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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Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday): Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27,66

Isaiah 50:4-7: Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27,66 Listening to God and speaking for Him ‘The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught’ …

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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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Looking beyond Moses to Jesus … Jesus meets the woman at the well.

Exodus 13:3-7; Romans 5:1-25-8; John 4:5-42 Look beyond Moses to Jesus.We read, in Exodus 17:3-8, about God’s provision of water for His people in the wilderness. We read about Moses’ leadership. Jesus is greater than Moses. He is more than a leader. He is the Saviour. He is “living water.”   “While we were still sinners, …

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Special Days – St. Andrew’s Day (30th November): Zechariah 8:20-23; Psalm 87; Romans 10:8b-15; Matthew 4:12-20

Let us pray that the Spirit will be poured upon us from on high. When people stop listening to God’s Word, their life becomes ‘a desolate wasteland’ (Zechariah 7:11-14). What are we to do when we see this happening? - ‘Do not be afraid... Be strong’. We must keep on believing God’s promise: ‘I will …

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The beginning of understanding …

The beginning of understanding comes when we realize how little we understand - "At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do" (Matthew 11:25-26). We …

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The Scriptures – Written a long time ago, written for today’s world

"Let this be written for a future generation,    that a people not yet created may praise the Lord." (Psalm 102:18) What was written, a long time ago, in the Scriptures, was written for us. That's not to say that we can jump easily from way back then to here-and-now. Often, it's difficult to see  the connections …

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The glory of God

2 Chronicles 35:20-36:23; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Psalm 104:19-30 The glory of Israel was a fading glory. We should read the closing chapters of 2 Chronicles in the light of 2 Corinthians 3:7 – The glory was fading. God, however, has revealed His glory in greater fullness – “what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing …

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The power of the Spirit – poured into our hearts

2 Chronicles 33:21-35:19; 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:16; Psalm 104:1-18 Covenant – This is vitally important in both the Old Testament and the New Testament (2 Chronicles 34:29-32; 2 Corinthians 3:6). There is the Word of God (2 Chronicles 34:30) and the Spirit of God (2 Corinthians 3:6). There is the human response (2 Chronicles 34:31-32) and renewal by the …

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“Revive Me According To Your Word” (Psalm 119:25).

‘Revive me according to Your Word’ (Psalm 119:25). How, Lord, do You revive us according to Your Word? You give us Your salvation: ‘Let Your unfailing love come to me, O Lord - Your salvation according to Your Word’ (Psalm 119:41). You give us Your strength: ‘My soul is weary with sorrow. Strengthen me according …

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Are we only to pray to the Lord when things are going badly?

Isaiah 33:1-24  ‘O Lord...Be our strength every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble’ (Isaiah 33:2). We are not to pray to the Lord only ‘in the time of trouble’. We are to pray to Him ‘every morning’. We are not to keep God at a distance, calling on Him only when things are …

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Rivers Of Living Water -Flowing Into Us And Flowing Out From Us

Ezekiel 47:1-12 “ankle-deep, knee-deep, up to the waist, deep enough to swim in, a river than could not be crossed on foot” (Ezekiel 47:3-5). Jerusalem – ankle-deep, all Judaea – knee deep, Samaria – up to the waist, the ends of the earth – deep enough to swim in (Acts 1:8) Before there can be …

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Are the Scriptures more than the words of men? Are the Scriptures the Word of the Lord?

"What the Scriptures say must come true." (Mark 14:49) Why? It's because the Scriptures come from God, and God is the God of truth. When God speaks, He speaks the truth. Whenever we are tempted to doubt the Scriptures, let's not forget that this means that we are questioning God. We are saying, "Has God …

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Lord, what are we to do ‘when the enemy comes in like a flood’?

Lord, what are we to do ‘when the enemy comes in like a flood’? Help us to look away from ourselves to Jesus Christ. He has ‘come’ as our ‘Redeemer’. Trusting in Him, we pray that ‘the Spirit of the the Lord will come like a rushing stream’. We pray that ‘the wind of the …

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Celebrating the Lord’s Supper: Psalm 23:1-6; Mark 14:1-11

Psalm 23:1-6; Mark 14:1-11 Jesus was looking forward to the celebration of the Passover. It would be the time when He would introduce His disciples to something more than the Passover - the Lord's Supper. Before we come to the Lord's Supper, we read about two very different people - one, a woman, Mary (see …

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‘How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!’ (Psalm 133:1, 3).

God sends ‘His blessing’ when His people gather together for worship: Many people like to think of themselves as ‘believers’, yet they show no interest in worshipping together with God’s people. What does God’s Word say about this? – ‘Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let …

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Be holy in all you do … Love one another deeply, from the heart …

Ezekiel 41:1-42:20; 1 Peter 1:1-2:3; Psalm 131:1-3 Ezekiel emphasizes that the Temple was to be built according to God’s pattern. Our lives are to be lived according to God’s pattern – “Be holy in all you do”, “Love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:15,22). the instructions for the building the Temple were …

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“I will dwell in the house of the Lord” (Psalm 23:6).

* To the sheep, Jesus says, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (Matthew 25:34). * To the goats, He says, "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). …

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Notes: Hosea to Malachi

HOSEA 1:1-3:5  -  ‘Hosea’ means ‘salvation’. Married to ‘an adulterous wife’, Hosea spoke with great compassion to  ‘the land’ which was ‘guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord’ (1:2). He  brought God’s Word of love to the people: ‘I will show My love to the one I called, “Not My loved one”’. …

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The story of our life …

"My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long —     though I know not how to relate them all. 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone. 17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am …

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Restore us, O Lord God Almighty …

2 Kings 10:1-11:21; Acts 24:1-27; Psalm 80:8-19 How important it is to make a covenant to be the Lord’s people (2 Kings 11:17). In our faithfulness to God, we “believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets” (Acts 24:14). We do, however, move beyond this to the fulfilment of …

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