Don’t get dragged down to the level of those who will not come up to where God wants them to be.

Numbers 16:1-50  -  ‘You have gone too far!’: They regarded themselves as ‘holy’, yet they refused to go ‘too far’ with God (3)! What kind of ‘holiness’ is this? There is a ‘holiness’ which is more concerned with respectability than obedience to God. Faced with ‘the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’, we dare …

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When the storms are raging all around us …

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6). There are times when we don't understand - Times when we wonder what's going on. We wonder what it's all about. These are the times when we …

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God is about to move in saving power.

EXODUS 1:1-2:10  -  Things were difficult for Israel yet ‘the more they were oppressed the more they multiplied’ (12). Difficult times can be the making of God’s people! Pharaoh (and Satan!) is murderously anxious about the growth of God's people (15-16; John 10:10). God is about to move in saving power - His ‘midwives’ are …

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The serpent, Adam and Eve, and us!

In Genesis 3:1-7, we read abot the evil influence of "the serpent" (Satan - Revelation 12:9). Here, we must note the difference between temptation and sin. Satan tempted Adam and Eve. They sinned. They couldn't blame Satan for their sin. Temptation only became sin when they gave into temptation. It's the same with us. We …

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The Word and the words (2): Lord, speak Your Word to us and through us.

This is the second of a series of posts on John's Gospel. The first post was based on John 1:1,14. We noted that Jesus was more than a preacher and teacher of God's Word. He is the Word of God. We move on, from there, to John 2:22 - "After he was raised from the …

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God is calling us to return to Him, and change the way we think and act.

Ezekiel 5:1-6:14  -  ‘Because you have defiled My sanctuary... I Myself will withdraw My favour’ (5:11). To those who despise His Word and treat the place of prayer with contempt, Jesus still speaks His Word of judgment: ‘My House will be called a House of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves’ …

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Everything changes when we begin to see things the way God sees them.

"The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast" (1 Peter 5:10). Does our life on earth, sometimes, feel like a maze? We're stuck in the middle. We've lost our way. We can't seem to find …

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God keeps us for Himself so that we might be used by Him to bring others to Him.

Isaiah 36:1-37:38; Galatians 2:1-10; Psalm 107:23-32 “For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this” (Isaiah 37:32). In a time when many people are turning away from the Lord, God is still preserving His own people for Himself. …

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The School of Discipleship (6): God doesn’t stop loving us when bad things are happening to us.

The Lord refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:3-4). "The Lord refreshes my soul." When our desire for spiritual growth is …

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