At the Cross of Christ, we learn, Lord, that You love us and You answer our prayer for salvation.

‘You came near when I called You... O Lord... You redeemed my life’ (Lamentations 3:57-58). We wonder, Lord, ‘Will You answer our prayer for salvation?’ Yes! At the Cross of Christ, we learn that You love us and You answer our prayer. ‘You did not wait for me to draw near to You, but You …

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Let us rejoice – Jesus Christ “loved us and gave Himself for us.”

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: ...  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Romans 3:24,28). In God's way of salvation, there's no room for boasting from us. Salvation is God's gift. It's given to us "by His grace." …

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Waiting on the Lord, witnessing for Him, and winning others for Him

Isaiah 50:1-51:8  –  ‘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’ (50:4). We are to listen to God. We are to …

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There’s bad news – and there’s Good News!

In Ezekiel 8, we have a description of sin - “very disgusting things”, even more disgusting things” (Ezekiel 8:6,9,13,17). When we read such “bad news”, we wonder, “Is there good news?” The answer of God’s Word is “Yes”! God does not leave us in our sin. He sends His Son to be our Saviour. This …

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When the Gospel of God’s love reaches our hearts

Judges 1:1-2:5; John 4:1-26; Proverbs 11:9-18 In John 4, we read about the overcoming of our enemies through the Gospel. “Jews do not associate with the Samaritans” (John 4:9). Jesus did associate with the Samaritan woman. The woman believed in Jesus. Many others believed in Him. By breaking down the barrier between Jews and Samaritans, Jesus was not …

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Downcast, disturbed: What are we to do when we feel like this?

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God" (Psalm 43:5). Downcast... Disturbed... What are we to do when we feel like this? As I was reading these words of the Psalmist, I thought, also, of the …

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What a difference even a few believers can make to a whole community!

Matthew 13:24-43 Jesus' parables are so rich in spiritual content. They speak with an indirectness which is very direct! They may be parabolic in form, but they do go right to the heart of the matter in a way that is very challenging. The parable of the 'wheat and the weeds' (24-30, with explanation given …

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It’s the Lord who puts the song of praise into our hearts.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever (Psalm 30:11-12). It's the good news from God that inspires our joyful worship. It's the Lord who puts the song of praise into our hearts. …

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First, there is redemption. Then, there is obedience.

He provided redemption for his people (Psalm 111:9). There is a tendency to think of the God of the Old Testament as, first and foremost, the lawgiver, but, here, we have something that came before the law, something that takes priority over the giving of the law: "He provided redemption for his people." We are called …

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Who is Jesus Christ? What has He done for us?

Isaiah 8:11-10:19; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Proverbs 21:27-22:6 Who is Jesus Christ? What has He done for us? God’s answer to these questions is found in Isaiah 9:6 – “He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” and 2 Corinthians 8:9 – “our Lord Jesus Christ was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor, …

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A song of praise, a song which exalts the Lord, a song which gives glory to the Lord.

David sings his song to the Lord (2 Samuel 22:1-51). It’s a song of praise. It’s a song which exalts the Lord. It’s a song which gives glory to the Lord. At the heart of David’s song of praise, there’s a particularly rich section, which is full of precious statements concerning the Lord. * God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31). * Who is God but the Lord? (2 Samuel 22:32). * God arms me with strength (2 Samuel 22:33). * He makes my feet like those of a deer (2 Samuel 22:34). * He trains my hands for battle (2 Samuel 22:35). * You have given me the shield of Your salvation (2 Samuel 22:36). * You make a wide path for me to walk on so my feet do not slip (2 Samuel 22:37). These great verses jump out from the particular historical circumstances out of which David speaks. They speak to us as words which jump across the centuries. These words begin as David’s confession of faith. They become our confession of faith.

Why settle for anything less than the best, anything less than our Lord Jesus Christ?

Proverbs 5:15-23 There is teaching here concerning faithfulness in marriage: 'may you rejoice in the wife of your youth...may you ever be captivated by her love (18-19). We may apply this teaching to our relationship with the Saviour. You loved Him so much in 'your youth'. You were 'rejoicing in Him'. You were 'captivated by …

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God with us – Is there anything more important than this?

"If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all" (Isaiah 7:9). Success - many people make a 'god' out of success. We must ask the question, "Is success the only thing that matters?" Are "successful" people always happy people? or Does "success" have a way of turning out …

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Receive God’s Word in obedient faith, and your knowledge of God will increase.

Matthew 13:1-23 Jesus spoke in parables. He spoke of everyday things, teaching lessons concerning the Kingdom of God. He was a story-teller, and yet He was more than that. His stories had a message, a life-changing message, a message designed to lead His hearers into new life, the life of God's Kingdom. The parable of …

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The miracle of the new birth

Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord Almighty (Isaiah 8:18). Here, we read about "signs and wonders" (Amplified Bible). Our thoughts turn to the spectacular. Thinking about eye-catching events, events that grab our attention, events that make us sit up and take notice, there is something that we …

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Jesus Saves. Jesus Keeps. Keep Your Eyes Fixed On Him.

John 10:1-42 The Christian life is not easy. The devil ‘comes only to steal and kill and destroy’ (10). Satan was working through the religious leaders. They were trying ‘to stone’ Jesus (31). ‘Again’, they failed (39). They could not take Jesus’ life. ‘His hour had not yet come’ (18; 7:30; 8:20). When Satan attacks …

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Search The Scriptures: Luke’s Gospel

LUKE “You will know that what you have been told is true” (Luke 1:4). Historical truth underlies the spiritual truth through which the Spirit brings home to our hearts the meaning of the Gospel. Without the historical truth, there is no Gospel. The Gospel is not based on myth. It is God’s testimony to His …

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Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him …

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Compassion, Comfort, Confidence and Courage

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our …

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