Lessons from my youth, lessons for the next generation

Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who …

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Sin – That’s the Problem

"Men have tried to construct abstract and causal answers to this question of sin's origin and ... have violated the very limits of objectivity ... Whoever reflects on the origin of cannot engage himself in a merely theoretical dispute; rather he is engaged intimately, in ... the problem of sin's guilt." (G C Berkouwer, Sin, …

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How does God’s blessing come into our hearts and lives?

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord (Jeremiah 17:7). Sometimes, when we're reading the Word of God, a verse jumps out at us. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. He takes words, from long ago, and brings them home to our hearts with power and relevance. What is it that makes these words relevant …

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Karl Barth the Preacher: “Keep before your eyes our Lord Jesus Christ”

Prior to his ‘forty years as a professor’, Barth spent ‘twelve years as a preacher’ (Evangelical Theology: An Introduction (from the Foreword to the German Edition). As a theologian, he never lost sight of the importance of preaching. Although he worked for so many years in the university, he always saw his theological work as …

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The bright shining light of God’s salvation

Genesis 6:9-9:7 The flood speaks to us of God's judgment. The ark speaks to us of his salvation. Great is the darkness. How much greater is the bright shining light of God's salvation. The darkness threatens to overwhelm the light - but it will not scucceed. In John 1:5 - we read about the light …

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Lord, Your Word seems so simple – but we don’t always listen to what You’re saying to us!

1 Kings 11:14-12:24 “Do not go up to fight against your brothers” (1 Kings 12:24). Lord, Your Word seems so simple – but we don’t always listen to what You’re saying to us! Less ‘This is what I think’ and more ‘What is the Lord saying to me?” – that’s what we need. Help us, …

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The life which glorifies God – love God and love your neighbour.

1 Samuel 10:9-12:25; John 12:37-13:17; Psalm 66:1-12 Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:5). Samuel prayed for the people (1 Samuel 12:23). Those who truly love will, like Jesus and Samuel, live to serve others. This life of service is to be combined with a life of worship. We are to “shout with joy to …

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Spiritual principles which remain constant for every nation and every generation

A Word of warning for God's people: "The one who will scatter you is coming to attack you. Guard your fortress! Keep a lookout on the road! Prepare for battle! Be very courageous!" (Nahum 2:1). A promise of victory for God's people: "The Lord will restore Jacob's glory like Israel's glory, although enemies have looted …

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Create in us, Lord, a deeper longing to become more like Jesus, our Saviour.

“Job… was blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1). Again and again, Lord, we fall far short of this ideal (Romans 3:23). How can our sins be forgiven? How can our guilt be removed? We thank You that “the blood of Jesus, Your Son, cleanses us from all …

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