“If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13).

God has spoken words of encouragement: "the Lord is with you, brave man" (Judges 6:12). Things were not going well. Gideon was having doubts about God: "now the Lord has abandoned us" (Judges 6:13). God was quick to reassure Gideon: "You will rescue Israel ... I am sending you" (Judges 6:14). Gideon moved from the …

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Learning From The Book Of Job: Chapters 18 – 19

In Job 18, Bildad, the Shuhite, shows his lack of spiritual stature. In his description of “the wicked” (Job 18:5), he implies that all that he says applies to Job. His speech ends with the summarizing words: “This is what happens to the homes of wicked people and to those who do not know God” …

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Teach us, Lord, that man-made ‘gods’ cannot save.

‘Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!’ (Jeremiah 2:28). Teach us, Lord, that man-made ‘gods’ cannot ‘save.’ They cannot even begin to compare with You – ‘the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth’ (Isaiah 40:28). There is no …

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Learning From The Book Of Job: Chapters 8 – 10

In Job 8, we have the first speech of Bildad. Its theme is very straightforward. Sin leads to suffering (Job 8:4). Obedience leads to prosperity (Job 8:5-7). This teaching is presented in a heavy-handed way. In Job 8:20, we have an attack on Job’s character: “Certainly, God does not reject a person of integrity or …

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“It is finished!” … “Hallelujah! What a Saviour!”

"For He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ)" (2 Corinthians 5:21). These words are too much for the mind to take in - but they bring joy to the heart. What joy comes to us when we think …

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There’s a difference between human popularity and divine approval.

2 Samuel 14:1-15:12; Acts 5:12-42; Proverbs 14:15-24 There’s a difference between human popularity – “Absalom’s following kept on increasing” (2 Samuel 15:12) – and divine approval – “more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number” (Acts 5:14). A man can gain popularity because the people are gullible …

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‘Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you’ (Proverbs 4:25).

Living the Christian life is like 'walking a tightrope' - We must 'not swerve to the right or to the left' (Proverbs 4:27; Deuteronomy 28:14; Joshua 1:7; 23:6).  Looking straight ahead, 'let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...'(Hebrews 12:2).  In the face of life's many difficulties, you may …

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Christ – Crucified For Us And Risen For Us

Genesis 2:1 - “finished” We read about the finished work of creation and we think of Jesus’ words from the Cross, “It is finished.” This is the finished work of Christ. He has completed the work that was required by the holy God for sinners to receive forgiveness. Genesis 2:2 - “He rested” After creation, …

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Jesus Loves You. Let Him Save You. Let His Love Change You.

Luke 10:1-37Christ’s message - ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you’(9) - calls for our response - hearing with faith or rejecting in unbelief (16). Where does this response of faith come from? - From God: He reveals Himself to us (21). Questions: Why do we ask them? - ‘to put Jesus to …

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