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Jun 25

Ponder on the Greatness of God

Start by reading… Running the race… growing in holiness… striving for a closer walk with God… These are all noble pursuits. They are worthy of anyone who desires a deeper relationship with Christ and a greater manifestation of His Kingdom on earth. But sometimes we are so intent in racing forward we forget what is … Continued

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175
Jun 24

His Ways and Timing Are Perfect

Start by reading… Paul wanted to go with Barnabas to visit the believers they had already spoken to and find out how they were doing. Barnabas wanted to bring Mark (John), but due to a previous encounter Paul wasn’t in agreement and the pair fell out. Paul continued his journey with Silas and met with … Continued

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174
Jun 23

Hope in God

Start by reading… Many commentators agree that this psalm was written as a reminder of the time when David spared Saul in the cave at Engedi (see 1 Samuel 24:1-22 ). Despite Saul’s persistent rage and attempts to destroy David’s life, David would not return evil for evil. Instead, he entrusted everything to the Lord … Continued

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Jun 22

God Has the Answer for Every Need

Start by reading… In 2 Kings 4, Elisha asks a simple question of two women in very different circumstances. He asks a destitute widow facing bailiffs who are threatening to taking everything she has, including her two sons: “What shall I do for you?” (see 2 Kings 4:2). Later, he asks a childless wife: “What … Continued

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Jun 21

Learn to Rely on Him

Start by reading… There have been times in my life when I have journeyed through desolate and painful places. But during these moments I have discovered that Jesus and His presence have been my constant source of help. Psalm 139 paints an amazing picture of David’s worship. He begins by running away from his accusers, … Continued

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Jun 20

Don’t Dismiss Prophecy You Don’t Like… Test it!

Start by reading… Our Proverbs reading tells us that a man lacking in judgement can make a rash decision. In 1 Kings 22 we see Jehoshaphat make an unwise decision in supporting Ahab, a bad king, in his fight against Syria. However, he knew they should seek God’s guidance before going into battle, and he … Continued

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Jun 19

“But the Word of God Grew and Multiplied”

Start by reading… Acts 12:24 says: “But the word of God grew and multiplied…” If we’re going to back anything it should be something that’s certain. There are so many things in this world we can’t trust to be solid, but we need reliable things. We need to be able to believe in the people we are talking … Continued

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Jun 18

He Will Sustain You

Start by reading… Having just seen God’s fire fall from heaven and His miraculous provision of rain after a long drought, we now find Elijah running for his life. He lopes off to the wilderness feeling so dejected he prays for death. He just can’t take it anymore. He lays his head down to sleep … Continued

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Jun 17

Making Disciples

Start by reading… Yesterday we read about Peter’s encounter with Cornelius. God gave both men a vision and echoed the day of Pentecost as Peter spoke to Cornelius’ household. It soon became clear that the Gospel was for Jews and Gentiles. Acts 10:48 says: “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of … Continued

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Jun 16

Trusting Through Trials

Start by reading… Have you ever found yourself in a terrible situation without understanding why? In 1 Kings 17:1-24, the widow and her children are starving and there is no help in sight. She has mentally prepared herself that this is to be their last tiny meal of oil and flour. After eating it, she … Continued

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Jun 15

Where Are Your High Places?

Start by reading… In 1 Kings we read about the high places built by King Solomon for his foreign wives to worship their gods. In modern Judaism the high place (bema) is in the synagogue. It is an elevated platform from which the Torah is read. According to tradition, it is believed that the king … Continued

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Jun 14

One Tiny Word

Start by reading… Psalm 132:12 says: “If your sons will keep My covenant and My testimony which I shall teach them, their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore.” Let’s focus on two little letters; one tiny word with eternal importance: IF. David longed to make a place for the God he knew and loved … Continued

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Jun 13

Do You Still Have a Passion for the Lost?

Start by reading… Acts 9:1 says: “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest.” What do we know about Saul of the New Testament? What do we know of his early life that shaped him into who he became? We know his father was a Pharisee … Continued

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Jun 12

Wisdom That Honours God

Start by reading… We’ve all read of King Solomon’s God-given wisdom and how God allowed him to prosper, but the Queen of Sheba wanted to see it for herself. We could be forgiven for thinking that the only relevance here for us is historical. However, as I read this story about the queen’s visit and … Continued

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Jun 11

Burying the Past

Start by reading… The wonderful story of Stephen is often overlooked in favour of the more spectacular accounts found in Acts. While it is right that we seek the powerful things God did 2,000 years ago for our own generation, it is a sobering reminder that many face death today because they serve Jesus. We … Continued

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Jun 10

What’s Your Story?

Start by reading… I grew up in a non-Christian home, though I was sent to Sunday school. I discovered the Boys’ Brigade at the age of eight and stayed there until I was twenty-five. It helped make me who I am today; moulding and shaping me from a young age. I didn’t become a Christian until … Continued

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Jun 09

Building His House

Start by reading… Psalm 127:1 says: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain who build it.” This psalm tells us that when the Lord builds something it will last for all eternity. However, the house that is not built by the Lord and the city that is not watched over by Him will … Continued

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Jun 08

In His Service

Start by reading… In 1 Kings 4 we find a list of King Solomon’s chief officials, who were appointed to govern the whole of Israel. We see named priests and spiritual advisors, alongside named secretaries (verse 3), an administrator and an HR manager (verse 6). King Solomon realised he didn’t just need spiritual input to rule … Continued

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Jun 07

“’Course He Isn’t Safe. But He’s Good…”

Start by reading… There are certain passages in the Bible that we might wish weren’t there. The fate of Ananias and Sapphira is a case in point. Ananias sold a field with the intention of giving the proceeds to the Church. The problem was, he decided to keep some back but claimed he had given … Continued

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Jun 06

There Is Salvation in No One Else!

Start by reading… Acts 4:12 says: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Aren’t you glad we don’t have to earn our salvation? We don’t have to be ‘good enough’ to get to heaven. All we have to do is … Continued

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Jun 05

Join Us in Celebrating the Gospel

Start by reading… In our reading today, Peter and John go to the temple when they know it will be busy so the gospel can be shared with a greater number of people. The lame man hears and comes to the gates begging. Having been disabled from birth, he has no hope of being healed. He … Continued

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Jun 04

Remember Pentecost!

Start by reading…  Until 1834, the Bank of England observed around thirty-three saints’ days and religious festivals as holidays, but the number was reduced to four in that year. In 1871, the Bank Holidays Act specified Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. All of these holy days were religious holidays … Continued

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Jun 03

The Greatest Book in the World

Start by reading… On the 150th anniversary of the Bible Society in 1954, children’s author Enid Blyton wrote a book entitled The Greatest Book in the World. She was inspired by her visit to Bible House, where she had encountered a library filled with copies of almost every Bible ever translated. One chapter entitled “The … Continued

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Jun 02

The “Other Things” Jesus Did

Start by reading… The Gospels are full of Jesus’ amazing deeds and miracles, but John brings up another thread in John 21:25: “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be … Continued

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Jun 01

All His Words Are True!

The Word of God is our plumbline for life, it is our solid rock to stand on, a light that illuminates our path and a sword for the hardest of battles that we face. Life it would seem, can’t be lived fully, without paying special attention to our makers instructions.

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May 31

Reactions in a Crisis

Start by reading… It seems astounding to me that Ahithophel killed himself just because his counsel wasn’t followed (see 2 Samuel 17:23)! He felt shame and public disgrace, and this was enough to make him decide his life was no longer worth living. In contrast, Jesus gave His life; not in suicide, but as the … Continued

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May 30

In the Crucible

Start by reading… Growing up, my dad wasn’t only a pastor; he also sold jewellery. Initially he was a travelling salesman, then later he owned his own shop. As every good pastor does, he drew on real-life experiences to uncover the scriptures in his sermons. He captured my imagination as a teenager with explanations of … Continued

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May 29

The Captain of Our Salvation

Start by reading…  The hour had finally come for the captain of our salvation to engage the enemy. Jesus had taught the disciples many times about this moment of atonement. He had spoken as a prophet, but at this point he is the priest come to make the offering. After he had conquered the grave He … Continued

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May 28

The Preserving Power of God’s Word

Start by reading… Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, and one of my particular favourites. In it, the psalmist writes of the life-giving qualities of God, such as righteousness, purity, God’s heart, salvation and unfailing love. While our verses for today focus on Psalm 119:81-96, it would be an injustice not to … Continued

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May 27

God in Three Persons

Start by reading… John 16:13-15 says: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is … Continued

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May 26

Stand Firm in the Day of Temptation

Start by reading… David’s great sin and moral failure is recorded in 2 Samuel 11. The first step on the pathway to sin was a failure to lead his army, leaving David bored and vulnerable. When Samuel explained to Saul why God wanted to replace him as king, he said: “But now your kingdom shall … Continued

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May 25

There Is Hope for the Most Wretched Sinner

Start by reading… In 2 Samuel 7, God promises David that his lineage will be ‘a dynasty of kings’. His name will effectively live on throughout the generations as a special chosen child of God. David is understandably amazed at such a promise, and on hearing it he immediately goes to God in prayer and worship. … Continued

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May 24

You Know My Heart, and Lord It Is All for You

Start by reading…Jesus begins to teach the disciples that He is going to leave them, explaining that where He is going they cannot follow. He tells His followers they must not be troubled as He is going to prepare a place for them in heaven. After Jesus has spoken these things to His disciples, two … Continued

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May 23

The Importance of Remaining in God’s Word

Start by reading…  Psalm 119:9 (ESV) says: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” The core theme through the whole of Psalm 119 is the value of God’s Word. Throughout scripture there are many promises relating to the richness that comes when we are obedient to the … Continued

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May 22

Knowing What to Say

Start by reading… In John 12:21 we read how some of the Greeks who were in Jerusalem to worship at the feast saw Philip and said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” It seems as if this was the last thing Philip expected them to say to him, and he had to ask Andrew how to … Continued

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May 21

Come “Waste” Your Life on Him

Start by reading… Very early in my Christian walk I remember spending time with someone who was without transport and looking for a bicycle. I went home, collected my bike from the garage and gave it to him as a gift. It was an extravagant move for me as I had never previously given away … Continued

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May 20

The Compassion and Power of Jesus

Start by reading… The story of Lazarus being raised from the dead is unique to John’s Gospel. Indeed, John’s Gospel differs from the synoptic Gospels in that it focuses more on who Jesus is, rather than the things He did, and that John never speaks of ‘miracles’, but of ‘signs’ that glorify God and point … Continued

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May 19

Who is your God?

Start by reading… Psalm 116:5-9 (NIV) says: “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.  The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk … Continued

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May 18

The King, the Shepherd and the Lord

Start by reading… It’s easy to criticise Saul as we read through 1 Samuel, but many of us have probably made similar mistakes: He devoted himself to pursuing David rather than God. He was interested in earthly power and success rather than doing God’s will. He followed his emotions rather than obeying God’s Word. Does … Continued

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May 17

The Presence of the Lord

Start by reading… Our awareness of the Lord’s presence is often poor, but in Psalm 114:2 our attention is drawn to it: “Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion.” God travelled with the Israelites wherever they went because they trusted in Him and made Him their God. Listen to the narrative in Psalm 114:3-5. … Continued