Whatever happens to us

"The Lord gave me everything I had, and they were his to take away. Blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21). Whatever happens to us, let us join, with Job, in saying, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." These words of Job made me think of the words of the chorus, "Turn your …

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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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