Words Are Important

Some of the important distinctions between Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christians come down to the meaning of a word; this is nothing new. In the early days of church history, there was a significant debate about the body of the Lord Jesus. Was it flesh and bone or did it just appear as flesh and […]

Why should people believe the Bible?

In a society in which there is so much unbelief and so many other beliefs, we can’t just assume that people view the Bible as reliable or relevant, never mind as God’s word. Often, before we can tell them what the Bible says, we have to make a case for why they should listen. That’s […]

How To Live as a Christian – Part 1

One of the biggest challenges that every believer faces is their daily walk as a Christian. Our walk, or manner of living, should be consistent and Christ-like. When God saved us, He changed us and made us a ‘new creature’, 2 Cor. 5. 17, and this should be reflected in how we live our lives. […]

Esther – Part 3

Author The writer is unknown. He was possibly a Persian Jew who had access to ‘the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia’, Esther 10. 2. Others suggest it was written by Mordecai. Dates and Time Span There are three specific date markers: Chapter 1 verse 3 – ‘the third year […]

Editor’s Introduction – August 2022

Hopefully, by now you will have had a summer break and some rest and recuperation. I have enjoyed pulling this edition of Young Precious Seed together – not the process but the content of the articles. One of the benefits of being an editor is reading new articles and being challenged by what we are […]

Annas and Caiaphas

Have you noticed how Bible villains often come in pairs? For instance, Ahab and Jezebel menaced Elijah; later, Sanballat and Tobiah interfered with Nehemiah’s building project. In this article, we consider a pair of bad priests, Annas and Caiaphas, who are mentioned in the Gospel narratives and the Acts of the Apostles. Their names and […]

Morphe

If you are a certain age, you will remember ‘morph the plasticine character of a children’s television programme. He is making a comeback on Sky Kids. Staying true to the original format, the new series was shot using clay and traditional stop-frame animation without dialogue at Morph’s original home, the Aardman studios in Bristol. Morph […]

Melchizedek

If we read only the Genesis narrative, we might misclassify Melchizedek as a ‘one page wonder’, a biblical character who turns up for a single event, serves faithfully and then departs unobtrusively. Individuals like Jabez, Naaman’s servant girl and Onesiphorus fit into this category. However, Melchizedek is entirely different since he features in the principal […]

The Key to Conviction

We learned in our last article that, by asking questions, we can open and direct gospel conversations in an inoffensive way. However, we want those conversations to be more than impersonal and intellectual discussions of ideas. We want to be able to present the Lord Jesus Christ to people as the answer to their greatest […]

How To Appreciate Your Saviour – The Character of Christ

One of the most important things any young believer can do is to study passages of scripture concerning the character of Christ. There are many we could look at but the one that we want to consider, briefly in this article, is Philippians chapter 2 verses 1 to 11. A detailed study of these verses […]

Esther – Part 2

The Five Main Characters (in the order they appear) Ahasuerus (means ‘prince’, or ‘lion king’) Ahasuerus was accepted to have been the autocratic ruler of the vast Medo-Persian empire. He was infamous in secular history for his outbursts of senseless anger and outrageous, impossible demands. Like many despots, he probably claimed divine status and expected […]

Editor’s Introduction – May 2022

Welcome to the May issue of Young Precious Seed. I hope that you are enjoying your daily Bible readings and are satisfied as you feed on the word of God. The scriptures are an amazing resource, please take advantage of them. At Precious Seed we have lots of material that will help you in your […]

Editor’s Introduction

Hi, thanks once again for reading Young Precious Seed. I really do appreciate it. We are starting this first issue of 2022 with four new series of articles. I hope that you find them thought provoking, interesting, educational, and challenging. That’s the aim. I have tried to cover a variety of topics that might interest […]

Esther – Part 1

It will take about twenty minutes to read through Esther, and repeated reading will allow you to immerse yourself in the story. These notes, which will be in three parts, are offered to help you in your personal study. Introduction and purpose, and the biblical and historical settings Esther, the seventeenth book of the Bible, […]

How to handle material things – trusting God v covetousness

The handling of material things is a challenge that every believer faces. We should not be lax in our responsibility to provide for ourselves and our families. The scriptures clearly teach the importance of working to meet our own needs, Eph. 4. 28, as well as taking care of those whom the Lord has entrusted […]

Introduction – Thorn bushes and myrtle trees

Perhaps we are lazy or have become accustomed to bite-sized everything, from social media to a YouTube-style news cycle. Whatever the reason, Christian doctrine is sadly neglected. We seem to know very little about our God, our Saviour, and the gospel. We sing songs about people’s experiences, aspirations, emotions and are stirred by the lyrics […]

The key to conversation

As a young Christian, I had a burning desire to make the gospel known to those who had never heard it. What held me back was an equally strong feeling of inadequacy. I was ill-equipped to converse with friends, neighbours, and strangers, about the gospel and I didn’t want to make a fool of myself […]

Zacharias

Between the two testaments, there were ‘four hundred silent years’ without a word from God.1 How would heavenly communication be resumed? Who would hear the first fresh word from the Lord? The answer is that divine revelation came initially to a priest engaged in temple service; his name was Zacharias. Throughout his writing, Luke focuses […]

Be Mindful

The practice of mindfulness has become increasingly popular in society today. However, there is real danger associated with becoming overly focused on self. As an antidote to self-occupation, I would like to consider what the Bible says we should be mindful of – profitable things that we should strive to remember and focus our minds […]

Can sickness be for the glory of God?

When we have a friend or loved one who is unwell and going through a real trial with their health, it’s difficult, isn’t it, to see the purpose behind it or to understand why our God doesn’t seem to intervene immediately despite all our heartfelt prayers? Of course, the simple answer is to say that […]

Editor’s Introduction

Here we are moving swiftly towards the end of another year! 2021 has nearly run its course. How has the year been for you? Hopefully, we have all learned lessons from our experiences, and our walk with the Lord has become increasingly important to us. In this issue Phil Raggett reminds us about what the […]

Paul’s I am Series

‘And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak’, Eph. 6. 19, 20 Apart from world politics, the term ‘ambassador’ […]

Proverbs: The Book of Wisdom

All quotations are taken from the New King James Bible. Apart from Christ Himself, Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. He made his request for wisdom early in his reign, and God responded by giving him such wisdom ‘so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like […]

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Throughout the pages of the word of God the Holy Spirit is mentioned. In the book of beginnings, Genesis, He is moving across the face of the deep, Gen. 1. 2, and in Revelation He joins the bride in saying ‘come’, Rev. 22. 17. One writer referred to the Holy Spirit as the forgotten God, […]

Four Bad Priests

The Bible is packed with good examples of characters we can emulate, since ‘things … written aforetime were written for our learning’, Rom. 15. 4. Conversely, there are also many bad examples, people whose traits we must avoid. Such examples should serve as salutary warnings to us as believers. In this article, we will consider […]

Editor’s Introduction

Thanks for reading Young Precious Seed (YPS). If this is the first time you have read YPS, welcome. If you are a regular visitor, thank you for your ongoing interest. Our aim at YPS is to promote the teaching of the New Testament and to encourage young Christians to learn and live out the truths […]

The Glory of the Person of Jesus Christ

If the world wasn’t in enough turmoil pre-Covid-19, it is now. Financially, politically, socially and culturally, wave after wave of bad news bombards us through every form of media. It is enough to depress even the most optimistic person. Where on earth can Christians turn to be cheered up? I commend to you the person […]

Paul’s I am Series

I am apprehended – Phil. 3. 12 v‘Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus’, Phil. 3. 12. I was not much of an athlete at school and merely dabbled with cross-country, resulting […]

The young believer and career choices – working in the Public Sector

I have been in the civil service for over forty years and recommend public service as a career worth considering in that it provides secure employment, while allowing a believer to serve the Lord and to fully participate in the assembly of which they form a part. Serving the public good The vast UK public […]

A to Z of Priests – Prophetic Priests:

The original Joshua featured in Israel’s first exodus; after they escaped from Egypt, he led them into the Promised Land. The other Joshua, who is the subject of this article, participated in Israel’s second exodus, when they returned from Babylonian captivity. The magnitude of the second exodus was roughly a tenth of the first; only […]

An Upward Look

In these difficult days of the Covid 19 pandemic, it is good for the child of God to be encouraged in the Lord. There are countless occasions in the word of God when we are encouraged to ‘lift up our eyes’. Some of the most prominent characters in the scriptures do just this, and we […]

Editor’s Introduction

Welcome to YPS May 2021. I hope that this issue finds you well. One of my privileges when compiling and editing YPS is finding new writers and reading what they send me. Last issue we had a couple of new writers, and I really enjoyed their articles – there are more to come, so watch […]

Paul’s I am Series

I am in a strait – Phil. 1. 23 ‘For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain … what I shall choose … I am in a strait … having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ … nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful’, Phil. 1. […]

The young believer and career choices – a cabinetmaker

As I start to tell you about my work-life experience, there is a principle that you would be wise to consider. As Christians, we should talk to the Lord about everything, so as you think about what career you should pursue, make it a matter of prayer. I always wanted to be a chef; however, […]

Editor’s Introduction

We are now well into 2021 and hopefully you are well. I don’t know what stage we will be in the fight against COVID-19 by the time you read this, but I am sure that it will still be on our radar. What an encouragement it is to know that ‘the Most High rules in […]

Not Important

There is a sketch in the Calvin and Hobbes comic book that pictures Calvin looking up at the stars and shouting, ‘I’m significant!’. The next panel zooms out to show us a tiny handful of the stars framed against a small picture of Calvin in the bottom left-hand corner, while in the following frame Calvin […]