John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]


‘Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled’, Heb. 12. 15  


The writer of Hebrews had deep desires for the believers to whom he wrote. They faced difficulties because of their background. They were Jewish believers but many amongst their kin were not. These believers faced opposition for their movement away from the Jewish rituals to the true faith in Christ. Sadly, they also faced some whose profession of Christ was merely intellectual. Their attack was not open hostility and opposition but something far more subtle. There was within them a ‘root of bitterness’, an essential element that would ultimately manifest their lack of salvation. However, as we know, until some shoot begins to grow from the root, we are unaware that the root exists. Even if we have found the root, the nature of the plant that will grow from it is largely unknown.


With a comprehensive network of communication it is possible to get to know information immediately. Indeed, some have picked up their mobile phones to film some event and beam it around the world as it happens. Whether it is the old fashioned phone call, the text message, the email, the tweet, or the Facebook entry, we can inform the world of our friends and contacts at the press of a button. Sadly, this ability to circulate ideas, opinions, and events has a serious implication. That ‘root of bitterness’ can manifest itself much more widely now than ever! The word of mouth, or the bearing of tales, has developed a whole new dimension! What would have been a relatively small local matter can become national and international in seconds.


The wise man wrote, ‘Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth’, Prov. 26. 20. In 2013 we have the potential to defile the mind and heart of so many believers by means of our sophisticated electronic communications. How important, rather, to ‘look diligently’ and seek to preserve believers from that which is false, from that which springs from bitterness, and to develop in them the features commensurate with a work of the grace of God. Elders have a responsibility to guard and nurture the young, but we each have a responsibility. Paul wrote to Timothy of the dangers of a pursuit of riches, ‘But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness’, 1 Tim. 6. 11. The exhortation of what to follow is good advice in a wider context, and particularly relevant for today! 


We trust that there will be material in this present magazine which will promote the spiritual health of every believer. There is something practical, something devotional, and something instructional. We trust that there might be something for you!


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

There are 26 articles in
ISSUE (2013, Volume 68 Issue 2)

1 John chapter 5 - Part 7

Angels and the Sovereignty of God

Bible Bytes - Biblical maps

Bits & Bobs - Moles Can Smell in Stereo

Distinctions in Service

Divine Principles R. McClurkin


Epaphras: A man of prayer

The Glory of God - part 3

Henry Moorhouse; The English Evangelist John Macpherson

Holburn Gospel Hall, Abredeen

Israel’s Repentance and Conversion

Jotham & Ahaz

Living above the Average W. Macdonald

Out of the Shadows Faith Cook

Philippians: The Joy and Suffering of the Furtherance of the Gospel - Part 14

The Problem of Chronic Illness

Question TIme - Is it wrong for a Christian to be cremated?


Spreading the Word in Portuguese

Studies in the life of Elijah - Mount Carmel - Part 2

The Jews, their land and their future

Travel with John Blanchard Brian H. Edwards

Views from the News

A Word for Today: Good (Gk. Kalos)

Working with Senior Citizens - Part 2

This article is not part of a series

There are 114 articles by this author

Hezekiah’s Confession

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

All Things

The Fear of the Lord


Could you ever love me again? Bob Cretney

Day by Day - Pictures and Parables




Book Reviews

Prayer Moves Mountains John Williams


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

Editorial -


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

Robert Eugene Sparks 1844-1918

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