Dec 31

Praise Him!

A mentor taught me to always finish a meeting with praise. Whether in the business world, church-life or our family, it is always good to begin and end with praise. Today, we are reminded of the importance of praising our God through Psalm 150.


Dec 30

He Will Wipe Away the Tears

Start by reading… This time of year is often painted as a picture postcard time of happiness and laughter, but sadly that isn’t always the case for many people. Having been on my own for a few years now I have come to realise that some of the loneliest and saddest times take place when … Continued


Dec 29

What Does the Future Hold?

Start by reading… Christmas has gone and the New Year is almost upon us. Our readings from the Old and New Testaments are drawing to a close. Many will be thinking of resolutions to be made (and probably very quickly broken). Some will be anticipating new and exciting things in 2019, while others will be … Continued


Dec 28

The Cry of a Mother’s Heart

Start by reading… Proverbs 31 is one of the few holy writings prompted by a woman, and should therefore be read attentively as the unique, heartfelt mother-to-son letter it is. The culture of this time placed a huge amount of importance on a woman’s ability to bear a child, not to mention a king and apparent … Continued


Dec 27

Only 363 Days Until Christmas!

Start by reading… The adverts shown in the lead-up to Christmas promised greater happiness if only we could have their products in time for the big day. They subtly encouraged us not to worry about paying for them as we could have it all on credit and pay the bill next year. But after all … Continued


Dec 26

It’s Not a Pick and Mix

Start by reading… Jewish children would have been brought up knowing the Torah 2,000 years ago, so they would have known the prophecies about the coming Messiah. Yet when He came as the babe in the manger they rejected mocked, derided and cruelly murdered the Son of the Living God. Why? Because He didn’t meet … Continued


Dec 25

Happy Are the People Whose God Is the Lord

Start by reading… Psalm 144:15 says: “…Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.” Happiness is the feeling that comes over us when we know that life is good and we can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy or contentment. When people are successful, safe or fortunate, they feel … Continued


Dec 24

Little Axes Chop Down Big Trees

Start by reading… The writer of these proverbs looks at the small insects and animals of the world, studies the way they work and declares that they are exceedingly wise. The creatures mentioned each have a role to play in their surroundings. Ants are not strong but are forward-thinkers. Rock badgers are feeble but make … Continued


Dec 23

Trust in the Spirit, Not in Your Own Strength

Start by reading… Zechariah 4:6 says: “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts.’” How often in life do we trust in our own strength instead of being led by the Holy … Continued


Dec 22

The Only Place of Safety

Start by reading… So many of us struggle to understand the book of Revelation and find much of the detail confusing, but today’s reading tell us there are terrible evil forces dedicated to defeating the Christian Church. We are facing warfare! We are not civilians but soldiers on the battlefield! When Jesus died on the … Continued


Dec 21

We Have Overcome

Start by reading… I’m not getting any younger, and I am ever mindful that the work of the enemy does not let up. He does not lessen his attacks but rages as fiercely as ever. Satan is our adversary, our accuser, the father of all lies. Spurgeon warns that if we think we can match … Continued


Dec 20

Small Prophet; Big Message

Start by reading… Haggai wrote his message after King Cyrus had conquered Babylon in 538 BC. Cyrus told exiles they could return to their homelands provided they built a temple to their God where they could pray for him. Only 500,000 Jews returned because it meant poverty and hard work compared with the established trade they were … Continued


Dec 19

A Rebellious Generation

Start by reading… All our readings today are serious in their content, pointing to the desperate need for us to commit ourselves totally to God’s ways and not our own. The verses in Proverbs starkly describe the times we are living in. Each verse starts with the words, “There is a generation…” and goes on … Continued


Dec 18

But Why, Lord?

Start by reading… Why does God allow suffering if he loves us? And why do ‘bad’ people seem to prosper while ‘good’ people often have a rough time? Is God even listening when we cry out to Him? We’ve probably all asked these questions at some point, and the book of Habakkuk goes some way … Continued


Dec 17

His Mercy Endures Forever!

Start by reading… What are you most concerned about today? We all have issues in our lives but God is the answer to every single one. What a catalogue of triumphs we see in Psalm 136 this morning. It lists so many things that God took care of in the Israelites’ lives. As you consider your own trials, remember … Continued


Dec 16

Jesus, Our Messiah

Start by reading… Micah prophesies that Jesus would be born a Jew in Bethlehem 700 years before His birth! Micah 5:1 says: “But you, Bethlehem, least among the clans of Judah, from you will come out to Me One to be ruler in Israel, One whose goings forth are from of old, from days of eternity.” In … Continued


Dec 15

Time Will Run Out When Jesus Returns

Start by reading… Today’s scriptures from Micah and Revelation are filled with words that make us uncomfortable. They don’t add up with what we think we know about God’s character, yet if the whole Bible is God-breathed we ignore them at our peril! A battle between good and evil is raging in the heavenly realms. … Continued


Dec 14

Are We Robots?

Start by reading… Psalm 133 is a short but powerful teaching all about the consequences for God’s people when they live in unity. But what is unity? Is it a whole regiment of identical robots all doing the same thing in the same way at the same time? Or is it unity as our friend … Continued


Dec 13

John’s Picture of Heaven

Start by reading… Caught up in the Spirit, John has a wonderful experience of God, hearing and seeing His throne and the One seated on it. He continues to describe what he sees, putting into words things he barely understands. He sees a rainbow that looks like an emerald, and as his view expands he … Continued


Dec 12

God Looks for Humility

Start by reading… The old saying, “pride comes before a fall”, is based on Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” and Proverbs 29:23: “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honour.” Of course, there is a vast difference in taking pride … Continued


Dec 11

Are We Asking the Right Question?

Start by reading… Psalm 130 is one of only seven psalms known as the ‘Penitential Psalms’: psalms that convey a sense of regret or sorrow for sin. We see this reflected in verse 3: “If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” Conscious of his own sin and failing, the psalmist cries … Continued


Dec 10

Remember Your First Love

Start by reading… I can still remember the first few weeks and months of my life after I became a Christian. I was always reading the Bible, I would pray in the morning and in the evening, and I was regularly speaking at the Boys’ Brigade club on a Friday evening. I was planning to … Continued


Dec 09

God’s Restoration

Start by reading… In Joel 2:25 we read: “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” Locusts have long been associated with the devastation of crops when they swarm together, and are a key contributor to famine. But in the verse above we read that there is hope for us … Continued


Dec 08

Whose House Is It, Anyway?

Start by reading… Psalm 127:1 begins with the words: “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…” Is the psalmist really saying that a house constructed by an unbeliever serves no purpose? What he is really saying here is that everything in God’s great providence has meaning and purpose. All deeds … Continued


Dec 07

Don’t Imitate Evil; Imitate Good

Start by reading… In 3 John 1:11 we read John’s letter to his beloved Gaius. John is very strong in his advice, and what good advice it is. Don’t imitate evil, he tells Gaius. Imitate good! Imitate good! I love the subject of goodness. We’re talking here about the essence of God, the very Spirit … Continued


Dec 06

Make a Fresh Start

Start by reading… The name “Hosea” means “salvation” or “deliverance”. God called the prophet Hosea to proclaim His love and faithfulness to the people of Israel. The Israelites had turned their backs on God, forgotten His goodness and forsaken Him! Hosea was a prophet who lived out the messages he preached. His story reminds us of God’s … Continued


Dec 05

He Walks Alongside Us

Start by reading… Psalm 124 is described as “a Song of Ascents”, the kind shared between pilgrims as they walked up to the temple in Jerusalem for a time of feasting and offerings. It was written by David, who saw in his mind a magnificent temple that would one day be built by his son … Continued


Dec 04

Love with God’s Love

Start by reading… I would like us to consider some verses from 1 John 4:20-21 today. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, focuses on genuine love. He writes: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how … Continued


Dec 03

Practical Love

Start by reading… One of the most memorable verses in the Bible is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The theme of God’s love and grace toward undeserving sinners runs throughout scripture, especially in … Continued


Dec 02

The Privilege and Power of Prayer

Start by reading… The most beautiful gift God offers believers is the privilege of knowing Him intimately in prayer, yet many of us struggle with prayer. The enemy distracts us because he is terrified when he sees the weakest saint on bended knee! Today we read Daniel’s heartfelt prayer of intercession on behalf of his … Continued


Dec 01

It’s Not About You

As a gospel preacher, I have often heard a very strong emphasis put on the individual who is saved through the finished work of the cross. But I want to stretch our minds a little, to ask the question, ‘what actually brings glory to God?’ 


Nov 30

Darkness and Light

Start by reading… Some years ago I worked as a hairdresser at a local psychiatric hospital. I had a small, pleasant salon tucked away in a quiet corridor. The opening times of my salon were 9am to 4pm, and the rules were that the lights stayed off outside official opening hours so as not to … Continued


Nov 29

Treasuring God’s Word

Start by reading… In 2 Peter 3:9 we are reminded that “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise…” In other words, God does not forget or go back on His promises or on His Word. When God speaks it comes to pass. And although Peter is talking in terms of the promise of Jesus’ … Continued


Nov 28

Teach Us Your Ways, Lord

Start by reading… There is so much to learn from the book of Daniel in terms of integrity and fervour regarding the things of God. Daniel was a man who put his God before all things, including the Babylonian ruler’s decrees. As we read in Daniel 3, he simply would not compromise his beliefs in the God … Continued


Nov 27

Christian Mathematics

Start by reading… I remember the story of a little boy in school who was reciting his two times tables with the rest of the class. While they were all adding the correct numbers in the song – “Two times two is four, two times three is six, and so on” – the little boy … Continued


Nov 26

Being a Good Steward

Start by reading… We read in 1 Peter 4:10-11: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that … Continued


Nov 25

You Were Called to This!

Start by reading… The words in 1 Peter 3 echo those of Jesus in Matthew 5:38-44 when He was speaking to His disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’… But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do … Continued


Nov 24

Finding Peace Amid the Pressures of Life

Start by reading… Peter declares that we are only pilgrims or sojourners (people who reside in a place temporarily) and that we must be above reproach at all times. The Gentiles were always watching the believers to catch them off guard. The rest of this chapter and the next talk about submitting to those who … Continued


Nov 23

You Have to Be Broken to Be Fixed

Start by reading… The apostle Peter had been among the scattered, having run away when Jesus was arrested in the garden. Just before this, Jesus had prophesied “you will all be dispersed and scattered…” (John 16:32, AMP). I’m sure Peter did not realise the depth of that statement at the time, or know that one … Continued


Nov 22

Open My Eyes to Truth

Start by reading… As a young Christian I was encouraged, whenever I read the Bible, to pray: “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law” (Psalm 119:18). It wasn’t that I was incapable of reading the text, but I sometimes failed to see what God was trying to say to me. The … Continued