You call us, Lord, to “lead a life worthy of Your calling” (Ephesians 4:1).

You call us, Lord, to "lead a life worthy of Your calling" (Ephesians 4:1). We say, 'I can't.' You say to us, "I have blessed you, in Christ, with every spiritual blessing" (Ephesians 1:3). Why we do allow our lives to be controlled by our own weakness when we can be transformed by Your strength? …

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The Lord Blesses Those Who Serve Him Faithfully Each Day.

Numbers 17:1-18:32The call comes from God - to Aaron, to Christ (17:5; Hebrews 5:4-6). Christ is both the Offering for sin and the Great High Priest (Hebrews 5:7-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:25). We look at ourselves, and we say, ‘We perish, we are lost, we are dead’(17:12). We look to Christ, and everything changes …

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When the enemies of Christ and the Gospel are raging … (Deuteronomy 20:10-21:23)

The offer of 'peace' is made (20:10; Romans 5:1). Some refuse to 'make peace'. They choose to 'make war' (20:12). When the enemies of Christ and the Gospel are raging, we must be resolute in our commitment to living 'as the Lord our God has commanded' (20:16-18). We are to 'do what is right in …

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Lord, what are we to do when we can’t find any peace of mind?

Genesis 14:1-24 Lord, what are we to do when we can’t find any peace of mind? Where are we to look? Are we to look inside of ourselves? Is that where we’ll find peace? Is there an inner peace – if we look deep enough, we’ll find it? Jesus says something very different. He says, …

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We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus, is “our Lord and our God” (John 20:28).

We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus, is "our Lord and our God" (John 20:28). We thank You that, through Jesus, the risen Lord, we have received Your gift of eternal "life" (John 20:31). As we think of all that You have done for us and given to us, may we keep on trusting …

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Help us, Lord, to do what You want us to do – not what other people want us to do.

Jeremiah 5:10-6:8‘A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and My people love it this way’ (Jeremiah 5:31)! Sometimes, Lord, people are happy to listen to ‘prophets’ – so long as their preaching isn’t too challenging. They’re happy to attend the services conducted by ‘priests’ – …

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Remember the Lord's past blessings, and let them inspire you to step into the future with him …

"The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine" (1 Samuel 17:37). David looked back - and remembered what the Lord had done for him. Then, he looked at Goliath - and he declared his faith in the Lord: what …

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Choose Christ. Choose Life …

Proverbs 10:1-22 What a difference there is between the ‘wise’ and the ‘foolish’. It is the difference between ‘righteousness’ and ‘wickedness’(1-2). Throughout life, there are choices to be made. We may choose wisely, being led by the Lord ‘in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake’. We may choose foolishly, going ‘astray’, refusing to …

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Help us, Lord, to see clearly that, even when we’ve been ‘brought up in the Church’, we still need to open our hearts to Christ.

Jeremiah 9:1-26We read, Lord, about those who are ‘circumcised only in the flesh.’ They remain ‘uncircumcised in the heart’ (Jeremiah 9:25-26). Teach us, Lord, that salvation is not a matter of outward conformity to religious rituals. What we need is ‘circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit’ (Romans 2:28-29). Help us to remember Jesus’ words: ‘You must be born …

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Journey through the New Testament: 1 & 2 Timothy

1 Timothy ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ (1:15). To each of us, God says, ‘Watch your life and doctrine closely’ (4:16). What we believe is important. How we live is also important. If our faith is real, it will lead to a change in our way of life. There is a …

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God is at work among His people, teaching them many lessons … (Deuteronomy 11:1-14:21).

Deuteronomy 11:1-32 -  God is at work among His people, teaching them many lessons.  Through His precious promises and strong warnings, He leads us in the way of obedience and blessing (31-32).  If we are to enjoy the Lord’s blessing, we need the whole Word of God – the warnings as well as the promises.  …

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Pharaoh opposes Moses .. What does Moses do? – He prays … (Exodus 5-8).

Exodus 5:1-6:13  -  In 4:29-31, we see Moses, the elders and the people worshipping God. Pharaoh opposes them - ‘Who is the Lord, that I should heed His voice...?’ (2) - , and ‘the foremen of the people of Israel’ start complaining (19-21). What does Moses do ? - He prays. Notice the honesty of …

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We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus is “the same yesterday and today and forever.”

We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). When everything around us seems to be changing, help us to remember that Jesus, our Saviour, is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable in the great love that He has for us and the amazing grace that He shows …

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What is the meaning of history? Where is history leading us? …

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“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever” (Daniel 2:44).

What is the meaning of history? Where is history leading us? Without God, we are left with no answer to such questions. Without God, we are walking in darkness. Without God, we are going nowhere. With God, everything changes. With God, there is hope. God’s kingdom is our future. His kingdom will never be destroyed. His kingdom will endure forever – and his love will endure forever (Psalm 136 – every single one of its 26 verses!).

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Do You Feel Useless? You Can Become Useful.

Philemon 1-25 ‘He was useless... now he has become useful’(11). This is the story of Onesimus (the name means ‘useful’). A runaway ‘slave’, he became ‘a beloved brother... in the Lord’(16). It appears that Onesimus had stolen from his master, Philemon (18-19). He landed up in prison - and there, he was converted! This is …

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When Your Problems Threaten To Overwhelm You, Remember This: God Has ‘Redeemed Us By His Great Power And His Mighty Hand.’

Nehemiah 1:1-2:18‘You see the trouble we are in’- How do you react when the going gets tough? Do you collapse in despair and succeed only in making your troubles seem even bigger than they really are? There is a better way of dealing with our problems. Believing that ‘the hand of his God was upon …

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God’s Salvation Comes To Us Through The Death Of His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 17:1-26 Jesus prays for you. Jesus prays for me. We have come to faith in Him through the written Word of His apostles (John 17:20). The story of the Cross (John 17:1-5), the story of the first disciples (John 17:6-19) is an ongoing story. It continues in us. The saving effects of Christ’s death …

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If, Lord, we are growing in our fellowship with You, we will want others to know what they’re missing.

Jeremiah 51:1-33‘Lift up a banner in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations!’ (Jeremiah 51:27). Lord, You call us to be Your witnesses. If we are growing in our fellowship with You, we will want others to know what they’re missing. We will want them to know how much blessing they could know - …

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“Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”

“Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved” (Psalm 80:3). When, Lord, we come to You with the question of salvation – “What must I do to be saved?”, You come to us with answer – “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30-31). …

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"one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all …" (Ephesians 4:5-6)

Everything about our unity points away from ourselves. * Our unity is in the Lord. He did not wait for us to come to him. He came to us and for us. * Our unity is in the faith. This faith is not a man-centred faith. It's a faith that has been given to us - by …

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Preaching The Word Of The Lord: New Testament

MATTHEW Matthew 1:18-25 Before Jesus is born, there is a revelation from God. God tells us who Jesus is. He is Emmanuel: God with us (Matthew 1:23). God tells us why Jesus has come to earth. He has come to be our Saviour (Matthew 1:21). In this divine revelation concerning Jesus, our Saviour / Emmanuel, …

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When, Lord, we put our trust in You, we are like the ‘wise man who built his house on the rock.’

‘Those who trust in the Lord… cannot be moved…’. When, Lord, we put our trust in You, we are like the ‘wise man who built his house on the rock’. His house ‘did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock’. When we don’t put our trust in You, we are like the ’foolish man who …

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‘Praise be to the Lord, my Rock …’ (Psalm 144:1).

‘Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle’ (Psalm 144:1). Lord, You are ‘the One who gives victory’ to Your people (Psalm 144:10). What a great God You are! You are ‘our loving God, our Fortress, our Stronghold, our Deliverer, our Shield’ (Psalm 144:2). What great …

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Lord, You are there with us, every step of the way … (Praying Through God’s Word: Esther).

Esther 1:1-2:18 Our story is a human story. It’s more than that. You, Lord, are in our story – even when we don’t realize it. We find it difficult to put this into words – but we believe it’s true. You are there with us, every step of the way. Esther 2:19-4:17 “If I perish, …

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