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Aug 22

God’s Instrument of Blessing

Start by reading… “You are a vehicle of hope and a gateway for the miraculous.” I remember the moment when a great friend of mine spoke these words to us. It was like one of those ‘light bulb’ moments. We don’t have to pray for people, help people, believe or have faith… we get to. … Continued

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Aug 21

God’s Priority

Start by reading… I’d like to focus on Luke 12:31, where Jesus encourages us to: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else…” We read the words ‘Kingdom of God’ and ‘Kingdom of heaven’ over and over in the New Testament, but what do we understand by the word ‘kingdom’, and is God’s Kingdom different? … Continued

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Aug 20

The Disciple’s Prayer

Start by reading… In Luke 11, Jesus gives us what has come to be known as the Lord’s prayer. In reality, it’s the disciple’s prayer and one we all have prayed many times. Because we know it so well, it’s easy to miss the importance of the words. Someone once said that Jesus never taught His … Continued

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Aug 19

Who Is My Neighbour?

Start by reading… Luke 10 covers a momentous time in Jesus’ ministry. The first missionaries are sent out to spread the good news and Jesus pronounces judgement on the unrepentant cities. The disciples’ exhilaration overflows at what they have seen and done, and Jesus rejoices that their names are written in heaven. As so often happened, … Continued

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Aug 18

Be Steadfast in Your Purpose

Start by reading… Twenty-six years ago, I sat in a car park in the dark with my girlfriend, Mandie, and accepted Christ as my Saviour. I was instantly and radically changed. The timing was perfect. I had actually asked Mandie out a few years earlier, but the timing wasn’t right; not just for us as … Continued

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Aug 17

The Gospel of the Kingdom of God

Start by reading… Luke 8 has every aspect of Jesus’ earthly ministry rolled into one chapter. In the space of just fifty-six verses, Jesus tells parables (and explains to His disciples why He tells parables), calms a storm, casts out a demon, heals a woman with an ‘issue of blood’ that had plagued her for twelve … Continued

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Aug 16

Jesus Cares about You

Start by reading… In Luke 7, we read the moving account of Jesus arriving at the village gate of Nain with his disciples. He witnesses the funeral procession of a widow’s only son. Jesus is moved with compassion. He walks over to the coffin and, touching it, speaks life into the young man’s body. The … Continued

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Aug 15

The Right Foundation

Start by reading… In Luke 6:47-49, we find two men building separate houses. We can imagine each of them looking for a place to build and having to consider two options. Would it be the rocky land that required a lot of work, time and effort to level and dig into, which would give the … Continued

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Aug 14

Are You Ready to Let Down the Nets?

Start by reading… Luke 5:5 (ESV) says: “And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’” We may feel tired because we have been working hard like Simon Peter, who explained to Jesus that he had worked all through the night trying to … Continued

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Aug 13

The Power of God’s Word

Start by reading… In the Christian life, it often happens that after the blessing comes the battle. After the mountaintop comes the valley. The greatest temptations follow the greatest victories. The greatest trials follow the biggest triumphs. Elijah went to Mount Carmel to have a contest between His God and the god of the four hundred and … Continued

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Aug 12

The Upright Will See His Face

Start by reading… In Luke 3, John the Baptist calls the people to repent and be baptised. John is not afraid to call the people “a brood of snakes”, telling them they must prove they have repented by the way they live. It’s not enough to simply say that they are descendants of Abraham. Words … Continued

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Aug 11

Keep Your Eyes on the Happy Ending

Start by reading… Psalm 69: 29 says: “I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.” In Psalm 69, we are privy to the private groans of a man drowning in fear, anxiety and accusation. As he weaves through these emotions, he draws similarities between his sufferings and those of Jesus. The … Continued

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Aug 10

A Backward-Looking Psalm

Start by reading… David wrote Psalm 68 as a way of looking back over Israel’s history. Psalm 68:1 reads: “Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives.” In Numbers 10, we are taken back through the centuries to the days when Moses led Israel across the … Continued

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Aug 09

The Furnace Precedes the Fervour

Start by reading… I remember hearing an account of a women’s Bible study that focused on Psalm 66:10-12. They wondered what these verses revealed about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible … Continued

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Aug 08

What Do You Call God?

Start by reading… In Mark’s Gospel, we read of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, who was condemned and murdered for our wrongdoing. Another man was released that day, and Jesus was killed in his place. His name was Barabbas. Greek theologian Origen and other writers of the time agree that this man was actually called … Continued

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Aug 07

Not even a hint…

Purity is one of the keys to living a Kingdom lifestyle. Followers of Jesus must be aware of the sexually-liberal culture in which they live and in response, must take seriously the challenge of sexual purity. The book of Ephesians instructs us:

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Aug 06

Are You Watching, Waiting and Working?

Start by reading… Mark 13 contains important signs of Christ’s second coming that many people miss. Jesus said the first thing we should be aware of is deception. Many Christians are being deceived today simply because they don’t read the Bible. Then He said the gospel would be preached in every nation. The internet has made this … Continued

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Aug 05

Which Kingdom Will You Choose?

Start by reading… If you are reading Mark 12 for the first time, it wouldn’t surprise me if you were left feeling totally stunned. This chapter is full of questions, responses, more questions and more responses. It can leave you (well me, anyway) feeling slightly shell-shocked. But what is the essence of all this back and … Continued

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Aug 04

Temple Clean-Up

Start by reading… Mark 11:11 says: “So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.”  On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were … Continued

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Aug 03

Trophies of God’s Grace

Start by reading… If there was one scripture I hoped wouldn’t come my way, it was Mark 10:1-12. Having experienced divorce in my own life, I am certain that God hates not only the sin and broken promises, but also the pain and devastation it causes individuals, families and even communities.Then comes the question of … Continued

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Aug 02

Hearing God’s Voice

Start by reading… Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels and tells the story of Jesus in a style that is simple and concise, yet detailed. Many scholars believe it was written during a time when Christians were viciously persecuted and killed for their faith. This may explain the sense of urgency we feel … Continued

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Aug 01

Church Life Should Be a River Not a Pond

Start by reading… Proverbs 1:8-9 says: “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.” The importance of seeing the Church as a family cannot be overstated. Nearing the end of his life, Jacob blessed his sons and prophesied over them, helping to affirm and guide them into their inheritance. This wasn’t a … Continued

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Jul 31

Are Our Hearts Far from Him?

Start by reading… Mark 7:6-7 says: “Jesus replied, ‘You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.”’” It’s easy to fall into legalism. We … Continued

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Jul 30

There Is No One Like Jehovah!

Start by reading… Psalm 48:14 says: “For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.” In Psalm 48, the Holy Spirit speaks through the sons of Korah about the beauty of Zion – Jerusalem – with its towers, ramparts, palaces and physical setting. The material … Continued

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Jul 29

Put God in Charge of It!

Mark 5 tells us of the outcome from the storm on the sea in Mark 4, then tells us of the demon possessed man after his freedom from the demons – a storm stilled in his soul surely! Psalm 46 says that God is our refuge and our strength in the time of trouble. Proverbs 29 tells that when righteousness is in authority, the people rejoice but when wickedness rules, the people groan.

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Jul 28

Seeds Need Good Soil!

Start by reading… Let’s take a close look at this parable in Mark 4. Firstly, Jesus says that if we don’t understand the meaning of this parable, we won’t understand the others. He states clearly that the farmer planted seed by taking the word to others, so the ‘seed’ is the word of God. It … Continued

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Jul 27

The Man with the Withered Hand

Start by reading… Jesus went into the synagogue and there was a man there with a withered hand. The religious leaders wanted to see if Jesus would heal this man on the Sabbath day. It is interesting to note that they had no problem believing that Jesus could heal him. Their problem was that the considered it … Continued

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Jul 26

Amazed!

Today we read one of my favourite stories in the whole of the new testament, the stroy of the paralysed man who was helped by his friends (Mark 2).

We are told that this man was confined to his mat. He was a cripple, his potential was limited by his ailment. Day-by-day, in the heat of the middle-eastern sun, many passers by would have ignored this poor soul, not giving him the time of day. 

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Jul 25

Fishers of Men

Start by reading… Reading through Mark 1, I was reminded of a fishing trip I enjoyed from a small boat off the beautiful West Wales coast. It was a warm and wonderful sunny day, and the clear, calm sea showed barely a ripple. I loved the excitement of catching mackerel and the thrill of lifting … Continued

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Jul 24

At the Dawn’s Light

Start by reading… Matthew 27 vividly records the last hours of Jesus before making His great sacrifice. Roman rulers and simple peasants were calling for His death, although it’s good to remember that, as Jesus said in His own words, “No one can take my life from Me. I sacrifice it voluntarily” (see John 10:18). The … Continued

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Jul 23

Stay Alert

Start by reading… The account of Jesus’ crucifixion is a difficult read because we love Him so much, but there is always something new to consider. The cup of suffering is mentioned in relation to His passion, and Jesus asks the Father if there’s another way to deal with sin and separation. He knew the answer, … Continued

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Jul 22

The Bigger Picture

In Matthew 26:6, Jesus was spending time at the house of Simon the Leper. Lazarus was there, his sister Martha, and their sister Mary. The disciples were at the house and witnessed something which caused a reaction.

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Jul 21

Wisdom and Oil

Start by reading… To understand why Jesus taught using the analogy of the ten virgins, we need to understand the three stages of the Jewish wedding two thousand years ago. The first stage was the engagement, which was usually agreed between the fathers of the couple. The was the betrothal, where the mutual promise and … Continued

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Jul 20

The Second Comers

Start by reading… The early Pentecostals were called the ‘Second Comers’. Every sermon I heard as a boy growing up in Cross Keys included a reference to the Second Coming. Unfortunately, we don’t hear a lot of preaching about the Second Coming these days and this nickname has all but been forgotten. But one thing … Continued

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Jul 19

God of all Creation

Psalm 33:2-3 Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skilfully with a shout of joy..

This psalm is all about praise and worship to the Creator God, a call to those who know Him personally, who have a living relationship with Him. But the psalmist knows that even those who live seeking the Face of God, obediently following Him, need encouragement.

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Jul 18

Time to Act on Injustice

Start by reading… In Matthew 21, we read that Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of the dove sellers in the temple. Jesus was indignant with the money changers. People had travelled far and wide for the Passover and had to buy their sacrifices from the temple. There were no … Continued

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Jul 17

A Life of Service and Self-denial

There is a tendency now, both outside and inside the church, to encourage people to push themselves further, strive for advancement, climb the ladder, seek position or recognition. Outside the church we hear phrases like “Be all you can be”, as people are encouraged to push themselves on to greater things. Inside the church, phrases like “God’s plan for your life” and “chasing your God-given calling”, though more spiritual sounding, are often very much like the world’s ideas. Because often when we use such phrases, the plan or calling rarely involves disappearing into the background, pouring our lives out for others in thankless unrecognised service to do a job that may not even be noticed or appreciated.

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Jul 16

Let the Children Come to Jesus

We have read today in Matt 19 13-15 how parents had brought their children to Jesus. Desiring Jesus to lay hands on them and bless them. The disciples rebuked the parents for bothering Jesus. However Jesus said let the children come to me don’t stop them. The kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like these children.

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Jul 15

Know His Ways

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

In Psalm 25 we see that in trusting our Heavenly Father and in believing, hoping and waiting for Him we will not be ashamed. If we sincerely desire and resolve to know truth (v5) we can be certain that God will direct us in the paths of truth. We read in John 10 v 27, ‘my sheep know my voice and they follow me.’ ‘Make me to know your ways, O Lord,’ is a very simple but great request. We can, with open hearts, minds, and souls, give everything we have in order to answer the demands that Christ places on our lives. We can always trust that the Lord our God is with us.

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Jul 14

Beware of the Leaven!

Start by reading… Matthew 16:6 (NIV) says: “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” What did Jesus mean by ‘yeast’ or the ‘leaven’? Why did He warn His disciples to be careful? To understand what Jesus meant, we must recognize that the Pharisees and Sadducees were long-standing … Continued