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Palm Sunday – one of the most important days in history!

PALM SUNDAY. It was, of course, the day we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey – famously fulfilling the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9 given sone 500 years earlier. We know from scripture that a ‘multitude’ of Jesus disciples spread their coats on the ground, waved palm branches and sang praises to God (actually singing from Psalm 118) […]

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The Mystery of Godliness

The Mystery of Godliness – 1 Timothy 3:16 On Sunday mornings we have been studying through the Book of 1st Timothy. At the end of the 3rd chapter, after emphasising the importance of sound doctrine and order in the church, Paul states to Timothy: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest […]

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The First Gentile Convert

This study was given as part of our verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Mark on 9th December 2018. The full audio teaching and powerpoint slides are available for free download: https://www.calvaryportsmouth.co.uk/sermons/the-gospel-of-mark-15-27-47/ The First Gentile Convert 9 Events that made a Christ-follower out of a Roman Centurion 1. One of the first events is the fact […]

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Wars, Famines & Earthquakes – this is just the beginning

In our verse-by-verse journey through the Gospel of Mark we are reviewing the Olivet Discourse – the private briefing that Jesus gave to Peter, James, Andrew, and John on the Mt of Olives on the Tuesday before His crucifixion. As Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum states in his classic book on the return of Jesus: ‘The Footsteps of the Messiah’: “The famous Olivet Discourse […]

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Lots of Questions!

On the Tuesday before the Crucifixion (that would take place on the Thursday of Passion Week) Jesus went back into Jerusalem from Bethany (where He had been staying) to do battle with the Jewish leadership. We see Jesus rile the Pharisees by exposing that they were seeking to kill him – which they were, but […]

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Righteous Anger, Faith, Prayer & Grace

In the first part of Mark 11 we saw Jesus arrive at Bethany on the Saturday evening, and then ride into Jerusalem on ‘Palm Sunday’, fulfilling the prophecy given by Gabriel, recorded in Daniel chapter 9 to the very day! Now Mark records that when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem he went to the Temple looked […]

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The Precision of Prophecy

On Sunday’s we have been studying verse-by-verse through the Gospel of Mark, and have just reached chapter 11. Up to this point Mark has provided overwhelming evidence, from eyewitness accounts that Jesus really is the Messiah, but if that hasn’t been enough for some, Chapter 11 seals it! As Jesus arrived on the outskirts of Jerusalem, at the […]

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Every Detail Matters!

In the last post, I highlighted how Satan had engineered a genetic problem with the potential to wipe out humanity (as recorded in Genesis ch6). Satan’s intention was to stop the Seed of the Woman (the Messiah) from being born, thus condemning mankind to an eternity separated from God. It was this that led to the […]

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The Old Testament’s God of Love!

Critics of the Old Testament will often point to the ‘genocide’ (as they see it) that God apparently condones. Chapter 36 of Genesis serves as a reminder that God’s blessings come, not from embracing and intermarrying with the world and its systems, but by remaining separate from them! Unlike his brother Jacob, Esau didn’t see […]

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From Ruin to Restoration

One of the compelling reasons we know the Bible to be true is that it never just seeks to flatter its heroes. No attempt is made to simply gloss over their imperfections and mistakes; in fact, the opposite is true! The Bibles gives it to us ‘warts and all’! We see this in the life […]

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