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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?’ 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Nov 21

A Lifestyle of Praise

Start by reading… I have been thinking about God’s Word. It is never caught until it is learned, but when it is lived out it is brought to life. I have learned my greatest lessons in life when that which I have learned has been put to the test and God has come through. I … Continued

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Nov 20

The Chief Cornerstone

Start by reading… Psalm 118 praises the Lord for the unending love He has for His people. It was sung by Jewish people at the end of the Passover celebration. Therefore, it is likely that Jesus and His disciples sang it before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to await His betrayer’s kiss. “And when … Continued

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Nov 19

Taming the Tongue

Start by reading… One of the most challenging ministries in the church is that of the teacher. James is referring to those who are pastors, church leaders, missionaries or evangelists. Those who give instruction in God’s Word will be held to the highest level of accountability and must realise that no one has a more … Continued

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Nov 18

Just Do It!

Start by reading… We know that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (see Romans 10:17), but what happens if we are constantly hearing without allowing it to make a difference in our lives? This is exactly what James is talking about in our passage today. James 1:21 says: “Therefore lay … Continued

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Nov 17

Let Your Faith Be Tested… the Result Will Be Huge!

Start by reading… We tend to think that any trial or test we face must be a fearful experience, but today’s verses from James 1 reveal the huge advantages of having our faith tested. I remember sitting my exams and taking my driving test, and fear certainly played a part in those situations. But with tests … Continued

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Nov 16

Our Identity Is in Him

Start by reading… Ezekiel 33:30​ says: “‘As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, “Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord. My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before … Continued

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Nov 15

What Is a Bitter Root?

Start by reading… Hebrews 12:15 (NLT) says: “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” We find other references to this bitter root throughout the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 29:18 (NLT) says: “I … Continued

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Nov 14

A Bed of Roses

Start by reading… Today we are going to consider our scripture reading from Hebrews. The beginning of Hebrews 12 is very precious to me, as it was given to me the night my mother passed on to be among the great cloud of witnesses. By disregarding the chapter heading we can better appreciate the flow … Continued

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Nov 13

How Important Is the Ground of Our Hearts?

Start by reading… Hebrews 11:24 says: “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” The story of Moses is unique. As a baby his parents entrusted him to God. They placed him in a basket and put it on the river. While Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing … Continued

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Nov 12

Faith’s Reward

Start by reading… Hebrews 11:13-16 says: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them… Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 4:14-16 tells about our compassionate High Priest, who has passed … Continued

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Nov 11

Are We Watching for the Day Approaching?

Start by reading… Today’s reading from Hebrews gives us both encouragement and a sharp warning. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more … Continued

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Nov 10

Standing in the Gap

Start by reading… More than 28 years ago my now brother-in-law – a good friend of mine – and his wife started praying for me and another friend. We often spoke with them about Christ and the new life we could have if we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. They sought the Lord … Continued

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Nov 09

The Precious Blood of Christ

Start by reading… The blood of Jesus, which He shed on Calvary for each one of us, is referred to in the New Testament as “precious” (1 Peter), “cleansing”, (1 John), “overcoming” (Revelation) and “sanctifying” (Hebrews). In Matthew 26:28, Jesus said: “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for … Continued

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Nov 08

Don’t Forget Who Your Friends Are

Start by reading… Proverbs 27:10 says: “Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.” What is the difference between a neighbour and a brother in this verse? Since the word “brother” … Continued

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Nov 07

God’s New Promise

Start by reading… The early Church took to calling the Jewish scriptures ‘the Old Covenant’. Later they used the Greek form of the word, ‘Testament’. The Old Covenant was made between God and the Jewish nation, with Moses as the mediator between the two. Unlike us sinful, fallible people, God kept all His promises. The … Continued

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Nov 06

Idols in Our Lives

Start by reading… In Ezekiel 14, God calls Israel to repent and turn away from idols. An idol is anything we worship by giving it too much attention, or anything that is more important to us than God, for example social status, money, a job, a house, a car or our children. Ezekiel was a righteousness … Continued

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Nov 05

Puppet Ministry

Start by reading… On Sunday 8th July, the annual Velothon Wales cycle race affected access to Victory Church. Not to be denied the opportunity to gather, the morning service, including the children’s work, was rescheduled to 6pm. This left us free to attend the family service in Ebenezer Evangelical Church on Sunday morning, which is … Continued

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Nov 04

They Shall Be My People

Start by reading… Today I would like us to take a look at some of the most significant prophetic verses concerning the people of Israel, the Jews, in our Ezekiel passage. Ezekiel 11:16 says: “…‘Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I … Continued

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Nov 03

God Is So Good

Start by reading… Are you feeling discouraged? Is life more difficult than you can stand? Do you feel as if everything is against you? If so, the psalmist has the answer for you! Psalm 105:5 says: “Remember His marvelous works which He has done…” God is good in every way. There is so much to … Continued

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Nov 02

Our Daily Bread

Start by reading… Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” His Word is our plumb line, preventing us … Continued