God’s Word for Nebuchadnezzar – and for us

“Stop sinning and do what is right” (Daniel 4:27). This was the Word that God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar. This is the Word that God speaks to us. “Now, I, Nebuchadnezzar will praise, honour, and give glory to the King of heaven. Everything He does is true, His ways are right and He can humiliate those …

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Love and holiness – not holiness without love, not holiness without love (Exodus 23-25)

Exodus 23:1-33  -  God is love: He loves ‘the stranger’ (9). God is holy: He ‘will not acquit the wicked’ (7). He wants to reproduce His love and holiness - in us. Not holiness without love: that is self-righteous legalism. Not love without holiness: that is spineless sentimentalism. To Israel, He sent 'an angel...' (20). …

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On our way towards God’s everlasting Kingdom (Travelling Through God’s Word: Exodus, Part Ten)

Exodus Moses said, "I pray thee, show me thy glory." And the Lord said, "... you cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live... you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen." The full glory of the Lord is not revealed to us. The Lord only reveals …

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Help us, Lord, to rejoice in Your love for us, and to share Your love with others.

You call us, Lord, to “be still and know that You are God” (Psalm 46:10). You call us to “shout to You with songs of joy” (Psalm 47:2). Your Word brings peace to our hearts – “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). Your blessing is not to be kept to …

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Lord, lead us into the deeper waters – not with fear of the dangers, but with expectation of Your blessing!

Lord, help us to move beyond the shallow waters – to move, with You, into the deeper waters of Your love and Your blessing. We think of deep water – and we think of danger. Yes! There is danger – but there is also something else. You are with us – and You assure us …

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Grace and glory (Travelling Through God’s Word: Exodus, Part Nine)

Exodus "Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend." What grace and glory, there is here. In grace, the Lord reaches down from heaven to speak to Moses. The glory of the Lord is revealed to Moses. "If thy presence will not go with us, …

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“The Peace Of God, Which Passes All Understanding, Will Keep Your Hearts And Minds In Christ Jesus.”

2 Samuel 17:1-29 Here, we have a tragic train of events. Ahithophel’s advice was ‘not good’. His advice ‘was not followed’. He ‘hanged’ himself (7,23). Without going into detail about this particular suicide, we may make some general comments about coping with life’s difficulties. Things don’t go according to plan. Our hopes are dashed. Nothing …

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God’s love is greater than his anger (Travelling Through God’s Word: Exodus, Part Eight)

Exodus The Lord said to Moses, "Go down, for your people have corrupted themselves, turning quickly from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, have worshipped it and sacrificed to it... ." God was not pleased with His people. Did he abandon them? No! He did not. He …

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The gift of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit (Travelling Through God’s Word, Exodus, Part Seven)

Exodus And the Lord said to Moses, "See, I have called by name Bezalel, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, and with ability, intelligence, knowledge, and craftsmanship... " First, there is the gift of the Spirit of God. Then, there are the gifts of the Spirit …

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Jesus is able to deliver us from the evil one.

Psalm 91:1-16 ‘Surely He will save you from the traps of the hunter’(Psalm 91:3). Lord, You have given us Your warning. We must ‘be alert’- ‘Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour’. You have also given us Your promise – ‘Resist the devil, and he will flee from you’. …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

Second Sunday after the Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 God is restoring His glory among His people. The call of Samuel is a vivid example of what God can do in the lives of children. Samuel’s early response to God set in motion a whole process of …

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First Sunday after the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord): Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

First Sunday after the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord): Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Getting our priorities right ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning’. These opening verses challenge us to get our priorities right - (a) The priority of God (Genesis 1:1). God comes first. Before anyone else is mentioned, He is there. (b) The …

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In Jesus’ miracles, we see Him triumphing over sin, death and hell.

Matthew 9:18-38 In Jesus' miracles, we see Him triumphing over sin, death and hell. As well as healing, there is forgiveness (9:5-6), the raising of the dead (18,24-25) and the casting out of demons (33). The Pharisees (Jewish religious leaders) did not like what was happening, and they came up with their own explanation - …

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Let’s stand on the Word of the Lord – His promise of victory.

“Don’t be afraid of them because I am going to give them to Israel” (Joshua 11:6). This is the Word of the Lord that lies at the heart of Joshua’s account of Israel’s victories. The victory comes from the Lord. He gives His people the victory. This is still God’s Word to us. As we …

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Preaching The Word Of The Lord: New Testament

MATTHEW Matthew 1:18-25 Before Jesus is born, there is a revelation from God. God tells us who Jesus is. He is Emmanuel: God with us (Matthew 1:23). God tells us why Jesus has come to earth. He has come to be our Saviour (Matthew 1:21). In this divine revelation concerning Jesus, our Saviour / Emmanuel, …

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Help us, Lord, to hear Your Word of forgiveness and to speak our words of commitment.

Lord, You reveal Your holiness: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.” In Your holiness, we see our own sinfulness: “I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:3,5). Lord, You are perfectly holy: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk 1:13). When we look at ourselves in the light of …

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