Index

Advent
The 2 Advents
Advent Step 8) Announcement to the Shepherds
Advent Step 7) Announcement to Joseph
Advent Step 6) Announcement to Mary
Advent Step 5) Prophecy of the coming of John the Baptist
Advent Step 4) He will be called  …
Advent Step 3) Symbols
Advent Step 2) ‘But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah …
Advent Step 1) Genesis 3:15

Allegory
With hint of roar, ‘Now, where’s that one Trumpkin meets Aslan (based on a passage from Prince Caspian)
A goblin found an elixir [The poor, happy goblin]

Assurance and Dejection

Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Isaiah ch.6)
Rememberings Remembering sorrows, trials, grief (cf Psalm 137)

However long you have to wait Jeremiah 29 & Joseph
Do God’s children always feel a deep assurance
If I feel depressed and lonely Lamentations 3:19-26
O Lord, my God, I think with awesome wonder  Matthew 10:30  John 10:28,29   Daniel 3:27
David learns, and perseveres
Through faith the mouths of lions
In trials, troubles, turmoils
‘Look, behold I have engraved you …
I understand those feelings of despair
Why am I downcast? Help from Psalms 42 & 43
If we look around us, feeling quite depressed
For you know I love you, Saviour
Elijah was tired, exhausted, dejected

Backsliding
Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Isaiah ch.6)
It’s easy to backslide bit by bit from righteousness
Glory in Jesus, your Saviour from sin  1 Corinthians 1:31
Jonah learns If I’m not honest when I fail
Spirit’s ills are easily caught   Revelation 3:3  Luke 4:38,39
Hungry for the wielded sword  Revelation 3: 14-22
Stand firm Dear brothers, in the Saviour Ephesians 6:10-20
Blown about The winds of false teaching, the cunning of men Ephesians 4:14
Three times he denied (Simon Peter)
Religious words and ways  Hosea 6:4; 8:2;10:4,12; 14:2,5 Ephesians 5:1,4  Proverbs 25:11

Christian Living
Out of the overflow of the heart …
New life, a fledgling church (Acts 2:42)
Who tastes real happiness? Psalm 1
Reminders
Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Isaiah ch.6)
Tasting riches of salvation 1 Peter 2:1-3
When you have seen how very great Romans 12:1,2
Nothing better, more important (Press on)
Created to rejoice (Joy in God’s Grace)
Dear Saviour, Satan seeks  1 Peter 5:6-11
That wretched thing called worry
Upstairs I wander
However long you have to wait Jeremiah 29 &Joseph
Journeying onwards with vision of glory
Encourage each other, and come alongside (Hebrews 10:24,25) (Fellowship Support)
Tongues cause trouble
Sh! Little bit will turn the horse
Love is patient, love is kind …
King David, choice of God for ruling
Through faith, the mouths of lions
Living between the 2 appearings
4 Life-spans One had had a busy life that satisfied
Not hypocrites (Matthew 6:1-18) When we’ve opportunity
A counsellor by day and night    Psalm 16:7
A breastplate of righteousness  Ephesians 6:14   &   Proverbs 4:20-27
If we look around us, feeling quite depressed  1 Corinthians 10:24 Romans 14:19 Philippians 2:4
Who are blessed? Who will enter heaven? Matthew 5:3-12   The Beatitudes
David, Solomon, Elijah, needed (just like us) God’s Word. (OT Kings)
Love will grow from what foundation?  (1 Timothy 1:5–7)
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Dear brothers, in the Saviour  Ephesians 6:10-20
“Not my will but yours  (JOY) (Philippians 2:3-50
Do not long to live in plenty  (cf ‘Calon Lan’)
Through Jesus Christ I can   Philippians 4:13
Three times he denied (Simon Peter)
We must promote a peaceful life  (1&2 Timothy, Titus, Ephesians)
Love does not assume evil motive
Paul said, ‘For me to die is gain’  Philippians 1:21
Joy flows from Jesus through faith in his Word  Philippians 4:4
Insight into love divine  Romans 12:9-13
Each day we have need of supplies of fresh grace
Precious love,  a treasure rare
Make every effort, keep the unity   on Ephesians 4:3-6
We know him now, the One who must
The trials may heap on us – when will they cease? Isaiah 43:1,2
Those lusts seductive  Colossians 3:5-8
Blessed happiness of soul Wisdom’s happiness Proverbs 3
Love develops from 1Corinthians13 Love’s Source; Love’s Toil
Don’t look behind through  Exodus 14:12,13,15; 15:1,2
We’ll encounter opposition, in Christ prepare
A race to run, – don’t falter, faint Hebrews 11 & 12:1-3
Habits strengthen day by day (Colossians 1:23; 2:6,7; 3:5,8,12)
Bad memories can’t be erased (1 Cor.13:5,6)

Christmas
Gifts “exchanged” and gifts “expected”,
Mary’s Tale
By power almighty my son was conceived
A birth by miracle – a son
What child is this, foretold, announced?
Imagine a most famous king, rich royalty
Joy to the world where kindness, love
Christ, blessed Son of God  Philippians 2:5–7
Incarnate Son of God   1 John 1:1-2:2
How far would you go to help a friend?
From right outside this universe
Jesus, Saviour was his name
The angels look on in great wonder
Gold, and frankincense, and myrrh
At Christmas consider the gospel of wonder
We remember helpless baby
A birth by miracle – a son
On the 25th December
Baby born one day
Time’s pivot-point, long prophesied
Who could know that Babe was he
Jesus, Jesus, I’m not worthy
Do not worship me, an angel
Though Ahaz asked no sign
Mary’s puzzled – but, assuring

Christmas Verse
Transcendent God took human form
Mary meets Elizabeth
There is a mighty Sovereign God
Advent Calendar
Christmas excitements crackle –
Advent Step 8) Announcement to the Shepherds
Advent Step 7) Announcement to Joseph
Advent Step 6) Announcement to Mary
Advent Step 5) Prophecy of the coming of John the Baptist
Advent Step 4) He will be called  …
Advent Step 3) Symbols
Advent Step 2) ‘But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah …
Advent Step 1) Genesis 3:15
How far would you go to help a friend?
From right outside this universe
Millenia spanned by sight divine   Resolutions
The Son of God, his final Word  1 John 1:1-4 God becomes touchable body
His gift is best: it cost the most
God now Man: the angels sing the glory of the newborn King  John 1:10,11
Glorious Son in heavenly kingdom   Why?
Spoken truth – delivered ‘Word’
Oh, for calmness in the clamour
God in a stable – and holding the sky
A pinpointed time, appointment divine
Acknowledged just, and to his God  Simeon & Anna Anna, serving night and day
A skill above the mind of man A history of the universe
Look! who’s come! Creator King  (Wars will end)

Church
New life, a fledgling church (Acts 2:42)
Appealing bells, sensuous incense (Feelings or facts?)
Oh, do we feel anguish, and agony, shame Psalm 74
Long-term commitment Christ will sustain  (on Colossians 1:23 – 2:1)
Let us consider, and to this give  Rom 12:10; Phil 2:3,4; Heb 10:23–25
Thank God for saints redeemed, – we see  (Ephesians 1:15–19)
Encourage each other, and come alongside  (Hebrews 10:24,25) (Fellowship Support)
A church that brings Christ honour What kind of church do you want?
Never had been demonstrated John 13:34,35
Unity, no biting schism 1 Corinthians 11:17-32
We’ve worked upon the walls from Nehemiah
Christ is the church’s Architect Hebrews 13:7 Acts 20:28
Famine in the house of bread. Ruth 1:6
What is a church? (not a building) That place of stone with vaulted ceilings high
The darkness could not quench the light (relighting candle!)
Hungry for the wielded sword  Revelation 3: 14-22
Christ cherishes his church, – what care   (Ephesians 5)
How beautiful the feet which bring
Are you concerned for what the flock is needing? 3 John, Ezekiel 34
Tired of godlessness and spite  cf. Psalm 122
A thriving church delights my soul  (1 Thess 1:2,3 with Rev 2:1-7)
Make every effort, keep the unity   on Ephesians 4:3-6
Women deserted, or men pushed away  James 1:27
Relationships broken, and love turned to hate  (Colossians 3:8-16)

Citizenship
Some own there is a god  (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
The Despot Herod held a feast (Two kings, two feasts)
A law against offending speech
We must promote a peaceful life  (1&2 Timothy, Titus, Ephesians)

Creation and Science
What’s the odds? Was it really by some luck that…?
No more ‘junk DNA’
The Great Flood
The Great Delusion
Science is investigation of recorded information The Limitations of Science to study the past
How many stars in the Milky Way? (How many molecular switches in the brain?)
This earth was perfect, now it’s flawed  [Disasters]
Atoms of differing weights and activity  Intricacy of living tissue!
‘Millions of years’ – who says?
A Being supernatural can make a flower or planet
Look! and see how beautiful
I look at a flower or feather

Defence of the Faith
Of Caesar’s conquests on the earth  (Absurd?)
Feelings or facts?
What’s the odds? Was it really by some luck that…?
In the Gilgamesh epic tale (Myth-morphed history)
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
The meaning of life –
Screwtape’s three-pronged strategy
The Great Flood
Has healed, can heal, will heal
The defeat of the Archetype
What is a church?
Freedom from oppression
The Great Delusion
Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
The Limitations of Science to study the past
How many molecular switches in your brain?
Is truth immutable concealed
The Love of God
Principles from Psalms 1&2

Easter
The crux of all time
Resurrection? Jesus was beaten, crucified
He had to go to Calvary to rescue me
They were filled with venom on Mark 14:1-11
The thief repentant, on the cross
Palm Sunday (2) Brief the glory and the praise
Not just another man deceiving for a span
He died while young, his death achieved  John 18
Look, see the Lamb!
Significant Day (resurrection)
Death of Jesus Christ was real
Injustice, trial travesty (The Son of man must suffer many things)
The soldiers fell (signs at the time of the crucifixion)
Christ Jesus enters as the King of kings (Palm Sunday)
Hatred, hatred, deaf and blind (viewing the cross)
Because of Calvary
Who’d put their hope in a dead man?
Why ‘Good’ Friday?
An idle gamble, careless toss John 19:23,24  and Psalm 22 esp. v.18
Many philosophies, only one
They feared death, and suffered pain [2 crucified criminals, divided]
Not on the cross, Not in the ground  [Where is Christ?]
What a contrast with Barabbas
The soldiers checked that he was really dead
Some die to save their friends
His death that should have brought disgrace and shame

Just once he showed his awesome majesty
Do you love me?  John 21:15-25
The Father sent his Son to save  John 20:19-23
She wept ’til the dawning  John 20:1-18 Mary Magdalene
They kept the rules, but scorned the truth  John 19:30, 31, 34-37
So much guilt, – whom should I pay?  Matthew 27:50 John 19:30

Christ looked at Peter, caught his eye  (Luke 22:61; 24:34)
People like a nice idea, comfortable things to hear. Resurrection facts
“The King of the Jews  John 19:19-22  The sign on the cross
A foretold gamble
5 days – so much change Rejoice! your gentle King has come,  Zechariah 9:9 and Matthew 21:8,9; 27:20
Symbol of hope
They didn’t realise he was at their side  On the road to Emmaus
Upon the cross in agony and pain
Why my God am I forsaken?
Pontius Pilate (for children)

End Times
This world, when all was brought to be  (The beginning and end of tears)
The thief repentant, on the cross
Because he lives, I’ll ever live
As Jesus left the earthly temple  Mark 13
There is a day that soon will come  Romans 13:11-14
Has healed, can heal, will heal
They run away and shake a fist [Running away]
Ascension Day
Arising up and out of sight Acts 1:1-11
He clearly said that none can know [You do not know on what day your Lord will come]
This earth was perfect, now it’s flawed [Disasters]
Great expectations: hope wonderful, sure.  Mark 13
King Ahab said, ‘Until I come, in prison you stay  1 Cor.11:26; 1 Kings 22:17,18,26-35; Ecc.9:11; Pr 19:21

Ezekiel notes on the whole of Ezekiel’s prophecy

Family Life
Ruth speaks …
Beauty is … quietness and gentleness
“O son, you know my life was such a mess …
Christ cherishes his church, – what care  (Ephesians 5)
An oily tongue  Ecclesiastes 7:26; Proverbs 5:3-5; 12:4; 31:10,26,30 etc.
Precious love,  a treasure rare
Expecting a baby to care for and train  High expectations — Great efforts!
‘Spare the rod, and spoil the child’
Flashing pictures in the corner
The adverts in the papers
Those lusts seductive  Colossians 3:5-8
Women deserted, or men pushed away  James 1:27
Relationships broken, and love turned to hate  (Colossians 3:8-16)
Dashing here and dashing there
Before the fall they knew no shame
Holiness in daily living, in your job and in your home
Patience learnt, a little drop
Some are single, some have wed Helpful women (Prov.14:1)
Where have all the fathers gone? Proverbs 27:8
Some fear to teach a child to pray
Marriage needs co-operation

Fellowship
Let us consider, and to this give  Rom 12:10; Phil 2:3,4; Heb 10:23–25
Thank God for saints redeemed, – we see  (Ephesians 1:15–19)
Encourage each other, and come alongside  (Hebrews 10:24,25) (Fellowship Support)
Created not to be alone  (Proverbs 18:24 etc. )

for children
X=Xerxes, M=Mordecai, H=Haman
Upstairs I wander
Everyone who knows the Lord,
Sh! Little bit will turn the horse
The Seasons, and provision
We’ve learnt in the Bible how many were brave   Bible Characters
Proclaimed by God in a voice so loud   Deuteronomy 5:22
Wisdom calls for all to hear  Proverbs 1:20,22,23,32,33; 3:13,14 & Jas.4:8
Man can come to God almighty, draw near and pray
Young thoughts
:
It’s the greatest message, and it’s true.
The heavens declare your glory, Lord
Many people say what they think is true.
God’s Word is the best Word
No ‘super-boy’ or ‘super-man’
There’s a God who can do mighty wonders
To Jesus, Judas came, to hear God’s Word and learn
In your heart you feel a pull of pride
King Jesus has died, King Jesus has risen
Your life can be tidy
Fold your hands a little
Depth of muddle in your drawer
My life is like a railway
Little wriggly caterpillars
God is King over all
A journey through hostile terrain
New life in Jesus Christ, God’s Lamb
Every week has 7 days
Life flows from the heart
Many things that seem all right
On the 25th December
Each one who is a born-again believer in the Lord
Everyone, everywhere should remember God
But what do railway engines do
God almighty, be among us, help our teachers teach your Word
Boys and girls all need to know what the Bible says, for so
Mr Silly, Mr Nosey …
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth
For the very young:
God is very great
Trust him, trust him, turn to him and trust him
The Lord made the flowers, the moon, and the sun
There were 5000 men
God’s book is the Bible – the words we all need
Who is God of all creation?
The Pharisee told God
If to a friend at midnight
He glances through the galaxy,
Could you fish a crocodile?
Look! and see how beautiful
Macro-evolution? I look at a flower or feather

Grace and Law
The prophets and the law were teaching long before (God’s grace and gift)
Decalogue – Ten Words
Proclaimed by God in a voice so loud   Deuteronomy 5:22
Who but fools ignore the rules Psalm 119
Defeated often, wretched, sad.   Romans 7
Eternal sovereign God alone can holiness define.
O death, where is your sting?
No condemnation  Romans 8:1-17
His body broken in my stead  Hebrews 10:1-18
Jesus fulfilled the law [God’s grace and his law]

Growing in Grace
Filled not with stupefying drink (Be filled with the Spirit)
New life, a fledgling church   (Acts 2:42)
Do not long to live in plenty
Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (on Isaiah 6)
Tasting riches of salvation 1 Peter 2:1-3
Nothing better, more important (Press on)

Harvest
Fresh green of spring, when blossoms spread
God in heaven, his earth sustaining
We have so much: do we forget to thank and share?
Sowing kindness, love and care
The Seasons, and provision (for children)

Heaven
Because he lives, I’ll ever live –
Certain Hope
No pain and not in need
The Lamb who once was slain Revelation chapter 5
One had had a busy life that satisfied   4 Life-spans
This life can seem a wilderness, with Zion far ahead
A new creation, all perfect, good
Soon there’ll be days of glory
Facing death with disappointment  (Facing death– unbelievers & believers)
Paul said, ‘For me to die is gain’  Philippians 1:21
O death, where is your sting?
What is the hope of atheists? Luke 16:19–31
Heaven is full of love and happiness

Holiness
Reminders Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (on Isaiah 6)
Tasting riches of salvation 1 Peter 2:1-3
A breastplate of righteousness  Ephesians 6:14   &   Proverbs 4:20-27
Hide in your heart, and treasure  Proverbs 1:10; 4:6; 6:2,5,20,23
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Through Jesus Christ I can   Philippians 4:13
Insight into love divine  Romans 12:9-13
Shut up against the Lord’s control  Jericho and Joshua; Rahab and Achan

Ill health and weakness
Deep and bitter suffering
Acknowledged just, and to his God  (Simeon & Anna Anna, serving night and day)
Humdrum days can hum with praise,

Verse on Job

Joy
Wholehearted praise, through all my days
(on Isaiah 6) Lord, show us afresh your vast holiness, might (Reminders)
Created to rejoice (Joy in God’s Grace)
Joy to the world where kindness, love
Everyone who knows the Lord
“Not my will but his
Joy flows from Jesus through faith in his Word Philippians 4:4

Love
Do not long to live in plenty
Ten facets of love (Decalogue)
on Mark 14:1-11 They were filled with venom,
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
Amazing, awesome, wonderful
Love is patient, love is kind
Love will grow from what foundation?  (1 Timothy 1:5–7)
Created not to be alone  (Proverbs 18:24 etc. )
Never had been demonstrated  John 13:34,35
Love does not assume evil motive
Precious love,  a treasure rare
Love develops from the nature  1 Corinthians 13
A love that willingly exchanged
Bad memories can’t be erased

Loving Redemption Applied
Do not long to live in plenty
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
Colossians 1:13,14 Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway
Stars of the universe  Hebrews 2:9 and Psalm 8
Freedom from dominion, foolish frustration
Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway  Colossians 1:13,14
For you know I love you, Saviour
Compassion for the aimless sheep Matthew 9
With love amazing 1 John 3:1

Minor Prophets
Malachi
Zechariah
Haggai
Zephaniah
Habakkuk
Nahum
Micah
Jonah
Obadiah
Amos
Joel
Hosea

New Year
1 January, again
Millenia spanned by sight divine   Resolutions
New Year, or At Parting
Every year our God’s protecting  Isaiah 52:12
Ages pass by – earth’s treasures all decay

On Ecclesiastes

OT history songs for children
H
, by King X to honour was raised (Comeuppance)
Creation
Adam sinned
Noah and the Flood
Abraham
Abraham to Joseph
Joseph
Moses and the Exodus
Tabernacle and Temple
The Ten Commandments
Sacrifices
From Joshua to the Exile

Prayer
God is real – how can we know?
Filled not with stupefying drink
New life, a fledgling church Acts 2:42
Hear me, O Lord, I look to you (Ps 86)
Wholehearted praise, through all my days (Ps 9)
So is it to yourself you pray … ?
Nothing better, more important (Press On)
Thank God for saints redeemed, – we see  (Ephesians 1:15–19)
I stand amazed in the presence (Ephesians 2:18)
No prayer without a sense of need (cf 2 Chronicles 2o:12)
Pray for each other that we’ll grow
In tranquil trust hear Jesus pray  John 17:11,15,16
King David, choice of God for ruling
Whatever the trouble, whatever is wrong,  Luke 11:9-13
Strengthen with power infinite  Ephesians 3:16–19
What do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:36,51)
Praying for watering of the seed
Do not long to live in plenty
O Lord my God, keep firm your hold Colossians 1: 9-11
The righteous, justified, will learn God’s will, know how to pray (on James 5:17,18    Psalm 33:10;  55:9)
God’s child should want his honour
‘Your will be done’
Oh, do we truly long to be
Not only in storm times, or when in great need Motivations to pray
We’ll encounter opposition, in Christ prepare
Man can come to God almighty, draw near and pray
Catch a rising fear
The Pharisee told God
If to a friend at midnight

Psalm Notes (1) notes on Psalms 1-50
Psalm Notes (2) notes on Psalms 51-100
Psalm Notes (3) notes on Psalms 101-150
Psalm Notes introduction

Remembrance Sunday
Remember, give thanks for all endings of strife
Remembrance Sunday, and remembrance Sundays
So many have, in war, been willing  Galatians 1:3-5

Resources and Treasures
What will last?
Filled not with stupefying drink
Psalm 23 –   the testimony, and the offer
My Lord is the King of the universe,
Who are blessed? Who will enter heaven?
Matthew 5:3-12   The Beatitudes
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Through Jesus Christ I can   Philippians 4:13
Glorious Redeemer, victorious Sustainer

Revelation needed
As rain comes down on earth and causes plants to grow
For fellowship no longer fit (Revelation down the ages)
Man, created in God’s image
God of truth, he cannot lie
He spoke to the needy and lost
From right outside this universe
In days of yore they trimmed their wood Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
Truth has always been and is   (Jeremiah (9:5)
People like to frighten, tease Colossians 1:25-2:10
Principles from Psalms 1&2

Sabbath Rest
God blessed the sabbath – he requires
God created – all complete  Gen.2 & Heb.1:3

Salvation
A treasured prize invaluable (A friend of God?!)
For fellowship no longer fit (Revelation down the ages)
Who tastes real happiness? (Ps.1)
Adopted and redeemed (Reconciliation)
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
Who alone has perfect goodness?
Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway  Colossians 1:13,14
Disastrous self-rule
Perfect Rebuilds
Dread or Desire
Rags to Riches
Defeat of the Archetype
If I’m not honest when I fail (Jonah 1:3,17; 2:1,2,9,10 & 3:1)
Wholehearted praise, through all my days Ps 9:1,2
Prepared to believe in men’s lies, futile thought
An enemy of what is right, full of deceit, and tricks to turn (Acts 3:4-12)
Who is worthy to fulfil the Father’s plan?  Revelation  chapter 5
The Creator  has spoken, and truth can be read
Massively in debt: we’ve squandered  Matthew 18:21-35  The unmerciful Servant
The people of God have a song  Isaiah chapter 26:1–27:6
A love that willingly exchanged

Satan
Dear Saviour, Satan seeks  1 Peter 5:6-11
Able to keep you – King all-wise
Screwtape’s three-pronged strategy
The defeat of the Archetype
In tranquil trust hear Jesus pray
Satan’s crafty, sly and slick
An enemy of what is right, full of deceit, and tricks to turn (Acts 3:4-12)
Subtle Satan in the garden
Stand up for truth, be counted  Ephesians 6:10-18
Each day we have need of supplies of fresh grace
The devil lies, and tries to make
The righteous, justified, will learn  (on James 5:17,18    Psalm 33:10;  55:9)
We’ll encounter opposition, in Christ prepare
In Jesus Christ be strong
Quietly, cleverly

Singing
King David, choice of God for ruling
Wholehearted praise, through all my days Ps 9:1,2
We know him now, the One who must
The people of God have a song  Isaiah chapter 26:1–27:6
Christ commands we listen, learn  The Foundation of Worship
Ascending to worship the LORD high and pure (Psalm 131)
Let us now sing number. . . . Mind and heart and mouth united

Speech
Tongues cause trouble
Sh! Little bit will turn the horse
Free Speech – annoying, hurting?
God of truth, he cannot lie
The darkened heart will overflow,  Matthew 6:19-34 & 12:34,35
Religious words and ways  Hosea 6:4; 8:2;10:4,12; 14:2,5 Ephesians 5:1,4  Proverbs 25:11

Testimony
“O son, you know my life was such a mess

The ‘I AM’ sayings
Why did he say …he is the true Vine (6)
Why did he say … he is the Good Shepherd (4)
Why did he say … he is the Truth (5)
Why did he say … he is the Door (3)
Why did he say … he is the Light (1)
Why did he say … he is the Bread (2)

The Bible
Ruth speaks …
Feelings or facts?
Equipped to work for God, (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
As rain comes down on earth and causes plants to grow
For fellowship no longer fit (Revelation down the ages)
Who tastes real happiness? (Ps.1)
The devil is skilful when spreading his lies.
Increasing revelation  Hebrews 1:1-3 (The New explains the Old)
God’s Word teaches perfectly Word to appreciate
Truth has always been and is  (Jeremiah (9:5)
God of truth, he cannot lie
In days of yore they trimmed their wood Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
Prepared to believe in men’s lies, futile thought
Satan’s crafty, sly and slick
Hungry for the wielded sword  Revelation 3: 14-22
Hide in your heart, and treasure  Proverbs 1:10; 4:6; 6:2,5,20,23
David, Solomon, Elijah, needed (just like us) God’s Word.  (OT Kings)
Subtle Satan in the garden
The winds of false teaching, the cunning of men   Ephesians 4:14
Wisdom calls for all to hear  Proverbs 1:20,22,23,32,33; 3:13,14 & Jas.4:8
Is truth immutable concealed
As people of God we must trust in his Word  Isaiah 8:20 &  9:13,16
The devil lies, and tries to make
Christ commands we listen, learn  The Foundation of Worship
It is not easy to retain (Listening to preaching)
The Ten Commandments (for children)
Living by his Word God’s Word should transform

The Gospel
What will last?
Wanting life heavenly, feeling it hell
Gifts “exchanged” and gifts “expected”
In persecution, problems, the answer is the same –
Some own there is a god – his character, by whim they draw
As Aslan died instead of Edmund
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
Imprisoned by mere men (Acts 5:17-42)
The truth we tell is the same today
When dead in transgressions
In darkness light was born
I’m not ashamed of the gospel
The angels look on in great wonder
What a wonderful plan of God for me  Ephesians1:3–14
All wickedness brings secret dread
Calls of wisdom and folly
Rags to Riches
The defeat of the Archetype
Jesus clears away the additions to scripture
Freedom!
“O son, you know my life was such a mess
Great opportunities to spread the Word  Acts 19:8-41  Opportunities and Opposition
They run away and shake a fist
‘You do not know on what day your Lord will come’
4 life-spans
Disasters
The light shines in the darkness …
An enemy of what is right, full of deceit, and tricks to turn
Harassed by the daily round   Matthew 9:36-38
Proclaimed by God in a voice so loud   Deuteronomy 5:22
How hard to admit that you may be wrong
How beautiful the feet which bring
Satan slyly tempts into danger’s way  (Proverbs 1:10; 7:10)
Wisdom calls for all to hear  Proverbs 1:20,22,23,32,33; 3:13,14 & Jas.4:8
Rejecting the love, he wanted to be  Luke 15:11-32 When he came to his senses
Christ suffered to save us –  his death on the cross  Colossians 1:24
Good News! A message new  (Romans 1:1-7)
Weary from hunting truth and peace
O death, where is your sting?
Plan superb God is fulfilling
God, who made us now calls us back for children
Once a year the priest of Israel Hebrews 9:7, 11,12
What worries the world about life? – thoughts of death!
1 Corinthians 15:1
The pivot-point of history The Crux
Everyone wants to be happy, have fun for children
Many philosophies, many beliefs 1 Corinthians 1:18
“There must be more to life than this!” Wistful sayings
Shut up against the Lord’s control  Jericho and Joshua; Rahab and Achan
2 Corinthians 4:6 In darkness light was born
The Ninevites heard

The Holy Spirit
With signs of power, of wind and flame, the promised Holy Spirit came.
Filled not with stupefying drink
Adopted and redeemed (Reconciliation)
Holy Spirit makes me know (The Spirit of Adoption)
Christ promised me his Counsellor
Spirit of Christ, who opens up
I stand amazed in the presence (Ephesians 2:18)
Holy Spirit, gift divine (Romans 8:13)
Everyone who knows the Lord for children
With signs of power, – of wind and flame, the promised Holy Spirit came [Today is the Day of Pentecost]
Strengthen with power infinite  Ephesians 3:16–19
A counsellor by day and night  Psalm 16:7
True to the Lord – to Jesus Christ, your Saviour  Acts 11:23
Recreated by God’s Holy Spirit to be  Hebrews 13:15,16
If God’s Holy Spirit has made you an heir  Hebrews 12:5–11
Joy flows from Jesus through faith in his Word  Philippians 4:4
For you know I love you, Saviour
Breathe, Holy Spirit, blow
Plan superb God is fulfilling

The Lord’s Supper
New life, a fledgling church Acts 2:42
Unity, no biting schism (1 Cor. 11)
In remembrance
of our Saviour  (1 Corinthians  11:23-26)
We eat the bread – He gave himself to judgement’s pain
King Ahab said, ‘Until I come, in prison you stay 1 Cor.11:26; 1 Kings 22:17,18,26-35; Ecc.9:11; Pr 19:21
His nail-pierced hands, his spear-slashed side 1 Cor.11:23-26; Matt.26:26-28 & John 20:19-34
This final supper shared together

The Nature of our God
We praise the God transcendent On Psalm 113 (Greatness and Goodness)
God’s law and gift
An understanding Father who’s tender, gentle, kind
God is real – how can we know?
Kingdoms fall, and despots rise (Ps 46:10,11)
Productive Word
Oh the riches of God’s wisdom Romans 11:33-36
What a wonderful plan of God for me  Ephesians1:3–14
Have I the fear of God
Amazing, awesome, wonderful is God’s unspotted love
God in heaven, his earth sustaining
Ascending to worship the LORD high and pure (Psalm 131)
The grace of Christ means we can come 2 Corinthians 13:4
O Lord my God, I think with awesome wonder
I may choose to be a loner  Psalm 139:1-16
Holy God of light and splendour
In days of yore they trimmed their wood Building Philosophical Houses of Cards
This earth was perfect, now it’s flawed [Disasters]
The Creator  has spoken, and truth can be read
Recreated by God’s Holy Spirit to be    Hebrews 13:15,16
For a thousand years are like a day
A love that willingly exchanged
Plan superb God is fulfilling
Moses saw a glimpse of glory
Principles from Psalm 1&2
An able Creator (God’s Providence)
He glances through the galaxy
Could you fish a crocodile?
Primary source of all existence (God’s eternity & trinitarian nature)
God is in heaven – wonderful Father
Look! and see how beautiful
Macro-evolution? I look at a flower or feather

The need of salvation
The beginning and end of tears
The allegory of Aslan’s sacrifice
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
Imprisoned by mere men, God brought them out of jail Acts 5:17-42
Bondage in the darkness, under Satan’s sway  Colossians 1:13,14
My Lord is the King of the universe Psalm 23
How hard to admit that you may be wrong
Massively in debt: we’ve squandered  Matthew 18:21-35  The unmerciful Servant
The ark to hold the words of law
Principles from Psalms 1&2
How grim that day when sin first known

The Saviour Christ
What will last?
Present Grace, Future Perfect (Luke 5:12-26)
Some own there is a god – his character, by whim
The beginning and end of tears
The Despot Herod held a feast
The allegory of Aslan’s sacrifice
Unfounded hope, a rotted rope
Imprisoned by mere men, God brought them out of jail Acts 5:17-42
Jesus died upon a cross. Why? What for? for who? for us
They were filled with venom on Mark 14:1-11
Not ‘just another man deceiving for a span’
The blind man could see: what amazed him the most (John 9)
Who alone has perfect goodness? Mark 10: 21–23
Christ, blessed Son of God  Philippians 2:5–7
The Lamb who once was slain Revelation chapter 5
Who am I? What do they say? Mark 8:27–29
Incarnate Son of God –    1 John 1:1-2:2
The angels look on in great wonder The incarnation
Don’t want to see the obvious  Mark 2:7,16,24; 3:5,6
The devil tempted Christ that he
Materialistic, lonely lost Zaccheaus
A for Adam who did wrong
Amazed at his manner of teaching Mark 1:15,22,24
Hatred, hatred, deaf and blind Viewing the cross
A look of love and tenderness Mark 10
Glory in Jesus, your Saviour from sin  1 Corinthians 1:31
Jesus was raised by God’s great might  (Ephesians 1:19-23)
Herod, full of greed, immoral
The water was changed into wine
Stars of the universe  Hebrews 2:9 and Psalm 8
He healed, can heal, will heal
The death of the Archetype
In tranquil trust hear Jesus pray
He spoke to the needy and lost
From right outside this universe
My Lord is the King of the universe Psalm 23
Arising up and out of sight, a cloud obscured, Acts 1:1-11
The light revealing God, the light that shows the way
Harassed by the daily round  Matthew 9:36-38
Who are blessed? Who will enter heaven? Matthew 5:3-12   The Beatitudes
Who is worthy to fulfil the Father’s plan?  Revelation  chapter 5
The Creator  has spoken, and truth can be read
Just once he showed his awesome majesty  The transfiguration
Simeon & Anna Acknowledged just, and to his God        Anna, serving night and day
Three times he denied (Simon Peter)
Attentively look to the Saviour, – he authored the faith in your heart Hebrews 12:2
Plan superb God is fulfilling Ephesians 1:3-14
The leper came on bended knee Mark 1:40–45
People like to frighten, tease Colossians 1:25-2:10
Why did the Lord awhile delay? Lazarus’ death (John 11)

The Second Coming
We’re waiting for his coming, we do not know the hour
The beginning and end of tears
Adopted and redeemed, welcomed and embraced
Because he lives, I’ll ever live
Christ’s advent changed the world   The 2 Advents
The world will scoff, deny, forget
As Jesus left the earthly temple  Mark 13
With one eye looking back to when on Titus 2:11-14 Living between the two appearings
Arising up and out of sight
He clearly said that none can know the hour, or day, or date
The darkness could not quench the light
A skill above the mind of man
Great expectations: hope wonderful, sure.  Mark 13
Awaiting Christ, great expectation!  Philippians 3:20,21  Eagerly waiting!
We do not know the hour when Jesus will return 1 Cor.15:50-53; 1 Thess. 4:14-17; Lk 21:28; Rev.6:15-17; 11:15-18
For a thousand years are like a day  2 Peter 3:3–10; Ps73:18–28

Trials & Perseverance
New life fruit
Protected Perseverance
Ps 46: esp vv 10,11
Remembering sorrows, trials, grief (cf Psalm 137)
Journeying onwards with vision of glory
King David, choice of God for ruling
Through faith the mouths of lions
In trials, troubles, turmoils
This life can seem a wilderness, with Zion far ahead
If we look around us, feeling quite depressed  1 Corinthians 10:24 Romans 14:19 Philippians 2:4
If God’s Holy Spirit has made you an heir  Hebrews 12:5–11
Christ suffered to save us –  his death on the cross  Colossians 1:24
Whatever may happen, look out for, and pray Philippians 1:12,19,20,21,27
Each day we have need of supplies of fresh grace
Attentively look to the Saviour, – he authored the faith in your heart Hebrews 12:2
The trials may heap on us – when will they cease?  Isaiah 43:1,2

True: overview of history
chapter 1 No Matter
chapter 2
The Source of the Physico-Material
chapter 3
Perfection Poisoned
chapter 4
Flood and Aftermath
chapter 5 Revelation One clan group taught
chapter 6 Saved – slavery
chapter 7 Rescue – ingratitude
chapter 8 A place to enjoy – disobedience
chapter 9 Banished, Return
chapter 10 The Solution Materializes
chapter 11 Rescue-Applied, awaiting completion
chapter 12 Full Renewal and Always


Because he lives, I’ll ever live –