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Bethesda Shalom

Bethesda Shalom , "House of Mercy and Peace". A small independent Bible believing Church located in Wolverhampton, England; endeavouring to hold fast to truth and stand fast in love by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Now displaying: May, 2021

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May 31, 2021

1 Chronicles 17:1-15

There’s a burning passion that I cannot shake from my being; two things that so grip my heart. #1. the swiftness in which life is passing us by and #2. Our response to this.  What is your response to the passing glory of this life and the speed at which it appears for a moment before vanishing away?  What are your priorities?  Where do your concerns lie?  Simply put, for what reason are you living, and for whose glory?  Is it for God’s or for your own?  His Kingdom or your kingdom?  His house or your house? His business or your business?  His honour or your honour?  I figure that with the few measly years allotted to us, we may as well burn out for Jesus!!!  We’ll not regret it for a second, the moment we step out into eternity! 

May 24, 2021

2 Samuel 22

It is no accident that the Psalm contained in 2 Samuel 22 is pretty much a word-for-word repetition of Psalm 18!  An accident?  Certainly not!  When God speaks once, we have reason to listen; but when He speaks twice, we’d better pay attention!  We take a look at this precious and much-loved Psalm and in so doing, discover the many testimonies of David declaring the mighty Deliverer with whom he had to do! Oh, that we might come to know His faithful mercies bountifully in our own lives and experiences.

May 17, 2021

Matthew 12:1-8

Misguided zeal is a dangerous thing and nowhere perhaps is this zeal more deadly than when framed within a religious context.  There is no underestimating what man will do for God, and the devil knows this, which is why it is his vehicle of choice so commonly used to insight men to injure his neighbour. What saith our Lord? What is the end of all divine commandments?  “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mt. 22:36-39).

May 10, 2021

1 Corinthians 15:58

On July 8th, 1741, a man by the name of Jonathan Edwards preached what has been dubbed, the greatest sermon to have ever been preached on American soil.  The sermon was titled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.  Nothing was spared the hearers, as Edwards expounded to his sleepy listeners, the certain fiery punishment that awaited the unbelievers and their desperate need to flee to the Saviour for refuge! As believers in Christ, we rejoice in Christ for His saving grace wherewith we have been gloriously saved from such an end.  However, in light of the coming resurrection when Christ shall burst the heavens and come back for His own, we are not to be found idle. 

This sermon is an exhortation for us in Christ to be busy in the work of the Lord until He comes.  For those unsure of their call, it’s time to seek the Lord.  For those who know their call and yet are slumbering, it is a wake-up call to arise so as to set the hand to the plough!

May 8, 2021

Knowing the Bible for Yourself (Pt. 12)

It has often been said; “If it’s in the Bible, then I believe it!!”  Whilst I understand the sentiments of what is seeking to expressed by such a statement, the statement is only as good as one’s interpretation of the text.  If one misinterprets a portion of Scripture due to poor exegesis, then what one thinks they understand God to be saying, is not actually what He has said.  To then apply this to one’s life to miss the mark and to end in error.

In this second part of a two-part teaching, we look at three unique books that have caused problems for some in their interpretation due to the difficult nature of their composition and structure.  We endeavour by the grace of God to shed some light in these Books, namely Ecclesiastes, Job, and Song of Solomon. 

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May 2, 2021

Luke 7:36-50

When we think of religion, we tend to have this idea in our minds that those who are the most zealous in their efforts to apply religious principles; these are they who love God the most.  I want to say, nothing could be further from the truth!  Some of the meanest and cruelest people down through millennia’s ages are those who were the most fanatical in their cause for religion!  What we need is not more religion, but more love for the Saviour!  May God so help us to love the Lord Jesus Christ with a greater affection. 

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