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Romans: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Romans: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

Paul's letter to the young church in Rome has dramatically influenced Christians through the ages. It has been described as a 'gateway into heaven'. In his letter Paul gives a complete picture of the gospel - the fullest and grandest in the New Testament. His horizons are vast, taking in time and eternity, the past, present and… Read more…

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Isaiah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Isaiah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Barry Webb

Ever since Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue of Nazareth, Christians have gravitated to this great prophecy as the interpretive center of the Old Testament. Here the story of Israel, scourged by judgment and exile and hopeful of restoration, is framed by its witnesses, heaven and earth. How will Israel be brought through its school of suf… Read more…

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Psalms (2 Vols.): Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Psalms (2 Vols.): Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Michael Wilcock

The book of Psalms is a favorite of Christians, even though we frequently read it in portions and pieces, hopscotching through the familiar and avoiding the odd, the unpleasant and the difficult. But though the individual psalms arose from an assortment of times, experiences and settings, the book is composed in a deliberate pattern, not as a random antholog… Read more…

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John: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

John: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Bruce Milne

John's Gospel has had an incalculable impact on human history. Its pages contain a moral and spiritual potency which, over the centuries, has transformed communities, brought about political change and remade human character on a scale without precedent. The power remains in the Gospel today. At its centre, as at the centre of his expo… Read more…

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Exodus: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Exodus: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by J. A. Motyer

When the Lord promised the land of Canaan to Abram and his descendants (Gen 15:7), every part of it was already occupied by other peoples. The long journey to possession of the Promised Land was prepared by God, yet it led through a path of adversity. We, the readers of the Old Testament, are left to wonder why. In this engaging commentary… Read more…

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Ephesians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Ephesians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

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 Paul's letter to the young church at Ephesus. It portrays a new society of Christ's making that stands out in bright relief against our colourless world of oppression, heartache, separation and divisio… Read more…

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Ezekiel: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Ezekiel: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Christopher J. H. Wright

Ezekiel comes to us as a stranger from a distant time and land. Who is this priest who, on his thirtieth birthday, has a dazzling vision of God on a wheeled throne? Who is this odd prophet who engages in outlandish street theater and speaks for God on international affairs? Who is this seer who paints murals of apocalyptic doom and then of a restored temple … Read more…

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Acts: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Acts: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

The Book of Acts, John Stott believes, is important not only for its vivid historical record. It is also vital for the inspiration which it brings to us now. Today's church can seek to recapture something of the early confidence, enthusiasm, vision and power of the church of the first century. Despite all its imperfections and troubles, the young church … Read more…

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Genesis (2 Vols.): Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Genesis (2 Vols.): Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Joyce G. Baldwin and David J. Atkinson

Genesis shows us how and why we are. It uncovers the origins of evil. It illuminates the meaning of freedom. It expresses the harmony of creation. And it offers hope for the renewal of our natural world and for the healing of our broken relationships. The Genesis volumes of the Bible Speaks Today series are provided here in a single resource. &… Read more…

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Ecclesiastes: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Ecclesiastes: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Derek Kidner

What is life about? In the end, does it all amount to a wisp of vapor, 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 w… Read more…

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Hebrews: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Hebrews: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Raymond E. Brown

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 came as an encouragement. The writer of the letter turns their eyes to Christ, and shows how he fulfils the … Read more…

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Jeremiah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Jeremiah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Christopher J. H. Wright

The prophet Jeremiah addressed the people of Judah and Jerusalem over a forty-year period leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. The book of Jeremiah addresses the exiles, especially those in Babylon, in the years after the catastrophe. Here we encounter Jeremiah the prophet who, from his youth to old age, delivered the wor… Read more…

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Sermon on the Mount: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Sermon on the Mount: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

"The followers of Jesus are to different," writes John Stott, "different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture. Here is a Christian value-system, ethical stand… Read more…

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Mark: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Mark: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Donald English

At first sight the Gospel of Mark is a simple account of the ministry of Jesus with lots of stories, plenty of action, a large amount of human interest, and some very straight and searching questions, mostly from Jesus himself. Yet underlying the Gospel is the cross and the cost of discipleship, focusing the question of who Jesus was, and … Read more…

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1 Corinthians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

1 Corinthians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David Prior

David Prior, in The Message of I Corinthians, writes first of all as a pastor. His conviction is that 1 Corinthians is uniquely a tract for our times. His aim is that churches will recognise the problems and tensions inherent in being God's people in the increasingly urban world today, and not be ignorant of the true spirituality that is the work of the … Read more…

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Daniel: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Daniel: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Dale Ralph Davis

A replacement volume in the Bible Speaks Today Old Testament commentary series, Dale Ralph Davis's The Message of Daniel offers a reliable exposition of the visionary book of Daniel for pastors and lay commentary readers. About the Bible Speaks Today (BST) Series: Edited by J.A. Motyer and the late John R. W. Stott, … Read more…

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Galatians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Galatians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

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 b… Read more…

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Proverbs: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Proverbs: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David J. Atkinson

The book of Proverbs is the most practical book in the Bible. Its instruction in the art of living has been long tried and long proven. Its proverbial seeds of discernment are ready to be planted and rooted in the receptive soil of Wisdom's sons and daughters today. In The Message of Proverbs the ancient voice of Lady Wisdom cries out … Read more…

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Revelation: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Revelation: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Michael Wilcock

What is the book of Revelation? Does it describe in veiled language events of its writer's own day, or is it largely a prophecy of events still to come? Is it a chart of the whole of history from Christ's first coming to his second? Or does it deal chiefly with principles which are always valid in Christian experience? And what is … Read more…

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Luke: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Luke: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Michael Wilcock

Luke the Physician was fascinated by people - rich and poor, Jews and Gentiles, men and women, rulers and slaves. In his Gospel he delights to portray Jesus as the Saviour not of an elite group but of any one, in any condition, who turns to him. Jesus is indeed the Saviour of the world. Luke knew exactly what he was doing when he wrote his… Read more…

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Colossians and Philemon: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Colossians and Philemon: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Dick Lucas

Fullness and freedom - two aspects of Christian life that we all want to share. Paul wrote about them at length (and depth) in his letter to the Christians at Colossae, where certain new teachers were proclaiming that 'mere Christianity' is not enough. There is, they suggested, a fuller experience, a greater liberation, than they had so far enjoyed. … Read more…

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Thessalonians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Thessalonians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

How can two brief letters to a church in first-century Macedonia speak to us today? John Stott believes that Paul's letters to the Christians in Thessalonica offer three main guidelines to churches at the beginning of the twenty-first century; a model for ministry, as Paul's self-giving, prayerful love for the church challenges Chr… Read more…

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2 Timothy: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

2 Timothy: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

John Stott writes, 'During the gestation of this book I seem to have lived inside the second letter of Paul to Timothy. In imagination I have sat down beside Timothy and have tried myself to hear and heed this final charge from the aging apostle ... 'On each occasion I have been impressed afresh by the timeliness for today of what … Read more…

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Joel, Micah and Habakkuk: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Joel, Micah and Habakkuk: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David Prior

Where is God in times of disaster? How can God allow suffering? What are God's people to do about moral decay in society? While people throughout the ages have long pondered these questions, three of the minor prophets--Joel, Micah and Habakkuk--provide insights to these perennial problems. The people of Joel's day were devastated … Read more…

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Job: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Job: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David J. Atkinson

Why do people suffer? What is God's role in suffering? How can we help those who suffer? The fact of suffering in the world challenges us with its questions. The book of Job is all about human suffering. Its portrayal of one man's sufferings, the ineffective responses of his friends, and his struggle for faith and… Read more…

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Obadiah, Nahum and Zephaniah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Obadiah, Nahum and Zephaniah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Gordon Bridger

Obadiah, Nahum and Zephaniah are probably among the least-read books of the Bible, and rarely preached. However, Gordon Bridger encourages us to study and apply these three Old Testament prophets for several compelling reasons. As part of Scripture, endorsed by Jesus, they claim to bring a message from God, and teach us some major truths: … Read more…

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Kings: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Kings: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John W. Olley

At the beginning of 1 and 2 Kings, Solomon's reign brought peace, prosperity, dynamic international trade and a magnificent center of worship. At the end, by contrast, the people faced a complete reversal: they and their king were in exile; Jerusalem and the temple lay in ruins. How can this story of reversal, told by the very people w… Read more…

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Jonah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Jonah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Rosemary Nixon

The book of Jonah is mostly remembered for its oddity--a runaway prophet swallowed by a whale! But there must be more to the book than that. And indeed there is. For one thing, it is a book artfully constructed, with one chapter devoted to a psalm. It is a book that will reward careful reading and meditation. But more th… Read more…

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1 Timothy and Titus: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

1 Timothy and Titus: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by John Stott

The Apostle's overriding preoccupation throughout his Pastoral Letters is with the truth - that it may be faithfully guarded and handed on. John Stott is at pains to convey Paul's passionate concern for the future of the gospel, and for younger pastors charged with its care. Paul's concern is pertinent today. Contemporary cultu… Read more…

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1 Peter: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

1 Peter: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Edmund P. Clowney

The message of Peter's first letter turned the world upside-down for his readers. He saw the people of the young church of the first century as strangers, aliens who were only temporary residents, travellers heading for their native land. Peter speaks to our own pilgrimage when he tells of suffering now and glory to come. Stormy season… Read more…

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Samuel: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Samuel: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Mary J. Evans

Reading the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, we witness the transition of Israel from tribal confederacy to established monarchy. And, as Mary Evans shows in this passage-by-passage commentary, during such a transition questions of identity and power are unavoidable. In the aftermath of the decline of the judges, priests abuse their priestly privi… Read more…

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Philippians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Philippians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by J. A. Motyer

The Apostle Paul was bound by prison chains when he wrote to the church at Philippi. Despite his loss of liberty, and opposition from fellow-workers, the letter radiates joy - joy that Christ was proclaimed, joy in fellowship with the Philippian Christians, and above all joy in Jesus himself. In Message of Philippians, Alec Motyer explores Paul's great t… Read more…

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Leviticus: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Leviticus: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Derek Tidball

For most Christians today, there is no message of Leviticus, for Leviticus goes unread. Yet Leviticus was the first priority in Jewish instruction of the law of Moses. Jesus and his hearers knew Leviticus well and took its teachings to heart. The documentary hypothesis that reigned supreme over Pentateuchal studies for most of the twentiet… Read more…

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Matthew: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Matthew: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Michael Green

The Gospel according to Matthew is perhaps the most important single document of the New Testament, for in it we have the fullest and most systematic account of the birth, life, teaching, death and resurrection of the founder of Christianity, Jesus the Messiah. In The Message of Matthew, Michael Green shows how this very Jewish Gospel portrays the power and … Read more…

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John's Letters: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

John's Letters: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David Jackman

In a climate of disunity and doctrinal deviation, the apostle John called his first readers to live in the love and truth of God. David Jackman has no doubt that John's letters are a vital, powerful word from the Lord to the church today around the world. So often we take extreme positions, leading to a fragmentation of both churches a… Read more…

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Ruth: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Ruth: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David J. Atkinson

The book of Ruth is a tale of charm and delight. Goethe called it "the loveliest complete work on a small scale, handed down to us as an ethical treatise and an idyll." Another writes, "No poet in the world has written a more beautiful short story." The book tells about very ordinary people facing very ordinary events. We m… Read more…

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Nehemiah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Nehemiah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Raymond E. Brown

The book of Nehemiah is about starting over again. Nehemiah, one of Israel's great leaders, tells firsthand the powerful story of the rebuilding of ancient Jerusalem's walls after the exile. This rebuilding, in the face of great odds, represented the people's renewal of faith, their overcoming of national shame and the reforming of their conduct.… Read more…

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James: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

James: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by J. A. Motyer

As a good communicator, James addressed his readers directly and pointedly, with vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements. The Message of James brings James' letter to life for today's reader. Alec Motyer is himself gripped by James' energy and concern for practical Christianity. The letter shows how a … Read more…

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Ezra and Haggai: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Ezra and Haggai: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Robert Fyall

Ezra is rarely if ever preached on. Haggai gets even shorter shrift: if anything, Haggai 1 is pressed into service to encourage a reluctant congregation to give to an ailing fabric fund. But the message of these books, and their emphasis on building for God and the need of obedience to his Word and openness to his Spirit, is one which needs to be heard clear… Read more…

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Joshua: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Joshua: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David G. Firth

The book of Joshua recounts the momentous events of Israel’s entry into Canaan, the promised land: Joshua’s commission and reassurance, crossing the Jordan river, the capture of Jericho and Ai, the grand covenant renewal ceremony at Mount Ebal, the curious treaty with the Gibeonites, and a rapid overview of the campaigns in the south and the north. The s… Read more…

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Lamentations: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Lamentations: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Christopher J. H. Wright

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587 BC is the likely setting for the book of Lamentations. This was the most traumatic event in the whole of Old Testament history, with its extreme human suffering, devastation of the ancient city, national humiliation, and the undermining of all that was thought to be theologically guaranteed like the Davi… Read more…

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Hosea: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Hosea: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Derek Kidner

"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 spokesman? 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. Hosea's somber portrait of the human condition… Read more…

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2 Corinthians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

2 Corinthians: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Paul Barnett

The letter of 2 Corinthians is important, Paul Barnett believes, for its magnificent message that God's power is brought to people in their weakness, not in human strength. This momentous theme emerges in a dramatic real-life situation. The apostle confronts shadowy opponents who had recently come to Corinth and formed an alliance with… Read more…

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Esther: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Esther: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by David G. Firth

By any assessment, Esther is a rather strange book to find in the Bible. Not only is it, along with Daniel, the only book of the Bible to be set entirely outside of the Promised Land, it also shows no interest in that land. More than that, Esther is the only book in the Bible which definitely does not mention God. None of this should be taken as meaning that… Read more…

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Judges: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Judges: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Michael Wilcock

The book of Judges bustles with colorful characters. Ehud, a left-handed political assassin who cleverly dispatches a corpulent king. Deborah, a bold prophet and matriarch of Israel who musters tribes to war. Samson, a Rambo-like warrior who dallies with women and annihilates Philistines in a temple of doom. To … Read more…

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Numbers: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Numbers: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Raymond E. Brown

Numbers is one of the "lost" books of the Bible--lost because it is neglected by many Christians. Named for its two "numberings," or censuses, of Israel--the generation that left Egypt and the generation that entered the land of promise--Numbers frames a fascinating account of the pilgrim people Israel learning to trust Go… Read more…

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Song of Songs: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Song of Songs: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Tom Gledhill

At first reading the Song of Songs appears to be an unabashed celebration of the deeply rooted urges of physical attraction, mutual love and sexual consummation between a man and a woman. Tom Gledhill maintains that the Song of Songs is in fact just that--a literary, poetic exploration of human love that strongly affirms loyalty, beauty an… Read more…

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Amos: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Amos: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by J. A. Motyer

"Affluence, exploitation and the profit motive were the most notable features of the society which Amos observed and in which he worked . . . "Standards had gone to pot. Authority and the rule of law were despised, and national leadership, while reeling in the publicity and dignity of position . . . Seemed to be contributing to th… Read more…

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Malachi: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Malachi: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Peter Adam

The book of Malachi fittingly sits in Christian Bibles as the last book of the Old Testament, which it assumes, summarizes and applies. Yet it also looks forward to the New Testament with its promises of the coming reign of God. A striking feature of the book is the way in which every word of God is contradicted or questioned by his people… Read more…

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Zechariah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Zechariah: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Barry G. Webb

The study of the book of Zechariah is bound to be enriching, for it is imbued from beginning to end with the same heart-cry that Jesus turned into a prayer for all of us: "Your kingdom come." Here Barry G. Webb explores the kingdom of God as the prophet Zechariah apprehended it. In oracles and visions Zechariah challenged his heare… Read more…

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Deuteronomy: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Deuteronomy: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Raymond E. Brown

Reading Deuteronomy can be like standing before Israel with Moses, hearing him address us as a future generation of the covenant people of God. Though we may have passed over the Jordan into the good land, we still struggle with temptations and opposition. Raymond Brown's The Message of Deuteronomy guides Christians to hear and appreci… Read more…

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2 Peter & Jude: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

2 Peter & Jude: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Dick Lucas and Christopher Green

The letters of 2 Peter and Jude form a robust pair, with their distinctive overlap in theme and wording. These letters are sometimes overlooked, yet their message for today's church is powerfully relevant. Both their writers aim to expose false guide who bewitch young believers. In response, they set before the churches bedrock conditi… Read more…

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Chronicles: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

Chronicles: Bible Speaks Today (BST)

by Michael Wilcock

Michael Wilcock sees Chronicles as first and foremost a sermon; its object -- to foster a right relationship between God and his people. The Chronicler finds in the records of Israel the "great overall pattern" of God's hand in history. The Lord's constant mercy, love and faithfulness shine through. With great perception, the Chronicler first… Read more…

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