The Conversion of Sadhu Sundar Singh

“If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling” (Job 23:3).

Sundar Singh attended primary school that had been opened by an American Presbyterian Mission in the village where he lived in the Punjab region of India. Sundar’s family despised the Christian mission and religion, but if the missionaries from the West were willing to supply their children with a good education, they saw no reason for not taking advantage of it. When Sundar was fourteen years old his mother died and Sundar blamed God. He became angry and spiteful to the Christian teachers. He threw filth on them and hated them without cause and the worse part was that he did not understand why he hated them so. When Christian evangelists came to town Continue reading

Sadhu Sundar Singh, the Christian.

Sundar Singh was born September 3, 1889, into a Sikh family in the village of Rampur, Punjab state in Northern India.  One of the earliest recollections of his life before he became a Christian was that of his father giving him a few coins to spend how he liked. As he ran down the road to the bazaar to spend the money, he was confronted with a low-caste woman that was begging, huddled up by the wayside. This sight Sundar had seen many times in India, but for some reason he was moved to pity her. It may have been the thin rags she was wearing, Continue reading

Fishermen At Work

I used to work with my father on his fishing boat, “Why Worry” on the eastern coast of England, out of the port of Harwich in Essex. The main fish we would align our nets for was Dover Soles. Dover Soles are a flat fish that are only caught in the southern part of the North Sea, off from the Port of Dover. Their habitat is muddy terrain and they have an extremely rough head that is like sandpaper to the touch. This is the only place you can hold them, as the rest of their body is very slippery.   Dover Soles bury themselves under the mud looking for Ragworm and Lugworm, their main food. I gutted thousands upon thousands of them in my younger days as a fisherman. The only way you could catch them Continue reading

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Welcome to the new look of Group Bible Study. We hope you like it. We will be regularly writing new group oriented Bible studies, but also we will be writing devotionals as often as we can. I would love you to click the sign-up tab at the top of the page so that we can keep in touch any time we are teaching the Word of God in your city. If you would like to read the planned devotional 2 or 3 times a week (I promise it won’t be more than a 2-3 minute read) then go to the right side of this homepage, scroll down to the heading, “Meta” and click on the word, Entries RSS .

Keith Thomas

What is the Mark of the Beast?

The Second Coming of Christ: The Mark of the Beast

Warm-up Question: When it comes to new technology are you an early, mid or late adopter? How do you respond to new technology?

Charles H. Duell, the director of the U.S. Patent office, in talking about how many technological inventions were being created, was once quoted as saying, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Can you believe he said that in the year 1899! Then there was Robert Milliken, Nobel Prize winner in physics, who said in 1923, “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” Then there is Lord Kelvin, president of England’s Royal Society (a scientific organization), he noted in 1885, “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

I remember in the 1990’s, when mobile phones became popular, thinking that this idea would never catch on. Why on earth would someone pay mega sums of money to carry a huge phone around on them like they were doing? How wrong could I get? Of course, we have a much smaller and smarter version now. The cell phone of today is virtually unrecognizable from the version that was first presented and marketed to the general public in 1987. The speed of technological change has been so fast it seems difficult for some of us to keep up. Many just opt out completely. I still have no way to communicate with certain people from my past in England, except through a “snail mail” letter that takes a week to get there. This is because some people feel uncomfortable with email or social media. See? Even our words have had to change. We have to create new catch phrases or words, or even acronyms to explain and accommodate the technological changes we live with. It is interesting to consider how the increase and advance of information, innovation and technology is changing our life at breakneck speed. And it causes us to consider what changes are we likely to see in the next twenty years, the next fifty? What will life be like for my children, my grandchildren? The speed of technological change in the last days is something that was spoken about 2500 years ago by the prophet Daniel:

3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 12:3-4 KJV).

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