Where is God?

In our times of suffering, we ask the question, "Where is God in all of this?" There is another question we need to ask. It's the question, "Who is God?" - In life's most difficult times, we need to "learn what God is like" (from the hymn, "Workman of God! O lose not heart"). When …

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God is holy. He calls us to be holy.

* We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. * We need to feed on the Holy Scriptures. * We need to worship the holy God. * The holy God leads us in the way of holiness. * We walk in the way of holiness when we keep our eyes on our holy Saviour. …

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Let us worship God – with joyful thanksgiving.

‘Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord… Let us come before Him with thanksgiving… Come, let us bow down in worship… ’ (Psalm 95:1-2,6). Lord, You’re calling us to worship You with joyful thanksgiving. We rejoice in You. We give thanks for Your love. You are ‘the great God’. You are ‘our God’. You are the God of creation – ‘In His …

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The Holy Spirit And The Holy Scriptures

We begin with a simple and yet profoundly helpful illustration from James Philip. "The black plastic disc (for those who are more familiar with compact disc, he's speaking about the vinyl record - you can replace 'black plastic disc' with 'compact disc'!) that is put on the gramophone turntable has a voice within it, and when we put it …

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In our own homes – let us lift up our hearts and voices to the Lord.

The first four worship videos are choruses I remember from my youth. I hope they will encourage you all in the Lord. The first one is sung by a young man, who is, also, playing his guitar. For God so loved the world https://youtu.be/Gl1uoaLVwkM ‘Let us go to the Lord’s House; let us worship before …

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Centred on the Saviour, Empowered by the Spirit, Grounded in the Scriptures

Centred on the Saviour, Empowered by the Spirit, Grounded in the Scriptures – These are the lessons that we must keep on learning if we are to bring glory to God and receive blessing from Him. * Centred on the Saviour Being a Christian isn’t something that we do for ourselves. It’s not something that …

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Faith in Scripture as God’s Word

Berkouwer criticizes "an incorrect conception of theology, a conception of theology, a conception which considers it possible to discuss Holy Scripture apart from a personal relationship of belief in it, as though that alone would constitute true 'objectivity'." (Holy Scripture, pp. 9-10). He holds that those who view Scripture in this way "wrongly ... see …

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The Holy Spirit In The Life Of Faith (with links to audio version)

Here are two links to an audio version of a lecture given in January 1987: The Holy Spirit in the Life of Faith, Part One The Holy Spirit in the Life of Faith, Part Two _________________________________ The Holy Spirit is the Breath of God. All Scripture is God-breathed. We experience the Breath of God upon …

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In our own homes – let us thank the Lord for saving us and calling us to be His servants.

Serving You, Lord, doesn’t begin with our choice. It begins with Your call. The initiative is Yours – not ours. Thank You, Lord, that You love us so much. Thank You for saving us – and calling us to be Your serv.ants. At the beginning of the lockdown, Jack McHugh, the Moderator of the Presbytery …

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God’s Word – Unchanged, Unchanging, Unchangeable

Some people say, “Surely, you don’t believe the Bible.” They say that the Bible belongs to the past. It’s not for us today. This kind of talk takes us right back to the Garden of Eden – “Did God really say?” (Genesis 3:1).  The Bible says that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God?” …

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We must hear the Word of God and act on it.

Luke 4:31-5:11 ‘His Word was with power’(32). Where there are hindrances, obstructing the flow of God’s Word, we must pray that God’s Word will be heard for ‘what it really is’- ‘not the word of men but the Word of God’(1 Thessalonians 2:13). Our hearing of God’s Word is not to be a superficial thing …

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In our own homes: In our troubled times – let us praise the Lord and pray to Him.

‘I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the House of the Lord”’ (Psalm 122:2). Why, Lord, do we go to Your House? We go ‘to give thanks to the Name of the Lord’ (Psalm 122:4). We seek Your mercy for our past sins: ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!’ …

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In our own homes – let us put our trust in Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

https://youtu.be/lhUiRonlzaQ Lord, we need Your wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:10). We need Jesus – He is Your wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30). Without Jesus, we’re fools. We may think that we’re wise – but we’re not. Jesus makes us wise. True wisdom comes from Him. When we build our lives on Jesus, we are truly wise (Matthew …

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In our own homes – let us rejoice in the Lord and receive strength from Him.

This time of worship is not only for Sunday morning (or some other time on Sunday). You can come back, again and again, during the week, and be blessed by the Lord. He is with us every day. He loves us - always and forever. However difficult and distressing our present circumstances may be, let …

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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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In our own homes – let us give thanks to God for His amazing grace.

Amazing grace Lord, we thank You for Your “amazing grace” – “I once was lost but now am found” (John Newton). We think about our life. Did we find our way back to You?  – No! You found us! You came looking for us – and You found us. We think about this, and we say, …

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In our own homes – let us give thanks to God for all He has done for us and all He has given to us.

https://youtu.be/5x1OV5YzmL8 Lord, we thank You that You want to bless us – more than we want to be blessed by You. We don’t deserve to be blessed – but You keep on blessing us. Help us never to forget to say, “Thank You, Lord.” Help us, always, to treasure Your blessing – and to keep …

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In our own homes – let us be encouraged in the Lord.

https://youtu.be/Uxviwvjyg1w When the storms of life are raging, the Lord is our anchor! _____ Lord, we thank You that Jesus came to earth for us – and we thank You that He died for us. He ‘came to seek and to save the lost’ (Luke 19:10). He came to bring us back from our wandering …

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In our own homes – let us rejoice in God’s wonderful love.

https://youtu.be/yOzf0VrDNGU Lord, what You have done for us – we could never have done for ourselves! It’s so amazing what You have done for us. We were making plans for ourselves – but our plans didn’t include You! You came to us. You said to us, “I have a wonderful plan for your life.” We …

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In our own homes – let us celebrate the love of God.

https://youtu.be/KWT8BjS4aw0 Lord, everything seems so hopeless  – when we take our eyes off You! Help us to keep our eyes on You. Fill us with fresh hope. Sometimes, we can be optimists. Often, we’re pessimists. You’re always “the God of hope” (Romans 15:13). You’re always saying to us, “There is hope” (Jeremiah 31:17). Lord, real hope …

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In our own homes – let us worship Jesus, our wonderful Saviour.

https://youtu.be/rVeG6mokRvs _____ Lord, what are we to do when we’re going through a hard time? Hard times can be the breaking of us – or the making of us. We can blame You – or we can trust You. Help us to trust You – to know that You are near, even when it feels …

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In our own homes – let us pray to the Lord and receive His blessing.

“‘I am the Beginning and the End’, says the Lord God” (Revelation 1:8).We think about the past – and we know that we cannot change it. We think about the future – and we don’t know what it holds for us. All we have is the present. We think about the past and the future …

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In our own homes – let us praise the God of our salvation.

https://youtu.be/dTKIqmdfHSk _____ Living for You, Lord, is not easy. We face determined opposition from Satan. He keeps coming back at us, again and again. We thank You, Lord, that we do not stand against him in our own strength. We stand in Your strength, in the victory of our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, …

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In our own homes – let us worship the Lord and give thanks to Him for His salvation.

https://youtu.be/hJ34W-gJONs You call us, Lord, to “lead a life worthy of Your calling” (Ephesians 4:1). We say, ‘I can’t.’ You say to us, “I have blessed you, in Christ, with every spiritual blessing” (Ephesians 1:3). Why we do allow our lives to be controlled by our own weakness when we can be transformed by Your …

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In our own homes – let us pray that the Lord will give us His strength.

https://youtu.be/a1jMihP_S-E “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me” (Daniel Iverson). Lord, it’s Your Spirit who makes the difference. He changes us. We lose heart. He gives us new strength. We feel like giving up. He keeps us going on. Thank You, Lord, for Your Holy …

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In our own homes – let us open our hearts to the wonderful grace of Jesus.

https://youtu.be/-Msh0PAJfPU “Wisdom is better than gold” (Proverbs 16:16). Where, Lord, will we find wisdom? Your Word tells us that Jesus Christ is “our Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:30). When we find Him, we find wisdom. Jesus says to us, “Seek, and you will find” (Matthew 7:7). Set us free from the idea that we already know …

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In our own homes – let us praise the wonderful Name of Jesus.

  https://youtu.be/UyPT3lVSpmo We thank You, Lord, that You invite us to “come” to You and receive salvation – “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Along with Your promise, there is also Your warning: “if you refuse and rebel … ” (Isaiah 1:18-20). You call us to believe in …

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In our own homes: When the going gets tough, let us keep on going – to the Lord.

We're living in difficult times - distressing and discouraging times. For your encouragement, here are some hymns and prayers. Let us "wait upon the Lord and renew our strength" (Isaiah 40:31). May these hymns and prayers help us all to "be strong in the Lord" (Ephesians 6:12). http://youtu.be/GyRIVbdsi4c ‘They will be taken to Babylon and …

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In our own homes – Let us listen to the Word of the Lord and receive the strength of the Lord.

https://youtu.be/bcAfxUj1D_0 ‘The heavens were opened and I saw visions of God… The Word of the Lord came to Ezekiel’ (Ezekiel 1:1-2). Lord, You open our eyes to ‘see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 4:4). You, Lord speak to us. Help us to listen to You: ‘Speak, Lord, for …

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In our own homes – Let us bring our prayers and our praise to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

https://youtu.be/hGmZcTCXjmM ‘Hosea’ means ‘salvation’. Married to ‘an adulterous wife’, Hosea spoke with great compassion to ‘the land’ which was ‘guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord’ (Hosea 1:2). We thank You, Lord, that Hosea brought Your Word of love to the people: ‘I will show My love to the one I called, …

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In our own homes – Teach us, Lord, to live for You.

“I am filled with the power of the Lord’s Spirit” (Micah 3:8). This is what makes true ministry of God’s Word so different from ‘prophecy’ that doesn’t come from the Lord. Without the power of the Lord, there can be no Word from the Lord. We need the Word, and we need the power. “Let’s …

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In our own homes – may the light of God’s love shine upon us.

https://youtu.be/Mnks-i1vbgs “Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Without the Word of the Lord, we’re stumbling around in the dark; We’re trying to make sense of life, but it’s not quite working, There’s something missing. The Word of the Lord comes to us. It brings light …

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Scripture is God’s Word for every time and every place.

Scripture is God’s Word for every time and every place. When we affirm that Scripture is inspired by God, we cannot adopt the view of cultural relativism which strips the Scriptures of their absolute authority. We believe that Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). We believe that Scripture, with …

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In our own homes – let us rejoice in the Lord and give thanks to Him.

https://youtu.be/eMY3ivdNzwE We thank You, Lord, for Your Holy Spirit. He works in us to bring blessing to us. He works through us to bring blessing to others. Without the working of Your Spirit, there can be no blessing. May the “living waters” of Your Spirit flow in our hearts and out from our hearts to …

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In our own homes – let us give thanks to God for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

https://youtu.be/XqSIMQaeAds Lord, You call us with Your challenge. You call us to make our choice. We are to put the past behind us. We are to press on into the future – with You and for You. We hesitate – and we end up doing nothing. Help us, Lord, to turn from our self-centred ways. …

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In our own homes – let us praise the Lord and give thanks to Him for His wonderful love.

“God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). Have there been times when you didn’t really understand what was going on in your life, and, then, some time later, you’ve been able to look back and say, “God meant it for good”? Sometimes, we can feel that we’re in a dark place. Nothing really makes sense …

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In our own homes – Let us praise God: His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.

https://youtu.be/7ScQfSjzbsY No-one goes on forever. We read about David’s reign coming to an end, about David being replaced by Solomon (1 Kings 1:30). Help us, Lord, to pray that the future will be “greater” than the past (1 Kings 1:37,47). In all of life’s changes, help us to remember this: You are the living God …

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In our own homes: Let us worship God – our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.

https://youtu.be/SVy77bGE9Ho Take a little time to remember - and give thanks to God. Think about today's world and its problems - and pray. Be encouraged by what you have sung: God was "our help in ages past." He is "our hope for years to come." As we look back to the past and travel towards …

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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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In our own homes – Let us sing our praises to the Lord.

‘Daniel resolved not to defile himself’ (Daniel 1:8). We thank You, Lord, that Daniel was devoted to You. It was not easy to live as Your faithful servant. His dedication to You was put to the test – ‘Test your servants’ (Daniel 1:12). Our faith is put to the test. We ‘suffer many trials’. Why, …

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In our own homes – let us worship the Lord our God.

Lord, we thank You that You are in control of the things that are happening to us. We do not always understand what’s going on – but you do! Sometimes, Lord, we wonder what it’s all about! When we feel like this, help us to know that You love us. Help us to see that …

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In our own homes – let us praise our Saviour.

“In the beginning, God … ” (Genesis 1:1). “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start… ” (from the film, The Sound of Music). When we go back to “a long time ago”, do we go back far enough? The first four words of the Bible takes us back beyond “a long …

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In our own homes – Let us return to the Lord and hear His Word of salvation.

https://youtu.be/BUT-G4xHYpo ‘The Lord roars.’ ‘The Lord thunders’ (Amos 1:2). We thank You, Lord, that Your Word comes to us from above – ‘The Lord will roar from on high.’ You speak to us from heaven – ‘He will thunder from His holy dwelling.’ We dare not ignore Your Word. Your Word comes to us as …

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In our own homes: leaving the old year behind us and beginning the New Year with God (Let us worship the Lord on New Year’s Eve).

As we draw near to the end of the old year - may God help us to draw near to Him. As we begin the New Year - may God help us to make a new beginning with Him. Lord - lead us in Your way - the way of love - the way of …

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