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Feb 21

A Continuous State of Repentance

Start by reading… Psalm 82:2-4 says: “How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favoring the wicked? Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.” We seek comfort and encouragement when we … Continued

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Feb 20

The Weather Forecast

Start by reading… Luke 12:54 says: “Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, ‘When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, “Here comes a shower.” And you are right.’” Jesus pointed out that while we are good at predicting the weather, we fall short when it comes to discerning the times. … Continued

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Feb 19

Look at Us, God!

Intimacy with God always leads to freedom in our lives. Many people hide from God, ignore God, and are continually living in a state of shame and rebellion against Him. This of course, is despite the fact that He continually pursues them.

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Feb 18

The Name of the Lord is a Strong Tower

Start by reading… Mandie and I enjoy going up to London for a bit of shopping and sightseeing. The capital has some of the most expensive real estate in Britain, and its buildings are constantly being built taller. The Shard is currently the UK’s tallest building at 306 metres, but the Trellis, which will stand … Continued

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Feb 17

Take Up Your Cross!

Start by reading… Jesus was utterly uncompromising in proclaiming the truth. He had no interest in sugar-coating his words to appeal to the masses. In Luke 9:23, we read one of the strongest statements He ever made about the genuine Christian life: “…‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up … Continued

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Feb 16

I Will Call and He Will Answer

In life we can find ourselves in real difficulty, sometimes without warning. We can learn valuable lessons from the way in Ps 77, the psalmist dealt with the difficulty he found himself in.

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Feb 15

The Identity of Life

Start by reading… John 11:25 says: “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.’” In Luke 7, when Jesus accomplishes the miracle of raising the widow’s only son from the dead, He re-establishes His identity through the acclamation of the crowds who ‘get’ who … Continued

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Feb 14

Let’s Tame Our Tongues!

Start by reading… Luke 6:45 says: “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Proverbs 14:3 says: “A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, … Continued

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Feb 13

Launch out into the Deep

Start by reading… Luke 5:4 says: “When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.’” The disciples were sitting at the edge of the lake mending their nets. That was a very safe place for them to be. They would … Continued

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Feb 12

Tempted?

In Luke 4, Jesus is led into the wilderness. During this period of 40 days, He ate nothing. He became very hungry and at His weakest point, He was tempted by the devil. He came out of this trying time victorious and triumphant over the tempter. He was submitted to God’s will and rule for His life.

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Feb 11

In Times of Distress

Start by reading… The author of Psalm 70 cries out to God to rescue him. He pleads for protection from his enemies and closes by declaring that God is “my helper and my savior”. As readers, we are privy to this vulnerable moment, and it is an intimacy that inspires some identification with the writer’s … Continued

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Feb 10

Worth Waiting For

Start by reading… Luke 2 introduces us to two people who have much in common. They were both old and knew the wisdom of experience. Both gave their lives to serving God in the temple courts, and both were waiting expectantly for someone. Simeon is described as righteous and devout. ‘Righteous’ is translated from the Greek word ‘dikanos’, … Continued

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Feb 09

“Instruct the Wise, and They Will Be Even Wiser”

Start by reading… Many years ago, I was a Sunday school teacher; a calling I had accepted as a great privilege. However, somewhere down the line I lost my focus and ultimately my way, and ended up in the nightlife scene again. While I was out one night I bumped into a pupil, and he … Continued

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Feb 08

Start Living!

Start by reading… Mark 16:3-4 says: “On the way they were asking each other, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.” In Mark 16 we read that the … Continued

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Feb 07

“What Then Do You Want Me to Do with Him?”

Start by reading… In Mark 15:12 says: “Pilate asked them, ‘Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?’” This question didn’t only impact the court case; it had an eternal impact! Pilate was a Roman official and had established procedures to follow. The Sanhedrin had lost its right … Continued

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Feb 06

Jesus Went a Little Further

Start by reading… Mark 14:35 says: “He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.” While His disciples slept, Jesus went a little further. He fell to the ground and prayed. These words are so challenging. Like … Continued

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Feb 05

Temporal Versus Eternal

Apple release a new iPhone to the market each September. During a huge conference where huge sums are spent on advertising, live-links beam the first glimpse of the new handset to viewers all around the world. People watch with anticipation to discover the new features that are becoming available to them because of this break-through moment. Newspapers, magazines and bloggers go crazy to share their opinion, and it seems like millions of people are whipped into a frenzy!

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Feb 04

Losing Your Way

Start by reading… Proverbs 4:11 says: “I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.” It’s good to be smart and have a good education, but there is nothing like the wisdom that comes from God. He wants to lead us in straight paths: straight to the goal He has prepared for … Continued

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Feb 03

Hope Springs Eternal

Start by reading… Psalms 56:9 says: “My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side!” Few people sail through life without experiencing emotional or physical pain, either by their own making or through the cruel words and actions of others. In those times, it is … Continued

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Feb 02

Seek Understanding

Start by reading… Proverbs 2:1-5 teaches us about the necessity and rewards of understanding. We need to seek understanding of God’s word and will. And in order to pray for others and encourage them, we must have understanding hearts. One way to understand what people are going through is by going through things ourselves. We … Continued

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Feb 01

What Are We Doing?

Start by reading… If you could have any three people in the room with you and speak to them about anything, who would those three people be? Peter, James and John find themselves in such a situation (see Mark 9). What they thought was just a mountain walk changed as they watched Jesus shining, His … Continued

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Jan 31

The Important Questions

Start by reading… In Mark 8:5, Jesus asks the disciples: “How much bread do you have?” As I read this, Jesus asked me some direct, important questions. This particular question is a strange one, because as I read it I realised something. The question isn’t about bread at all! What really struck me was that … Continued

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Jan 30

Four Wise Guys

Start by reading… Proverbs 30:24-28 says: “There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer. Hyraxes—they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks. Locusts—they have no king, but they march in formation. Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they … Continued

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Jan 29

Think About What You Are Thinking…

Start by reading… Proverbs 29:20 says: “There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.” Just as our eyes are a gate into our lives, our tongues are an outlet. How often we speak without thinking! In Proverbs, we discover that wisdom involves thinking carefully before we speak in order to avoid … Continued

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Jan 28

No Unreachable Situation

Start by reading… Today’s gospel passage, Mark 5, is filled with impossible cases: those of the tormented man, the woman with the issue of blood and the death of Jairus’ daughter. Each person seemed beyond help, but Jesus overcame the impossible. He conquered demons, disease and death! There are no unreachable situations with Christ. There … Continued

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Jan 27

The Wild, Wild East

Start by reading… The wild, wild East sounds like the name of an action-packed Hollywood film. It actually relates to Mark’s revelation of the anointed ministry of Jesus. Here in my neighbourhood, the Galilee remains as vital as when all the action happened two thousand years ago, and it’s a key element of Mark 4. … Continued

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Jan 26

Appointed, Sent and Equipped!

Start by reading… In Mark 3, Jesus appoints and sends out faithful followers with all that they need: the exousia-delegated authority from Jesus and the miracle-working dunamis power. These are wonderful gifts, but God expects His children to stand in this delegated power and authority with all humility. Here we see what we were sent … Continued

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Jan 25

New Life, Old Ways

We recently had a couple accept Jesus into their lives. Raw, real, new faith. A beautiful picture of lives instantly touched by Jesus. You can see life flowing through them, a real joy and it overflows, its contagious, exciting to many, but to some its offensive. It challenges so many The Pharisees (religious leaders of that day) were offended by what Jesus was doing. They accused Jesus of blasphemy in relation to healing someone, for eating with tax collectors and sinners and for picking corn on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was meant to be a day of rest, where you were supposed to do nothing. It was outside their comfort zone, old ways and traditions.
Some people are more focused on rituals and religion rather than relationship. The church is not a building, the church is people. Creation, our earth, was made for us. In Genesis God told us to have dominion, enjoy, steward well, look after our planet.

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Jan 24

It is Pointless Lighting a Candle When the Sun Has Already Risen

Start by reading… When Jesus met two disciples on the way to Emmaus, he expounded the teachings of Moses and the prophets concerning the Messiah. As a result, the disciples’ outlook changed and their hearts burned within them (see Luke 24:32). I pray that your hearts will burn within you as you mediate on Psalm … Continued

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Jan 23

God’s Greatest Promise

Start by reading… In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” What an amazing promise to hang every other precious promise upon. Jesus has promised never to leave or forsake us. When you have the assurance that comes with this incredible promise, nothing else really matters. … Continued

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Jan 22

Time for an Eye Test

Start by reading… ‘What do you see?’ declared the preacher. “When you see that picture, what do you see?” he repeated in dart-like fashion. The question demanded an answer. What did I see? What did they see? What did we see? The heart-wrenching image of a deformed child was projected onto the screen. For a … Continued

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Jan 21

What a Contrast!

Start by reading… Psalm 36 offers a picture of great contrasts. David describes the wickedness of man and shows us how this differs from the faithfulness and love of God. It’s as different as black and white, darkness and light! In Psalm 36:1, David sings about how the wicked have no fear of God. Nothing … Continued

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Jan 20

Ready for the Harvest

When a farmer ploughs his field and sows his seeds, he does so knowing that it is going to be some time before he will reap the harvest it will produce. It takes dedication and patience, a willingness to work hard for no immediate result. This is a sharp contrast to those who demand immediate results and aren’t willing to put in time and effort for something that takes time to bear fruit.

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Jan 19

The Lord, My Helper and Deliverer

We can all have them at times insecurities, doubts about our health our future, anything really. What these few verses can teach you is that we have a choice in any given circumstance what our reaction to it will be. We can choose to focus or magnify the fears we have so that we can become so overwhelmed that we have no faith to pray or believe that God could or would help us. So we choose not to pray and seek God’s help where deliverance can come from. It does not have to be that way, David had learnt not to magnify his problems but to magnify His Lord. The Hubble telescope can bring into focus space that is many, many miles away through powerful magnification of the lens. In a similar way when we focus on the God who has promised never to leave or forsake us.

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Jan 18

Led by God’s Knowledge

This verse is a wonderful promise to those who were willing to be directed by Him. We read here how we have the promise of God’s instruction and guidance as one of the benefits of His forgiveness to us. No one other than God Himself can fulfil what is promised in this verse. Here we see how faith can rectify and change our understanding. When He says He will instruct us He is saying He will make us understand. It is good to know that men can instruct us but only God can make us understand.

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Jan 17

Hope in the Lord from the Beginning to the End!

Start by reading… Psalm 31 is an unusual psalm, as it covers grief, sorrow and praise. It is difficult for this psalm to be dated, but we can conclude certain distinct principles from it. Verses 1-6 express thanks to God for His mercies. Remember that His mercy and love exceed our capacity for sin and … Continued

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Jan 16

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

Start by reading… Matthew 21:20 says: “The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, ‘How did the fig tree wither so quickly?’” I have always been rather confused by this story. To really understand it, we need to read Mark 11. In this account we read that Jesus was hungry, so he went … Continued

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Jan 15

Responding Well

Start by reading… Proverbs 15:1 says: “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” We live in a world that provides countless opportunities to communicate with people, both near and far. In a split second, our voices can be heard from the other side of the world via Skype. Our Twitter timelines … Continued

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Jan 14

The Unmerciful Servant

Start by reading… Jesus tells the parable of the unmerciful servant after Peter asks how many times he is to forgive his brother. Jewish law held that people should be forgiven, but only three times. Peter proposes to forgive seven times, which means ‘always’, as seven represents ‘completeness’. Jesus responds that he should forgive seventy-seven … Continued

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Jan 13

Time to Seek the Lord

“Clean hands” are hands that do not take part in things that are spiritually impure or offensive to God. Isaiah 1:15-16 “The Lord says, when you spread out your hands in prayer I will hide my eyes from you, even if you offer many prayers I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood. Wash and make yourselves clean.” 1 Timothy 2:8 “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”