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Jan 19

A Time to Sow and a Time to Weed

Start by reading… Often when Jesus wanted to make an important point or convey a vital message He would draw illustrations from contemporary life. The parable of the sower is one such example. Possibly one of the best known of Jesus’ illustrations, it was rich in imagery 2,000 years ago, and still is today. As … Continued

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Jan 18

Divided Kingdoms Will Fall

Start by reading… We know from history that, sooner or later, kingdoms divided against themselves always fall. But we don’t often catch on to the significance of that. It’s time we realised that small acts of disunity cause major downfalls. A small word against this person or that person can often trigger the start of a big … Continued

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Jan 17

Purify Your Heart

Start by reading… It has always been God’s longing to call His children into relationship with Himself. He wants us to know Him deeply and intimately, to glorify Him alone and to share this gift with others. In Genesis 35, God instructs Jacob to return to Bethel. Before he does so, Jacob orders his whole … Continued

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Jan 16

Fear Versus Forgiveness

Start by reading… In Genesis 32:7, Jacob is returning to Israel, fearful of meeting his elder brother, Esau. Jacob had fled the country having stolen his brother’s “firstborn” rights by deceiving their father, Isaac. When Jacob hears that Esau is coming to meet him, he cries out to God. In Genesis 32:11, he says: “Deliver … Continued

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Jan 15

Supernatural Peace

Start by reading… My mother has always been a worrier. Whatever the situation, she would always consider the worst-case scenario, believing this would prepare her for what was to come. Having no real peace and constantly being afraid of what is around the corner isn’t the best way to live. Matthew 10:29-31 says: “Are not … Continued

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Jan 14

Seek His Face, Not His Hands

Start by reading… Genesis 30:1 says: “Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or else I die!’” God promised Abraham uncountable children, but Abraham’s wife was barren. Yet God fulfilled this promise through the birth of Isaac. Isaac had a similar … Continued

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Jan 13

Trust in the Lord

Start by reading… In Psalm 11:1, David emphatically states that his trust is not in himself or any other man, but in the one and only, true, living God. This must also be our testimony. Whatever situations we find ourselves in, we must not run away from them, but trust in our God. He is the only … Continued

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Jan 12

‘Jesus at the Centre of it All’

Start by reading… Like his father, Abraham, Isaac was central in the establishment of the Jewish people. Abraham’s second son, the son of promise, was part of God’s great plan to bring forth a Saviour. To preserve his inheritance, the flocks and herds Isaac had amassed needed water. Genesis 26:18 says: “And Isaac dug again … Continued

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Jan 11

The Waiting Game

Start by reading… After waiting 40 years to marry, Isaac no doubt wanted to have children as soon as possible. Yet Genesis 25:21 tells us that Rebekah was barren, just as Sarah was before her and Rachel was after her. How does this make sense when God had promised to give them all male offspring? Twenty years … Continued

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Jan 10

Possessing the Promise

Start by reading… In Genesis 23:1-20, it looks like the Hittites are trying to be generous to Abraham, and that the patriarch is stubbornly refusing their hospitality. In reality, they are seeking to discriminate against and control the man of God by restricting his ability to own their land. If he accepts their offer, he and … Continued

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Jan 09

Obedience to God

Start by reading… Aren’t you glad the Bible is full of people just like us? Abraham messed up big time. He didn’t trust God to save him from King Abimelech. He put his wife in a compromising position, and placed a nation in peril. He had left behind all that he knew to follow God, … Continued

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Jan 08

“Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Do Right?”

Start by reading… In our Genesis reading today, Abraham asks a question we all want to believe we can answer. But, like Abraham, we need to properly understand it. As he begins to realise God’s intentions toward the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham asks the Lord: “…Shall not the Judge of all the … Continued

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Jan 07

Our Father

We are going to take a few moments today to meditate on the very familiar passage found in Matthew 6, it contains the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Properly understood it has global significance.

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6
Jan 06

Sitting in the Waiting Room of Life!

Start by reading… Genesis 15:5 says: “Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” God told Abram he would have a child. This was impossible – he was much too old – but God gave Abram … Continued

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Jan 05

God’s Promise Is for All Believers

Start by reading… Genesis 12:1-3 records the call of Abraham. God had planned that, through the Jewish nation, founded on Abraham, He would restore His relationship with sinful mankind. There are several principles for us to observe in these verses when it comes to accepting a call from God: It will always involve change. Abraham … Continued

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Jan 04

Follow Me!

Start by reading… Matthew 4:17 says: “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” Somehow, over time, the dramatic entrance of Jesus into His ministry on earth has been diminished, and its impact has been reduced. As humans, we like to think that we are … Continued

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Jan 03

The Power to Overcome Temptation

Start by reading… In Matthew 3:17, we read of Jesus being highly endorsed by the Father as “my dearly loved Son”. I am always greatly strengthened by Matthew 4, in which the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. You might think this is a hard thing to endure, but … Continued

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Jan 02

“Resist the Devil and He Will Flee from You”

Start by reading… Genesis 3 begins with the serpent tempting Eve to sin by sowing doubt in her mind and desire in her heart, as he manipulates the Word of God. Adam not only fails to intervene, but willingly eats of the fruit. They immediately know they are naked and try to hide from God, … Continued

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Jan 01

Rest and Relationship

The first two chapters of Genesis paint a picture of what God is like, what the world should be like and how humans relate to one another and the world in which they live. It becomes abundantly clear that God is passionate about rest and relationship amongst other things.

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Dec 31

Live Ready…

Right at the end of chapter 22 of the book of revelation, we read these words, “Surely I am coming quickly.” These are the last recorded words of Jesus in the whole Bible; in my Bible, they are in red. What an incredible journey we have been on this year as we have grown in His word together. 

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Dec 30

Praise Him

Start by reading… The last three of the 150 psalms recorded in God’s word are aptly placed, as they work together to conclude this wonderful book in a crescendo of praise to the Almighty. I wondered whether these psalms might be prophetic. There is a real sense of the longing of the psalmist’s heart that absolutely … Continued

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Dec 29

The White Horse and Its Rider

Start by reading… What a spectacular scene John describes in Revelation 18-19. First, we see the fall of Babylon, followed by the appearance of a white horse and its rider. We are so privileged to read this amazing account of Jesus’ return to earth. Hollywood special effects will not be needed! This will be as real … Continued

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Dec 28

Living With Ourselves

Start by reading… Proverbs 28:6 says: “Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.” There are some subjects we don’t think about or choose to ignore, but Proverbs has a habit of bringing them out of the cupboard and saying, “What about this?” We can be rich and have no satisfaction … Continued

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Dec 27

Begin Wrestling Today!

Start by reading… Revelation is among the apocalyptic books and, apart from the first and final chapters, it is rarely a favourite with preachers. I’m sure few of us would make it our first choice for daily devotionals. Yet it’s the only book in the Bible that holds divine sanctions of reward (see Revelation 1:3) … Continued

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Dec 26

Store the Word in Your Heart

Start by reading… I read an amusing story recently. A small boy was invited to repeat his memory verse one week in Sunday school. When he was asked for the scripture reference, he replied: “I didn’t think I had to learn the numbers. I thought the 5:15 was something to do with the time!” As … Continued

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Dec 25

Happy Christmas to You All

Start by reading… What a reading for Christmas Day we find in Revelation chapter 11! The temple has been rebuilt in Jerusalem, The Ark of the Covenant turns up in heaven, and the day of judgement for the nations of the word has arrived. The two tribulation witnesses are killed, and then, while the whole … Continued

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Dec 24

Give Thanks and Sing

Start by reading… A few months ago, at church, we stood and honoured a young lady by applauding what she had done. Then we prayed for her and sent her out to walk in her destiny. It was incredible. The applause kept on going, and she didn’t know where to look. Just when it seemed … Continued

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Dec 23

Our God Reigns!

Start by reading… Clouds, rain, wind and storms! All of nature is under God’s control (see Psalm 135:6-7), even when we don’t particularly like it! His power and sovereignty are also shown in His dealings with pharaoh in the time of Moses. Pharaoh was so hard-hearted that despite all the miracles he saw in the plagues, … Continued

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Dec 22

Born of David’s Line

Start by reading… The psalms we have read today belong to a group known as ‘Psalms of Ascent’. They were sung by the crowds of pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem to celebrate the festivals. David wrote many of these psalms, but the book contains examples written over hundreds of years. Psalm 132 is about David and his … Continued

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Dec 21

What on Earth Is God Saying?

Start by reading… I have a confession to make… I tend to avoid Revelation because it’s such a mystery to me. But as we know we’re blessed when we read it (see Revelation 1:3), and it’s a big part of today’s reading, I’ve given it a go. In Revelation 2-3, we read God’s messages to … Continued

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Dec 20

A Royal Priesthood

Start by reading…Revelation 1:5-6 says: “…All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”        Brothers and sisters, I implore … Continued

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Dec 19

True Relationship

Start by reading…Jude 1:20-21 says: “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.” If ever there … Continued

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Dec 18

Loving One Another

Start by reading… When I read these verses in 1 John, I initially felt somewhat overwhelmed; not least because of the words in 1 John 4:20-21: “…If we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” This is followed by God’s command: “Those who love God must also … Continued

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Dec 17

Help!

I was preaching a message in church several years ago when my iPhone beeped and a notification came through. The word “Urgent!!!” was all that I could read. In that moment, I knew that what I was doing needed to be interupted. 

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Dec 16

The Hope of the Gospel

Start by reading… 1 John is a call to honesty for those who call themselves Christians, written in love. Sometimes it can seem harsh, but that’s often what genuine love requires! As CS Lewis once said: “Love is something far more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” In 1 John 1:8, we read: “If we claim … Continued

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Dec 15

It’s Not What You Say, It’s the Way That You Say It!

Start by reading… In a world that has more means of communication at its disposal than any other in history, isn’t it strange that we have so many relationship breakdowns due to poor communication? We communicate with each other via a whole host of electronic means, but struggle face to face. I regularly meet people … Continued

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Dec 14

Christmas

Start by reading… For the first time in at least ten years, my wife and I have not yet bought all our Christmas presents. I can already feel the pressure building as the big day quickly approaches. We are normally well organised, and this allows us to concentrate on a more outward perspective over the … Continued

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Dec 13

The Blood of Jesus is Powerful

Start by reading… 1 Peter 2:24 says: “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” Counselling, mood-altering drugs, psychosurgery and other therapies are often used to help people with mental or emotional disorders, … Continued

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Dec 12

Holiness

Start by reading… 1 Peter 1:16 says: “…You must be holy because I am holy.” This commandment is also found in Leviticus 11:44-45. This is a standard that God has set, so what does He expect of us? Many of God’s commandments are straightforward, while others prove more difficult to faithfully follow. This verse is … Continued

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Dec 11

Jesus is Our Source

Start by reading…James 5 begins with a warning to the rich who make themselves wealthy by cheating the poor that they will not go unpunished. James assures his readers that God sees the rich man’s dishonesty and hears the cries of the field workers (see James 5:5). He declares that God’s justice will ultimately be done. He … Continued