Faith, Holiness, Worship And Witness

"Come to him ... be yourselves built into a spiritual house" (1 Peter 2:4-5). This speaks to us of personal conversion and life in fellowship with God's people. The life of holiness, to which we are called, is to be lived in fellowship with God's people. We are to encourage one another to live a …

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It was the genesis of my life.

Genesis When I was writing these words, I was thinking of some of the stories in the book of Genesis (the book of beginnings). I was thinking about Adam, Abraham and Joseph – and I was thinking about Jesus!___________________________________________ It was the genesis of my life.Things were looking so good.Then, it all went badly wrong.What …

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What an exodus it was!

Exodus What an exodus it was!Was it really a deliverance?Was it more than a departure?Departure? – Yes. it was.It involved the peoples’ choice.They had to follow God’s direction.Deliverance? – That’s what it was.It required the power of God.The people made their choice.The power came from God.God said, “I will do this.”God said, “Will you follow?”It …

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It happened by chance – or was there something more?

Ruth “She happened to come … ” (Ruth 2:3). It happened by chance – Or was there something more? Was it just coincidence – Or was the hand of God in it? Sometimes, we wonder, Why has this happened to me? Why has it turned out this way? Who are we to say, “It’s just …

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When the song of thanksgiving seems to be so hard to find

1 and 2 Chronicles These thoughts are based on the words of 1 Chronicles 16:34 and 2 Chronicles 7:3. "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His faithful love endures forever." "They worshipped and praised the Lord: For He is good, for His faithful love endures forever." _____ From far away and long …

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When the storms are raging all around us …

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6). There are times when we don't understand - Times when we wonder what's going on. We wonder what it's all about. These are the times when we …

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Waiting on the Lord isn’t easy …

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.30 Even youths grow tired and weary,     and young men stumble and fall; 31 but …

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Wholehearted followers of Jesus

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:11-13).  …

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Berkouwer’s theology of the relationship between grace and faith

The more I thought of my own work on Berkouwer, the more I came to feel that the key Biblical text is Ephesians 2:8 - "By grace you have been saved through faith". The emphasis is on the absolute necessity of both grace and faith. It is not 'by grace you have been saved without …

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What am I to do for the Lord?… What has the Lord done for me?

"What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord" (Psalm 116:12-13). "I" - The question is concerned with what we are to bring to the Lord. "Salvation" - The answer speaks to us of what the Lord gives to …

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We ask about suffering. God gives us his answer – salvation.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18). Why has God allowed this to happen? Why do we suffer? Where is our salvation to be found? Make sure that you begin with the third …

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When bad things are happening to us, let us never forget this – God loves us.

"Be gracious to me, Lord"(Psalm 31:9). We pray that God will be gracious to us. How does the Lord answer this prayer? Does he change our circumstances? Often, we pray - and our circumstances remain the same. Does this mean that God isn't listening to us? Does this mean that he isn't answering our prayer? Is …

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God has done great things for us – and he will continue to do great things for us.

"Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord" (Psalm 130:1). "I will remember their sins no more" (Jeremiah 31:34). Who will lift us up - out of the depths? Can we do this for ourselves? or Must this be done for us - by God? The Lord finds us when we're in the depths - when …

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Daily Devotional Readings: Year Three – February

1st February: Psalms 82:1-83:18'The Lord' is 'the Most High' (18). Through faith in Jesus Christ, we become 'sons of the Most High': 'You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus' (82:6; Galatians 3:26). Through the great love of God, we have received the great privilege of becoming 'sons of the Most High. …

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