Daily Devotional Readings: Year Two – March

1st March: Ruth 1:1-2:23 Ruth meets Boaz. It seemed like a 'chance' meeting - 'she happened to come...'(2:3). It was more than that. God was at work. Ruth had committed herself to the Lord (1:16-17). She was being guided by the Lord (Psalm 37:3-5; Proverbs 3:5-6). Ruth was unassuming and grateful, hard working and responsible …

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Daily Devotional Readings: Year Two – February

1st February: Judges 1:1-2:5 'You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7). Everything seems to be going well - 'From victory to victory His army He shall lead till every foe is vanquished and Christ is Lord indeed' (1-18; Church Hymnary, 481). Things went badly wrong. God commanded His people …

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Daily Devotional Readings: Year One – March

1st March: Genesis 15:1-21 God is greater than our circumstances. God had given great promises to Abraham, yet there appeared no sign that His promises were being fulfilled. The circumstances seemed bleak, and Abraham felt despondent. Abraham was full of questions. In verse 2, he asks, 'What can you give me...?'. This is the question …

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Daily Devotional Readings: Year One – February

1st February : Genesis 6:1-8 The story of Noah is the story of God's grace - 'Noah found grace' (8). Noah lived in very difficult times (5-7), yet 'Grace found Noah'. His testimony could be summed up: 'Amazing grace...I once was lost but now am found' (Mission Praise, 31). Expanding on the thought of 5:29 …

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Year One, 28th February: Psalm 3:1-6 – The human situation and the divine provision

This Psalm begins with the human situation - 'O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him"'' (1-2). It ends with the divine provision - 'From the Lord comes deliverance' (8). How does the Psalmist rise above his deeply distressing circumstances? …

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Year One, 27th February: Matthew 9.18-38 – In Jesus’ miracles, we see Him triumphing over sin, death and hell.

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 - 'He casts …

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Year One, 26th February: Matthew 8:23-9:17 -Where does the desire to follow Christ come from?

In 8:23-9:8, we read of three great miracles, in which Christ demonstrates His power over nature (23), demons (28-34) and sickness (1-8). Following such mighty works of power, the next verse seems so ordinary - Jesus said, 'Follow me.' Matthew 'rose and followed Him' (9). Matthew's conversion may seem so unspectacular, but it is no …

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Year One, 25th February: Matthew 8.1-22 – Say ‘Yes’ to Jesus.

In verses 1-17, we read of three people who received the Lord's blessing - the leper was cleansed (1-4), the centurion's servant was healed (5-13), Peter's mother-in-law was healed (14-17). Reading verses 18-22 together with Luke 9:57-62, we learn of three people who did not receive the Lord's blessing (Matthew mentions two, while Luke adds …

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Year One, 23rd February: Genesis 13:1-18 – Life is full of choices.

Life is full of choices. Lot made a selfish choice (10-12). He allied himself with 'the men of Sodom (who) were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord' (13). Abraham made a godly choice, and he was blessed by the Lord (14-17). The lesson of Abraham's choice is the lesson of Matthew 6:33 - …

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Year One, 24th February: Genesis 14:1-24 – How great is our Lord Jesus Christ!

Following an account of military conflict, we come to a passage that is full of Christ (18-20). In Melchizedek, we see Jesus. In Hebrews 7:3, we learn that Melchizedek resembles the Son of God. We read on, in verse 4, 'See how great he is', and, in our hearts we say, 'How great is our …

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Year One, 22nd February: Genesis 12:1-20 – This is a divine Story, carried forward by God’s grace and power.

This is a divine Story, carried forward by God's grace and power. God's very great promises (1-3) find their ultimate fulfilment in the coming of God's eternal Kingdom (Revelation 21:10). We have not reached our heavenly destination. We are still caught in the tension between obedience (4) and disobedience (11-13). We are conscious of our …

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Year One, 21st February: Proverbs 1:8-19 – Don’t try to live for the Lord and for the world at the same time.

If we are to be saved, we must follow the Wisdom of the Proverbs: 'Listen, my son, to your father's instruction' (8). We must follow the 'Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing', the living Word, our Lord Jesus Christ (Church Hymnary, 191). Satan is seeking to destroy us - 'let's swallow them alive, …

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Year One, 10th February: Matthew 5:17-20 – What a difference there was between Jesus’ teaching and those who ‘preach, but do not practise.’

In verse 20, Jesus refers to 'the scribes and Pharisees'. Jesus warned against the shallow superficiality of these men who were more concerned with outward appearances than inner reality. This conflict with the Jewish religious leaders lies close to the surface in the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus says, 'This is their way. This …

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Year One, 8th February: Matthew 5:3-12 – The way to happiness is the way of holiness

'The Beatitudes' show us God's way of blessing. We might also describe them as the Be Attitudes, since they show us what we are to be. Jesus teaches us that the way to happiness is the way of holiness. The only alternative to the way of holiness is the way of hypocrisy. There can be …

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Year One, 7th February: Matthew 5:1-2 – Being strengthened by the Lord and sharing His Word with others

Here, we have the introduction to 'the Sermon on the Mount' (chapters 5-7). Reference is made to both 'the disciples' and 'the crowds'. The disciples are taught with a view to becoming teachers of the crowds. Peter learned from Christ and later he taught the crowds (Acts 2:14-42). The Sermon on the Mount was heard …

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