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Faith Alive! | Issue 114

In Faith Alive! this issue:

  • Editorial
  • The Kingdom of God
  • A Kingdom of Priests
  • Future Kings and Priests
  • The United Kingdom
  • A Divided Kingdom
  • Favourite Kingdom Passages
  • The Kingdom of Men
  • The Restoration of Israel
  • Thy Kingdom Come
  • Fear Not
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is like…
  • Worship Book Launch UK
  • Emails to George and Jenny
  • Meal-a-Day
  • The Kingdom of God Crossword

A sample article from this edition:

Editorial

Walking down the corridor at a school the other day, I overheard a nine-year-old boy say to his friend, “I love politics. It’s so interesting!” It seems that everyone has an opinion about politics these days!

2016 has seen many changes in the world of politics. The people of Britain voted to leave the EU; the UK has a new Prime Minister; and now the US has a new President-elect.

I suspect that one of the reasons people get so animated and opinionated when talking about politics is because they know that changes to laws and policies will affect their lives. They don’t want to be governed by someone whom they feel will make ‘bad’ decisions.

How opinionated have you been about politics in recent months? Have you joined in with jokes about the recent election? Have you ridiculed politicians you have never even met? Or have you kept silent when others have made their jokes? Have you shared your faith and your future hope with others? Do your friends and colleagues know that your allegiance lies elsewhere?

The people around us might think that their vote can change the course of history, but we know that “the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will” (Daniel 4:17). We know that God is in control of world events, and that “he removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21). We are not to ridicule the politicians whom God has put in place, nor are we to question their election, for He is working through them to bring about His purpose.

Thousands of years ago, the people of Israel cried out for a king. They had forgotten that Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was their deliverer and King. Today, the world is no different. People place their hope in the rulers and governors they can see with their own eyes. But we have faith in a God we cannot see. We are looking forward to and longing for the day when He will send His Son back to the earth to establish a reign of justice and peace.

“He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4).

Quotations from the ESV.

 

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