Posts by Ken Noakes

Posts by Ken Noakes

The Help And The Helper

Psalm 121 A song of ascents. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right…

Upholding Singleness

Song of Songs is a beautiful book that millions of Christians, both single and married, have read and studied with great profit. However, for some—and in particular those not currently in a relationship—it can be difficult. In any church family there will be folk who are single—those who have never been married, and those who were married and are now single. Due to a…

Hate The Sin, Love The Sinner

Imagine, after a long day, I drive home to find that the only thing remaining where my house once stood was its smouldering remains! And standing outside was my child holding a sign saying: ‘Hate the sin, love the sinner!’ It is one thing to recognise that sin is bad—in fact it’s so self-evident that there’s no chance it wouldn’t be seen! Yet it is a whole new level of…

What Does This Mean?

Amazed and perplexed, they asked ‘What does this mean?’ You see, in Jerusalem that day there were Jews representing many nations and languages, and yet each one heard the proclamation of the Holy Spirit in their own language. They were bewildered because the disciples of Jesus could speak in their own vernacular, and they made perfect sense! How strange to hear something…

Word Up!

Christians are word people. I don’t mean simply that ‘Christians are people of the Word of God’, although that is true. I mean that Christians need to listen, read, think and speak words with great intention and purpose. Let me see if I can explain, starting with some background. Consider the place of the Word in the life of a believer. It was by God’s spoken word that…

Top 10 Books A Christian Should Read

Christians are people of words, so I encourage you to become a good reader. Here are 10 core titles that would give you a solid grounding and a good start. 1. The Bible If you could only read one book, make sure it’s the Bible. With 66 books in one volume, it’s a great deal! Good translations (of the many out there) include the New International Version, the Holman Bible,…