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A call to worship, Psalm 13

You have trusted in the steadfast love of the LORD.

So let your heart rejoice in his salvation,
Sing to the LORD,
for he has dealt bountifully with you!

A call to worship, Psalm 12

The LORD will arise and rescue the poor; He sees the poor in their affliction, and he will place him in the safety for which he longs. Draw near to worship the Triune God!...

Jethro, Reuel, and Hobab

An insightful youngster asked me a question recently about the name of Moses' Father-in-Law: Jethro? Reuel? Hobab? All three? Some brief thoughts: It seems that he certainly had at least two names: Jethro (Ex 3:1; 4:18; 18:1-12) and Reuel (Ex 2:18). Some think that he had three names, the third being Hobab (Judges 4:11). But according to Numbers 10:29, Hobab was the son of Reuel. So ...

What's with the tassles?

In the last two weeks, my friend and fellow-Elder at Emmanuel the Revd Dr David Field has preached two sermons (that’s right, two) on Numbers 15:37-41. Here’s the text: 37 The LORD said to Moses, 38 "Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel ...

What is Family Worship?

This question has been nagging me for the last few days, after a friend asked me if I could recommend any liturgical resources for family worship. He'd spent some time hunting around, without success, and I couldn't help much either. So I started to wonder why this might be. I hear quite a lot of people talking about "family worship". I've often wondered what exactly they do. FWIW, we t...

Theology in the second person: The LORD, the Liberator

Merciful and gracious heavenly Father, you saw the affliction of your people Israel in Egypt. You knew their suffering, and you cared enough to rescue them. So you raised up Moses – a great prophet – to lead your people out of slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised land. And now you have raised up another prophet like Moses from among your people – Jesus of Nazareth. ...
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