John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

Category: Editorial

‘Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body’, Phil. 3. 21.

As we get older we become more aware of the frailty of this mortal vessel in which we dwell. It may be the aches and pains associated with abnormal physical exertion. It may be that we struggle with injury or disease and their debilitating effects. It may be that the march of time takes it toll and the things we once took for granted are now a major issue. Whatever the cause, there are constant reminders of our ‘body of humiliation’ JND.

For those coping with the pain and debilitating effects of disease the results of the fall are all too evident. We are led to appreciate the devastating consequences of one act of disobedience. What a lesson for all of us to help us see sin from the divine viewpoint. But a realization that sin has ruined the perfect creation of God brings no comfort to the hurting and sorrowing saint. Though we can look forward to a time when ‘God shall wipe away all tears . . . and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain’, Rev. 21. 4, this does not provide complete comfort for the present.

How many have sat in the darkness and despair of their painful plight and asked the question, ‘Why?’ or, more personally, ‘Why me?’? At such times of despondency, a clear exposition of scripture does not spring to mind. The brain does not function as it should. For loved ones looking on there is a deep sense of impotence. We don’t know what to do and, even less, what to say. However, let us remind ourselves of the experiences of some in scripture.

I am reminded of Elijah as he fled from the threat-laden rant of the wicked Jezebel who had sworn to kill him. In the loneliness of the wilderness, sitting under a juniper tree, he cries, ‘It is enough . . . take away my life’, 1 Kgs. 19. 4. Yet in his despair, at the lowest ebb of his experience, ‘there came a voice unto him’, v. 13. The God of the powerful drought, of the miraculous provision and of the fire of Carmel, draws near in ‘a sound of gentle stillness’, v. 12 margin. Elijah’s experience brought him to despair but also to a deeper appreciation of his God.

Can we identify with the suffering of righteous, God-fearing Job? Have we ever felt as he felt when he said, ‘I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me’, Job 31. 20, or when, in desperation, he cried, ‘Oh that one would hear me . . . that the Almighty would answer me!’? We would search in vain for God’s answer to the question, ‘Why me?’ However, as with Elijah, Job’s experience of his God was deepened. Whereas he could once say, ‘I have heard of thee’, his experience was ‘now mine eye seeth thee’, Job 42. 5. May our appreciation of ‘the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort’, 2 Cor. 1. 3, deepen as He draws near to each of our hearts!

In this issue there is a variety of material which we hope will be a blessing to the Lord’s people. Two series are concluding – that of Graham Hobbs and Shawn Abigail. Two series are continuing – that of Jim Cochrane and John Scarsbrook. There is also a continuation of the practical ministry on marriage and the short series on the Kingdom. Our prayerful desire is that we might continue to present a scripturally consistent yet relevant magazine for the people of God.

AUTHOR PROFILE: JOHN BENNETT is a member of the Precious Seed committee.

There are 29 articles in
ISSUE (2010, Volume 65 Issue 2)

Bits & Bobs

Brooklands, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Church in Revival

Dispensationalism (4)

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Exposition of The Revelation of Jesus Christ and Prophetic Outlines

Garments for Aaron

The God who is unchanging

Gospel Work and other Activities

How important is the Assembly?

The Independent Safeguarding Authority

The Joy and Suffering of the Futherance of the Gospel (2)

The Lord is Good

The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God (2)

The Parable of the Workers in Vineyard - Part 2

Question Time

SAMSON - A model of Inconsistency (8/1)

Simon Peter: Challenging Times

Street Work

Transcendent Abilities (4)

True Passion (4)

Vettiing and Barring - the Scottish perspective

Views from the News

Visit the Sick

We’re getting Married ... Help and Advise Please (2)

What God has joined together

William Tyndale. England’s greatest Bible translator

A Word for Today: Coming (Gk. Parousia)

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The Central Role of the King

On-Line Bible version 1.41

Hezekiah’s Revival

Day by Day Bible Promises

Light & Life Literature

Editorial - ‘We be brethren’, Gen. 13. 8.

Hezekiah’s Revival

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995


The Precious Seed Web Site

Day by Day Divine Titles

God and the Nations

Eternal Security

Editorial - ‘Who is Apollos?’ 1 Cor. 3. 6.

Editorial - ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil’, 1 Thess. 5. 22.

The Chuch in Smyrna

Eternal Security

Day by Day - Bible Commands

The King in Psalm 45

Man’s Attitude to Christ

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The Fear of the Lord


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Day by Day - Pictures and Parables




Book Reviews

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R. B. Jones – Gospel Ministry in Turbulent Times N. Gibbard

Bible and Church Conference 2009 Peter Williams, Dirk Jongkind, Simon Gathercole

Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves


A Practical Theology of Missions: Dispelling the Mystery; Recovering the Passion

Psalm 119 For Life: Living Today In The Light Of The Word

Empty Arms Keren Baker

The Church the Body of Christ

On wings of prayer

Editorial - Do I seek to please men?

Laridian Bible Software

King Asa

King Jehoshaphat

Baptism Jack Hay

The Heavenly Physician Rommel Ghossain

Editorial - ‘For if ye do these things ye shall never fall’

Editorial - ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love’, Gal. 5. 22


The Tabernacle and the Offerings Albert Leckie

Roses, Marys & Others Betty Holt

Editorial - ‘Many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them’, Mark 2.

“Thank You, King James” – the tough life of Robert Hicks James Hastings

Editorial - ‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you’, Matt. 28. 20.

Editorial - ‘Apollos . . . mighty in the scriptures’, Acts 18. 24.

Amaziah – ‘thine heart hath lifted thee up’



Working with Senior Citizens - Part 2

Editorial - ‘Touched with the feeling of our infirmities’, Heb 4. 15.

David Livingstone

Editorial - ‘In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace’, E

Voice in the Darkness - Della Letkeman

The Messiah in the Temple - Roger Liebi

Show & Tell Colin D. Jones

Life in the Big Story – Your Place in God’s Unfolding Plan - Heidi Johnston

Led by His Hand - Malcolm Coombes, ex- R.N.

The Saviour God and His Servant King - Malcolm C. Davis.

Frederick Stanley Arnot: 1858-1914

Editorial - ‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others’, Phil

Making Disciples – The Thessalonian Way Tim Mather

Biblical Principles of Leadership - Dr. Alexander Kurian

Possessing the Inheritance – a Concise Commentary on the Book of Joshua Malcolm C. Davis

Replacement Theology David Dunlap


William Rhodes Lewis 1877-1964


J. Charleton Steen, 1865 - 1931

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The Prophet Gad

William Trotter 1818-1865

The Epistle to Philemon - Part 1

Epistle to Philemon


Henry Craik 1805-1866


Changes in the Precious Seed Trust

John R. Caldwell

Chairman’s Notes

At His Feet - Part 1

The Gospel of Mark

First Samuel

At His Feet: John 11 - Weeping at His Feet

Second Samuel

The Gospel of Mark - Part 2

At His Feet - Part 3: John 12 - Worshipping at His Feet

General Data Protection Regulation - Article 29 of the EU

The Gospel of Mark - Part 3

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The Gospel of Mark - Part 4

Their Finest Hour - Mary Magdalene

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 5

Major-General Sir Charles H. Scott, KCB, RA 1848-1919

The Gospel of Mark - Part 6

The Gospel of Mark - Part 7

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 8

The Gospel of Mark - Part 9

Chairman’s Notes

The Gospel of Mark - Part 10

Chairman’s Notes

TheGospel of Mark - Part 12

The Gospel of Mark - Part 13

An Assembly of the Lord’s people will be a people among whom - Separation is required - Part 10

TheGospel of Mark - Part 14

The Gospel of Mark - Part 15

Priests and Levites

The Gospel of Mark - Part 16

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