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Oct 23

Humility, Wisdom and Discernment

Start by reading… Proverbs 26:3-5 says: “A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back. Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” The apparent contradiction in verses 4 … Continued

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Oct 22

How Do You Encourage Others?

Start by reading… Paul gives us a wonderful example of encouragement in his second letter to Timothy, whom he describes as his “beloved son” in the faith. He starts by stating that not only is Timothy always in his thoughts, but also constantly in his prayers. It would seem that Timothy had been going through … Continued

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Oct 21

The Assembly Line Is Your Pulpit

Start by reading… I have had numerous bosses throughout my work life, most of whom I loved (though there were one or two I didn’t!). I recognised early in my Christian walk that I was in servitude to my employer. I considered that I was being paid to bring them success. Consequently, I was respectful … Continued

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Oct 20

The Maskel of Praise and Horn of Strength

Start by reading… God’s covenant promise to David was that his descendants would reign forever, but when kings in David’s line turned to worship idols God removed them, allowing Judah to be defeated and Israel to be taken captive. Psalm 89:4 is referred to by Peter in Acts 13:22-23: “…‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a … Continued

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292
Oct 19

Don’t Neglect Your Gifts

Start by reading… In 1 Timothy 4:14-15 (NIV) we read: “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” God gives us gifts so we can … Continued

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Oct 18

Sour Grapes

Start by reading… While eating some delicious grapes the other day I accidentally popped a mouldy one into my mouth. While I ejected the offensive fruit as quickly as possible my mouth had already filled with the unpleasant flavour and I could still taste it hours later. So I couldn’t help but smile when I … Continued

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290
Oct 17

God Is Just in All His Ways

Start by reading… As we progress through Jeremiah I want to first remember Jeremiah 2:5, when God asked a rather pertinent question: “What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me… and have become idolaters?” How ridiculous it seems that God’s people would replace Him with a block of … Continued

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289
Oct 16

Shipwrecked or Steadfast?

Start by reading… In 1 Timothy 1:18-19 we read: “…I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them​ you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience,​ which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to … Continued

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Oct 15

What Can We Learn From a Prophet?

Start by reading… Jeremiah was a major prophet in the Bible and was known as “the weeping prophet”. God trusted Jeremiah enough to allow Him to be His mouthpiece. Jeremiah 26:2 (NIV) says: “…Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word.” We too are urged to share our testimony. In 1 Peter 3:15 … Continued

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Oct 14

The Treasured Role of Shepherds

Start by reading… Jeremiah 25:35 says: “And the shepherds will have no way to flee, nor the leaders of the flock to escape.” It is so easy to relegate the warnings we read in our Old Testament to a place in history; to assume they no longer apply to us and ignore them. We must … Continued

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Oct 13

Run to God in All Circumstances

Start by reading… Jeremiah 22:1 says: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word.” In these chapters, God is reinforcing His terms and conditions through the voice of His prophet Jeremiah. Faithfulness and obedience prompt God’s hand of abundant blessing on them and their … Continued

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285
Oct 12

The Importance of Humility Before God

Start by reading… I was tempted to ignore our Jeremiah scripture today. However, even difficult passages can teach us. They too are the inspired Word of God. I would encourage you to reread yesterday’s Jeremiah chapters, continuing on to the end of chapter 21. The original manuscript reads as one narrative without chapters and verses. … Continued

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Oct 11

What Will God Make Today?

Start by reading… One of the best-known parts of the Old Testament is a passage in Jeremiah 18 in which Jeremiah is instructed by God to visit the potter’s house. While there, God speaks to him and reminds Jeremiah: “… as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O … Continued

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Oct 10

Walk Worthy of God

Start by reading… When my first son was twelve months old he started to walk of sorts. He would hold on to the furniture and walls and basically walk around the edge of the room. After a few months he dived across the room without holding on to anything! As a parent it was an … Continued

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282
Oct 09

Be Thankful

Start by reading… One of the most important qualities we can develop as Christians is thankfulness. It should be a major aspect of our lives; a characteristic that defines us. A spirit of thankfulness was once a natural response toward God, but the human race has slowly been losing the spirit of thankfulness. While many still express … Continued

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Oct 08

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Start by reading… Perhaps the central lesson of Jeremiah is what happened as God prepared him to minister in a day of decay. I am sure we can identity with this. God sends young Jeremiah back to the nation and tells him not to pray for them. Jeremiah 11:14 says: “So do not pray for this people, … Continued

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Oct 07

Therefore…

Start by reading… In Colossians 3 Paul has one of his “therefore moments”. Paul’s letters often start on a doctrinal level before using the word “therefore”, which leads us into a practical application of his teaching. Colossians 3 is a practical, spiritual inventory. Verse 5 says: “Therefore put to death…”. We are to be proactive … Continued

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Oct 06

Are We Man or God Pleasers?

Start by reading… God called Jeremiah in his mother’s womb before he took his first breath. Even though he did not embrace his call as a prophet in his younger days, Jeremiah obeyed God and stayed faithful. God knows everything about us, even things we will never discover. He knows every mistake we will ever … Continued

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Oct 05

The Hope of the Gospel; the Hope of Glory

Start by reading… I have always delighted in the fact that our rehabilitation centre here in Cwmbran is known as Hope House, and the outreach carried out there is called Glimmer of Hope. It is easy to see how important hope is to those whose addictions have robbed them of family, marriages, jobs and everything they … Continued

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Oct 04

Spiritual Understanding

Start by reading… I feel very privileged today to be able to share on the tremendous message Paul has given us in Colossians 1. Let’s begin by looking at the opening verses of this passage. Paul is teaching the believers how widely the Word of God is spreading and the extent to which it is bearing fruit; … Continued

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Oct 03

Why Be Slow in Obedience?

Start by reading… Jeremiah was told by God that he had been born for a specific purpose, planned before his birth (see Jeremiah 1:5). However, he felt incapable of carrying out God’s purpose because of his age. Moses met God at the burning bush and was instructed about his future role but told God he … Continued

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Oct 02

May We Always Reflect His Glory

Start by reading… Today we read the final chapter of Isaiah. Some say that Isaiah is “the Bible in a nutshell”. It contains 66 chapters, equalling the number of books in the Bible. The first 39 form a summary of the Old Testament, while the final 27 give a summary of the New Testament, including … Continued

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Oct 01

What Is Wisdom?

What is wisdom? Someone once said that wisdom is, “skill for life”. If there is anything that we need, it is skill to live this thing called life. So many of us get swept along with schedules, opportunities and demands on our time, treasure and talents, but skillful living requires us to think intentionally about these areas. 

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Sep 30

All Nations Shall Call Him Blessed

Start by reading… Psalm 72:17-19 says: His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And … Continued

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Sep 29

Grow Beyond Your Circumstances

Start by reading… We are called and chosen by Him. This is the issue I want us to focus on today. I did not search and evaluate, then follow Jesus. In fact, I was against doing so and avoided Him. He found me and chose to bring me to Himself, out of the filth of this … Continued

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Sep 28

Restore Us Again to Your Word

Start by reading… It is important for followers of Christ to receive sound teaching of doctrine and a grounded theological understanding of the text found within the scriptures, but our understanding comes through the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth through the revelation of God’s holy Word. Isaiah 40 to 54 is often … Continued

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Sep 27

Step Out of the Shadows

Start by reading… Some years ago my car was stolen. I made a truthful report to the police and insurance company, admitting that the key had been in the ignition. To my surprise, lying is expected in these situations. I chose the way of light. Paul challenge us to walk as children of the light … Continued

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Sep 26

What God Sees

Start by reading… Isaiah 49:15-16 says: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely, they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” What a wonderful image of God’s limitless love for His children, often … Continued

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Sep 25

How Many People Are Needed to Pick Up a Piano?

Start by reading… Ephesians 4 reminds us we have all been given gifts. But what’s the point of having a gift if we don’t use it for its designated purpose? A tin opener is useful for opening tins, but it won’t be much use if you lose your keys! When we look around at the … Continued

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Sep 24

Guard against Pride

Start by reading… The Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians explaining that the mysteries of Christ have been revealed, and not only to the Jewish Christians but also to the Gentiles. He declares that we who believe in Christ are all heirs and members the same body (Christ). Paul lets the Ephesians know where he … Continued

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Sep 23

Those Who Are Disobedient

Start by reading… When we read a passage of scripture like Ephesians 2:1-5 it is easy to assume that those who are not yet believers are the object of God’s wrath, and that we should view them as such. However, these verses actually teach us to love the lost and show them the heart of … Continued

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Sep 22

Do We Panic or Pray?

Start by reading… How do we react when we have a problem on our hands or are facing  a scary situation – or even when we have a minor problem like losing keys? Do we panic or pray? Often we worry first and pray later! In Isaiah 36 and 37 we read about a terrible situation Hezekiah faced. … Continued

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Sep 21

Stoop Down to Help

Start by reading… I’m aware just how easy it is for me to entertain thoughts of challenging others when I have been wronged. I feel the need to strike back, to take action. It seems as though my human heart has a persistent urge to work against the grace and authority of God in my … Continued

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Sep 20

The Nation Needs Healing

Start by reading… Throughout the Old Testament, and in times of revival today, God effectively says to a nation: “Enough is enough. I have seen your rebellion and refusal to obey Me and My Word. I have spoken to you in various ways, but still you shut your ears and break My laws. I have … Continued

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Sep 19

Run the Race

Start by reading… Galatians 5:7-8 (NLT) says: “You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.” We are all called by God to be servants, to run the good race, to do the work of … Continued

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Sep 18

What Is Our Inheritance?

Start by reading… Whenever I read the phrase “heir of God through Christ” (see Galatians 4:7) or “joint heirs with Christ” (see Romans 8:17) I can’t help but feel excited. Imagine finding out you’ve been left something in a will that is wildly beyond anything you could have imagined. That’s exactly what Paul is talking … Continued

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Sep 17

Made in His Image

Start by reading… Galatians 3:10 says: “…‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.’” We’re often told different notions about God’s laws. Some say, “We’re not under the law any more; we’re under grace.” There is much confusion in churches. Maybe we need a … Continued

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Sep 16

Faith and the Word

Start by reading… In Acts 9:1-30​ (the events of which took place in AD 34), Paul had an extraordinary, divine encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. This encounter radically reset the plumb line for the rest of his life. No longer would he live under the law, but he would walk by faith … Continued

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Sep 15

The Four As of Repentance

Start by reading…  In today’s reading David is under attack, but we find him turning to God with these words: “To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my defense, my God of mercy” (Psalm 59:17). He certainly knew God’s mercy. We recently read Psalm 51, penned by David following the exposure … Continued

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Sep 14

Intentional Application

Start by reading… Proverbs 23:12 says: “Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.” ‘Apply’ seems like an old-fashioned word for an old-fashioned principle. What exactly does it mean in this context? If you apply paint to canvas you deliberately dip your brush into the paint, purposefully placing brush strokes onto … Continued