We see how much God loves us, and we want to love Him more, and more…

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 We don't begin with the call to love God. We begin with His plan to bless us: "the land" (Deuteronomy 6:1,3): "There is a happy land, far, far away, where saints in glory stand, bright, bright as day." * "far, far away", "Your Kingdom come": What a great future! * "saints", That's what …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Exodus 20:1-21

Before the Ten Commandments, there is love (Exodus 20:2). There is more than law. There us more than the exodus. There is Jesus, our Saviour. He does for us what the law can never do for us. He saves us. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) - What effect do they have on us? Read Exodus …

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God plans to bring his blessing to all nations.

Genesis 42:1-46:34 As we read chapters 42-44 - we ask the question -"What's going to happen next?" To answer this question - we need to read chapters 45-46. As we read through chapters 42-44 -we find that the drama builds up more and more as the story unfolds. The story draws us in. It's a …

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When we don’t understand what’s going on in our lives

Genesis 41:1-57 We read about the interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams. The interpretation didn't come from Joseph. It was given to Joseph by God. This is emphasized in verses15-16 - "Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a …

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Do we long to play our part in what God is doing in our generation?

Genesis 40:1-23 In chapter 37 - we read about Joseph's dreams. Here - we read about Joseph interpreting dreams. The dreams did not come from Joseph's own mind. The interpretations did not come from Joseph's own mind. The dreams came from God - and the interpretations came from God. "Don't interpretations come from God?" (8) …

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Think of God’s faithfulness – and count your blessings.

Comfort (Isaiah 40:1) - This comes from God's great faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23). In our past, present and future, we see the faithfulness of God - "His mercies never end. They are new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22-23). Think of God's faithfulness, and "count your blessings." Think of this, that and the other blessing (good things in …

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There is a great difference between the people of God and worldly people!

Genesis 35:16-36:43 Here - there are many names. We focus attention on the difference between the two brothers - Jacob and Esau. "Esau went to a land far away from his brother Jacob" (6). The explanation for Esau's move away from Canaan is given in verse 7 - "For their possessions were too many for …

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We are to give thanks to God for all his good gifts – and we are to praise him that he is with us at every stage of our journey through life.

Genesis 29:1-30:24 Jacob meets Rachel (1-12). This was significant. Rachel was to become the mother of Joseph - the next significant character in the Bible story. The meeting of Joseph and Rachel is not described in spiritual terms. There is no mention of God here. In verses 13 to 30 - we read about Jacob …

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Are we learning to look back over our lives – and see how much the Lord really means to us?

Genesis 35:1-14 "Go to Bethel" (1) - the place of blessing. On their way to Bethel - Jacob and his family were protected by the Lord (5). At Bethel - Jacob was blessed by the Lord (9). Jacob's name was changed to Israel (10). The name - "Jacob" - pointed to the past: what Jacob …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 96:1-13

A call to worship: Our song of praise is a song of salvation (Psalm 96:2). We are to "proclaim His salvation from day to day" (Psalm 96:2). Every day, we are to praise the Lord. God is calling us to worship Him with joy (Psalm 96:11-12). Sometimes, this isn't easy. We must ask the Lord …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 95:1-11

A call to worship God (Psalm 95:1-2,6): "The Lord is a great God" (Psalm 95:3). "He is our God" (Psalm 95:7). He is the God of creation (Psalm 95:4-5). He is the God of salvation (Psalm 95:7). When we are gathered together for worship, we are to listen to the voice of the Lord. We …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 81:1-16

"Listen" (Psalm 81:8,13). * Why should we listen? (a) We should listen because there's something worth hearing. (b) We should listen because there's something we need to hear. (c) We should listen because there's something we need to hear. * The call to listen - "My people" (Psalm 81:8,13); "I will admonish you" (Psalm 81:8); …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 78:12-25

"He worked wonders" (Psalm 78:12), "He gave them drink as abundant as the depths" (Psalm 78:15), "He brought streams out of the stone and made water flow down like rivers" (Psalm 78:16), "They spoke against God - Is God able to provide food in the wilderness?" (Psalm 78:19), "waters gushed out, torrents overflowed" (Psalm 78:20), …

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We have glimpses of glory – but the full glory is still to come.

Exodus 3:1-22 Moses may have been content to remain in the background. God was calling him to step into the foreground - for God’s people. This is more than the story of Moses. It’s the story of Israel. It points forward to God’s purpose for all nations. When we read the Old Testament story, we …

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The plan of God is emphasized … and the presence of God is experienced.

Genesis 26:1-35 Of the various sections in this chapter - the most significance are verses 1-5 in which the plan of God is emphasized and verses 23-25 in which the presence of God is experienced. Sometimes - we can get bogged down in details about things that happened a very long time ago. These are …

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From grace – we receive salvation. Works can never earn salvation.

Genesis 25:1-34 In the first half of this chapter - we read about Abraham's family (1-6) - Abraham's death (7-11) - Ishmael's family. The sections which call for closer attention are the birth of Jacob and Esau (19-26) and Esau sells his birthright (27-34). In Romans 9 - Paul contrasts the way of grace (Jacob) …

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The spiritual dimension in a human story

Genesis 24:1-67 Finding a wife for Isaac - this seems such a human story. It's more than that! There's a real spiritual dimension - Guidance from the Lord (7) and prayer to the Lord (12). "Before he had finished speaking - there was Rebekkah" (15): God guided and God answered prayer. Worshipping and praising the …

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The grace of God reaches us and changes us.

Genesis 22:20-23:20 There are a lot of names (22:20-24) and a lot of details about Sarah's burial (23:1-20). Is there anything that stands out? Yes! - "You (Abraham) are God's chosen one among us" (23:5). This sentence speaks to us about the grace of God. Was there something special about Abraham? No! - but there …

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Up on the mountain-top … with God; and back down to the valley … with God

Genesis 22:1-19 From verse 2 - "Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you" - we look ahead to God's words concerning Jesus: "my beloved Son" (Matthew 3:17 & 17:5). The second time …

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From the failure of Lot … to the triumph of Jesus

Genesis 19:38-38 We read about the beginning of he Moabites and the Ammorites (36-38). It was a shameful beginning - and it's the last we hear of Lot! In Matthew 26:26-30 - there's a better outcome of drinking wine - and it wasn't the end of Jesus! Through faith in Jesus - we look forward …

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Looking back – and giving thanks to God for his salvation

Genesis19:1-29 We read about Sodom and Gomorrah - "Get out of this place - for the Lord is about to destroy the city!" (14); "Run for your lives! ! Don't look back and don't stop anywhere on the plain! Run for the mountains - or you will be swept away!" (17). Do we still need …

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The laughter of unbelief … and the laughter of rejoicing

Genesis 18:1-19 Abraham's three visitors - This was an appearance of the Lord to Abraham" (1). Abraham bowed down and sought favour from the Lord. He asked that the blessing would not pass him by. Everything about this visit indicates that the Lord was in it. He was preparing Abraham for the next stage in …

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“Yes” – This is what God says to us. Will we say “Yes” to him?

Genesis 17:1-27 God's covenant is so different from human promises. We don't always keep our word. God never breaks his word. He is faithful. He never fails us. Behind his covenant - there's his love. His covenant is "an everlasting covenant" (7). His love is "an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3). here are times when we …

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God keeps on pursuing his plan of salvation.

Genesis 16:1-16 We read about Hagar and Ishmael. We are reminded that the Bible story is not only the story of salvation. It's also the story of sin. We emphasize the greatness of God's salvation. We must not gloss over what God's Word says to us about our sin. If we fail to recognize the …

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Promises – given by God and fulfilled by God

Genesis 15:7-21 God spoke his promises to Abram (7). There was uncertainty in Abram's mind (8). Abram was filled with "terror" (12). The way forward would not be easy. There would be four hundred years of slavery and oppression (13). After that - there would be the exodus from Egypt (14). This would be followed …

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The priority of worship – we must never forget this.

Genesis 13:1-18 We read about Abram and Lot - and the choices that they made. There are choices to be made. We need to learn to choose the Lord's way - not the world's way. In verse 18 - we read something very encouraging about Abram. When he was in Egypt (12:10-20) - he let …

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Ask the Saviour to help you … He will carry you through.

Genesis 12:10-20 We read about Abram in Egypt. What do we learn from this? We learn that there are many temptations - and we learn that we are so easily distracted. We are sorely tempted and easily distracted. Let's remember the message that comes to us from the chorus of the hymn - "Yield not …

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It’s never too late to make a new beginning with God.

Genesis 12:1-9 This was a major step for Abraham - and for God. Abraham would never be the same again. For him, this was the beginning of a journey. It was more than a journey into a new land. It was a journey into God's blessing. Notice that Abraham was "75 years old" (Genesis 12:4) …

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Less concerned with our own name – and more committed to exalting the name of Christ

Genesis 11:1-9 "Come - let us ... Come - let us build ourselves ... Come - let us make a name for ourselves" (3-4). This is all about us - not God. This is the way of man-centred pride - not the way of God's salvation. We do not begin with what we have ("bricks") …

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Jesus’ love for us – that’s what sent him to the cross and kept him on the cross.

Genesis 9:8-17 We look at the rainbow. We see the love of God. We look beyond the rainbow. We look to the cross. There - we see the supreme demonstration of the love of God. We see Jesus - suffering for us. His suffering is the suffering of love. It wasn't the nails that kept …

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Looking beyond Cain and Abel – to Christ

Genesis 4:1-16 We read about Cain and Abel. We look beyond them to Christ. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin. He is "the Passover Lamb." He "has been sacrificed for us" (1 Corinthians 5:7). Jesus is "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). We read …

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The tragedy of Adam – and the triumph of Jesus

Genesis 3:1-7 The tragedy of Adam and Eve: their fall into sin. We compare this with the triumph of Jesus - His victory over Satan. What made the difference?- standing on the Word of God. Adam and Eve believed the lie of the devil. Jesus took His stand on the Word of God. What about …

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When trouble comes our way, may we catch a glimpse of God’s eternal Kingdom.

Genesis 2:4-3:15 Do what God tells us to do. This leads to blessing. Do what God tells us not to do. This leads to trouble. It’s been trouble ever since. Here, on earth, things can be turned around. We can be set in the right direction. We are not yet at our final destination, but …

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Before the creation – there is the Creator …

Genesis 1;1-2:3 Before the creation, there is the Creator. * He is the chief focus of attention in the Bible’s first chapter. Wherever we look in Genesis 1, we see the word, God. This is about Him. Genesis 1 speaks about us. It tells us where we have come from. We have come from God. …

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The God of love is reaching out to us … (Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 103:1-22).

What kind of person are you? Are you a forgiven man / woman? The God of love (Psalm 103:8) is reaching out to each and every one of us (Psalm 103:9-10). God's love is greater than we can put into words or even imagine (Psalm 103:11-12). Before there can be forgiven people, there needs to …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 32:1-11

The forgiveness of sins (Psalm 32:1-2); Confess and be forgiven (Psalm 32:5). Once we have begun our journey with the Lord, we are to seek instruction from His Word (Psalm 32:8). To receive instruction from the Lord, we need to have the right attitude (Psalm 32:9). When the Lord has saved us and we are …

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Waiting on the Lord, we renew our strength … (Preaching God’s Word: Acts).

Luke 11:13, 24:49, Acts 1:1–14, Ephesians 5:18 Waiting On The Lord, We Renew Our Strength. Jesus tells His apostles, ‘the Holy Spirit’ will ‘come upon you’ (Acts 1:11, 8). He gives them His Word of promise: ‘I send the promise of my Father upon you’. He gives them His Word of command: ‘stay in the …

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God is our refuge and our strength … Be still, and know that I am God (Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 46:1-11).

"God is our refuge and our strength ..." (Psalm 46;1). "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). First, the truth about God; Then, our feelings are brought into line with the truth about God, Facts; Faith; Feelings * Facts - Christ's death and resurrection for us * Faith - I believe the …

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Praise the Lord (Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 104:1).

"Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 104:1). We have come here to praise the Lord. Why do we praise the Lord? "Lord my God, You are very great." God is great in power. His power can impress us, but it will not save us until we are touched by a special power - the power of His …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord -Psalm 111:1-10

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ is risen today - a celebration for Easter, and every Lord’s Day. * At the start of the Psalm - “I will praise the Lord” (Psalm 111:1). * At the end of the Psalm - “His praise endures forever” (Psalm 111:10). In our worship, there is to be both “the fear of …

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God is calling us to praise Him (Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 118:19-29).

God is calling us to praise Him. * “I will praise the Lord” (Psalm 118:20). * “I will praise You” (Psalm 118:21). * “You are my God, and I will praise You” (Psalm 118:28). Praise is more than words that we sing in church. Our whole life is to be full of praise to God. …

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A new beginning … based on what had gone before … (Preaching The Word Of The Lord: Mark 1:1-20)

This was a new beginning (Mark 1:1), but it was based on what had gone before (Mark 1:2-3). Those who speak of Jesus Christ, their Saviour, are "voices crying in the wikderness", but their ministry is blessed by the Lord (Mark 1:3,5). We must never forget this, and we must pray that we will be …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 100:1-5

"all the earth" (Psalm 100:1), "through all generations" (Psalm 100:5) - It wasn't just for there and then. It's for here and now. "Every person in every nation in each succeeding generation has the right to hear the news that Christ can save." The Good News of Christ is a message of triumph (Psalm 100:1). …

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