What are we doing when we gather together to worship God?

The visitor gave the invitation, "We're from the local church, We'd like to invite you to join us at our church services. The reply was unhesitating - "I can worship without going to church." The visitor, continuing to extend the invitation, said, "We'd like to strengthen your worship by giving you the opportunity to share …

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Our lives lay in ruins until You, Lord, put us together again.

Our lives lay in ruins until You put us together again. You call us to build our lives on Christ (Matthew 7:24-27). Help us, Lord, to come to You, again and again – confessing our sin, receiving Your forgiveness, building on Christ, our Saviour. When we feel ourselves being pulled away from You, help us …

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May God help us to grow spiritually, even when life is not very easy!

Luke 1:39-80 There are two great ‘songs of praise’ here (46-55,67-79). God was doing ‘a new thing’. His people were rejoicing in Him. Great things were happening. Greater things were going to happen. Soon, the Saviour would be born. The birth of John the Baptist (57-66) - This was great. The birth of our Saviour …

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‘We Will Give Ourselves Continually To Prayer And To The Ministry Of The Word.’

Deuteronomy 8:1-9:21 The ‘wilderness’ was a place of ‘testing’. God was ‘disciplining’ His people. He was teaching them to ‘walk in His ways’(2,5-6). In the ‘wilderness’, we must remember this: ‘man does not live by bread alone... man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord’(3). Everything that proceeds out of …

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Trust Christ. He’ll never fail you (Luke 13:1-35).

Luke 13:1-35 Jesus stresses the need for both repentance (1-5) and the fruits of repentance (6-9). God’s Word, planted in our hearts at conversion, is to bear fruit. This requires continual repentance and faith (Colossians 2:6; Galatians 3:1-5). Don’t put it off till tomorrow! Today is ‘the day of salvation’. Don’t ‘neglect’ God’s ‘great salvation’(15-16; …

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Lord, may Your reign of love begin – in our hearts, in every part of our life.

‘The Lord reigns’(Psalm 96:10; Psalm 97:1). Lord, You are the King. You are not only ‘the King all-glorious above’. You are ‘the King of love’. You are ‘our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend!’ You are not only ‘the King of heaven’. You are ‘the God of grace’. You are ‘the King of mercy.’ Your reign …

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Step into the future with God … (Psalms 18-24)

Psalms 18:1-24- The first three verses set the tone: Worship. What a great start to this Psalm. Our attention is directed away from ourselves to the Lord: ‘my strength...my rock, my fortress and my deliverer...my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’(1-2). The great testimony of verse 3 - ‘I call upon the …

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We look at Jesus Christ, the risen Lord, and we say, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever”

We thank You, Lord, that Jesus is “the most excellent of men” (Psalm 45:2). He is much more than that. We look at Jesus Christ, the risen Lord (Acts 2:24, 36), and we say, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever” (Psalm 45:6; Hebrews 1:8). Help us to approach our Lord Jesus …

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In our own homes – let us pray to the Lord and receive His blessing.

“‘I am the Beginning and the End’, says the Lord God” (Revelation 1:8).We think about the past – and we know that we cannot change it. We think about the future – and we don’t know what it holds for us. All we have is the present. We think about the past and the future …

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Let Christ’s Love Reach You. Let His Power Make You A New Person.

Psalm 51:1-19 ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God... Cast me not away from Thy presence... Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation’(10-12). These words come to us from the ancient past. They were first spoken many centuries ago. They can be the words which change your future. You can make them your …

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Some live to a ripe old age. Others die young. What, Lord, are we to make of this?

Some live to a ripe old age. Others die young. What are we to make of this? What, Lord, are You saying to us about this? We read what the Psalmist says, “My life span is nothing compared with Yours” (Psalm 39:5). Help us, Lord, to think about the quality of our living – “How …

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We’re “Heirs Of God’s Kingdom.” Let’s Walk The Walk – Not Just Talk The Talk!

The gospel is to be believed - and it is to be lived. We are to hear the word of God - and we are to do the word of God. This is the message of the letter of James. We are to be practical Christians, men and women who live for Christ in our …

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God speaks to us from heaven. We dare not ignore His Word (prayers based on the book of Amos).

Amos 1:1-2:16 ‘The Lord roars.’ ‘The Lord thunders’ (Amos 1:2). We thank You, Lord, that Your Word comes to us from above - ‘The Lord will roar from on high.’ You speak to us from heaven - ‘He will thunder from His holy dwelling.’ We dare not ignore Your Word. Your Word comes to us …

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They Killed Him. God Raised Him!

"Come, let us kill him" (Matthew 21:38). This is the human story of Christ's crucifixion. He was "put to death by wicked men." There is also the divine story - "the deliberate plan and foreknowledge of God"(Acts 2:23). The wicked men thought that this was the end of Jesus. They were wrong! - "God raised …

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Let’s listen to what the Bible tells us about Jesus …

Assessing Pannenberg's Critique of Barth's Theology PANNENBERG IS VERY BOLD IN HIS CRITICISM OF BARTH’S THEOLOGY. HE CALLS IT ‘THE FARTHEST EXTREME OF SUBJECTIVISM MADE INTO A THEOLOGICAL POSITION … THE IRRATIONAL SUBJECTIVITY OF A VENTURE OF FAITH WITH NO JUSTIFICATION OUTSIDE ITSELF’ (THEOLOGY AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, P.273). IN HIS STRONG REACTION AGAINST BARTH’S …

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Jesus is taken up into heaven. The Holy Spirit is given to us ….

Ascension of the Lord: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or 93 or Daniel 7:9-14; Psalm 24:7-10; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 Jesus is taken up into heaven. The Holy Spirit is given to us. We read, in John 7:39, that ‘the Spirit’ would not be ‘given’ until Jesus was ‘glorified.’ Now, as Jesus was about to be ‘taken …

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