Praying through God’s Word: Leviticus

LEVITICUS Leviticus 1:1-2:16 We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus, is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). In His death for us, we see Your love for us. Help us to come to the Cross of Christ. Help us to worship You in the beauty of …

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The Preaching Of John Wesley

"John Wesley’s Forty-Four Sermons" (published by the Epworth Press in 1944:  reprinted in 1977) - These sermons were first published, as four volumes, in 1746, 1748, 1750 and 1760. The language will seem, to the modern reader, to be very old-fashioned. There is, however, a great deal, in what Wesley says, that we need to hear today. My …

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The Lord’s people must not be afraid to stand up for Him.

Jeremiah 52:1-34; Titus 1:1-16; Psalm 119:105-112 The final chapter of Jeremiah speaks of the fall of Jerusalem, followed by captivity in Babylon. Difficulties face God’s people in every generation: “There are many rebellious people ... “ (Titus 1:10). The Lord’s people must not be afraid to stand up for Him (Titus 1:11). Whatever others may …

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Jesus is our Lord and Saviour.

Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Luke 20:27-21:4; Psalm 49:1-20 The contrast between Moses and Jesus continues. Moses died. Jesus is the Lord: “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet” (Luke 20:42-43). In Him, we have the promise of eternal life: “God will redeem my …

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Difficult situations can be turned around – to glorify God …

Ruth 1:1-2:23; John 9:1-34; Proverbs 12:8-17 Difficult situations can be turned around to glorify God (John 9:3). The story of Ruth is the story of mourning turned to rejoicing. In John 9, we have darkness turned into light, blindness to sight. This is the story of “amazing grace” – “One thing I do know. I …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Revelation

Revelation 1:1-20 We thank You, Lord, for “the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:1). It comes from Him. It speaks of Him. We thank You that Jesus “loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1:5). We thank You that He is “coming with the clouds” (Revelation 1:7). Help us …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Matthew’s Gospel

Matthew 1:1-17 Lord, we’ve only just begun – to experience Your love and enjoy Your blessing. We’ve started out on the journey of faith – but we haven’t reached our destination. We’re still travelling. We dare not stand still. We must keep on going forward – with You and for You. Sometimes, we can forget …

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Praying through God’s Word: Galatians

Galatians 1:1-2:10 Lord, we thank you that You have given to us “a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:12). Christ is the Gospel. He is our testimony. He is our message. Help us to keep Him at the very centre of our life. In our ever-changing world, help us to keep on saying, “Jesus Christ …

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A stairway to heaven …

Genesis 27:1-28:32; Matthew 10:32-11:5; Psalm 9:1-6 As we see the progress of the divine promise through the line of Jacob, we also see that Esau married into Ishmael’s side of the family (Genesis 28:8-9). The tremendous experience, given by God to Jacob (Genesis 28:10-22) was one of the great turning-points in Jacob’s life (see also Genesis …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Galatians

Galatians 1:1-2:10Lord, we thank you that You have given to us "a revelation of Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12). Christ is the Gospel. He is our testimony. He is our message. Help us to keep Him at the very centre of our life. In our ever-changing world, help us to keep on saying, "Jesus Christ is …

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Through faith in Christ, we look ahead to ‘a heavenly country’…

Those who ‘trust in the Lord... will dwell in the land’. Those who turn from Him will ‘perish’(Psalm 37:3 and Psalm 37:20). Through faith in Christ, we look ahead to ‘a heavenly country’, ‘better’ than anything we will know on earth (Hebrews 11:16; Philippians 3:20). We have caught sight of ‘a happy land, far, far …

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May God help us to lead people to Christ… (Ruth 3:1-4:22).

Ruth was covered by the 'garment' of Boaz, her 'kinsman-redeemer' (Ruth 3:9). Jesus is our Kinsman-Redeemer. He has become one of us. He shares our 'flesh and blood', our 'humanity'. Through His 'suffering' and 'death', we are brought to 'glory' (Hebrews 2:10-11; Hebrews 2:14-15). In Him, we 'rejoice': 'He has clothed me with garments of …

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G. C. Berkouwer and T. F. Torrance on the Doctrine of Election

T. F. Torrance contributed an article to a collection of essays written in honour of G. C. Berkouwer. The book is Ex Auditu Verbi, Theologische opstellen aangeboden aan Prof. G. C. Berkouwer, (J. H. Kok, Kampen, 1965), edited by R. Schippers et al. Torrance’s article is found at pp. 272-296. This article - “The Epistemological Relevance of the Spirit” - …

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The outpouring of the Spirit brings great glory to God and many sinners to the Saviour.

"I will pour out the Spirit of blessing and mercy on David's family and on those who live in Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:10). Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is "greater than David", we receive the blessing of the Spirit. This blessing is given to us through the mercy of God. It's all of grace. All …

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The most important thing – the cleansing of the heart

Matthew 15:1-20 The Pharisees were preoccupied with washing the hands (Matthew 15:2), yet they missed out on the most important thing: the cleansing of the heart. They were obsessed with 'correct' religious ritual, yet they sent Christ to the Cross. They honoured God with their words, yet in their hearts they were far from Him …

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Praying Through God’s Word: 2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 1:1-2:18Lord, we need Your wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:10). We need Jesus - He is Your wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30). Without Jesus, we're fools. We may think that we're wise - but we're not. Jesus makes us wise. True wisdom comes from Him. When we build our lives on Jesus, we are truly wise …

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G. C. Berkouwer On “Election And The Hiddenness Of God”

In his discussion, "Election and the Hiddenness of God" in Divine Election (Chapter Four, pp.102-131), G. C. Berkouwer emphasizes that God's hiddenness is not to be set over against His salvation. He rejects a concept of God's hiddenness which "separates the God of revelation from our lives and mitigates the absolute trustworthiness of that revelation" …

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Learning from the past – and pressing on towards God’s future

We look back. We remember - and we learn. What we learn from the past, we bring with us into the present, into our journey into the future. We cannot turn the clock back. We do not belong to the past. We're travelling towards the future. We go back to the book of Genesis - …

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Our Lord Jesuus Christ has risen from the dead. Let us rejoice in Him.

Leviticus 25:1-26:13; Mark 16:1-20; Psalm 33:1-11 Leviticus 25 speaks of “the Year of Jubilee.” Mark 16 tells us about the Day of Jubilation, the Day when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead – “Jesus Christ is risen today, Hallelujah!” The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: This is cause for much rejoicing – “Sing joyfully to …

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Jesus took our sins upon Himself so that we might receive the forgiveness of our sins.

Leviticus 23:1-24:23; Mark 15:33-47; Psalm 32:1-11 Leviticus 23 gives a description of “the appointed feasts of the Lord” (Leviticus 23:2, 44). At the heart of this chapter lies “the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord” (Leviticus 23:28). Each of the festivals had their place in keeping the people in …

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Obedience to God arises as the result of the Holy Spirit, working in our lives.

Leviticus 26:14-27:34; Luke 1:1-25; Proverbs 7:1-5   In Leviticus, there are many commands given by the Lord so that the people of God, walking in obedience to His Word, might enjoy His blessing. This principle is taught throughout the Word of God – the way of obedience is the way of life: “Keep My commands …

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When the Lord returns, there will be His triumph over all His enemies.

Here, on earth, there is spiritual warfare. We do not fight in our own strength - "The Lord will go out and fight against those nations" (Zechariah 14:3). When the Lord returns, there will be His triumph over all His enemies: "The Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones will be with …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Zechariah

ZECHARIAH1:1-2:13We thank You, Lord, that You promise to bless Your faithful people: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there My House will be rebuilt’ (Zechariah 1:16). You looks upon Your House, and You see Your glory – ‘I will be the glory within it’ (Zechariah 2:5). You see the glory of Your presence …

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We Need To Listen Well If We Are To Hear The Voice Of The Lord In Today’s World.

    2 Kings 19:1-37‘Do not be afraid because of the words you have heard’(2 King 19:6). Who are you listening to? Are you listening to the world? or Are you listening to the Lord? Sometimes, the voice of the world seems to be so loud. It feels like it's so loud that we can …

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Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb. He’s, also, the risen Lord. Let us be glad and rejoice in His love.

Leviticus 15:1-16:34; Mark 13:32-14:16; Psalm 31:1-8 At the heart of the book of Leviticus, with all its meticulous detail, there is this great statement regarding the spiritual purpose of it all: “atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins” (Leviticus 16:30). When …

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God’s revelation of mercy …

Berkouwer maintained that, when Romans 9-11 is understood as referring to "God's revelation of mercy ... and not to a 'naked sovereignty'", the illegitimacy of man's protest against God and the "mystical delight" of Paul's doxology are seen quite differenty from their deterministic interpretation (A Half Century of Theology, pp. 90, 93; Divine Election, pp. …

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A little bit of nostalgia… and a little bit of praising the Lord

This first video talks about all the things we did in childhood - and we're, still, here to tell the story! https://youtu.be/MrevuyWQZmI As I watched this video, I was entertained, as I thought about how life was so very different when were growing up. There was something else that went through my mind: the words …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Haggai

HAGGAI1:1-15We read, Lord, the questions that You put to Your people: ‘Why is everyone saying it is not the right time for rebuilding My Temple?'; ‘Is it then the right time for you to live in luxurious homes, when the Temple lies in ruins?’ (Haggai 1:2-4). Your people had forgotten about You. They were pleasing …

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Divine sovereignty and divine freedom in Romans 9-11

Relating his understanding of divine sovereignty and divine freedom to the interpretation of Romans 9-11, Berkouwer wrote, "Words like 'sovereignty' ought not to be approached abstractly via a formal concept: this can only create the impression that we are capturing our own understanding or words in transparent definitions and then applying them directly to God …

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An interpretation of election which points to the trustworthiness of God

Berkouwer gave much serious thought to difficult theological concepts and Biblical passages. Concerning the interpretation pf divine sovereignty, he wrote, "one has to be on guard against isolating and abstracting words, including the word 'sovereignty.' If we are not, we use words that violate the heart of the church" (A Half Century of Theology, p.90). …

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