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Aug 15

Everlasting Arms

Start by reading… In one of her songs, Lou Fellingham sings about leaning hard on God’s everlasting arms. This is all we can do when our lives are shaken and in turmoil. David wrote Psalm 34 as a fugitive in a cave while fleeing for his life. His words are so relevant to anyone going … Continued

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Aug 14

The Joy of the Lord

Start by reading… I become so excited when the scripture lists appear each month. I love following the story of the rebuilding of the city walls in Nehemiah, and especially these chapters about the reading of the Book of the Law. The people needed the Levites to help them understand what the reading meant, but … Continued

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Aug 13

Nehemiah’s Generous Heart

Start by reading… We read in Nehemiah 5:14: “Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be the Governor in the land of Judah…” From the verses we have read today, and the verses that follow on from this passage, we can clearly see the character of this man, Nehemiah. He loved and honoured … Continued

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Aug 12

The Importance of Team Work

Start by reading… Nehemiah 3 is not merely a list of names and tasks. It unfolds to reveal the importance of working in teams and calling on God for His strength and protection, even in the face of opposition. Nehemiah walked with God, trusting Him for direction, protection and power. The book opens with a three-month … Continued

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Aug 11

What Will it Take to Upset Me Today?

Start by reading… The story of Nehemiah is one that always challenges me. He is living as a captive in a foreign land; a land he doesn’t belong to or identify with; a land that behaves like a ruler who stands opposed to everything he values. Yet despite all this, Nehemiah is not upset over … Continued

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Aug 10

A Picture of Christ and the Church

Start by reading… I have been married for 27 years and can honestly say that outside of becoming a Christian it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. My wife is my best friend. We laugh together, cry together, serve together and live our lives as one. When we chose to get married we needed to … Continued

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Aug 09

You Are My Rock and My Fortress

Start by reading… “For you are my rock and my fortress” is a wonderful statement from David (Psalm 31:3); full of faith and not fear! It is evident that he is in a very difficult situation, but David calms his mind, fixes his eyes on God and states emphatically that he is going to trust in … Continued

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Aug 08

When the Only Way Up Is Down

Start by reading…  David had become proud, so God had to discipline him in order to remind him of his dependence on Him. But as soon as David repented and cried out to God for mercy, His heavenly Father responded (see Psalm 30). God will discipline us in the same way, just as a father disciplines … Continued

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Aug 07

Be a Wise Builder

Start by reading… If you have been a Christian for any length of time you will have looked back at some of the things you did for God and thought: “I could have done that better.” In 1 Corinthians 3:10-17, Paul warns us of the dangers of being sloppy builders. The Church in Corinth was … Continued

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Aug 06

Do Not Be Discouraged

Start by reading… Ezra was a priest, scribe and an effective spiritual leader. He was one of the first Jews to return to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon. Great people are not always well known, and this is the case for Ezra, who quietly led a group of dispirited people and fuelled them with hope. Their hearts … Continued

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Aug 05

He Keeps His Promises

Start by reading… Today we begin reading Ezra, which was written in around 450 BC. Originally, 1 and 2 Chronicles were one book, as were Ezra and Nehemiah. Scholars agree that all four books were written by Ezra, who was a priest and a scribe. The book is in two sections – chapters 1 to … Continued

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Aug 04

God’s Word Always Comes to Pass

Start by reading… We read in 2 Chronicles 36:20 that the remnant of the people of Judah who had survived the sword were taken to Babylon to be slaves to King Nebuchadnezzar and his sons until the kingdom of Persia ruled. Jeremiah had been prophesying about the fall of the Jerusalem and the taking away … Continued

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Aug 03

Getting Rid of the Idols

Start by reading… Yesterday we read the intriguing story of King Manasseh, who started his reign badly by revolting against God. He was humbled and came to a position where he “knew that the Lord was God” (see 2 Chronicles 33:13). From that day on he knew something of the experience every believer has of … Continued

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Aug 02

Do Not Be Afraid Nor Dismayed

Start by reading… In 2 Chronicles 32 we see intimidation from Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, against the inhabitants of Jerusalem. We need to behave like Hezekiah, so that when the intimidators come we can stand by the side of our God and give courage to those around us who are being intimidated. We so … Continued

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Aug 01

One voice, one heart

Start by reading… Romans 15:5-6 (NIV) says: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” How do we think, act and … Continued

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Jul 31

Cleansed and Purified

Start by reading… The chapter we are reading from 2 Chronicles today is enlightening. The ritual and process involved in cleansing and purifying the temple, which had been defiled over many generations, was complex to say the least. All the sacrifices had to be carried out as commanded and all the ceremonial washing had to … Continued

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Jul 30

Feed and Rest

Start by reading… Psalm 23 is a popular go-to when we’re trying to find words to comfort people and ourselves, but do we actually take in the words that roll off our tongues so easily? Not all the psalms’ writers are known to us, but we know that David wrote this one. It is written … Continued

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Jul 29

Transform Your Mind to Align with God’s Perfect Will

Start by reading… All of today’s scripture passages are very encouraging to reflect upon, but the need of the hour is to sound the trumpet. Romans 12 is very close to my heart. In the previous eleven chapters Paul explains just how precious salvation is for us Gentiles. He describes the great mercy of God, … Continued

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Jul 28

God Is Still Faithful to Israel

Start by reading… In Romans 11 Paul speaks of a mystery that most people never solve. Without a clear understanding of the meaning of this mystery we will never truly be able to grasp the biblical teaching on end times. We are living in days of incredible prophetic fulfilment. Written more 2,500 years ago, the … Continued

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Jul 27

Chosen for Purpose

Start by reading… Chapters 9 to 11 of Romans are pivotal in God’s plan of salvation for all humanity. Don’t miss tomorrow’s scriptures, which complete the picture. God’s love extends to all mankind, and I thank Him passionately for those early Christians, especially the Apostle Paul, who obeyed Jesus’ commission (see Matthew 28:16-20). How blessed … Continued

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Jul 26

The Importance of Discerning the Prophets

Start by reading… In today’s passage we see how diligent King Jehoshaphat was in his aim to restore a land that had fallen into idol worship. He was a loyal, faith-driven ruler from the line of Judah, intent on restoring the Word of the Lord across Judah. Jehoshaphat belonged to the lineage of the great … Continued

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Jul 25

Trust and Obey

Start by reading… For many people, the idea of lists of instructions and commandments to follow seems like nothing but a burden. You may have had overly strict parents or teachers, or worked under domineering managers. Combine these experiences with our sinful nature, and it is no wonder that many people resent authority and feel … Continued

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Jul 24

Always Give the Glory to God

Start by reading… In Psalm 18:37-50, David declares how faithful God has been in his journey. He starts off by affirming to God and his audience all the mighty things he has himself achieved. But then he thanks the Lord, acknowledging that these victories wouldn’t have been possible without God fighting on his behalf and … Continued

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Jul 23

We Are the Temple of God

Start by reading… The letter to the Church in Rome is the most studied of all Paul’s writings. In Romans 8:9 he sets out the baseline for understanding our relationship with the Holy Spirit. From the moment a believer accepts Christ, he or she has the Holy Spirit living within them. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, … Continued

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Jul 22

The Importance of a Simple Word

Start by reading… ‘If’ is the word that might just change the future of our nation! In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God’s message to Solomon is simple: the future of the nation hinged on this simple word and the response of the people. In the same way, the future of our land is in the hands … Continued

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Jul 21

Hosting the Presence of God

Start by reading… A wonderful account of the completion of Solomon’s temple is brought to life in 2 Chronicles 5. It’s a fulfilment of the promise given to King David; a reminder that God is a promise maker and promise keeper; an encouragement to all who believe. We see a glorious picture: a procession of … Continued

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Jul 20

Walking in Truth

Start by reading… As you read through Romans 6 you feel a sense of excitement, knowing that you no longer have to live with certain habits, continuing in certain patterns and going along with particular behaviours. Because of Jesus and His love for us all you are able to live free from sin. It does not … Continued

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Jul 19

Out of My Depth

Start by reading… As a young leader in my early twenties I often feel inexperienced and out of my depth with the tasks God has placed before me. When I applied for my current position I had no experience, but God chose to bless me with it. When I started I felt so out of … Continued

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Jul 18

God Is Able to Perform What He Has Promised

Start by reading… Our Old Testament passage is a heavy one, but a single verse jumped out at me: “But David did not take the number of those twenty years old and under, because the Lord had said He would multiply Israel like the stars of the heavens” (1 Chronicles 27:23). This ties in perfectly … Continued

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Jul 17

Saved by Faith in God’s Mercy and Grace

Start by reading… I am a big fan of Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe series; a captivating historical narrative. If you don’t know the books or TV series, Sharpe is a wayward fictional hero from the time of the Napoleonic wars. The first in the series, Sharpe’s Tiger, is about the British siege of Seringapatam in … Continued

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Jul 16

Serving the Lord with Gladness

Start by reading:  In 1 Chronicles 22 we see David making extensive preparations for the temple before his death and giving his son responsibility for building it. Maybe he thought Solomon would delay since he says twice: “…begin working, and the Lord be with you…” (verse 16), and “…arise and build the sanctuary of the … Continued

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Jul 15

God’s in Charge, Not You

Start by reading… 1 Corinthians 10:12 says: “So if you think you are standing firm, be careful you do not fall.” In 1 Chronicles 21 we read that Satan incited David to call a census. This was a problem because Exodus 30:12 makes it clear that God alone can call a census, and that every … Continued

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Jul 14

There Is No Partiality With God

Start by reading… Amid the complex issues between Jews and Gentiles in Romans 2 comes a lovely phrase: “For there is no partiality with God.” I love this line because it never feels right to use the phrase: “God’s chosen people”, as though He loves some more than others; as if Jesus would have died for some and not … Continued

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Jul 13

Make a Stand for the Truth

Start by reading… The words we read in Romans 1:18-32 could have been written yesterday as they so clearly describe the culture in which we are now living. I was saved in my teens with a desire to know the God who loved me. I spent many hours reading the scriptures, but on many occasions I … Continued

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Jul 12

Separated to the Gospel of God

Start by reading… Romans 1:1 describes Paul as “a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God”. One of our basic human needs is to belong. As babies we are comforted when we are cradled in our mothers’ arms. It’s where we belong. As growing children we learn what … Continued

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Jul 11

Always the Messenger; Never the Message

Start by reading… Acts 28 ends in a strange way. Having been told that Paul has reached Rome, it doesn’t tell us the ultimate outcome. It simply tells us that: “Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the … Continued

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Jul 10

In the Midst of the Storm

Start by reading… In our Acts passage we read that Paul is on his way to Rome as a prisoner. He urges the crew not to set sail from a certain port as the conditions are unfavourable, but they ignore his wise advice. A tempest ensues and it appears all will perish. Fear strikes everyone except Paul. … Continued

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Jul 09

“O Lord My God, in You I Put My Trust”

Start by reading… Psalm 7 reflects on the circumstances David found himself in when King Saul was against him. He was urged by his men to bring what they thought was justice to the situation. Many times we have heard people saying that circumstances aren’t fair. Why doesn’t God do something to stop bad events? Why … Continued

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Jul 08

What Do We Do When the Problem Won’t Go Away?

Start by reading… This psalm is a desperate plea for deliverance offered amid much and varied forms of suffering: physical illness, weakness and danger from enemies. David’s transparency and honesty are stunning. There is no attempt made to hide his true condition. In such circumstances, prayer should not be a faked positivity but a brutal … Continued

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Jul 07

Future Blessing Is Not Limited by the Past

Start by reading… Names are important because they say something about us. How good it would have been to be called David, which means ‘beloved’, but who would have wanted to be called Jabez (see 1 Chronicles 4:9), which means ‘he will cause pain’? Jabez was given this name because his mother had a difficult … Continued