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Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Ron Bailey in text and pdf format. Ron Bailey is the full-time curator of Bible Base. The first Christians were people who loved and respected the Jewish scriptures as their highest legacy, but were later willing to add a further 27 books to that legacy. We usually call the older scriptures ‘the Old Testament’ while we call this 27 book addition to the Jewish scriptures ‘the New Testament’. It is not the most accurate description but it shows how early Christians saw the contrast between the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’.

It has been my main life-work to read, and study and think about these ancient writings, and then to attempt to share my discoveries with others. I am never more content than when I have a quiet moment and an open Bible on my lap. For much of my life too I have been engaged in preaching and teaching the living truths of this book. This has given me a wide circle of friends in the UK and throughout the world. This website is really dedicated to them. They have encouraged and challenged and sometimes disagreed but I delight in this fellowship of Christ-honouring Bible lovers.

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Preface: Every story has a purpose and my re-telling of this story has its purpose revealed in our sub-title. Abraham’s life is rich in illustration of the purposes of God and the daily incidents of a pi ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter One: Beginnings In the beginning God… Every Christian biography should begin with the words “In the beginning God..” Our Bible begins with these words and, on reflection, it could begin with n ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter One: Beginnings Known unto God In British War Cemeteries throughout the world you often come across the words ‘Known unto God’ engraved on tombstones. It signifies that the person whose rema ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter One: Beginnings When he was called The story of the steps of the faith of our father Abraham is not only to be found in the book of Genesis. Again and again the scriptures return to this man ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter One: Beginnings Looking forward to The City A journey of a thousand miles, say the Chinese, begins with the first step. The beginning of any venture is vital; if there are mistakes in the fo ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter One: Beginnings Thy prayer was heard The story of Abraham’s family begins with a little list of sons and daughters which comes to an abrupt stop; but Sarai was barren she had no child. Perha ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Two: The Blessing back on the flight path It is time now to examine the Blessing. Thus far we have identified Abraham as an ordinary man who became an extraordinary man. He was born into no ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Two: The Blessing Be thou a blessing. It is wonderful to consider the way in which God, who measures the cosmos with a single span, is able and willing to focus on a single individual. I som ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Two: The Blessing To serve and to guard Let’s continue a little on the theme of God’s promise of blessing for and through Abraham. We use it so often don’t we? The word ‘bless’? As a testim ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Two: The Blessing This is the way you shall bless An excursis is an academic expression. It means a digression in the narrative; a detour. Most preachers use detours in the course of their pre ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Two: The Blessing Face to face I’m still thinking about The Blessing. I have been trying to define blessing by subtraction. In other words, what is the essence of blessing? This is how I have ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Three: Entering the land Shechem Time to move on, I think. It is one thing to come out, but quite another to enter in. Later in Israel’s history there was a whole generation that came out, but ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Three: Entering the land Passing through, going on still… Abraham is on the move. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem. [Gen 12:6] he removed from thence unto a mountain ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Three: Entering the land Calling upon the Name So Abraham, ever moving on, pitches his tent in between Bethel and Ai and builds an altar to Jehovah, and called upon the name of Jehovah. [Genes ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Three: Entering the land Still calling… Let’s linger a while on this theme of calling on the name of the Lord. Do you call on the name of the Lord? Notice, I didn’t ask ‘did you’ but ‘do you’. ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend, Chapter 4: Down into Egypt Famine in the land. “And there was a famine in the land.” [Gen 12:10] Its one thing to progress when everything is going well, but what happens when the trials come? And come they will. Often they come ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend, Chapter 4: Down into Egypt What is this that thou hast done? Beware the temptation to take a quick , reasonable, sojourn in Egypt until the difficult times pass. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Three: Down into Egypt Second best? We have tracked his disastrous descent into Egypt, now let’s track his restoration. He went up out of Egypt into the Negeb. And Abraham was very rich in cat ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Three: Down into Egypt When Lot left, Jehovah said... I hope we are not going too slowly for you. It has taken us 3 months to cover 2 chapters, however, I see this is assisting our goal rather ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Four: New Beginnings Kings, Confederates and a Priest I would like to ask you to read this instalment twice. Genesis 14 is packed with action and relevance. It gives a vivid background to the ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Four: New Beginnings Melchizedek; time to sit and eat In our previous devotional we gave an overview of Abraham’s encounter with kings, confederates and a priest. We can take time now to think ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Four: New Beginnings Melchizedek; revealer of God Last week we began to think about Abraham’s encounter with the priest Melchizedek and we began to ask our questions. Who was this man and why ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Four: New Beginnings The Lord hath need… We are meditating on Abraham's meeting with Melchizedek and have tried to identify some key elements of this encounter. We have seen authentic "commu ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Four: New Beginnings and he believed in Jehovah… Genesis 15 contains one of the most important verses in the Bible. The verse becomes the basis for a major New Testament doctrine; justificatio ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Four: New Beginnings the people of the God of Abraham “Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while he sings;” wrote William Cowper, “It is the Lord, Who rises with healing in His wings:” ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Chapter Four: New Beginnings person-to-person Let’s gather up some fragments that remain from this account of Abraham’s faith. (New Readers to this column should be warned that the ‘fragments which re ... read more

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      Chapter Four: New Beginnings particular responsibility and a look at the accounts This week’s devotional is a little more ‘technical’. We are going to see how Paul expounds Abraham’s experience. Please don’t be put off by that; these are vital truths ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Justice divine is satisfied How can God, at one and the same time, be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus? (Rom 3:26 KJV) That was the question we left hanging in the air in the pre ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man Oh the blessednesses… Perhaps you think we are a little pre-occupied with this simple phrase; For what saith the scripture? And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. (Ro ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man from grace to grace Just a final catch-up as regards Abraham and justification by faith and then we will move on to later steps in his pilgrimage. The best exposition of the verse And he believed in ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_31 The Seed - Part 1 As I promised we will now return to the narrative of Genesis 15. There is so much material in this chapter that it is easy to forget that the incidents that it records all took pla ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_32 The Seed Part 2 For me Bible study often begins with an ‘idea, or hunch, or revelation’. (Choose whichever you think most appropriate.) I then ‘destruction test’ the idea by thinking through paralle ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_33 ready, steady, wait It is amazing to see how often exhilarating mountain top experiences are followed by the testings in the valley. Paradise and Adam’s receiving of his wife is followed by his test ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_34 Abrahamic Perfection I want to say more about Genesis 16 but I think it will make more sense if we revisit later rather than try to look too far ahead. In essence, Ishmael was ‘fathered’ by ‘uncircu ... read more

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      A Covenant with Abraham I have opted for the title above very consciously. We often speak of the Abrahamic Covenant but this covenant was very narrow in its inception. Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said unto him… I will make my covenant between me and ... read more

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      Why circumcision? I promised I would return to the account of the birth of Ishmael but I have been somewhat reluctant to start on this devotional, simply because of the propriety of the topic. In many ways the Bible is a very primitive book and issues ... read more

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      Beware the Midianites In our last devotional we began to explore some of the implications of the ritual of circumcision and the continuing truths that are implied in the typology. Let’s recap briefly. Circumcision is a picture of ‘no confidence in the ... read more

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      a long history of a moment (with apologies to Stephen Hawking) Let’s begin by reminding ourselves of the place that this personal covenant between God and Abraham has in the overall revelation of God’s purposes. This is something we need to do often w ... read more

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      the sitting, running, lying, standing man Some 38 devotionals ago, Greg asked me begin a serious of devotionals with the brief of covering some foundation issues. As the website has ‘prayer’ as a main focus I decided that I could combine both by a medi ... read more

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      they that wait upon the Lord And then after the sitting, running, lying, and working comes the standing; And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. (Ge ... read more

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      wait I say on the Lord Our previous devotional found Abraham ‘waiting upon’ his visitors. His waiting upon God was not ‘in order that’… There was no secret ambition in his service; it was simply the instinct of his life. He was not trying to gain God’s ... read more

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      by faith Sarah… Our devotionals have been focussed on Abraham, but perhaps just for a moment we can consider Sarah. Abraham is waiting on his guests and as he waits confirmation comes. I say confirmation, rather than revelation as only details of this ... read more

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      Shall I hide from Abraham… We come now to the passage which was in my mind when we first began this journey, almost a year ago. It seems that the primary purpose of the visit to Abraham’s tent was Sarah’s annunciation; the specific promise and date ... read more

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      God loved Sodom We know this passage so well, perhaps too well. It is an amazing record of Abraham’s relationship with the God who referred to him as Abraham, My Friend. I want to challenge some assumptions about these verses. There are some who see th ... read more

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      Beware the Bildads I’m going give a little time to meditation on this issue of God’s Justice. For generations atheists have said it is not possible for God to be all loving, all knowing and all powerful at the same time. Two out of three they say a ... read more

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      Righteous Lot? Today we will meditate on the walk of Abraham by contrasting him with his nephew. In writing the above title I was reminded of the story of a funeral. The deceased was a notorious character but the eulogies were flowing tributes to the s ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_47 Righteous Abimelech? The Bible tells a highly selective story. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world its ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_48 a prophet? “Abraham” says God “is a prophet.” At this point there is no explanation of the title or role. It was obviously something which Abimelech would have understood, a familiar term in his day ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_49 So Abraham prayed… and God healed… It is all so wonderfully matter-of-fact. Abraham prayed and God healed. In his dream to Abimelech God had spoken of Abraham in similar matter-of-fact words. He is ... read more

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      Abraham, My Friend The Making of a Praying Man_50 I will… and Sarah shall… At this point in our meditations on the life of Abraham, the Friend of God, we come to a new aspect of Abraham’s life. We saw his first steps of faith and he turned his back ... read more

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