The Value of Perseverance

April 1st, 2014 | Posted by philhurwood in Phil's Focus - (Comments Off)

A little known Aussie golfer ranked 339 in the world had a break-through win last weekend on the lucrative US golf tour. He triumphed with a one stroke win despite missing a one metre putt on the final hole. Steven Bowditch has battled depression for years and struggled to maintain his tour credentials. His win …
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Holy war

March 18th, 2014 | Posted by philhurwood in Phil's Focus - (Comments Off)

One of the most confronting parts of reading the Old Testament is the concept of holy war. It comes to the forefront in the book of Joshua, our current reading plan focus. Where is the God of compassion? How can such barbarity be squared with a God of love? Why does God not just permit …
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House of prayer for all nations.

March 5th, 2014 | Posted by philhurwood in Phil's Focus - (Comments Off)

Mark 11 records Jesus cleansing of the temple. People were turning worship into an enterprise of commercial profit, and Jesus is angry: “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers” (a bringing together of Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah …
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