Less ‘This is what I think’ and more ‘What is the Lord saying to me?” – that’s what we need.

“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, Lord, to listen …

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Jesus loves us much more than we love Him.

Jesus loves us so much more than we love Him. In love, He comes to us to draw out from us a greater love for Him. I find great encouragement in the story of the restoration of Peter in John 21. Peter had denied the Lord three times. For each denial, Jesus came to Peter …

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Don’t let Satan rob you of God’s blessing.

Jeremiah 43:1-45:5; 1 Timothy 5:1-6:2; Psalm 119:65-72 Concerning Egypt, God says, “I will punish you in this place” (Jeremiah 44:29). There can be no blessing when we live in direct contradiction to His Word. What we must never forget is the existence and activity of Satan (1 Timothy 5:15). He is always there, seeking to …

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This is what can happen if you forget about God!

2 Samuel 13:1-39 Lust is very different from love. What appeared to be ‘love’ turned into ‘very great hatred’- ‘The heart is deceitful… and desperately wicked’(14-15; Jeremiah 17:9). Things went from bad to worse. The ‘one-off’ event became a consistent and continuing rejection (16). Things continued to get worse. ‘Absalom hated Amnon’. He refused to …

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Jesus – the sure foundation for our faith and our life

'“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears …

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Don’t lose out on God’s blessing.

Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Luke 18:1-30; Psalm 47:1-9 Sadly, it is possible to be living in the promised land yet living in disobedience and thus losing out on the promised blessing. The Pharisee, in Jesus’ parable, lived and worshipped within the tradition which remembered God’s mighty act of redemption. Nevertheless, his heart was far from God. He …

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In our own homes – let us rejoice in the great love of God.

https://youtu.be/X-dEfvz6Vms Lord, we read Job’s question: “Would He contend with me in the greatness of His power?” We also read his answer: “No; He would give heed to me” (Job 23:6). We thank You that You are not only the God of great power. You are also the God of great love. If You, Lord, …

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‘Do Not Get Drunk With Wine. Be Filled With The Spirit.’

Numbers 5:1-31 ‘The Lord said...’(1): Let us hear and obey His Word. God is holy: His people are not to be defiled (3). Sin is not merely moral. It is spiritual. It is not only a deviation from law. It is an offence against God - ‘breaking faith with the Lord’(6). God is holy: ‘Atonement’ …

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The blood, the bread and the table (Travelling through God’s Word: Exodus, Part Six)

Exodus We read about "the blood of the covenant", and we read about "the bread of the Presence on the table." As we read of Israel's worship, our thoughts turn to Jesus, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). We think of times of blessing, as we have …

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An ethic of redemption (Travelling Through God’s Word, Exodus, Part Five)

Exodus "You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him; you know the heart of a stranger, for you were strangers in Egypt." Before we give an answer to the question, "What are we to do?", we must listen to God's answer to the question, "What has the Lord done for us?" For Israel, there …

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Epiphany of the Lord: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. ‘Arise, shine; for your Light has come... the Lord will be your everlasting Light’ (Isaiah 60:1,19-20). Jesus Christ is ‘the Light of the world’. When we ‘follow Him’, we ‘will not walk in darkness’. We ‘will have the light of life’ (John 8:12). …

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