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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 14)

July 28, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 1 Comments

Revisiting the overview of the structure of the book of Job via the Bible Project.... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 14)

July 26, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

God has spoken (Job 38-41), and Job is accepting of what he has heard (Job 42:2). But clearly not everyone is satisfied. I mentioned Virginia Woolf’s reaction: “I read the Book of Job the other day and I don’t think God comes out well in it!”. Such a view is articulated more academically by some commentators, such as ... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 13)

July 21, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

This week we are looking at the newcomer to the “let’s fix Job" mix- the young and fired-up Elihu. Christopher Ash is right when he says that there are only two ways we can listen to Elihu: either he is a false prophet or he is a true prophet. Ash argues for the latter (as summarised in Tuesday’s devotion). For what it&rsqu... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 13)

July 19, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

Considering the place of Elihu and his words (Job 32-37): a positive voice?... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 12)

July 14, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

Job’s interactions with his friends and before God have taken him a long way since the agonised darkness of chapter 3. In spite of his deep and drawn out suffering, he has remained steadfast in his resolve, and even displayed moments of profound hope (as we saw in Job 19:25-27). There is much more ground yet to be travelled, but chapte... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 12)

July 13, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

We return this week to our extended journey through the Book of Job. As we have noted a number of times, Job is not a book to rush through. The themes of God’s sovereignty and undeserved suffering cannot be summarised in a few dot points. As we make our way through the various speeches and responses between Job and his ‘comforter... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 11)

June 23, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 1 Comments

As we leave Job for a few weeks and return to the Gospel of Luke, we look at some of the parallel themes between Job and Luke 18.... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 11)

June 21, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

One of the most pressing issues in the book of Job the whole question of “Why”. Why is Job hauled through such a harrowing experience? Why is this upright man of integrity and faithfulness suffering so desperately? Why is God allowing this to happen? Why….? And yet this question is not directly answered. At least not in a... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 10)

June 16, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

I am always so encouraged by the testimony of those who remain faithful in the midst of suffering. Elisabeth Elliot is a wonderful example. Her first husband was Jim was one of the 'Ecuador Five'- missionaries who were murdered by members of the Auca tribe as they sought to bring the gospel into the jungles of Ecuador. This is an amazing sto... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 10)

June 14, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 2 Comments

As we have continued to work through the book of Job we have listened as even Job’s closest friends turn on him. We have considered what they have had to say- the three not-so-comforters, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. We have heard the advice they have tried to give Job- or I should say the abuse they have dumped on poor Job. We tried to... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 9)

June 9, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

How would you describe your deepest longings as you turn the eyes of your heart to eternity?... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 9)

June 7, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

We were to work through Job 19 on Sunday. But the extreme weather, an uprooted tree* and fallen power lines meant that we were not able to gather for church. My wife wondered if there was something in the message which I had prepared that God didn't want us to hear this week! And yet, there was much in the events of the weekend- the power in... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 8)

June 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 1 Comments

Read through Job 16 Job feels “worn out” and “devastated” by God (Job 16:7), “assailed” and “torn” by God (Job 16:9), “shattered” and “crushed” by God (Job 16:12). And yet Job knows that- somehow- God is his only hope: "O earth, do not cover my blood;may my cry neve... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 8)

May 31, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

As we have been listening to Job, we have been looking for marks of genuine faith. One of the most encouraging signs would have to be Job’s perseverance. While it seems like he comes perilously close to throwing in the towel, Job does not let up. Deep down his faith holds on in hope that God will turn his face back towards Job and list... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 7)

May 26, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 2 Comments

As we listen to Job’s words in speech after speech, I wonder if you begin to question his integrity. The raw manner with which he challenges not just his friends, but the Lord God Almighty, seems very presumptuous. It is little wonder that his comforters lose patience with him. Listen to Zophar in Job 11:2-5: “Are all these word... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 7)

May 24, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 3 Comments

This Sunday we will have a message summarising Job's speeches. In preparation for working through what Job has to say, it is necessary for us to consider what and why we as the readers of the book know more than Job and his friends.  We have had Christopher Ash's excellent commentary as our regular guide as we have been working through... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 6)

May 19, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 1 Comments

It is not easy to get a handle on Job’s thoughts when you read his speeches. Like most who are experiencing significant trauma, he is confused and inconsistent. Job is trying to make sense of ‘God, life and the universe and everything’- which is not easy to do when you are in the midst of suffering. He is doing his theology... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 6)

May 17, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

What is the ultimate reason for Job’s misery? What causes him the most distress? We must not dismiss his considerable grief at the loss of his children, the stress of financial ruin and the agony of his physical suffering, yet there is something deeper still. Something more fundamental. When we come to Job’s words in chapter 9, ... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 5)

May 12, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 0 Comments

In our last devotion, I suggested that Job speaks with the heart of a believer. He is certainly struggling, and he says a great deal of confused words, yet these come from a desire to make sense of his circumstances before a God whom he knows is his only hope, yet seems to be against him at the same time. Read Job 6:1-10 When we read Job&r... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 5)

May 10, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 2 Comments

One of the big questions when we look at Job is this: can a man be wrong and right at the same time? ... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Friday, Week 4)

May 6, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 2 Comments

Job's friends have no place for a dynamic relationship with the Lord. But is it okay to complain to God?... Keep Reading

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Exploring further the connection between human sin and suffering in the light of the Cross.... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Monday Week 1)

May 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 4 Comments

An initial look at the ultimate sovereign control of God as we approach the book of Job... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Monday, Week 2)

May 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 2 Comments

Who is "haś•śāṭān", or "the satan" in the book of Job, and what is his role?... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Friday, Week 1)

May 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 2 Comments

What do we learn about the man Job from the opening verses?... Keep Reading

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In our last devotion, we considered the place "the satan" in Job 1-2 in functional terms. My reasoning for doing this was to guard against taking our own existing ideas about who the satan is and reading this back into the text. There are two extremes we need to avoid (which is the case in many areas of Christian thought!). We don't want to ... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Tuesday, Week 3)

May 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 3 Comments

Meeting Job's three friends...... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Friday, Week 2)

May 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 1 Comments

What are Christians to make of Satan and his strategies?... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Thursday, Week 3)

May 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 1 Comments

Thoughts on Biblical comfort... Keep Reading

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Devotions on the Book of Job (Monday, Week 4)

May 2, 2016 | by: Ben O'Donoghue | 2 Comments

In yesterday's message, we looked at the worldview of Job's friends. It sounds so right when we work through it: God is absolutely in control. God is absolutely just and fair. Therefore God always punishes wickedness and blesses righteousness. Therefore, if I suffer I must have sinned and am being punished justly for my sin, and if I a... Keep Reading

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