The Fish Gate Church

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    Calvary Psalms: God, Death & Judgment

    (Psalm 90) In Anglican spirituality, it is part of the regular pattern of worship to read aloud the Psalms; they are printed in the prayer book for easy access. There are some confronting passages in the psalms, especially those that are called imprecatory psalms, and in some older versions of the prayer book those parts […]

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    Calvary Psalms: Communal Lament

    (Psalm 89) One of our greatest disadvantages in reading the Bible is the most basic assumption we have about ourselves from our culture that stands at odds with the most basic assumption that the Scriptures have about human personhood. We assume – ever since Descartes – that we are essentially individual, that relationships are an […]

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    Calvary Psalms: Covenantal Lament

    (Psalm 88) Lamentation is the expression of deep sadness about the way things are. It is not simply “emoting” or “venting”—that can simply be raging into the void. In fact, it actually takes faith to lament truly. A person has to believe in the saving God, the God of covenant to truly lament, for lament […]

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    People Belonging To God

    (Ephesian 4:17-32) The community of the church, the ecclesia, the community of the people who are “called out” is a people who are to be shaped not by the world out from which they have been called but by the God to whom that calling has brought them. The call of God in Jesus Christ […]

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    Chosen To Be Friends

    (John 15:12-17) In his fine little book, The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis says this about friendship: In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a […]

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    The Community Ransomed With Blood

    (1 Peter 1:13-25) The community of the church comes from being those who belong to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But we belong to this divine Community of love only one way – through ransom by blood. We don’t find our place in the divine Community simply through having teaching about the Trinity. Our […]

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    The Saviour Reigns!

    (Luke 1:39-56) I think we need a campaign that aims to rid the world of the treacly sentimentality that surrounds Christmas celebrations. It makes the whole event like a fairy tale, a sweet story, lovely for children, that we can get a little misty-eyed over ourselves, and then can pack away with the tree, the […]

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    The Beginning of a New day

    (Luke 1:5-25) Zechariah and Elizabeth were at the end of things. Their course was nearly run, their race was nearly over. They had faithfully served God for their many years, carefully listening to His word, obediently doing what that word said, both known to be righteous before God. They had been deeply involved in the […]

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    The Travelling Mount Sinai Experience

    (Exodus 35-40) What an extraordinary way to end a book! Exodus 40:34-38 concludes the events of Israel’s rescue from oppression under the powers of Egypt, their encounter with God at Mt Sinai, the giving of the law for their liberty and the plan for the Tabernacle, the tragedy of their rebellion and idolatry, the intercession […]

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    May Your Face Shine Upon Us

    (Exodus 33-34) The people of God constantly need to know and be assured that God is with them, that His favour is upon them, and that He is taking them through to their promised home. When we lose that sense of the favour of God – the face of God shines upon us ­– we […]

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    Before Whom All Hearts Are Open

    (Exodus 32) Impatience is a danger to the people of God. It always – as all our sins do – wears a pious mask but essentially it is a mindset that we know better than God the schedule for our lives. And this means that impatience is a form of idolatry. Moses ‘was delayed’ (by […]

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    Where I’d Rather Be

    (Exodus 25-31) Psalm 84 begins, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul has a longing, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” And towards the end it continues, “For a day in your courts is better than a […]

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    The Covenant Sealed With Blood

    (Exodus 24) The “words of the LORD and all the rules” that Moses tells the people refers to the previous 3 chapters of Exodus, where what life in the covenant of God looks like has been spelled out. Hearing these words, the people are convinced that the covenant is good and desirable – “All the […]

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    God’s Presence, Protection and Provision

    (Exodus 17) “The first responsibility of the people of God is to trust and obey their Saviour God. He has promised to be with us, even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:16-20). We have everything we need for life and godliness granted to us by divine power (2 Peter 1:3) and this is […]

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    The Water and Bread of Life

    (Exodus 15:22-16:36) The next stage in Israel’s life begins following the rescue through the sea. Between then and the entry into the Promised Land, Israel is going to be trained and matured in the wilderness. Their life—like ours—is going to be preparation for the life to come. This section is like a replay of Genesis […]

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    The People Who Sing

    (Exodus 11-12) “In the end, all shall be music.” This saying of, I believe, Jonathan Edwards, the great American theologian and preacher, captures in its poetry a reality that is deeply resonant with us who belong to the church of Jesus Christ. For there is something essentially musical about being the redeemed people of God. […]

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    Saved Into Believing And Fearing God

    (Exodus 14) “The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared…” (Titus 2:11) Suddenly in the narrative of the Bible a new note, which will prove to be the dominant note of the whole book, appears – the loud trumpet blast of salvation as God’s act appears for the first time in this chapter. Vv. […]

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    Strong Hands–Thrust Out, Led Out

    (Exodus 13) The disaster of the last sign, the taking of the firstborn, resulted in Pharaoh and the people of Egypt being only too glad for Israel to leave (12:31-33.) To keep them in slavery would be death to their beloved nation. And so the Israelites left in a hurry (12:39) – the dough that […]

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    Redeemed Into God’s Time

    (Exodus 11-12) When Pharaoh was in charge of time, Israel’s existence became an endless, day by day, repetition of wearisome toil that seemed to have been going on for ever and that had no end in sight. It was slavery simply for the sake of slavery. Past and present were just limitless extensions of an […]

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    God’s Persistence, Sinners’ Resistance

    (Exodus 8-10) The message God sent to Pharaoh by his prophet Moses throughout these chapters was simple and steady, an unchanging and persistent call that Pharaoh let His people God to serve Him in the wilderness. God’s persistence in warning is met by persistent resistance from Pharaoh. The signs (that we call plagues) that God […]