God is with us – even when things seem to be going from bad to worse!

"The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it" (Exodus 7:5). For the people of Israel, the land of Egypt was their land of oppression. Soon, they would be delivered from their oppressors. God had something better planned for them. …

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Make Sure That Your Trust Is In Christ. He Will Never Fail You.

Luke 13:1-35 Jesus stresses the need for both repentance (1-5) and the fruits of repentance (6-9). God’s Word, planted in our hearts at conversion, is to bear fruit. This requires continual repentance and faith (Colossians 2:6; Galatians 3:1-5). Don’t put it off till tomorrow! Today is ‘the day of salvation’. Don’t ‘neglect’ God’s ‘great salvation’(15-16; …

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Our anxieties and God’s peace

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). Anxiety is something we all have to live with. How do we respond when anxiety threatens to …

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Despite our many sins, the mercy and grace of Christ reaches us.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews …

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Help us, Lord, to hear Your Word, to speak Your Word, and to live Your Word.

Help us, Lord, to hear Your Word, to speak Your Word, and to live Your Word. You speak to us. Are we listening? There are people who need to hear Your Word. Do we fail them? Do we keep Your Word to ourselves? the world is watching us. Are we living for You? In our hearing, …

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Christ Will Come Again – ‘With Power And Great Glory’. ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’

Zechariah 9:1-10:12 '...See your King comes to you... gentle and riding on a donkey...’(9:9). These words point us to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Jesus is our King. Jesus comes to us. How are we to welcome our King? We are to welcome Him with joyful praise - ‘Blessed is He who comes in …

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In our own homes – let us rejoice in the Lord and receive strength from Him.

This time of worship is not only for Sunday morning (or some other time on Sunday). You can come back, again and again, during the week, and be blessed by the Lord. He is with us every day. He loves us - always and forever. However difficult and distressing our present circumstances may be, let …

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Help us, Lord, not to be content with superficial work which does not lead to changed lives.

Proverbs 25:1-28 ‘The Lord will reward you’ (Proverbs 25:22). Lord, the work, done by Your servants, is tested by fire: ‘the fire will test what sort of work each one has done’. There is work of real ‘quality’ – ‘gold, silver, precious stones’.  There is work which has no real value – ‘wood, hay, straw’. Lord, …

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Our suffering will not last forever. Our salvation will last forever.

Willl we reach the other side? When we're going through troubled times, we wonder if they're ever going to come to an end. We feel like we're losing hope. Can we rediscover hope? When we're feeling like this, we need to hear words of encouragement. Here are some words which will encourage us to look …

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‘Be Ready’ For Christ’s Return.

Luke 12:35-59 ‘Be ready’ for Christ’s Return(40): Wait on the Lord (36; Isaiah 40:31). Stay ‘awake’(37), ‘your loins girded with truth’(35; Ephesians 6:14) - be real; be true to the Word of God. Keep ‘your lamps burning’(35). Our ‘lamp’ is Christ, ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’(Revelation 21:23; John …

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Think Back Over Your Life, And Thank God For All That He Has Done.

Numbers 33:1-49 In the history of Israel - Set free by the power of God, failure to learn, wandering, the promised land - , there is a picture of the Christian life - conversion and growth to spiritual maturity by way of learning from our mistakes. We are not to remain in the past. That …

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In our own homes – let us sing to the Lord with grateful praise.

“Sing to the Lord with grateful praise” (Psalm 147:4). Here’s a link to a song – “I’m forever grateful.” The video will lead you to think of God, your Creator. The words will lead you to the cross of Christ, your Saviour. Look around you – and sing to the Lord with grateful praise. Look to your …

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Keeping Up Appearances – We Need More Than This.

"After Jesus spoke, a Pharisee invited Him to have lunch at his house. So Jesus accepted the invitation. The Pharisee was surprised to see that Jesus didn’t wash before the meal. The Lord said to him, “You Pharisees clean the outside of cups and dishes. But inside you are full of greed and evil.  You fools! Didn’t …

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Pleasing God – Nothing Matters More Than This.

2 Kings 13:1-14:16 We love making comparisons. ‘This one’s better’. ‘That one’s better’. Some kings were better than others. What’s the difference between a bad king and a good king? It’s really very simple. The good king does what is ‘right in the eyes of the Lord’(14:3). The bad king does what is ‘evil in …

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Lord, we thank You that Your call to holiness begins with Your call to salvation.

Lord, we thank You that Your call to holiness begins with Your call to salvation. We're not left to go it alone. You come to us. You come as our Saviour. You take us as we are - but You don't leave us the way You found us. You start changing us. You have great …

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‘Christ Died For Sins, Once For All, The Righteous For The Unrighteous, To Bring You To God.’

2 Samuel 18:1-33 Some die young. Others live to a ripe old age. None of us can predict what lies ahead of us. There are some things that are beyond our control. We look at what is happening and we say, ‘I wish things could be different’. Absalom had been killed. David wished he could …

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Whatever our feelings are telling us, may God give us the faith that keeps on believing that Jesus still loves us.

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm (Mark 4:39). We cannot take this in. It's too much for us! We think about our own lives. We think about the storms that are raging around us. We think about the …

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Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late. Come To Christ Now!

2 Kings 24:18-25:30 ‘Finally, in the end, it came to the point that He cast them out of His presence’(24:20). There is a real word of warning here. God is patient - ‘He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’(2 Peter 3:9). We dare not presume upon …

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God never stops loving us. He keeps on loving us.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “I will never leave you. I will never forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5). More, more, more: we're always looking for more, more of this, more of that, more of the next thing. We're never satisfied. What does God's …

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The Fear Of The Lord Doesn’t End When We’re Forgiven.

"But with You there is forgiveness so that You can be feared" (Psalm 130:4). There is a sense in which forgiveness means the end of fear -  "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). When we are rejoicing in God's salvation, we rejoice in this - "perfect love …

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‘Believe In Your Heart That God Raised Jesus From The Dead And Confess With Your Lips That Jesus Is Lord.’

Luke 11:29-54 Christ is ‘greater than Jonah’(32). Jonah was preserved alive (Jonah 1:17-2:10). Christ ‘died... was buried’ and ‘was raised’(1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Through His resurrection, He has been ‘declared with power to be the Son of God’(Romans 1:4). We are not to be secret disciples (33): ‘Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from …

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God’s love for us comes before our love for Him.

Jeremiah 31:1-6 God’s everlasting love: His love for us comes before our love for Him. We’re living in a wilderness - spiritual and moral. We’re always searching, but never finding. We’re never sure which way to turn. Into this situation, comes God - from “far away” (heaven). He speaks of His love, and putting our …

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In our own homes – let us give thanks to God for His amazing grace.

Amazing grace Lord, we thank You for Your “amazing grace” – “I once was lost but now am found” (John Newton). We think about our life. Did we find our way back to You?  – No! You found us! You came looking for us – and You found us. We think about this, and we say, …

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Step into the future with God (Psalms 18-24).

Psalms 18:1-24- The first three verses set the tone: Worship. What a great start to this Psalm. Our attention is directed away from ourselves to the Lord: ‘my strength...my rock, my fortress and my deliverer...my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’(1-2). The great testimony of verse 3 - ‘I call upon the …

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