Special Days – Michaelmas: 2 Kings 6:8-17; Psalm 103:19-22; Revelation 12:7-12a; Matthew 18:1-6, 10

Our love for God is grounded in His love for us. Elisha was ‘the man of God’ (2 Kings 6:6, 9, 15). This was the important thing about him. More than anything else, he was ‘the man of God’. We find the same phrase in 1 Timothy 6:11 - ‘But as for you, man of …

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Fourth Sunday of Lent: 1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Don't settle for second best ... ‘Samuel did what the Lord commanded’ (1 Samuel 16:4). Real obedience comes from ‘the heart’. It is more than just ‘keeping up appearances’(1 Samuel 16:7). ‘The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart’ – This is something we must never forget!’. ‘It’s the presence of Your …

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Notes: 1 Thessalonians to Revelation

1 THESSALONIANS   1:1-2:20  -  If God is to be glorified through the preaching of His Word, there needs to be more than the ‘words’ of the preacher. There needs to be ‘the power of the Holy Spirit’ (1:5). Good preaching is not a matter of ‘plausible words of wisdom’. We must look for ‘a …

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Overview Of The Old Testament: Leviticus

Leviticus 1-7 Jesus Christ, ‘the Lamb without blemish’, has ‘made atonement’ for sin through the shedding of His ‘precious blood’ (1:3-5; 1 Peter 1:18-19). Christ is the real thing. Israel’s sacrifices are only ‘copies of the heavenly things’, ‘a shadow of the good things to come’ (Hebrews 9:23-24; 10:1,5-10). Christ’s sacrifice covers every sin. No …

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Lifted out of our negative feelings

Praying Through God's Word

“No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate …
for the Lord will take delight in you” (Isaiah 62:4),

When everything’s getting on top of us, our feelings can take control of us and run havoc with us. When this is happening to us, we feel like we can do nothing about this.

What about the Lord? Can he do something about this?

From God’s Word, there’s an encouraging answer to this question.

The Lord knows what we’re going through. He knows how hard it is for us. He knows that we feel deserted and desolate. He says to us, ‘I have not deserted you.’ He says to us, ‘There is no need for you to feel desolate.’ He says to us, ‘I take delight in you.’

The Word of the Lord – this is what lifts us out to feeling that we have been deserted, the…

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Overview Of The Old Testament: 1 Samuel

1 Samuel 1-7 Hannah ‘prayed to the Lord’ (1:10-11). God answered her prayer (1:20). God does not always answer our prayers in the way that we want. Sometimes, rather than changing our circumstances, He simply speaks His Word to us: ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). Always, He ‘gives grace to the …

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Link to Rev George Philip’s Bible reading notes

On 1st March 2019,  I attended a thanksgiving service for the life and ministry of Rev George Philip (11th November 1925 - 16th February 2019). For  forty years, George taught the Word of the Lord, faithfully and fruitfully, in Sandyford - Henderson Memorial Church, Glasgow. Here's a link to George's Bible reading notes, which cover …

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One Year Bible: Days 274-304

Day 274 Jeremiah 2:31-4:9; Philippians 2:12-30; Psalm 115:12-18 The Lord calls us back from our backsliding: “Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding” (Jeremiah 3:22). The returning people say, “Yes, we will come to You, for You are the Lord our God ... surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel” …

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