration for the people. Ness Hughes leads us through this series of devotionals, reflecting on this ‘Suffering Servant’ figure in Isaiah. Today’s passage is the most well know of the Suffering Servant passages– Isaiah 53.

Isaiah: The Suffering Servant 5

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Isaiah chapters 40-66 seem to be written during the Babylonian exile, promising God’s people times of renewal back in the land. During these chapters a figure begins to emerge– God’s Servant, who will suffer while bringing restoration for the people. Ness Hughes leads us through this series of devotionals, reflecting on this ‘Suffering Servant’ figure in Isaiah. Today’s passage is the most well know of the Suffering Servant passages– Isaiah 53 (to be continued tomorrow).

Isaiah: The Suffering Servant 4

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Isaiah chapters 40-66 seem to be written during the Babylonian exile, promising God’s people times of renewal back in the land. During these chapters a figure begins to emerge– God’s Servant, who will suffer while bringing restoration for the people. Ness Hughes leads us through this series of devotionals, reflecting on this ‘Suffering Servant’ figure in Isaiah. Today’s passage is Isaiah 50:4-9.

Isaiah: The Suffering Servant 3

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For the first 39 chapters of his writings Isaiah warns God’s people to turn back to him, or they will surely be removed from their land and be taken as slaves into exile in Babylon. Isaiah chapters 40-66 seem to be written during the exile, promising times of renewal back in the land. During these later chapters a figure begins to emerge– God’s Servant, who will suffer while bringing restoration for the people. Ness Hughes leads us through this series of devotionals, reflecting on this ‘Suffering Servant’ figure in Isaiah. Today’s passage is Isaiah 49:1-6.

Isaiah: The Suffering Servant 2

Daily Devotional

For the first 39 chapters of his writings Isaiah warns God’s people to turn back to him, or they will surely be removed from their land and be taken as slaves into exile in Babylon. Isaiah chapters 40-66 seem to be written during the exile, promising times of renewal back in the land. During these later chapters a figure begins to emerge– God’s Servant, who will suffer while bringing restoration for the people. Ness Hughes leads us through this series of devotionals, reflecting on this ‘Suffering Servant’ figure in Isaiah. Today’s passage is Isaiah 42:1-9.

Isaiah: The Suffering Servant 1

Daily Devotional

For the first 39 chapters of his writings Isaiah warns God’s people to turn back to him, or they will surely be removed from their land and be taken as slaves into exile in Babylon. Isaiah chapters 40-66 seem to be written during the exile, promising times of renewal back in the land. During these later chapters a figure begins to emerge– God’s Servant, who will suffer while bringing restoration for the people. Ness Hughes leads us through this series of devotionals, reflecting on this ‘Suffering Servant’ figure in Isaiah.

Pictures of Church 6: The Temple System

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God uses pictures and metaphors to describe his relationship with his people, the Church. These pictures are meant to engage our imaginations as they form our identity and shape our community life. In this series of reflections Stuart Holman helps us to stand together in renewed confidence in our relationship with God.

Pictures of Church 5: The Bride of Christ

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God uses pictures and metaphors to describe his relationship with his people, the Church. These pictures are meant to engage our imaginations as they form our identity and shape our community life. In this series of reflections Stuart Holman helps us to stand together in renewed confidence in our relationship with God.

Pictures of Church 4: The Sheep of the Good Shepherd

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God uses pictures and metaphors to describe his relationship with his people, the Church. These pictures are meant to engage our imaginations as they form our identity and shape our community life. In this series of reflections Stuart Holman helps us to stand together in renewed confidence in our relationship with God.

Pictures of Church 3: Children of the Father

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God uses pictures and metaphors to describe his relationship with his people, the Church. These pictures are meant to engage our imaginations as they form our identity and shape our community life. In this series of reflections Stuart Holman helps us to stand together in renewed confidence in our relationship with God.

Pictures of Church 2: The Body of Christ

Daily Devotionals

God uses pictures and metaphors to describe his relationship with his people, the Church. These pictures are meant to engage our imaginations as they form our identity and shape our community life. In this series of reflections Stuart Holman helps us to stand together in renewed confidence in our relationship with God.

Pictures of Church 1: God’s Covenant People

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God uses pictures and metaphors to describe his relationship with his people, the Church. These pictures are meant to engage our imaginations as they form our identity and shape our community life. In this series of reflections Stuart Holman helps us to stand together in renewed confidence in our relationship with God.

God’s People– the Church #6

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The exile of God’s People from Jerusalem to Babylon provokes a key question– just who are God’s people? Are they Israel? Judah? The Exiles? A similar question arises in these times of ‘lockdown’ and restrictions: just who are God’s people? And what are we supposed to be doing. Mal York invites us to join him in a week of devotions on the topic of God’s People– the Church.

God’s People– the Church #5

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The exile of God’s People from Jerusalem to Babylon provokes a key question– just who are God’s people? Are they Israel? Judah? The Exiles? A similar question arises in these times of ‘lockdown’ and restrictions: just who are God’s people? And what are we supposed to be doing. Mal York invites us to join him in a week of devotions on the topic of God’s People– the Church.

God’s People– the Church #4

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The exile of God’s People from Jerusalem to Babylon provokes a key question– just who are God’s people? Are they Israel? Judah? The Exiles? A similar question arises in these times of ‘lockdown’ and restrictions: just who are God’s people? And what are we supposed to be doing. Mal York invites us to join him in a week of devotions on the topic of God’s People– the Church.

God’s People– the Church #3

Daily Devotions

The exile of God’s People from Jerusalem to Babylon provokes a key question– just who are God’s people? Are they Israel? Judah? The Exiles? A similar question arises in these times of ‘lockdown’ and restrictions: just who are God’s people? And what are we supposed to be doing. Mal York invites us to join him in a week of devotions on the topic of God’s People– the Church.

God’s People– the Church#2

Daily Devotional

The exile of God’s People from Jerusalem to Babylon provokes a key question– just who are God’s people? Are they Israel? Judah? The Exiles? A similar question arises in these times of ‘lockdown’ and restrictions: just who are God’s people? And what are we supposed to be doing. Mal York invites us to join him in a week of devotions on the topic of God’s People– the Church.

God’s People– the Church #1

Daily Devotions

The exile of God’s People from Jerusalem to Babylon provokes a key question– just who are God’s people? Are they Israel? Judah? The Exiles? A similar question arises in these times of ‘lockdown’ and restrictions: just who are God’s people? And what are we supposed to be doing. Mal York invites us to join him in a week of devotions on the topic of God’s People– the Church.