There is the conviction among some UK Christian leaders that our lives in Christ will develop to a greater depth of understanding and meaning if we

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5)

The world is becoming increasingly ripe for judgement.  Even those nations that have made a confession of Christ and of God to one degree or another are now capitulating to false gods.  Pressure for Christians to compromise their faith is such that they can be dragged before the courts for staying true to God and His word.  Last year, 2015, ended with us being told that the coronation of the next monarch should be a “pluralist” rather than a Church of England ceremony.

“Yet even now," declares the Lord, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.”  ‘Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil.…’” (Joel 2:12-13)

I have begun Part 2 with the verses from Joel because it is important for us to establish and understand that God is for us.  We are His new creation and His plans for us are good; but we have aborted our relationship with Him by our sinful, wayward lives.

I have never experienced such heaviness of spirit as I did during the approach to the Christmas season and the New Year; and I wondered if I was sensing something of the heart of God for His Church in this nation.

“Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth” (Psalm 96:9)

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim;
With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore Him: the Lord is His Name!

Both Hanukkah and Christmas are actually known as the “Festival of Lights.”  The focus of each holiday is about God showing us His salvation and supernatural miracles!

A question that came to mind as I sat contemplating – Is the world living on borrowed time?  The influx of Muslims into the West and Europe in particular has drawn out a variety of comments and suggestions.  Some see this move as a potential Islamic invasion seeking world domination.  Some suggest it will lead to the collapse of Islam as Muslims convert to Christianity.  Others shuffle about in the middle and suggest it could go either way.  There appears to be no clear consensus of opinion.  Most certainly the movement of Muslims has changed the world, even if we are not quite sure how.

There was a man named Edgar Cayce.  He was described as a devoted Sunday-School teacher.  However, it wasn’t his devotion to Sunday schoo

While we were waiting for the service to begin at the week-end I read through Psalm 38.  This Psalm is identified for a memorial, or literally “for bringing to remembrance.”  It was this that caught my attention in the first instance.  Through an email, Steve Maltz had shared some interesting thoughts based on Deuteronomy 6:6-7, and how God has given His people a formula so that they do not forget what He has done in delivering them from Egypt in the Exodus; and how Christians can adapt and use that formula to remind us, not only of the Passover and other events where God has acted redemptively in history, but also for important events such as the Advent.

A few years have passed since I wrote the first Hashkama article.  At that time I was thinking of retiring and producing an article maybe two