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2009, 2020

Thought for September 20th. “BLESSED ARE THOSE … WHOM THE MASTER FINDS AWAKE”  

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Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 3), (Ezekiel 16), (Luke 12) We have a ‘powerful’ chapter in Luke today (12) – it provokes many challenging thoughts. The text is made up almost entirely of the words of Jesus.  It deserves to be read slowly, section by section.  When Jesus ascended to heaven he knew that those who believed in him, and those who came to believe, would face an increasingly difficult time

1909, 2020

Thought for September 19th. “BLESSED RATHER ARE THOSE WHO …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 2), (Ezekiel 15), (Luke 11) We live in a world in which people more than ever focus on physical possessions and experiences, they inter-act between themselves in all that they and others experience but, says Jesus, these are not the things that matter. We will read in Luke’s gospel tomorrow – his comment that, “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of  (our) possessions” [12

1809, 2020

Thought for September 18th. “WITH ALL YOUR HEART”  

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Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 1), (Ezekiel 14), (Luke 10) The scriptures make it plain that the condition of our hearts matters most of all.  Jesus gave a very significant answer to “a lawyer (who) stood up to put him to the test, saying, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  [Luke 10 v.25]        Jesus answered his question with a question; ”What is written in the Law? How

1709, 2020

Thought for September 17th. “… PUTTING TO DEATH SOULS” 

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 24,25), (Ezekiel 13), (Luke 9) One of the puzzling things in Scripture for many people are the references to the death of “souls.”  We have this in our Ezekiel reading today (ch.13) where the prophet writes, “The word of the LORD came to me” to speak against “those who prophesy from their own minds” [v.1,2].        They are challenged by the LORD, “Will you hunt

1609, 2020

Thought for September 16th. “WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?”    

By |September 16th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 22,23), (Ezekiel 12), (Luke 8) What do we have faith in today? Certainly not the Government – of whatever kind it may be! Our doctor?  It is good to find one we can have a good deal of confidence in – especially if our health is uncertain. While we can speak of having faith in people or things, we know that this is vastly different to

1509, 2020

Thought for September 15th. “I KNOW THE THINGS THAT COME INTO YOUR MIND”   

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 21), (Ezekiel 11), (Luke 7) Our reading in Ezekiel causes us to think about how God works; the unlimited power he has to know all that is happening; more than that, to know all that men and women are thinking!  And of course Jesus had the same ability; if you were not on the side of Jesus it must have been unnerving as you were forced

1409, 2020

Thought for September 14th. “…. KNOWN BY ITS OWN FRUIT”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 20), (Ezekiel 9), (Luke 5) Our chapter in Luke today (6) is parallel with the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ chapters (5,6 & 7) in Matthew:  in a sense it is a summary of them - highlighting many of its key lessons.  We are all trees, growing in different parts of God’s garden, the owner is looking to see what quality of fruit, if any, is growing

1309, 2020

Thought for September 13th. “DEPART FROM ME” 

By |September 13th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Todays readings.. (2 Kings 19), (Ezekiel 9), (Luke 5) Peter was an experienced fisherman, that is how he made his living on the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus came along the shore and climbed into Peter’s boat. At first “he sat down and taught the people from the boat” [Luke 5 v.3] “When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘put out into the deep and let down your nets

1209, 2020

Thought for September 12th. “DO NOT LET HEZEKIAH MAKE YOU …” 

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 18), (Ezekiel 8), (Luke 4) Our reading in 2 Kings (ch.18) illustrates how those who trust in God are sometimes fully tested to cause them to examine the basis of their trust.  It seems clear that deserters from among the defenders of Jerusalem had expressed their reasons for changing sides to the Assyrians.  This followed the collapse of their faith in the LORD, their faith was

1109, 2020

Thought for September 11th. “DISASTER AFTER DISASTER: BEHOLD IT COMES”   

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 17), (Ezekiel 7), (Luke 3) Our Ezekiel reading (ch.7)  is initially about the disaster coming on the people still living in Jerusalem.  Ezekiel was a priest and is among those taken into captivity (ch.1 v.1) some years before Jerusalem is destroyed. Those taken away are earnestly hoping to return to the land of their birth, but God gives Ezekiel only bad news for them. Indeed the

1009, 2020

Thought for September 10th. “THOUGHTS FROM MANY HEARTS  … REVEALED”  

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Today's readings.. (2 kings 16), (Ezekiel 6), (Luke 2) The start of our reading in Luke ch. 2 covers one of the events which is often quoted at Christmas time.  Most know of the angelic appearance to the shepherds on the hillside and how they came and found the babe in the manger and tell of what they had seen and heard “out in the field .. concerning this child.”

909, 2020

Thought for September 9th. “THE NINTH HOUR”  

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   Today's readings.. (2 Kings 15) (Ezekiel 5), (Luke 1) Today we began reading the Gospel of Luke. A chain reaction in our thoughts was triggered by the dramatic appearance of an angel to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist.  All the people were “praying without at the hour of incense” Presumably this was the ninth hour: we recall that Peter and John went up into the temple at

809, 2020

Thought for September 8th. “TO KEEP ME FROM BEING TOO ELATED”   

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 Today's readings.. (2 Kings 14), (Ezekiel 4), (2 Corinthians 12,13) We made reference yesterday to those who boast – how much do we see this attitude in politicians today!  We  read today in Corinthians of Paul’s comments on the things he could boast about if he wanted to.     The final chapters illustrate that boastful attitudes were still a problem at Corinth, they also illustrate that Paul expressed his thankfulness, maybe reluctantly,

709, 2020

Thought for September 7th. “ … PROCLAIMS A DIFFERENT JESUS”            

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 13), (Ezekiel 3), (2 Corinthians 10,11) People boast today of everything they can which they hope will add to their prestige.  Politicians in particular are  very anxious about the image they are creating – what people think of them.  It has to be good or they will not get re-elected. Such is the growing noise from the US elections today. Our chapters in 2nd Corinthians today

609, 2020

Thought for September 6th. WHETHER THEY HEAR OR REFUSE”

By |September 6th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 11,12), (Ezekiel 2), (2 Corinthians 8,9) Who would be a prophet specially sent by God!  We are now reading Ezekiel and we find many similarities in his circumstances to that of Jeremiah.  The word of the LORD is not welcome because it does not agree with what the people want to hear. Ezekiel is among the captives in exile (ch.1 v.1-3) and all the exiles want

509, 2020

Thought for September 5th. “BRINGING HOLINESS TO COMPLETION”

By |September 5th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 10), (Ezekiel 1), (2 Corinthians 5,6,7) The 3 chapters  (totaling 55 verses) we have in 2nd Corinthians today are quite a challenge to get our minds around and grasp all the passionate points and appeal Paul is making in them.  He is concerned about “those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart” [5 v.12]  He tells them, “if anyone is

409, 2020

Thought for September 4th. “BEING RENEWED DAY BY DAY”    

By |September 4th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 9), (Lamentations 5), (2 Corinthians 3,4) Our readings in 2nd Corinthians again gave us thoughts which are very ‘heart’ provoking.  There is a danger for those (and that is most of us) who are busy earning our living in an environment which has little or no thought about God or Christ, that the attitude around us will start to ‘soak’ into our way of thinking and

309, 2020

Thought for September 3rd. “THAT WAS TO MAKE US RELY … ON GOD”  

By |September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 8), (Lamentations 4), (2 Corinthians 1,2)      What thought challenging verses we had today as we started reading 2nd Corinthians.  Paul writes of his experiences of afflictions and the “comfort” God gives him to cope with them – and yet his comfort is also founded on the comfort believers give to each other.  “The father of mercies,” writes Paul, “comforts us in all our affliction,

209, 2020

Thought for September 2nd.  “BEAR THE YOKE IN OUR YOUTH’  

By |September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 7), (Lamentations 3), (1 Corinthians 16) The Lamentations of Jeremiah is not a book we “enjoy” reading.  But do we only read those things that give a positive message and we find encouraging?  Actually there are some gems hidden among this prophet’s words of despair and distress.  The first 2 chapters are about how God’s anger with Jerusalem finally overflows into action; his mercy toward the

109, 2020

Thought for September 1st.  “HIS GRACE TOWARD ME WAS NOT IN VAIN”  

By |September 1st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 6), (Lamentations 2), (1 Corinthians 15) Today we read one of the most meaningful chapters in the Bible > Ch. 15 of 1 Corinthians. Many verses “jump out” inviting our meditation. The one we have chosen to really reflect upon is v10.  Paul laments on his unworthiness, but then says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me

3108, 2020

Thought for August 31st. “IN YOUR THINKING BE MATURE”            

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 5), (Lamentations 1), (1 Corinthians 14)      Today we read 1 Corinthians ch 14 which completes the Apostle’s message about Spirit Gifts.  Paul is earnestly exhorting them to properly use the spirit gifts they were privileged to possess. The first verse stresses, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”   Prophecy does not mean to predict the future but

3008, 2020

Thought for August 30th. “… A STILL MORE EXCELLENT WAY” 

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 4), (Jeremiah 52), (1 Corinthians 12,13)      We are told in several chapters in Acts, quite apart from the initial outpouring of the Spirit Gifts to the 12 disciples on the day of Pentecost, that the Spirit was given by the laying on of the Apostles hands (see 8 v.17) or the direct action of their unseen Lord (10 v.44) upon new believers     

2908, 2020

Thought for August 29th. “THUS SHALL BABYLON SINK”          

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 3), (Jeremiah 51), (1 Corinthians 11) We have nearly completed the book of Jeremiah.  Today’s 51st chapter of 64 verses is quite remarkable, quite challenging.  It is all about Babylon and God’s judgments on her, that mighty city and the country of the same name. She had destroyed Jerusalem and God’s great Temple and taken all its treasures. She is led by a king who, up

2808, 2020

Thought for August 28th. “ELIJAH WENT UP BY A WHIRLWIND”    

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 1,2), (Jeremiah 50), (1 Corinthians 10) Our reading of 2 Kings 2 today records the transfer of responsibility before God from Elijah to Elisha.   Elisha requests, “Let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” [v.9] and it is significant that it is recorded of Elisha that he ultimately performs twice as many miracles as Elijah.  However, in doing God’s most important work and conveying

2708, 2020

Thought for August 27th. “… KNOWN BY GOD?“            

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (1 Kings 22), (Jeremiah 49), (1 Corinthians 8,9) Our reading of ch. 8 in 1st Corinthians begins with an interesting use of the word ‘knowledge.’  Paul says, “knowledge puffs up” [8 v.1].  We can be proud of what we know – and this undermines our wise use of that knowledge – depending on what that knowledge is about.  Paul then says, “If anyone imagines that he knows something,

2608, 2020

Thought for August 26th. “HAVE YOU FOUND ME, OH MY ENEMY?”

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 Today's readings.. (1 Kings 21), (Jeremiah 48), (1 Corinthians 7)        The above saying was spoken by Israel’s bad king Ahab to Elijah when the prophet challenged him as he took possession of Naboth’s vineyard – after his evil wife Jezebel had organised the death of Naboth.  Yet Elijah had only “found” Ahab because God had directed him, he was acting for God.       Let us make

2508, 2020

Thought for August 25th. “DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT … ”   

By |August 25th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (1 Kings 20), ( Jeremiah 47), (1 Corinthians 6)    Four times the above phrase is used by Paul in our chapter (6) of 1st Corinthians today.  Many believers there were spiritually blind to the follies of the behaviour that they had slipped back into.     It happened then, it happens today.   It appears to be worse among those who proclaim that once you are saved you are saved

2408, 2020

Thought for August 24th. “THEN HE WAS AFRAID”            

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 19), (Jeremiah 45,46), (1 Corinthians 4,5) The strength of our faith can collapse in some situations.  This is human nature – and we must recognise how to recover from this.  We have an outstanding example in our 1 Kings reading today.        Elijah had been the ‘spiritual hero’ of the LORD on Mt Carmel in front of Ahab.  God responded to his faith and “the

2308, 2020

Thought for  August 23rd.   “EACH ONE’S WORK WILL BECOME MANIFEST”          

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 18), (Jeremiah 44), (1 Corinthians 3) We had a dramatic chapter (18) to read in 1 Kings today where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel and divine power was shown to set fire to Elijah’s offering on the LORD’s altar that he built.  The foolishness of those following Baal was made plain and they were all killed.  In our 1 Corinthians reading (ch.3)

2208, 2020

Thought for August 22nd. “IT IS NOT A WISDOM OF THIS AGE”          

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 17), (Jeremiah 43), (1 Corinthians 1,2) Today we start reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. The believers there had been converted from the foolish philosophies of the Greeks who believed in a spirit after-life; also in many gods of their imagination – of whom they erected idols. We have had a parallel experience in going into Indian temples in recent years..  Paul says, “The Jews demand

2108, 2020

Thought for August 21st. “THEY WOULD NOT BELIEVE IT”            

By |August 21st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Kings 16), (Jeremiah 42), (Mark 16) Today we completed reading the Gospel of Mark. One needs to compare all 4 Gospels to get a full picture of events after Christ rose from the dead. Such was the awesome sight of Christ’s horrible death on the cross, whether seen from nearby or from afar, that his followers could not begin to imagine he could rise from the dead

2008, 2020

Thought for August 20th. “IT WAS OUT OF ENVY”

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Kings 15), (Jeremiah 41), (Mark 15)      One of the outstanding characteristics of human nature is the capacity to be jealous, to envy others; many advertising tactics exploit this. The gospels repeatedly show us that those in positions of authority were envious of the great popularity Jesus enjoyed.  Our ‘democratic’ societies have elections every few years and we witness the clash of ego’s between those seeking

1908, 2020

Thought for August 19th. “WATCH AND PRAY”   

By |August 19th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Kings 14), (Jeremiah 40), (Mark 14) Today in Ch. 14 we read Mark’s moving account of the events in the Garden of Gethsemane.  That evening they had been together in what is known as the “upper room.” This was when what we call “the last supper” took place.  As the bread and the cup were passed around (v.22-25) the disciples would not have accepted in their minds

1808, 2020

Thought for August 18th. “YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE TIME WILL COME”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 13), (jeremiah 39), (Mark14)                                                                                          Today we again read what is known as ‘The Olivet Prophecy’; we read it every 2 months, is

1708, 2020

Thought for August 17th. “…. AND TREATED HIM SHAMEFULLY”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 12), (Jeremiah 38), (Mark 13) As we read Jesus’ parable about the tenants in the vineyard today (Mark 17 v.1-9) and the treatment they meted out to any servants that came to them on behalf of the owner seeking his share of the fruit, our thoughts went quite naturally to what we had just read in Jeremiah who brought from God messages that did not please

1608, 2020

Thought for August 16th. “THE LORD RAISED UP AN ADVERSARY”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 11), (Jeremiah 37), (Mark 11)      After all the wonders for most of Solomon’s reign, all the benefits and blessings he had inherited from his father David, Solomon’s greatness - we would say – humanly speaking – went to his head.  We read today “when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart … “ [1 Kings 11 v.4]       A significant factor

1508, 2020

Thought for August 15th. “AND THE DISCIPLES WERE AMAZED …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 10), (Jeremiah 36), (Mark 10) The disciples of Jesus had more remarkable experiences than any other group of human beings. The sudden stilling of the storm on the Lake of Galilee was one event that particularly astonished them, but in today’s 10th chapter of Mark we may have a sense of surprise at the cause behind the statement,  “And his disciples were amazed at his words.” 

1408, 2020

Thought for August 14th. “THEY HAVE NOT LISTENED”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 9), (Jeremiah 35), (Mark 9) Have you heard of the Rechabites?  Jeremiah is told to “go to the house of the Rechabites” [ch.35 v.2] “and bring them to the house of the LORD … then offer them wine to drink.” This event was to be a lesson which Jeremiah could convey to the people.        Jeremiah says,  “I brought them to the house of

1308, 2020

Thought for August 13th. “FOR WHOEVER IS ASHAMED”          

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings8), (Jeremiah 34), (Mark 8) We live in a world in which most people do not want to feel ashamed of anything.  Lawyers grow rich out of the efforts of some to camouflage over their failures and wrongdoing.  But there can be no effective camouflage before God – so we must not be influenced by the attitudes that surround us.  We read today how Jesus had a

1208, 2020

Thought for August 12th . “IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP”      

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 7), (Jeremiah 33), (Mark 7) Although atheism is rife in our country, is not an even greater disaster those who go to places of Christian worship and yet, in God’s eyes, fail to offer to him the heart-felt worship he seeks. The wide variety of Churches must surely indicate this.   But we must avoid a judgmental attitude, that is God’s prerogative, however we cannot help seeing

1108, 2020

Thought for August 11th. THE LITTLE WORD ‘IF’                     

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 6), (Jeremiah 32), (Mark 6) Today’s reading in 1 Kings 6 describes how Solomon in the 4th year of his reign began to build that remarkable temple on the mount in Jerusalem. This is what his father wanted to build, it took him 7 years (v.38) and “when the house was built; it was with stone prepared in the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe

1008, 2020

Thought for August 10th. “AT THAT TIME … THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 4,5), (Jeremiah 31), (Mark 5) Part of today’s 31st chapter in Jeremiah provides us with a sequel to the verses in ch. 30  that describe God’s reaction to the time when the world’s nations, at the climax of human history, regard Israel as “outcasts … for whom no one cares”    These verses greatly attract our interest because the attitudes today more and more fit this picture. 

908, 2020

Thought for August 9th. “ZION FOR WHOM NO ONE CARES”

By |August 9th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Kings 3), (Jeremiah 30), (Mark 4)      Zion is another name for Jerusalem and 100 years ago Jerusalem was a neglected city; it had been part of the aging Turkish empire for the past several centuries, only those who saw significance in Bible prophecies about this ancient city were interested in its’ welfare.  Of course, some of the scattered Jews were also interested.       It

808, 2020

Thought for August 8th. “WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF GOD HE (or she) IS …”

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  Today's readings.. (1 Kings 2), (Jeremiah 29), (Mark 3) We all want to do the will of God, don’t we? The Bible is full of examples of those who claim to do the will of God, but who fail to grasp what the will of God really is!  Some deceive themselves into thinking that what they say and do  is in harmony with the ways of God – and

708, 2020

Thought for August 7th. “THEN IT WILL BE KNOWN THAT …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 1), (Jeremiah 28), (Mark 2) In today’s chapter (28) in Jeremiah we see how he is confronted by a false prophet Hananiah who predicts falsely “in the name of the LORD of hosts” that “within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar took away from this place and carried to Babylon” [v.2,3] There is a

608, 2020

Thought for August 6th “A NEW TEACHING WITH AUTHORITY”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 24), (Jeremiah 27), (Mark 1) Today we start reading the Gospel of Mark. It is accepted that Mark’s Gospel was the first one to be written. It is probable, but cannot be absolutely proved, that he is the ‘Mark’ referred to 4 time in the Acts, named as John Mark in Acts 12 v.12. He starts his gospel by telling us of John the Baptist and

508, 2020

Thought for August 5th. “THE SWEET PSALMIST OF ISRAEL”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 23), (Jeremiah 26), (Romans 15,16) The above phrase occurs in the first verse of our 2 Samuel Ch. 23 reading today. It has often been quoted about David that he is “the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet Psalmist of Israel”. Although there are many Psalms not written by him, he laid the foundation for the hymns that were sung in the Temple that

408, 2020

Thought for August 4th. “DISASTER IS GOING FORTH FROM NATION TO NATION”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 22), (Jeremiah 25), (Romans 13,14) Today’s chapter in Jeremiah is very disturbing. The prophet receives visions from God of future events, some of them are of a future that was then far distant. The main message he is to give is that God’s judgements are about to fall on Jerusalem and that “this whole land shall become a ruin and waste and these nations shall serve

308, 2020

Thought for August 3rd. “LET LOVE BE GENUINE”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 20,21), (Jeremiah 24), (Romans 12) Today we have that marvelous chapter in Romans (12) in which Paul lists all the good attitudes that those who claim to be believers need to have in order to show they are really committed believers. It is good to read diligently so that we correctly understand the word of God – but it is vital that, on the other side

208, 2020

Thought for August 2nd. “IN THE LATTER DAYS”

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Today's readings.. (12 Samuel 19), (Jeremiah 23), (Romans 10,11) A multitude of thoughts tended to tumble around and out of our minds as we read today’s chapters. Verse 20 in Jeremiah ch. 23 was one that particularly captured our attention: “The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.” And

108, 2020

Thought for August 1st. “GOD … ENDURED WITH MUCH PATIENCE”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 18), (Jeremiah 22), (Romans 9) There is a complete change of theme today in Paul’s letter to the Romans compared to what we read yesterday. In ch’s 9 to 11 his thoughts are on Israel: he had formerly been proud of being an Israelite, the chosen nation. The main point he makes in these chapters is that he now sees that everything depends on God’s mercy.

3107, 2020

Thought for July 31st “… WHO CAN BE AGAINST US”

By |July 31st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 17), (Jeremiah 21), (Romans 7,8) Ever feel that everything is against you? We wonder if Paul was ever inclined to feel that way? Remember how he writes of his “countless beatings … many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food …” [2 Cor.11 v.23,27] In view of such experiences, let us take special notice of his testimony that we read today in his

3007, 2020

Thought for July 30th “ … WHO TESTS THE RIGHTEOUS”

By |July 30th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 16), (Jeremiah 20), (Romans 5,6) What ‘powerful’ chapters we have read today: firstly David, humbled by the consequences of his sin flees from Jerusalem. He refuses to take any action against the one who curses him. He says, of Shimei, “Let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that

2907, 2020

Thought for July29th “FULLY CONVINCED THAT GOD WAS ABLE …”

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 15), (Jeremiah 19), (Romans 3,4) The lives of all who commit themselves to serve God travel along their own particular paths. Paul in his letter to the Romans, we read today, reflects on the life of Abraham as “he grew strong in faith” and how he became “fully convinced that God was able to do what he promised.” [Ch. 4 v.20.21] Abraham’s faith went from strength

2807, 2020

Thought for July 28th “THE POWER OF GOD’

By |July 28th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 14), (Jeremiah 18), (Romans 1,2) Paul in writing to the Romans speaks about “the power of God”. What does he mean? He is not referring to physical power such as will be shown at the time Jesus returns when the greatest earthquake ever (Rev. 16 v.18) and other terrible events will occur. In today’s reading in Romans, Paul writes of the gospel saying, “For I am

2707, 2020

Thought for July 27th. “DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS”

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 13), (Jeremiah 17), (Matthew 28) Our Jeremiah reading today contains a verse about the natural deceitfulness of the human heart that is often quoted. It is good to look at the context which leads the prophet to make this statement: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” [ch.17 v.9] When we start reading from v.5 we see how the

2607, 2020

Thought for July 26th. “HE CHANGED HIS MIND”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 12), (Jeremiah 16), (Matthew 27) It is good to change your mind when you contemplate doing something bad – BUT – but you must do it before it is too late. We read in Matthew’s Gospel that Judas Iscariot “changed his mind” [27 v.3] – but it was too late. He “brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders saying, ‘I

2507, 2020

Thought for July 25th. “… HOW THEN SHOULD THE SCRIPTURES BE FULFILLED”

By |July 25th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (2 Samuel 11), (Jeremiah 15), (Matthew 26) What deep sense of emotion we can develop when we slowly read and absorb into our minds the account Matthew gives us of the arrest of Jesus and the events which led up to it. It is a rather detailed description and if we then add in the accounts of the other Gospels, especially John’s, we get a thought absorbing full

2407, 2020

Thought for July 24th. ” … AND HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 10), (Jeremiah 14), (Matthew 25) Today we continued reading Jeremiah and saw the exchange of words between the LORD and the prophet. There is no genuine spirituality left among the people, it is all a sham - yet the prophet appeals to God to act to relieve the terrible famine that is afflicting the land and all the people. He says, “though our iniquities testify against

2307, 2020

Thought for July 23rd. “BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN ME”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 8,9), (Jeremiah 13), (Matthew 24) Do you forget things? Yes, we all do – but rarely do we forget anything really important, but the vital question is, ‘What is important – to God?’ Our world has forgotten God, putting the thought that he exists out of their minds – in fact more and more people are becoming convinced that God does not exist! There were parallels

2207, 2020

Thought for July 22nd. “I HAVE BEEN WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU WENT”

By |July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 7), (Jeremiah 12), (Matthew 23) Today’s reading in 2 Samuel 7 is one that many know well: it is one of the most significant passages in the Old Testament. King David has reached the pinnacle of his life, his love for God and his relationship with God is at its highest point. It suddenly comes into his mind that he should build a Temple for his

2107, 2020

Thought for July 21st. “YOU KNOW NEITHER THE SCRIPTURES NOR THE POWER OF GOD”

By |July 21st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Samuel6), (Jeremiah 11), (Matthew 22) This rebuke of Jesus to the Sadducees (Matt.22 v.23), who did not believe in the resurrection, is very blunt. It is a saying we feel inclined to repeat today. How few carefully read, understand and then believe God’s word and his power to fulfil his promises? Our world seems so full of remarkable inventions that capture our interest and attention. The Bible

2007, 2020

Thought for July 20th. “CORRECT ME, O LORD, BUT …”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 4,5), (Jeremiah 10), (Matthew 21) The words of Jeremiah continue to attract our thoughts, his situation before God and the messages he conveyed to a people who had become extremely Godless, have a great number of parallels to our days. We read ch. 10 which starts, “Hear the word the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel … Learn not the way of the nations

1907, 2020

Thought for July 19th. “IT SHALL NOT BE SO …”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 3), (Jeremiah 9), (Matthew 20) Events in our world, in all countries, frequently feature struggles over who is going to take the leadership in a nation. Today, in Matthew ch. 20, we read how the mother of 2 of the disciples came to Jesus to request “that these two sons of mine are to sit, one on your right hand and one on your left, in

1807, 2020

Thought for July 18th. ‘… ONLY THOSE TO WHOM IT IS GIVEN”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 2), (Jeremiah 8), (Matthew 19) Today’s chapter in Matthew (19) challenges us to understand what Jesus meant when he responded to the Pharisees’ question, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause? [v.3] They disagreed among themselves over how to apply (or twist) the laws which Moses laid down; their attitudes were becoming similar to those we are reading about in Jeremiah which he

1707, 2020

Thought for July 17th. “TRUTH HAS PERISHED”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 1), (Jeremiah 7), (Matthew 18) How many ‘tell the truth and nothing but the truth’ when they are asked to swear in giving evidence in a court of law – or sign their name to a document that it is the truth of some matter? If it should incriminate them in some way, the ‘truth’ gets bent – even if it is not an outright lie.

1607, 2020

Thought for July 16th. “IF YOU HAVE FAITH LIKE …”

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 31), (Jeremiah 6), (Matthew 17) Only Jesus had perfect faith – but he gives a very useful lesson to his disciples in today’s ch. 17 in Matthew. He had come down from the mountain on which he had been with his 3 chosen disciples – in the meantime the other disciples had been unable to heal an epileptic boy an anxious father had brought to them.

1507, 2020

Thought for July 15th. “MY PEOPLE LOVE TO …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 29,30), (Jeremiah 5), (Matthew 16) What do people today love to have, love to do? What were the words of God to Jeremiah stating what God saw. that his people loved to have? Are there parallels today? God said, “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land; the people prophecy falsely and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it

1407, 2020

Thought for July 14th. “… THIS DEFILES A PERSON”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 28), (Jeremiah 4), (Matthew 15) The Jews had strict laws to ensure cleanliness, these were laid down by Moses under God’s direction. In some ways these had become, in the time of Jesus, a ritual they tried to apply in every possible situation. However, the cleanliness fundamentals in these laws were ignored by the world until less than 200 years ago; illness and death were high

1307, 2020

Thought for July 13th. “THE LORD REWARDS …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 26,27), (Jeremiah 3), (Matthew 14) Today we read the words which David spoke to Saul when they faced each other in the wilderness. The king had been pursuing David; but David had been able to take Saul’s spear and jar of water from beside him and his men “because a deep sleep from the LORD had fallen upon them.” [1 Sam 26 v.12] David called out

1207, 2020

Thought for July 12th. “HE HAS NO ROOT IN HIMSELF”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 25), ( Jeremiah 2), (Matthew 13) Our world is becoming full of people without “roots” – people who are restless, ever looking for new experiences, until the pandemic, they were building ever larger airports to cope with all the travellers, the hotel trade was booming, all around evidence of the Mammon God being worshipped, but one day soon it will fall on its knees like Dagon

1107, 2020

Thought for July 11th. “I APPOINTED YOU A PROPHET”

By |July 11th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 24), (Jeremiah 1), (Matthew 12) Today we started to read the prophecies God gave to Jeremiah. He was “one of the priests of Anathoth” [v.1] and therefore a Levite: but God decreed he was to be more than a priest He starts his testimony from v. 4. “Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew

1007, 2020

Thought for July 10th. “TO WHOM THE SON CHOOSES TO …”

By |July 10th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 23), (Isaiah 66), (Mathew 11) What a thought challenging chapter we have today in Matthew. When Jesus asked, “To what shall I compare this generation?” 11 v.16] we can see in his answer close comparisons to most people living today. Jesus said they were “like children sitting in the market places calling to their playmates, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

907, 2020

Thought for July 9th. “… SHALL NOT BE REMEMERED”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 21,22), (Isaiah 65), (Matthew 10) We have read wonderful visions in the 65th chapter of Isaiah today. God, through the prophet, says he sees two classes of people, those “who walk by the way that is not good, following their own devices” [v.2] and those “who have sought me” [v.10] and these “bless (themselves) by the God of truth.” [v.16] For these, God says, “… behold

807, 2020

Thought for July 8th. ‘FRESH WINESKINS’

By |July 8th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 20), (Isaiah 64), (Matthew 9) Those who do not read the Gospels regularly may be puzzled by many of the things Jesus said. He often spoke in parables, simple stories, but they had deep spiritual meanings, a lesson for the ordinary folk “who heard him gladly” [Mark 12 v.37] but which the haughty religious leaders had no time for. Their religion was centred on observing the

707, 2020

Thought for July 7th. “LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND SEE”

By |July 7th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 17), (Isaiah 63), (Matthew 8) The prophet Isaiah reflected on how God had acted in the past to help his people Israel, especially how he had delivered them from Egypt; we read “so you led your people to make for yourself a glorious name.” [ch.63 v.14] God’s name YAHWEH has the primary sense of meaning “to be” – of becoming the LORD of all the earth!

607, 2020

Thought for July 6th. “I NEVER KNEW YOU”

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 samuel 18), (Isaiah 62), (Matthew 7) Many of the things Jesus said are very challenging, but few offer a greater challenge than the words we read today about what will be said to some “on that day” [Matt.7 v.22], i.e. the day of judgement. He speaks of those who will come before him, but to some of them he will say, “Depart from me; I never knew

507, 2020

Thought for July 5th. “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT TOMORROW”

By |July 5th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 17),(Isaiah 61), (Matthew 6) Today’s chapter (6) in Matthew concludes with 2 verses which are very stimulating if we can take them into our hearts and make them principles’ to live by - they will be an inspiration governing the direction of our lives. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be

407, 2020

Thought for July 4th. “BLESSED ARE THE …”

By |July 4th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 16), (Isaiah 60), (Matthew 5) Today’s chapter 60 in Isaiah is a vision of God’s kingdom in operation in its ultimate stage of perfection. Some phrases are taken up and used in the book of Revelation, for e.g. v.19 “The sun shall be no more your light by day … but the LORD will be your everlasting light.” And v.21, “Your people shall be all righteous

307, 2020

Thought for July 3rd. “LIVE BY … EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD”

By |July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 15), (Isaiah 59), (Matthew 3,4) In Matthew’s Gospel today we have the account of how “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted…” [Ch. 4 v.1] He had just received “the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him” [3 v.16] and “a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am

207, 2020

Thought for July 2nd. “AS IF THEY … DID RIGHTEOUSNESS”

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 14), (Isaiah 58), (Matthew 1,2) God’s words through the prophet Isaiah today are very challenging. So often those who claim to worship God and Jesus make an outward show of doing so – but God knows their hearts. The prophet’s words are one’s we need to always remember. God tells the prophet, “declare to the people their transgressions … yet they seek me daily and delight

107, 2020

Thought for July 1st. “BEHOLD I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 13), (Isaiah 56,57), (Revelation 21,22) People have become conscious of how they are harming the world although few see it as harming God’s creation. Some are desperately trying to do something towards limiting the problem – being provoked by the increasing proof it is causing severe climate change which is starting to affect their lives – and there is every prospect of it getting much worse.

3006, 2020

Thought for June 30th. “WHY DO YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY FOR …”

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 11,12), (Isaiah 55), (Revelation 19,20) What a meaningful chapter we read in Isaiah today! Meaningful because it is so applicable to the attitudes that can and do influence us today. The prophet is caused by the Lord to put the question to the people, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labour for that which does not satisfy?” [55

2906, 2020

Thought for June 29th. “IN A SINGLE HOUR”

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 10), (Isaiah 54), (Revelation 17,18) The symbolic language of the book of Revelation continues to challenge us. Chapters 17 & 18 today describe the dramatic end of the prostitute (AV whore). In Ch. 17 John is told, “Come I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute … on her forehead was written a name of mystery: Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes” [ v.1,5]

2806, 2020

Thought for June 28th. “IT IS DONE”

By |June 28th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 9), (Isaiah 54), (Revelation 15,16) There is only one place in the Bible that uses the word ‘Armageddon’ - it is in our reading today (Rev.16). It occurs at the climax of the pouring “out on the earth of the seven bowls of the wrath of God” [v.1] It is the outpouring of the last two bowls that attract our particular attention. As the final bowl

2706, 2020

Thought for June 27th. “GOOD NEWS OF HAPPINESS”

By |June 27th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 7,8), (Isaiah 52), (Revelation 14) The nature of present human happiness and its causes is very different to the “good news of happiness” that God will bring about – as we read in Isaiah today. But first we read the lament by the LORD, “all the day my name is despised” [ch. 52 v.5] followed by the declaration, “Therefore in that day they shall know that

2606, 2020

Thought for June 26th. “YOU WHO PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 5,6), (Isaiah 51), (Revelation 12,13) Our Isaiah chapter (51) starts with a challenge! It was a challenge to the people of the nation at that time: he lived through the reign of 4 different kings (see ch. 1 v.1) and Ahaz especially did not live righteously. We read today, “Listen to me you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord …” [v.1] But how successful

2506, 2020

Thought for June 25th. “MORNING BY MORNING”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 4), (Isaiah 50), (Revelation 10,11) The prophecy of Isaiah is like a mine into which we dig for godly thoughts and illuminating visions, but these are sometimes set against a backdrop of failure in God’s nation. Today’s 50th chapter starts, “Thus says the LORD” but the message is one of dismay at their ungodliness, “Why, when I called , was there no one to answer? …

2406, 2020

Thought for June 24th. “A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD NUMBER”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 3), (Isaiah 49), (Revelation 7,8,9) The book of Revelation, while containing many visions of a symbolic nature that indicate the fate of the godless, also includes some plain statements of the future for those who are in awe of their Creator and who spend their lives aiming to serve him in an acceptable way. Today’s 7th chapter begins with a picture of those “sealed from every

2306, 2020

Thought for June 23rd. “A GOD OF KNOWLEDGE”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 2), (Isaiah 48), (Revelation 5,6) Today we read a most remarkable prayer and we will benefit from meditating on the depth of its meaning. It is a prayer by the mother of the child Samuel. It is more than a prayer of thanksgiving. Let’s pick out some of the more significant parts, starting from 1 Samuel 2 v.2. “… there is no rock like our God.

2206, 2020

Thought for June 22nd. “YOU SAY I AM RICH …”

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 1), (Isaiah 46,47), (Revelation 3,4) We continue reading the thought challenging last book in the Bible – the message of Jesus given through his disciple John. We are fascinated by how much of it includes detailed allusions to the Old Testament, for instance our reading today of Isaiah 47 (note v.3,8 and 9 onwards) is about the pride and fall of Babylon. We will see as

2106, 2020

Thought for June 21st. “MAY YOU ACT WORTHILY”

By |June 21st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Ruth 3,4), (Isaiah 45), (Revelation 1,2) Yesterday and today we read the lovely story of Ruth. We saw the outcome of the faithfulness of this woman, who had been widowed early in life. She supported her grieving mother-in-law, Naomi and although not born an Israelite, she told Naomi, “Your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God.” [1 v.16] Her action is a telling

2006, 2020

Thought for June 20th. “BUILD YOURSELVES UP …”

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Today's readings.. (Ruth 1,2), (Isaiah 44), (Jude) There is a fair amount of promotion of the need for body building and physical fitness these days. It is a pity there is not as much – indeed more – emphasis on being spiritually fit, it is far more needed – and vital for our own eternal well-being. Our thoughts were provoked along these lines as we read today the 25 verses

1906, 2020

Thought for June 19th. “….IN HIS OWN EYES”

By |June 19th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 21), (Isaiah 43), (2 & 3 John) Today we completed reading the book of Judges. This covers the period after the death of Joshua who brought the people of Israel across the Jordan after their wanderings in the wilderness; wanderings completed when Moses died. Joshua oversees their establishment as a nation in the promised land. After he died the nation did not function very well, they rallied

1806, 2020

Thought for June 18th. “THIS IS THE VICTORY”

By |June 18th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 20), (Isaiah 42), (1 John 5) Humanly speaking, the victory we read about today in 1 John ch. 5 was a strange kind of victory. “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world,” writes John, and then he adds, “And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith” [1 John 5 v.4]. What is faith? The answer is simple! Or

1706, 2020

Thought for June 17th. “WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN NOW”

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 19), (Isaiah 41), (1 John 3,4) John’s epistles are very personal, they are for those who really believe from their hearts. He is asking them to fully appreciate their relationship with their Lord and with the eternal Father. Chapter 3 starts, “See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the

1606, 2020

Thought for June 16th. “EVEN YOUTHS SHALL FAINT”

By |June 16th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today’s readings.. (Judges 17,18), (Isaiah 40), (1 John 1,2) It is being said that this is a world for young people: meaning that the young people are growing up in a much different world and are being trained to cope with and make use of all the technological wonders of the 21st Century. Never before has the world changed so much in one generation. But most young people are living

1506, 2020

Thought for June 15th. “TO BE FOUND BY HIM WITHOUT …”

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 16), (Isaiah 39), (2 Peter 3) Our world is anxious! After the big world wars in Europe and Asia ended in 1945 there was a lot of positive talk about a better future, the United Nations was set up – Germany and Japan had been humbled. This positive talk was again evident when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990. But …. Yes, but, the older generation especially,

1406, 2020

Thought for June 14th. ” … IT WAS FROM THE LORD”

By |June 14th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 14,15), (Isaiah 38), (2 Peter 1,2) We have 3 really challenging sections of Scripture to read today. In Judges we learn how God allowed human desires to be fulfilled, although unspiritual, but he then weaves them into his purpose: this is observable in several parts of Scripture. The ‘superman’ Samson, possessed of remarkable physical strength, desires a Philistine as a wife. He needs his parents to arrange

1306, 2020

thought for June 13th. “ANYONE WHO ASKS YOU …”

By |June 13th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 12,13), (Isaiah 37), (1 Peter 3,4,5) The 3 short chapters we read in 1 Peter today contain a whole range of thought provoking points most of which we can apply to the situations which now surround us when so many no longer believe there is A God. Peter reasons with believers, “who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? [3 v.13].

1206, 2020

Thought for June 12th. “LONG FOR THE PURE SPIRITUAL MILK”

By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 10,11), (Isaiah 36), (1 Peter 2) What is “pure” in this world? Ways of living are corrupted in various ways, there is constant friction as everyone wants to do “what is right in their own eyes” as the very last words in the Book of Judges tells us of that era. In reaction to this our opening quotation from the writings of Peter are very appropriate –

1106, 2020

Thought for June 11th. “BORN AGAIN TO A LIVING HOPE”

By |June 11th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 9), (Isaiah 35), (1 Peter 1) What a total contrast there is between our readings in Judges ch. 9 and all the conflict and resultant deaths it describes - caused by Abimelech - and the “living hope" of which Peter writes at the start of his First Epistle.  The spirit that Abimelech created all around him has considerable comparison with life around nearly all the world today. 

1006, 2020

Thought for June 10th. “THE LORD HAS A DAY OF VENGEANCE”

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 7,8), (Isaiah 34), (James 5) It is human nature to try to be optimistic about the future. It is understandable that human beings want to think positively, to highlight their good expectations. However, as 2020 progresses there is uncertainly in the medical and financial communities among many nations about many things and storm clouds are building up around the world, especially around God’s Holy Land. Our chapters

906, 2020

Thought for June 9th. “THE WISDOM FROM ABOVE IS FIRST PURE”

By |June 9th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 6), (Isaiah 33), (James 3,4) The Bible contains the true wisdom from above – but the human mind misuses it; that is why there are so many different churches. We must feed on the whole of God’s word, the more we read the more we will sense the true spirit of its message – and highlight the parts which are most relevant to the circumstances in which

806, 2020

Thought for June 8th. “THE EFFECT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS …”

By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (Judges 4,5), (Isaiah 32), (James 2) Our chapter in Isaiah starts with a vision of the ultimate future, “Behold a king will reign in righteousness and princes will rule in justice” - how wonderful when God’s king reigns – and the whole world will then have to acknowledge what is the right way to live. However – ignore the chapter break and see that the king reigning in

706, 2020

Thought for June 7th. “THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES”

By |June 7th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Judges 2,3), (Isaiah 31), (James 1) Everything that humans make to be used regularly for some purpose – gets tested to make sure it is good enough for that purpose. James makes this simple yet important analogy at the start of his letter to his fellow Jews: the half-brother of Jesus he became the spokesman for the large congregation of believers at Jerusalem (Acts 15 v. 13-19) The

606, 2020

Thought for June 6th. “IN QUIETNESS AND IN TRUST”

By |June 6th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings (Judges 1), (Isaiah 30), (Hebrews 13) God’s message through Isaiah in today’s ch. 30 shows us that God’s nation was experiencing very uncertain times. Isaiah was God’s major prophet to the nation during the reign of King Hezekiah and there are 32 references to the king in chapters 36 to 39, this was the climax of Isaiah’s ministry, see Isaiah 1 v.1. It was an era of both

506, 2020

Thought for June 5th. “BE VERY CAREFUL THEREFORE TO …”

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Joshua 23,24), (Isaiah 29), (Hebrews 12) Today we completed reading the book of Joshua. As Moses had done, Joshua gives a final message and appeal to the people to remain faithful to God. The essential thrust of his words are parallel to those of Moses, that is, it is vital they have the right spirit of mind in serving their God. Joshua says “Be very careful therefore to

406, 2020

Thought for June 4th. “EVENTS AS YET UNSEEN”

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Joshua 22), (Isaiah 28), (Hebrews 11) As we examine all the varying parts of some chapters in God’s word, we marvel more and more at their message and meaning: Hebrews ch. 11 is outstanding in this. We should be familiar with it as the “faith” chapter. Real genuine faith, a conviction in our hearts about ‘things not yet seen’ with our eyes, is the ‘engine’ which drives those

306, 2020

Thought for June 3rd. “IF WE GO ON SINNING DELIBERATELY”

By |June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's reading.. (Joshua 20,21), (Isaiah 26,27), (Hebrews 10) When we do our readings at the start of every day we like to look for something positive and encouraging to think about and comment upon, but we cannot ignore the scriptures which tell us we must show in the way we live our hope and our faith in that hope. We are sad that some claim the Scriptures justify them in

206, 2020

Thought for June 2nd. “I WILL BE MERCIFUL TOWARD THEIR INIQUITIES”

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Joshua 19), (Isaiah 25), (Hebrews 8,9) Our Hebrews reading includes a long quotation [Ch. 8 v.8-12] from the prophet Jeremiah. This starts with “Behold the days are coming” and ends with “for they shall all know me (the LORD) from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews shows how the old

106, 2020

Thought for June 1st. “HOLD FAST TO THE HOPE SET BEFORE US”

By |June 1st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Joshua 18), (Isaiah 24), (Hebrews 6,7) Our generation, more than ever before, struggles to have any long term hope and vision of the future! The way ahead looks increasingly uncertain making the warning of Jesus about attitudes in the last days more and more evident, “Watch yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life and that day come upon you

3105, 2020

Thought for May 31st. “THE MESSAGE … DID NOT BENEFIT THEM”

By |May 31st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Joshua 17), (Isaiah 23), (Hebrews 3,4,5) We continue reading the challenging chapters of the letter to the Hebrews. It was obviously written in the final years the Temple existed in Jerusalem before it was destroyed in AD70. Those who made the Temple and the Mosaic Law a highly important part of their lives and expectations, although accepting Jesus as their Messiah, were going to be devastated when the

3005, 2020

Thought for May 30th. “MADE LIKE HIS BROTHERS”

By |May 30th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (Joshua 16), (Isaiah 22), (Hebrews 1,2) Today we start reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: primarily it is a careful analysis and explanation of God’s purpose in using his Son to reconcile the peoples of the world to himself – but only those who recognize this will be part of this reconciliation. This recognition requires faith and understanding, an essential part of this is our recognition of God

2905, 2020

Thought for May 29th. “I PRAY THAT …”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 15), (Isaiah 20,21), (Philemon) What do you pray for? Prayer is personal, it is intimate! It certainly was for the Apostle Paul, he lays bare his heart in many of his letters so that we fully see the central focus of his mind. He describes himself as a “prisoner” (v.23) as he writes his short letter to Philemon. This was primarily about Onesimus, a slave who had

2805, 2020

Thought for May 28th. “TRAINING US TO RENOUNCE UNGODLINESS”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 14), (Isaiah 19), (Titus 1,2,3) We are surrounded by ungodliness to a far greater degree than experienced by any previous generation – at least in the western world. We can say we “renounce ungodliness”, but putting what we say into action is getting more difficult: it means we must concentrate our minds on godly thoughts at every opportunity. The 46 verses of Paul’s letter to Titus is

2705, 2020

Thought for May 27th. “DAMASCUS WILL CEASE TO BE A CITY”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 13), (Isaiah 17,18), (2 Timothy 3,4) Several prophecies in Isaiah attracted our attention as we read our 2 chapters in Isaiah today. Damascus was the capital of Syria in those days – and still is today. We recall reading in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE that Damascus is the oldest most continuously inhabited city in the world and there is no evidence that it was ever destroyed like

2605, 2020

Thought for May 26th. “IF … WE WILL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 12), (Isaiah 16), (2Timothy 2) Among the believers in the First Century there was in circulation what are called the ‘sayings of the faithful’. There was no opportunity for the great majority to learn to read and write so certain sayings were memorized. Some persons with exceptional abilities of memory are said to have memorized all the Psalms. Mission workers have been surprised when meeting some so

2505, 2020

Thought for May 25th. “WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 11), (Isaiah 15), (2 Timothy 1) Paul tells Timothy in his 2nd letter, “I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience” [1 v.3] How necessary to have such a conscience. How shattered his conscience must have been after his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. As soon as he could, after Ananias came to him. he was baptised to

2405, 2020

Thought for May 24th. “FLEE THESE THINGS”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 10), (Isaiah 14), (1 Timothy 6) The Apostle Paul concludes his first letter to “his son” (Phil.2 v.22) Timothy with a survey of the problems and bad influences amongst some of the believers. He stresses the things he should teach adding, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,

2305, 2020

Thought for May 23rd. “I WILL PUNISH THE WORLD FOR ITS EVIL”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 9), (Isaiah 13), (1 Timothy 4,5) God’s revelation of the future to Isaiah clearly has an application beyond the future that faced God’s nation during and sooner after the prophet’s own day. Ignoring the chapter break between today and tomorrows’ chapters (13 & 14) we read, “its time is close at hand and its days will not be prolonged. For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob

2205, 2020

Thought for May 22nd. “HOW ONE OUGHT TO BEHAVE”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 8), (Isaiah 12), (1 Timothy 1,2,3) Paul's letter to Timothy is full of advice and instruction we can use for ourselves. He tells Timothy that, “I hope to come to you soon , but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church (assembly) of the living

2105, 2020

Thought for May 21st. “… AN EXAMPLE TO IMITATE”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 7), (Isaiah 11), (2 Thessalonians 3) Today, more than ever before, we live in a herd environment, a human herd. Mass advertising in a great variety of media confronts us hour after hour, creating a herd mentality. We reflected on this as we read Paul’s words this morning. He told the Thessalonians that we “give you in ourselves an example to imitate.” [2 Thess. 3 v.9] What

2005, 2020

Thought for May 20th. “THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 5,6), (Isaiah 10), (2 Thessalonians 1,2) Today we read how Joshua and the emerging nation of Israel crossed the river Jordan – and - under divine guidance destroyed Jericho. Only Rahab (and her household) who knew and feared the true God are saved. Indeed, when we come to read Hebrews 11 we will see that she is listed among the examples of men and women of real

1905, 2020

Thought for May 19th. “FOR ALL THIS”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 3,4), (Isaiah 9), (1 Thessalonians 5) Four times, the first three being in today’s reading of the 9th chapter of Isaiah, the prophet states God’s attitude is that, “For all this his anger is not turned away and his hand is stretched out still” [v.12,17, 21 In their own strength they think they can ignore God and restore the things that have gone wrong, to bounce back

1805, 2020

Thought for May 18th. “BLAMELESS IN HOLINESS”

By |May 18th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Joshua 2), (Isaiah 8), (1 Thessalonians 3,4) Many parts of the world indulge in what is called ‘the blame game.’ Very few admit anything is their fault – and lawyers become very wealthy! There is less and less genuine honesty in our world: men and women may deceive one another – but God is never deceived! In Paul’s 1st letter to the Thessalonians he is exceedingly anxious for

1705, 2020

Thought for May 17th. “WHICH IS AT WORK IN YOU”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 1), (Isaiah 7), (1 Thessalonians 1,2) We have 3 stirring portions of Scripture to challenge and encourage us today. Paul tells the Thessalonians how they have been “entrusted with the gospel … not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery” [2 v.4,5]. Our sense of God’s all-knowing presence is an essential, indeed the main ingredient,

1605, 2020

Thought for May 16th. “HIGH AND LIFTED UP”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 33,34), (Isaiah 6), (Colossians 3,4) Our reading in Isaiah today gave us thoughts that are high and lifted up! But then we contradicted ourselves – and felt as low as one can possibly be! What caused this? Meditate on the unfolding message. Isaiah has a vision of “the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up and the train of his robe filled the temple.” There

1505, 2020

Thought for May 15th. “THEY ARE OF NO VALUE IN …”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 32), (Isaiah 5), (Colossians 2) Paul’s message to the Colossians again arrested our attention. He tells them, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition …” [2 v.8] Jesus had warned against “traditions” that religious leaders of his day had developed (see Matt. 15 v.3-9). Creating things to observe and keep do not make us more righteous

1405, 2020

Thought for May 14th. “INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 31), (Isaiah 3,4), (Colossians 1) Is your knowledge of God increasing? We live in a world in which all kinds of knowledge multiplies as never before – human cleverness appears to know no bounds! Sadly – at the same time, awareness and acknowledgement of God is decreasing at an astonishing rate. It reminds us of the parable in which the citizens “hated” him and sent a message

1305, 2020

Thought for May 13th. “PROCLAIMING THE KINGDOM”

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 30), (Isaiah 2), (Acts 280 We complete reading ACTS today: the last 2 verses show us us that Paul was in Rome for “two whole years … and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” Notice the emphasis on Paul proclaiming God’s Kingdom – it is sad that as the

1205, 2020

Thought for May 12th. “TO WHOM I BELONG”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 29), (Isaiah 1), (Acts 27) Today we read the dramatic account of Paul’s experience of shipwreck on the way to Rome. It is a first person account as Luke, the author of the book of Acts, is with him. The point which particularly caught our attention was Paul’s way of talking to the crew when they were in utter desperation and the loss of the ship with

1105, 2020

Thought for May 11th. “THIS HAS NOT BEEN DONE IN A CORNER”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 28), (Song of Solomon 8), (Acts 25,26) Things done in a corner are concealed from general knowledge. It seems evident that Luke, the writer of the book of ACTS was with Paul on some of his travels. Ch. 27 v.1 shows he was with him as he travelled after his appeal to Caesar (v.1,3,4 &c “we” experienced this and that). The defense of Paul before King Agrippa

1005, 2020

Thought for May 10th. “AS HE REASONED ABOUT …”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 27), (Song of Solomon 7), (Acts 23,24) What do we/you reason about? This question is prompted by verses in today’s 24th chapter of Acts. The arrest of Paul which had been predicted by the prophets in the early church possessed by the gifts of the Spirit, had now taken place in Jerusalem. Paul is brought to Caesarea and kept in custody by the Roman Governor Felix who

905, 2020

Thought for May 9th. “YOU HAVE DECLARED …. THE LORD HAS DECLARED”

By |May 9th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 26), (Song of Solomon 6), (Acts 21,22) Moses’ final message to the emerging nation of Israel is now approaching its’ climax. Today’s chapter 26 in Deuteronomy contains two statements that arrested our attention. First he says to them, “You have declared today that the LORD is your God, and that you will walk in his ways and keep his commandments and his rules and obey his voice”

805, 2020

Thought for May 8th. “THE WHOLE COUNCIL OF GOD”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 25), (Song of Solomon 5), (Acts 20) Our chapter in Acts (20) emphasizes the total dedication of Paul to complete the mission Jesus gave him. He declares to the Ephesian elders who had come to him at Miletus that he has “gone about proclaiming the kingdom … therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I

705, 2020

Thought for May 7th. “YOUR BLOOD BE ON YOUR OWN HEADS”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 24), (Song of Solomon 4), (Acts 18,19) The Apostle Paul frequently encountered conflict as he travelled to different communities preaching the message of the cross. At each place he started by preaching to the Jews in their synagogues. We read today that “he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.” [Acts 18 v.4] Then Silas and Timothy joined him, they found

605, 2020

Thought for May 6th. “DRAMA AT ATHENS”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 23), (Song of Solomon 3), (Acts 16,17) One of the better known stories in the Bible is when Paul was in Athens and confronted the idol worshippers. He gave a challenging speech on Mars Hill, (modern Bibles translate it as Areopagus) Paul observes how religious (AV ‘superstitious’) they are! (Acts 17 v.22). “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious: for I

505, 2020

Thoughts for May 5th. “… AND FROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 22), (Song of Solomon 2), (Acts 14,15) There is a very interesting link between our 3 readings today. The early church has a crisis meeting to decide whether the new Gentile converts should be expected to keep the Law of Moses. Leaders including Paul, Barnabas, Peter and James participate in, what we would call today, a high level conference in Jerusalem . The end result is that

405, 2020

Thought for May 4th. “… JUDGE YOURSELVES UNWORTHY”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 21), (Song of Solomon 1), (Acts 13) Our chapter today (10) in Acts is most thought provoking. The message of the Gospel is now spreading and what is most fascinating is all the different reactions Paul and Barnabas experienced as they travelled. What is also significant is the extent to which they quoted from the Old Testament – but that was their Bible. Our chapter contains no

305, 2020

Thought for May 3rd. “IN THE DAYS OF YOUR YOUTH”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 20), (Ecclesiastes 12), (Acts 11,12) Today we read the final chapter of Ecclesiastes which begins with the wise advice, “Remember … your Creator in the days of your youth.” The Hebrew word for “Remember” is sometimes translated as “mindful” eg Psa 8 v.4 – that God is “mindful” of human beings!. How “full” are our minds of our Creator in our youth? Solomon sees this as vital

205, 2020

Thought for May 2nd. “NOT TO ALL THE PEOPLE”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 19), (Ecclesiastes 11), (Acts 10) These days so many strive to convince themselves there is no God. We pondered the fact that God does not make it abundantly evident that he exists. If he did there would be no need for faith, no need to search out what is the real cause of human existence. These thoughts arose as we read of the conversion of Cornelius, the

105, 2020

Thought for May 1st. “BEHOLD HE IS PRAYING”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 18), (Ecclesiastes 10), (Acts 9) How full of zeal Paul was - as a result of his human perceptions of what really mattered in life – a zeal which had two sides! One was self exaltation and the praise of his fellow men who agreed with his cause – the other side – was to destroy this movement which was threatening the authority of the powerful Jewish

3004, 2020

Thought for April 30th. “DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE READING?”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 17), (Ecclesiastes 9), (Acts 8) This was the question the Ethiopian Eunuch asked Philip; he was one of the seven appointed to assist the 12 disciples (Acts 6 v.2,4); Stephen who was killed was also one of them. “An angel of the Lord” (8 v.26) caused Philip to go up and meet with this Ethiopian as he was returning from worshipping in Jerusalem.(v.28} which shows he was

2904, 2020

Thought for April 29th. “REMEMBER THE DAY”

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Today's readings. (Deuteronomy 16), (Ecclesiastes 8), (Acts 7) We all have memories; bad things we try to shut out of our memory, good things we try to retain and bring to the fore.  We read today how Moses told the people to look back on; “all the days of your life (that) you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt” [Deut. 16 v.3]  The Passover

2804, 2020

Thought for April 28th. “WHAT IS BETTER”

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 Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 15), (Ecclesiastes 7), (Acts 5,6) Solomon’s reminiscences in Ecclesiastes are in one sense a continuation of Proverbs.  Several times in today’s chapter (7) he contemplates ways of living and asks “What is better?” and makes observations which do not always provide a clear answer, but they do provoke our thinking.  The chapter begins, “A good name is better than precious ointment” which leads us to recall the

2704, 2020

Thought for April 27th. “YOU ACTED IN IGNORANCE”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 13,14), (Ecclesiastes 6), (Acts 3,4)      In contrast to his denial of his Lord on the night of his arrest Peter is now possessed of total conviction and power.  He and John heal a man who is more than 40 years old and lame from birth who was “laid daily at the gate of the Temple … to ask alms” [Acts 3 v.2]  Everyone who frequented

2504, 2020

Thought for April 25th. “JESUS … WILL COME IN THE SAME WAY AS YOU SAW HIM GO”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 10,11), (Ecclesiastes 4) (Acts 1) These words should be familiar to all Bible readers: they are the words of the “two men … in white robes” (a common way of describing angels) - it is what they said to the disciples as their astonished eyes watched their Lord ascend upwards “and a cloud received him out of their sight” [Acts 1 v.9-11].  We suspect it was no

2504, 2020

Thought for April 26th. “THOSE WHO RECEIVED HIS WORD …”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 12), (Ecclesiastes 5), (Acts 2)     Our chapter in Acts (2) contains the dramatic message of the Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost.  This day is the same as the Old Testament “Feast of Weeks” (Exod.34 v.22; Lev.23 v.15,16]  ‘Pentecost’ is the Greek word for ‘fiftieth’ – it occurred 50 days (7 weeks) after the Passover, it was at the start of harvesting.    

2404, 2020

Thought for April 24th. “YOU SHALL REMEMBER …”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 8,9), (Ecclesiastes 5), (John 20,21) It is good to have a good memory; it is frustrating to be forgetful.  Yet how often do we forget to be thankful for good things?  Do you recall the comments of Jesus when only one of the ten lepers he healed returned to express thanksgiving for his healing.  (Luke 17: 15-17) In our Deuteronomy reading today – and this book should

2304, 2020

Thought for April 23rd. “THIS WAS MY REWARD”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 6,7), (Ecclesiastes 2), (John 19) We continue on from some of our thoughts yesterday on how the wisest of kings, Solomon, reflected on what his life had really achieved.   In reading Ecclesiastes, we perceive his remarkable insight into the meaning and purpose, from a human perspective, of all that exists and our interaction with them in our lives.  What do his insights reveal?.  Solomon uses his wisdom

2204, 2020

Thought for April 22nd. “VANITY OF VANITIES”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 5), (Ecclesiastes 1), (John 17,18) Today we began reading Ecclesiastes – it says it was written by “the preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem [1 v.1]. We know this is Solomon and his first words are, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity”      What does vanity mean?  The lexicon says the Hebrew word means, transitory, emptiness.   Solomon is reviewing, apparently in his old age,

2104, 2020

Thought for April 21st. “LOVE ONE ANOTHER JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 4), (Proverbs 31), (John (15,16)     Love is probably the most common word in both Christian and non-Christian literature.  It is used in a wide range of situations with many different meanings.  It is usually used in common speech today in a very casual way!  Are those who read God’s word influenced by this?       If we are - it will undermine our appreciation of what

1904, 2020

Thought for April 19th. “THE WORD THAT I HAVE SPOKEN”

By |April 19th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

 Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 2), (Proverbs 29), (John 12) What thought provoking chapters we continue to read in John’s Gospel!  What point was Jesus making when he said, “If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him (or her); for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world” [12 v.47]  And so it is true that the rejection and crucifixion

1804, 2020

Thought for April 18th. “THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE”

By |April 18th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 1), (Proverbs 28), (John 11) Today’s 11th chapter in John’s Gospel has that wonderful account of the raising of Lazarus. The ministry of Jesus, covering about 3 ½ years, is now approaching its’ climax.  The authorities are intensifying their efforts to arrest and kill him and Jesus and his disciples are staying out of Judea. On getting news about Lazarus’ sickness Jesus waits 2 days longer before

1704, 2020

Thought for April 20th. “AND IT WAS NIGHT”

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Today's readings.. (Deuteronomy 3), (Proverbs 30), (John 13,14)      Our readings in the Gospel of John from today forward appear to be an almost verbatim account of conversations of Jesus with his disciples covering just a few hours.  Ch. 13 tells us of our Lord washing his disciples feet – setting an example of serving one another – but it was not a command for regular foot washing as

1704, 2020

Thought for April 17th. “THIS IS AN AMAZING THING”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 36), (Proverbs 27), (John 9,10)      Today’s chapters in John’s Gospel very graphically illustrate the impact Jesus was having on the people and the jealousy this caused among their religious leaders.  He heals a man who had been born blind, who had never been able to see – utterly remarkable.  The religious leaders tell this man to “give glory to God, saying, “we know this man

1604, 2020

Thought for April 16th. “THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 35), (Proverbs 26), (John 8) What did Jesus mean, “The Truth will set you free?” Free from what?  The 8th chapter of John today contains aspects of the teachings of Jesus that we have to think around and put into context to get the correct meaning.   The critics of Jesus were usually those whose thought processes were mechanical.  They thought they had him cornered, if he said

1504, 2020

Thought for April 15th. “RIVERS OF LIVING WATER”  

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 34), (Proverbs 25), (John 7) A really challenging saying of Jesus is, “If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” [John 7 v.37-38]  Jesus is obviously NOT speaking of literal rivers.  What does Jesus give people to drink?   We recall the conversation Jesus had with the

1404, 2020

Thought for April 14th. “THEN YOU SHALL DRIVE OUT  … ” 

By |April 14th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Numbers 33), (Proverbs 24), (John 6) The book of Numbers now tells us of Moses giving his final instructions to the people - as the LORD directed him. The people had completed their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, all the unfaithful had died and now their children under the leadership of faithful Joshua together with Caleb and the faithful Levites would cross the Jordan and enter

1304, 2020

Thought for April 13th.  “HIS WORD ABIDING ….”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 32), (Proverbs 23), (John 5)     Today’s 5th chapter of John includes the words of Jesus to the religious leaders who were jealous of his popularity:  these men were not of the same calibre as Nicodemus who came to Jesus by night.   Jesus tells them, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life” [v.39] Their motive in searching God’s

1204, 2020

Thought for April 12th. “EXECUTE THE LORD’S VENGEANCE”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 31), (Proverbs 22), (John 4) Today’s chapter in Numbers (31) tells us about the death of Balaam and of those who accepted his counsel that the only way to combat the Israelites – was not by force – but by seducing them into immorality.  They took his advice and put it into practice and it had worked!  But now God acted! Our chapter starts, “The LORD spoke

1104, 2020

Thought for April 11th. “UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN”

By |April 11th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Numbers 29,30), (Proverbs 21), (John 2,3) Nicodemus was “the teacher in Israel.” What an impact Jesus was now having among the people!  Obviously Nicodemus was so affected that he felt compelled to come to talk with Jesus, but he comes by night!  He declares, “no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him” [John 3 v.3].  A fascinating conversation follows.  John is to

1004, 2020

Thought for April 10th. “COME AND SEE”

By |April 10th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Numbers 28), (Proverbs 20), (John 1) Today we started reading the Gospel of John and saw how Jesus called his first followers.  It is evident Jesus made an immediate impact on those who met up with him starting from when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. John’s Gospel, the last one to be written, in several parts fills in the gaps left by the first 3 Gospels. 

904, 2020

Thought for April 9th. “LET THOSE OF US WHO ARE MATURE …”

By |April 9th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings..   (Numbers 27), (Proverbs 19), (Philippians 3,4) We live in a world in which most of us are bombarded by information on all sorts of things, these include persuasive messages to spend money in acquiring or doing this or that allegedly desirable thing.  Very little, if any of this is of value in leading us toward greater spirituality: indeed, more often than not it will lead us in

804, 2020

Thought for April 8th. “EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT …”  

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 26), (Proverbs 18), (Philippians 1,2)     Today’s 2nd chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians contains a meaningful exposition of the relationship between God and Jesus Christ.  Verses 5 to 11 need to be read in context to see all the factors in their relationship with each other. Paul tells us Jesus was in “the form of God” - what does he mean?       Paul

704, 2020

Thought for April 7th. “AS IS PROPER AMONG SAINTS”

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Numbers 24,25), (Proverbs 17), (Ephesians 5,6) First, remember that all those who really believe in God and Jesus Christ are called “saints”. The Greek word translated as saint, means, “holy, set apart.” Saints set themselves apart from worldly godless ways of thinking and doing. Paul’s letters are addressed to saints, “the saints who are in Ephesus” “saints … who are in Philippi” [opening verse in each letter]. So

604, 2020

Thought for April 6th. “HAVING LOST ALL SENSITIVITY”

By |April 6th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Numbers 22,23), (Proverbs 16), (Ephesians 3,4) Are you sensitive? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? It seems to us that many people have largely lost whatever ability they had to be sensitive to the feelings of other people. It is a great blessing that many will give to help victims of some tragedybut is that as far as it goes? Many people live for themselves.

504, 2020

Thought for April 5th. “THE EYES OF THE LORD”

By |April 5th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Numbers 20,21), (Proverbs 15), (Ephesians 1,2) Chapter 15 in Proverbs has many ‘powerful’ verses.  The third verse is one of them, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and on the good.”  Our chapters the  book of Numbers illustrates how the LORD was watching over Israel as they moved closer to the promised land But those who were not conscious of

404, 2020

Thought for April 4th. “THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST HAVE …”  

By |April 4th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Numbers 19), (Proverbs 14), (Galatians 5,6)     Today the last 2 chapters of Paul’s letter to the Galatians illustrate the sharp contrast between those who put all the emphasis in their living - to observe the Law of Moses and practice circumcision – in contrast to belonging to Christ for “in Christ Jesus”, writes Paul, “neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”

304, 2020

Thought for April 3rd. “WHOEVER DESPISES THE WORD”  

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 17,18), (Proverbs 13), (Galatians 3,4)      The proverbs of Solomon make many points for us to meditate upon – vital principles for daily living.  It is good to take them individually and reflect carefully on how many of them apply to daily living in the circumstances in which we find ourselves.  Chapter 13 today at v.13 says, “Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he

204, 2020

Thought for April 2nd. “IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 16), (Proverbs 12), (Galatians 1,2)     The Apostle Paul has a most urgent message to bring to the Galatians – a message which has challenged believers ever since.     Paul writes, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you to the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who

104, 2020

Thought for April 1st. SLOW OF HEART TO BELIEVE”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 15), (Proverbs 11), (Luke 24)      The last chapter in Luke’s gospel is soul stirring if we let our minds visualize the events it describes.  Let us, in our imagination, see ourselves among the disciples or among the women who came to the tomb. Meditate and let the events ‘come alive’ in our thinking..  The women dedicatedly followed Jesus to the end to do whatever they could even

3103, 2020

Thought for March 31st. “YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE

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Today's readings.. (numbers 14), (Proverbs 10), (Luke 23) Today we read of Jesus on the Cross. “The chief priests and the rulers and the people” [Luke 23 v.13] opposed Pilate’s decision to release him so he gave in and “delivered Jesus over to their will.”   He is crucified between two criminals and one of these derides him saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us,” but the other

3003, 2020

Thought for March 30th. “ALL WHO HATE ME LOVE DEATH”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 12,13), (Proverbs 8,9), (Luke 22) What a challenging statement that is, “all who hate me love death”!   It is the final statement in Proverbs ch. 8, a chapter which begins with the question, ”Does not wisdom call?”.  Call? – this is a Hebrew word that occurs 16 times in Proverbs, for example, 1 v.24 :”I have called and you refused to listen.”  In today’s chapter, it is

2903, 2020

Thought for March 29th. “FOREBODING OF WHAT IS COMING ON THE WORLD” 

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 11), (Proverbs 7), (Luke 21) Foreboding is not a word we use much these days; the dictionary says it means – ‘have a premonition of something evil or harmful.’  Jesus used it (as translated by the ESV) in our reading today [Luke 21 v.26]; he forecast that  just before he returns to earth there will be, “distress of nations in perplexity … people fainting with fear and

2803, 2020

Thought for March 28th. FATHER’S AND MOTHER’S RESPONSIBILITY

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 10), (Proverbs 6), (Luke 20)      Our Proverbs (Ch.6) reading calls for reflective meditation.  “My son keep your father’s commandment and forsake not your mother’s teaching .  Bind them on your heart always … when you walk they will lead you …. They will talk with you.” [v.20-22] Are mother’s and father’s fulfilling their responsibility today?  A teaching technique is needed that so fixes words of

2703, 2020

Thought for March 27th. “THE THINGS THAT MAKE FOR PEACE”  

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 8,9), (Proverbs 5), (Luke 19) Our world likes to talk about peace.  We cannot recall a time when there has not been talks about the need for peace in some situation, often many situations. At the end of world wars “peace” is declared!  But is “peace” simply a cessation of hostilities?  No it is not, well not from the divine perspective.  We read in today’s 19th chapter

2603, 2020

Thought for March 26th. “MY FATHER … HE TAUGHT ME”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 7), (Proverbs 4), (Luke 18) Today’s 4th chapter of Solomon’s Proverbs alerts us to the responsibility of fathers. It starts, “Hear. O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive … “ It is clear that David, the father of Solomon had seen in him a responsive spirit and taught him the ways of God. This led David to name Solomon as his successor (see 1 Kings 1

2503, 2020

Thought for March 25th. “THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU” 

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 6), (Proverbs 3), (Luke 17) In Numbers we read that the establishment of Israel as an organised nation is now complete.  It had been just over a year since they escaped from Egypt; the 10 commandments and other laws had been given, the tabernacle had been made and erected and is now ready for use. The priesthood. led by Aaron, had been appointed,  Our chapter (6)  today

2403, 2020

Thought for March 24th. “ONE WHO IS DISHONEST IN VERY LITTLE” 

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 5), (Proverbs 2), (Luke 16) Honesty seems to be an increasingly rare commodity in the 21st Century.  Cheating the Govt at least a little is a common practice.  The shop assistant is astonished, but pleased, when one hands back money when you have been given too much change after making a purchase!  We read today a parable Jesus told about a manager who worked for a rich

2303, 2020

Thought for March 23rd. “HOW LONG WILL SCOFFERS DELIGHT”  

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 4), (Proverbs 1), (Luke 15) Solomon’s proverbs begin with a very telling chapter on the need “to know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in …” [v.2,3]  It is a most appropriate message for all those who are in awe of God, “let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance” [v.5] writes Solomon. Verse 7

2203, 2020

Thought for March 22nd. ” YOU WILL BE REPAID AT …”      

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Today's readings... (Numbers 3), (Psalms 148,149,150), (Luke 13,14) Luke’s record of the sayings of Jesus in today’s chapters are very challenging.  The essential message is that you cannot be a follower of Jesus on your own terms – you cannot just serve Jesus in your spare time.  Also – we must not serve Jesus in anticipation of getting immediate benefits. Jesus illustrated this with parables – such as those who

2103, 2020

Thought for March 21st. “ONE’S LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST IN …”

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 2), (Psalms 145,146,147), (Luke 12) Many of the sayings of Jesus in today’s 12th chapter of Luke are very challenging.  They were addressed to the generation that were about to experience the destruction of Jerusalem and their nation at the hands of the Romans: their lives were going to be turned upside down.   Yet, as it is today, nearly all were self-centred, their religious beliefs were just

2003, 2020

Thought for March 20th. “BLESSED RATHER ARE THOSE WHO …”  

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Today's readings.. (Numbers 1), (Psalms 143,144), (Luke 11)      Very soon we will be reading the Proverbs of Solomon.  We thought of this when we saw the reference Jesus made to Solomon in today’s chapter 11 of Luke’s gospel.  He made reference to the accounts in the Old Testament of the wisdom from God that Solomon received and how, such as the queen of Sheba, “came from the ends

1903, 2020

Thought for March 19th. PARABLES

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 27), (Psalms 140,141,142), (Luke 10)       Jesus spoke in parables, stories that were not necessarily factual because their purpose was to drive home some principle about the spiritual meaning of life. In Luke 10 we encounter some one word parables and phrases that are so obviously not literal. He did many miracles in Capernaum and other cities. He challenges, "If the mighty works done in

1803, 2020

Thought for March 18th. “FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 26), (Psalms 137,138,139), (Luke 9)      I remember searchlights as a boy. Beams of light would sweep across the sky from near where I lived. They were searching for enemy planes, if they found one they would lock on to it and the gunners would try to shoot it down. My wife Fran had gunners right near her house.      We were reminded of this

1703, 2020

Thought for March 17th. GOD’S PRINCIPLE

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 25), (Psalms 135,136), (Luke 8)      Today’s readings in Leviticus 25 are the words of the LORD about how the nation is to function when they settle into the promised land.      First there are laws to see that they treat the land properly so that the soil continues to yield its increase. They were work the land for 6 years “but in the seventh

1503, 2020

Thought for March 15th. “WHAT DO THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS REALLY MEAN TO ME?

By |March 15th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Leviticus 23), (Psalms 128,129,130), (Luke 6)   "Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like" [Luke 6:47] There follows the story of a man carefully building a house and digging deep and finding a rock on which to base foundations. So when all was complete "a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could

1503, 2020

Thought for March 16th. “WHO INHABITS ETERNITY”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 24), (Psalm 131,132,133,134), (Luke 7)      "Remember O LORD in David's favour, all the hardships he endured, how he swore to the LORD and vowed …" [Psalm 132:1-2] The prayer and petition in that Psalm has a very significant lesson for us. What particular thing did David vow to do that he should be remembered for? Was it some great thing? He did many great things

1403, 2020

Thought for March 14th. “BUT AT YOUR WORD I WILL …”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 22), (Psalm 125,126,127), (Luke 5)                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who told Jesus

1303, 2020

Thought for March 13th. “I WAS SENT FOR THIS PURPOSE”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 21), (Psalms 120,121,122,123,124), (Luke 4)      The Apostle Paul told Timothy, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” [1 Tim 1 v.15] That salvation was only possible through his sacrifice on the cross, a sacrifice that brought an end to all the sacrifices of animals and the use of their blood on the altar that we have been

1203, 2020

Thought for March 12th. “I REJOICE AT YOUR WORD” 

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 20), (Psalm 119: 129-176), (Luke 3) Today we completed reading the 176 verses of Psalm 119.  What impressed us was how often the Psalmist stresses the value of knowing God’s word.   There is no point in reading God’s word if what we read has no effect on us.  We read today, “The unfolding of your word gives light; it imparts understanding …”[v.130] and leads to the plea

1103, 2020

Thought for March 11th. “MY MEDITATION ALL THE DAY”

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Today's readings.. (Levite's 19), (Psalm 119:81-128), (Luke 2) The intensity of spiritual thought to be found in Psalm 119 invites our deepest reflection and meditation. The Psalmist is contemplating how the reality of his relationship with God penetrated all spheres of his life.  As we read this Psalm it impels us to treasure God’s word as the springboard of all our really worthwhile meditation.  “How sweet are your words to

1003, 2020

Thought for March 10th. “SO KEEP MY CHARGE NEVER TO … “

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 17,18), (Psalm 119: 41-80), (Luke 1) Leviticus does not make pleasant reading, but there are many things in the Bible which make us feel uncomfortable – for our own good.  We could not fail to notice, in reading chapter 18, the parallel with much human behaviour these days.   The LORD tells Moses about his abhorrence of many of the ways of life in Egypt – and in

903, 2020

Thought for March 9th. “WITH MY WHOLE HEART … “

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 16), (Psalm 119:1-40), (2 Corinthians 12,13) Today we started reading Psalm 119. The longest ‘chapter’ in the Bible.  The phrase “whole” arrested our attention, it is in v.2,10 & 34 in today’s portion. The point comes across most powerfully that the real way to approach God is to do it with all our being, with total commitment of mind.  Verse 2 says “Blessed are those who keep

803, 2020

Thought for March 8th. “UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN  

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 15), (Psalms 117,118), (2 Corinthians 10,11) Those suffering with leprosy in Bible times were expected to cry out “Unclean, unclean” (Lev. 13 v.45) so that people would know not to touch him or her for fear of contagion. Today’s reading in Leviticus 15, might seem rather boring, but it has valuable lessons on cleanliness of which the world was ignorant until about 200 years ago. The word ‘Leprosy’

703, 2020

Thought for March 7th. “OF THEIR OWN FREEWILL”  

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 14), (Psalm 115,116), (2 Corinthians 8,9) Paul’s letters to the Corinthians are the most detailed and intimate of all that he wrote to places he had visited. It is evident as we read chapters 8 & 9 of his 2nd letter that he has built up a close relationship and understanding with them. He tells them of the believers in Macedonia, of which Philippi and Thessalonica are

603, 2020

Thought for March 6th. “AS HAVING NOTHING, YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 12,13), (Psalm 113,114), (2 Corinthians 5,6,7) The points Paul makes to the Corinthians in his 2nd letter are very thought provoking – but really Jesus made the same point – it all comes down to the fact that those who give minimal priority to genuine spiritual things have a different set of values from those who give them a high priority.  In the outworking of those values

503, 2020

Thought for March 5th. “RENEWED DAY BY DAY … “

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 11), (Psalms 110,111,112), (2 Corinthians 3,4) How essential it is that we are renewed day by day.  Just as our body needs physical food – so does our  mind.   This is one of the points in Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians.  His life is under a lot of stress, far more than others. He says, “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but

403, 2020

Thought for March 4th. “I WILL BE SANCTIFIED.” 

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(Leviticus 9,10), (Psalm 108,109), (2 Corinthians 1,2) ‘Sanctified’ means recognized as holy, set apart from the commonplace; treating spiritual situations with all reverence.  Far above all other considerations, this must be our spirit when we approach God.  Our Leviticus reading today shows us the dramatic and disastrous result of a failure to do this.  Think of the atmosphere at the tabernacle in the manifestation of the actual presence of God

303, 2020

Thought for March 3rd.  “THE DAYS OF YOUR ORDINATION”  

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 8), (Psalm 107), (1 Corinthians 16) We have been reading in Leviticus about the laws and offerings that were to come into operation now that they had made the Tabernacle with its Holy Place, altars and other furnishings. The clothing and rituals for the priests are very detailed and elaborate.   Today’s reading (Ch. 8) is about how the LORD tells Moses to bring Aaron and his sons

203, 2020

Thought for March 2nd. “THOSE WHO ARE OF HEAVEN”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 7), (Psalm 106), (1 Corinthians 15) Our reading of that well known and oft quoted 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians graphically illustrates a principle that is made again and again in God’s word – that there is no ‘middle’ way: our ultimate future is black – or - white.  Paul goes to great pains to emphasize this: some in Corinth were doubting that Christ’s resurrection literally happened,

103, 2020

Thought for March 1st. “THE ONE WHO PROPHECIES BUILDS UP THE CHURCH”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 5,6), (Psalm 105), (1 Corinthians 14) Today’s 14th chapter of 1 Corinthians completes Paul’s detailed advice to the believers on the wise use of the spiritual gifts that were then available.   Those who claim some type of spiritual gift today almost always quote very selectively from this chapter, ignoring the context.  They had no Bible to read in Corinth - like we have!  It seems there were

2802, 2020

Thought for February 28th. “SO NOW FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE ABIDE”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 3,4), (Psalm104), (1 Corinthians 12,13) One of the problems in Corinth  Paul had heard about, was “concerning spiritual gifts” [1 Cor. 12 v.1]   This chapter and the next two show that the improper use of the gifts by some was a large problem.  Of course, with the Gospels not yet in circulation, the existence of spiritual gifts had real purpose.  Paul says that “the manifestation of the

2702, 2020

Thought for February 27th. “…. ON THOSE WHO FEAR HIM”

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Today's readings.. (Leviticus 1,2), (Psalm 103), (1 Corinthians 11) Psalm 103 is a very ‘popular’ Psalm because of its emphasis on the love and mercy of the LORD.  It is very encouraging for those who struggle to feel ‘right’ before God – and isn’t that all of us at some stage(s) of our lives! We feel in our hearts the urgent need, despite our failures, to feel God is ‘on

2602, 2020

Thought for February 26th.  “A PARTICIPATION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST”

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 39,40), (Psalm 102), (1 Corinthians 10) In Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians we have come to where he refers to the memorial emblems, he stresses that their participation in these should be in a way that illustrates their unity.  Paul has made several points very strongly in earlier chapters addressing issues that were seriously undermining their unity in Christ: their lack of harmony worried him very

2502, 2020

Thought for February 25th. “IF ANYONE LOVES GOD, HE IS KNOWN BY GOD”

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 38), (Psalms 100,101), (1 Corinthians 8,9) Love is, above all, an active quality; genuine love causes us to do things: it motivates our heart.  Now, the things love causes us to do are not things we do out of a sense of obligation, there should not be occasions when we say, “I suppose I had better do …” especially when it comes to serving the Lord. Our

2302, 2020

Thought for February 24th. “TO SECURE YOUR UNDIVIDED DEVOTION TO THE LORD”

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 37), (Psalms 96,97,98,99), (1 Corinthians 7) Today’s chapter in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians gives his views about specific situations occurring there.  However, it contains principles which apply to believers of all ages. He is responding to “matters about which you wrote” [1 Cor.7 v.1] and his words are like hearing one side of a conversation.    Corinth was a very immoral city and its idolatry and

2202, 2020

Thought for February 23rd. “WHEN THE CARES OF MY HEART ARE MANY …”  

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 36), (Psalm 94,95), (1 Corinthians 6)      What a personally stirring Psalm we have today in No. 94.  The name of the Psalmist is not given but it “feels” very much like one of David’s. “When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’  your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.  When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” [v.18,19]      One

2102, 2020

Thought for February 22nd. “EVERYONE WHOSE HEART STIRRED HIM”

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 35), (Psalm 92,93), (1 Corinthians 4,5)      The drama of Moses in the mountain and then in dealing with those who made the golden calf is now in the past. We read today of preparations for making the Tabernacle: everyone had brought away from Egypt items of value  - remember what you read in Ch. 12 v,35,36! “They plundered the Egyptians.”  Moses appeals to the people,

2002, 2020

Thought for February 21st. “PLEASE SHOW ME YOUR GLORY”

By |February 20th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

   Today’s readings.. (Exodus 33,34), (Psalms 90,91), (1 Corinthians 3)      The life story of Moses is remarkable, only after being a shepherd for 40 years in Midian was he called by God to serve him.  He then had the drama of the plagues and his inter-action with Pharaoh.  The dramatic crossing of the Red Sea and the quaking mountain and 40 days on the summit are naturally seen as

1902, 2020

Thought for February 20th. “WHERE IS THE ONE WHO IS WISE?” 

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 31,32), (Psalm 89), (1 Corinthians 1,2) Today we began reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.  Corinth was a centre of Greek learning and Greek wisdom.  Winning converts was a challenge  - a quite different kind of challenge to winning converts among the Jews.  Today’s world with its atheism and humanism is yet another kind of challenge – yet there are parallels – and what Paul wrote applies

1802, 2020

Thought for February 19th. “THAT WE MAY SEE AND BELIEVE”

By |February 18th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 30), (Psalm 87,88), (Mark 15,16) What causes belief – real conviction? Well, it depends what you want to believe; what you need to believe! If someone cries ‘Fire’ – you lose no time in acting to verify the cry is genuine – and seeing what you can possibly do in helping to put it out. Our thoughts were triggered along these lines as we read today in

1702, 2020

Thought for February 18th. “TEACH ME THY WAYS O LORD”

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 29), (Psalms 85,86), (Mark 14) Today we read a most moving and personal prayer of David. It begins, “Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life for I am godly.” [Psa. 86] Can we pray as David did? But in what sense are we poor and needy? Many might say this today, but not mean it in the

1602, 2020

Thought for February 17th. “IN WHOSE HEART ARE THE HIGHWAYS TO …” 

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 28), (Psalm 83,84), (Mark 13)                                                                                                    Today we travel on highways, freeways and motorways.  Different countries call them different names. These allow us to travel at speed to our destinations.      Our thoughts “raced” along these lines as we read Psalm 84 and the words he addressed to God, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you and in whose heart are the highways to Zion”

1502, 2020

Thought for February 16th. “LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR  …”

By |February 15th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 27), (Psalm 81,82), (Mark 12)        Can we know some sayings of Jesus too well?  It is possible to get to know some things so well that we cease to let them dwell in our thoughts very much – moving on to what we may see as more profound matters. We wonder who the unnamed scribe was who came to Jesus – having heard his fellow

1402, 2020

Thought for February 15th. BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED …”​​​​​​​​

By |February 14th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today’s readings.. (Exodus 26), (Psalm 79,80), (Mark 11) There is a puzzling statement by Jesus in today’s 11th chapter of Mark. Jesus makes a triumphant entry into Jerusalem creating much speculation. He curses a fig tree and it withers ; Peter expresses astonishment when they see it the next morning (v.21). God’s fig tree (Joel 1 v.7) was to dramatically wither in that generation. In response to Peter, Jesus simply

1302, 2020

Thought for February 14th. THEY FLATTERED HIM …” 

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Today's readings.. (Exodus 24,25), (Psalm 78), (Mark 10)        Can we “flatter” God?  Human flattery emerges out of unhealthy attitudes of mind to achieve a fleshly purpose!  There are many meaningful lessons to be gleaned from today’s Psalm 78.  It surveys the whole history of God’s nation and the good – and not so good – indeed the bad - in their relationship with their God.  What is a

1202, 2020

Thought for February 13th. “I BELIEVE, HELP MY UNBELIEF”

By |February 12th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 23), (Psalm 77), (Mark 9) What did Jesus mean when he said, “All things are possible for one who believes” [Mark 9 v.23] His remark was made in the context of some of his disciples failing to heal a boy who was suffering from what we would call today, epilepsy. Jesus had been away with his 3 most intimate disciples – his remarkable transfiguration had taken place

1102, 2020

Thought for February 12th. “DO YOU NOT REMEMBER?”

By |February 11th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 22), (Psalms 75,76), (Mark 8)        The disciples of Jesus were in training – but they did not realize this!  Do we?  Jesus spoke in parables and they, most of all, were expected to grow in their ability to sense their meaning and lesson.  In today’s chapter in Mark (Ch.. 8) they go in a boat to the other side of Galilee but “they had forgotten

1002, 2020

Thought for February 11th. “A FOOLISH PEOPLE REVILES YOUR NAME”

By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 21), (Psalm 74), (Mark 7) Our Psalms reading today (No. 74) was obviously written when God’s nation was in distress and their temple destroyed.  Asaph is a later Psalmist and some of his words are very appropriate to our situation now; the few faithful in Israel were surrounded by scoffers, not dissimilar to what we will soon read in Exodus.  Real faith in God is a challenge,

1002, 2020

Thought for February 10th. “GOD HAS COME TO TEST YOU, THAT …”

By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 19,20), (Psalm 73), (Mark 6)      Almost 2 months elapsed after the people of Israel escaped from Egypt and now “they came into the wilderness of Sinai” [Exod.19 v.2] and encamped “before the mountain” [v.2]  - not any mountain!   Most dramatic events followed!  We should take special notice of what Moses is told by the LORD to tell the people.       “You yourselves have seen what I

802, 2020

Thought for February 9th. THE PRAYERS OF DAVID

By |February 8th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 17,18), (Psalm 72), (Mark 5)                                                                                                                                             The Psalms are divided into 5 books, and today we complete the second, today’s Psalm (72) ending with the words, “the prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended.”   There are more Psalms attributed to David later on.  The Psalms (the Hymn Book of Israel) are not compiled in the order they were written and at the head of

702, 2020

Thought for February 8th. “WHO THEN IS THIS?”

By |February 7th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 16), (psalms 70,71), (Mark 4) We all have probably had the experience of suddenly seeing another side of friend’s character that we did not know existed.   We then wonder who they really are!  Hopefully these are good things we see, but sadly, that is not always the case. Now consider the experience of the disciples of Jesus, our heading is the question they asked themselves at a

602, 2020

Thought for February 7th. “I WILL SING TO THE LORD

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 15), (Psalm 69), (Mark 3) The occasion when we particularly sing with spiritual joy in our hearts is when a new brother or sister emerges from the waters of baptism.  Consider then the song “Moses and the people of Israel sang … to the LORD”  [Exod.15].  It is a song about what had just happened, the deliverance of a nation, in reality the birth of a new

502, 2020

Thought for February 6th. “BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO DAILY BEARS US UP”

By |February 5th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (Exodus 13,14), (Psalm 68), (Mark 2)     There are interesting parallels between our two Old Testament readings today.  Chapters 13 & 14 of Exodus describe the drama of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.  We noted the fear they had when the Egyptians started pursuing them and Moses reassurance that the LORD was in control, they must “Fear not and stand firm” [14 v.13]; their God would complete their

402, 2020

Thought for February 5th. “IF I HAD CHERISHED …”

By |February 4th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 11,12), (Psalms 66,67), (Mark 1) The Psalms captured our particular attention this morning, although all the chapters we read were full of drama – arising from – or anticipating - the actions of the Almighty. In Exodus we read of the night of the Passover with the angel of the Lord destroying all the firstborn in Egypt. An incredible outcry followed – how comparable will that be

302, 2020

Thought for February 4th. “BUT THE LORD HARDENED PHARAOH’S HEART”

By |February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 10), (Psalms 64,65), (Romans 15,16)                                                                                                              We thought about this for some time. How do we understand the references in today’s ch. 10 of Exodus to the LORD hardening Pharaoh’s heart.  (v.1,10,27)   Can God blame man for what God does – if that is the way to understand this?  Notice how Moses conveys the message of the LORD (i.e. Yahweh/Jehovah) to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD,

202, 2020

Thought for February 3rd. “SUBJECT TO THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES”

By |February 2nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 9), (Psalms 62,63), (Romans 13,14)      The first part of our reading today, Ch. 13 of Romans, needs to be understood in the context of the whole Bible.  Paul tells his readers, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities … those that exist have been instituted by God.  Whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed … for rulers are not a terror to

102, 2020

Thought for February 2nd. “AS A LIVING SACRIFICE”

By |February 1st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 7,8), (Psalms 60,61), (Romans 12)      In Genesis we are reading of Moses’ encounters with Pharaoh and today we saw Moses’ demand “We must go three days journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as he tells us” [Ch.8 v.27] Over the next few days we will read of the drama of the plagues: we pondered the example of Pharaoh’s tactic of first

3101, 2020

Thought for February 1st. “I APPEARED … AS GOD ALMIGHTY”

By |January 31st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 5,6), (Psalms 58,59), (Romans 10,11)      Our reading in Exodus ch. 6 today presents us with a puzzle.  “God spoke to Moses and said to him, ‘I am the LORD.  I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty (Heb: El Shaddai) but by my name the LORD (Heb: Yahweh) I did not make myself known to them.” [v.2,3]       Yet we can see that

3001, 2020

Thought for January 31st. “THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED”

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 3,4), (Psalms 56,57), (Romans 9) Our readings today - in Exodus and Romans tie in together in their reference to the exaltation of Moses, now ready, in God’s sight, to serve him after 40 years of preparation “in the land of Midian.” Moses is now a meek and humble man (Numbers 12 v.3) – God can now use him. Paul’s points in our Roman’s chapter (9) are

2901, 2020

Thought for January 30th. “WAITS WITH EAGER LONGING …”

By |January 29th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Exodus 1,2), (Psalm 53,54,55), (Romans 7,8)      Paul’s letter to the Romans contains some of the most meaningful and thought provoking words in the Bible.  It is impossible to read it and take all the points into our minds until we have read it meditatively many times over, making our own notes.      More than any other book in the Bible, it calls for diligent and reflective study and

2801, 2020

Thought for January 29th. “YOU ALSO MUST CONSIDER YOURSELVES DEAD …”

By |January 28th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings..(Genesis 48, 49, 50), (Psalm 51,52), (Romans 5,6) There are some days when all the readings provoke thoughts that are very meaningful and personal. In Genesis we have the words of Joseph to his brothers after their father died. The brothers are fearful that Joseph, in his position of great power in the land, will now take vengeance on them for the time they threw him into a pit,

2701, 2020

Thought for January 28th. “BY THE LAW OF FAITH”

By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 46,47), (Psalm 50), (Romans 3,4)      Much of Paul’s reasoning as he writes to the Romans is quite profound: it needs careful thought for us to get our minds around some of the points he is making. In chapter 3 he is setting out the parallel principles (and how they converge) for the Jews who observe the law in the right spirit - and are “right” in

2601, 2020

Thought for January 27th. “THAT WE MAY BE MUTUALLY ENCOURAGED”

By |January 26th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 44,45), (Psalm 49), (Romans 1,2)      It has been well said that ‘no one lives in a vacuum’ – we all interact with others and have some influence on each other. Most of us live in a close community of fellow believers and see each other at least one day each week, we see this as essential. This is good – this is wonderful.  The only time

2501, 2020

Thought for January 26th. “GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH”

By |January 25th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 42,43), ((Psalms 46,47,48), (Matthew 28) Just as parts of the Psalms, such as 22 v.1 and 16 v,10,11 foreshadowed events and sayings in the mortal life of our Lord, so Psalms 46 and 47 we read today can be seen as portraying the awesome events at and after the time of his second coming. The overview of those events which these Psalms provide, show how vital it

2401, 2020

Thought for January 25th. “YOU ARE THE MOST HANDSOME …”

By |January 24th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 41), (Psalm 45), (Matthew 27)      After reading Psalm 45 we meditated on what makes a person handsome. As the Psalm proceeds it becomes evident that several verses are prophetical of our Lord.  Verses 6 & 7 are quoted in Hebrews 1 v.8,9.  In the Psalm they read, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of your kingdom is a sceptre of uprightness; you

2301, 2020

Thought for January 24th. “UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN …”

By |January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 39,40), (Psalm 44), (Matthew 26)      Our Matthew reading (ch. 26) recounts the agonies of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and his prayers.  “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as you will.” [v.39]. Jesus made his “will” conform to his Father’s will.  And what of our “will”?       Peter was to later write of

2201, 2020

Thought for January 23rd. “YOU KNOW NEITHER THE DAY, NOR THE HOUR”

By |January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 38), (psalms 41,42,43), (Matthew 25)      Today we have 3 parables in our chapter (25) in Matthew which all convey fundamentally the same lesson. The fact that there are three shows how extremely important the message is. Those who read the Bible regularly will know them well; but we must beware of knowing them too well, lest the message loses its power to stir our conscience.     

2101, 2020

Thought for January 22nd. “I HAVE NOT HIDDEN …”

By |January 21st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 37), (Psalm 39,40), (Matthew 24)      All of our 4 chapters today are really thought provoking; David’s emotional Psalm 40 captured our attention, it starts, “I waited patiently for the LORD” – and isn’t that what we are trying to do!   But we cannot wait, standing still, as if to catch a bus!  David has many things to rejoice about because of the relationship he has established

2001, 2020

Thought for January 21st. “CALL NO MAN YOUR FATHER”

By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 36), (Psalm 38), (Matthew 23)       Matthew Ch 23 is full of blunt observations by Jesus about the religious leaders, but no indication is given of their reaction. The end of ch. 22 shows how he silenced them with a question they could not answer and “from that day did anyone dare ask him any more questions.”     Chapter 23 starts by telling us he is

2001, 2020

Thought for January 20th. “BE NOT ENVIOUS OF …”  

By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 34,35), (Psalm37), (Matthew 22)                                                                                                                                              The world today puts a great lot of effort and money into marketing goods and services.  The internet, radio, TV, newspapers magazines and sign boards are full of promotions of one kind of thing or another.  A fundamental aim of the majority of this promotion is to make us envious of what other people have or experience – the aim is

1701, 2020

Thought for January 19th. “PEOPLE PRODUCING IT’S …”

By |January 17th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 32,33), (Psalms 36), (Matthew 21) We read today of the triumphant arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem and the adulation that the ordinary people gave him, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” [Matt. 21 v.9] “The whole city was stirred up …” [v.10] We pondered the comparison of this with his return to earth. What is, we

1701, 2020

Thought for January 18th. ” … AND FOLLOWED HIM”

By |January 17th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 31), (psalm 35), (Matthew 20) Why did people follow Jesus? We know his disciples did, because he called them to do so, but others? We had an example in today’s chapter 20 in Matthew, “there were two blind men sitting by the roadside” [v.30] who cried out when they were told Jesus was passing by, “Lord, have mercy on us, ‘Son of David’” To call him ‘Son

1601, 2020

Thought for January 17th.  “DO YOU BEGRUDGE MY …” 

By |January 16th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 30), (Psalm 34), (Matthew 19)     The last 2 verses of today’s chapter (19) in Matthew can be puzzling if we do not realize the chapter break is wrongly placed and the context includes the next chapter.    The end of chapter 19 records Jesus as saying, “everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for my name’s sake,

1501, 2020

Thought for January 16th. “IT IS NECESSARY THAT … “

By |January 15th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 28,29), (Psalm 33), (Matthew 18)        Certain things are necessary in our lives such as clothing to wear and food to eat. Note how Paul made the point to  Timothy “if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” and “there is great gain in godliness with contentment” [1 Tim. 6 v.6,8] What hinders our contentment?         Now in today’s 18th chapter of

1401, 2020

Thought for January 15th. “FOR WHEN I KEPT SILENT”

By |January 14th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 27), (Psalm 32), (Matthew 17)     Psalm 32 today is an intimate exchange of words between David and God; it is one of the most personal of all the Psalms – just 11 verses, but so powerful!  The first 7 are by David and the remainder; God’s response. How meaningful! Remember Paul’s comment on God’s words, , “They were written down for our instruction, on who the

1301, 2020

Thought for January 14th. “ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD …”

By |January 13th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 25,26), (Psalm 31), (Matthew 16)       In ancient times a rock symbolized something secure and God was the ultimate rock!  David wrote in the Psalms, as we read 2 days ago, “To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me” [Psalm 28 v.1]  He also pleads with God, “when my heart is faint, lead me to the rock that is higher than

1301, 2020

Thought for January 13th. “ WHAT …DEFILES A PERSON”

By |January 13th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 24), (Psalms 29,30), (Matthew 15)     The world today is very conscious of cleanliness.  When you go to the Doctors, he or she will thoroughly wash their hands before they examine you, but they only learnt to do this 150 years ago.  They also learnt this was the reason why some of those they operated on had died.  The value of the cleanliness laws in the commands

1101, 2020

Thought for January 12th. “TAKE HEART, IT IS I” 

By |January 11th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 22,23), (Psalm 26,27,28), (Matthew 14)       Our chapter in Matthew (14) has that fascinating story of the 12 disciples caught in a storm in a boat on Galilee.  Jesus had sent them off alone, after the dramatic feeding of 5,000+ “in a desolate place” [v.13] - an event which must have astonished them.     Jesus had heard of the killing of John the Baptist – a

1001, 2020

Thought for January 11th. “MAY INTEGRITY AND UPRIGHTNESS … “

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 20,21), (Psalms 23,24,25), (Matthew 13)     David’s meditations in the Psalms, which are essentially prayers, continually engage our thoughts. Indeed, they are a model for us to follow in judging the quality of our relationship with God.  Are we able to meditate and pray in any way to the same degree? Psalm 25 has some verses that both challenge and inspire us.  “Make me to know your

901, 2020

Thought for January 10th. “SO WILL IT BE AT …”

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 19), (Psalm 22), (Matthew 12)     Today’s chapter in Matthew (13) is full of Jesus’ parables, 8 in all.  Some are long, like the familiar parable of the sower, some are short, even just one verse, like the parable of “the hidden treasure” [v.44] which a man found hidden in a field and “in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that

801, 2020

Thought for January 9th. “WALK BEFORE ME AND BE BLAMELESS”

By |January 8th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 17,18), (Psalms 19,20,21), (Matthew 11)     Abraham is one of the three outstanding characters in the Old Testament (the other two are Moses and David).  Genesis 17 tells us that when Abraham was 99 the LORD appeared and said, “I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless” that I may make my covenant between me and you …” [v.1,2]     Abraham’s acts of faith were

701, 2020

Thought for January 8th. “I ALSO WILL DENY …”

By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings...(Genesis 15,16), (Psalm 18), (Mathew 10) Matthew’s gospel records how Jesus started training his disciples for their work when he would no longer be with them. Today’s ch. 10 starts, “And he called to him his 12 disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal every disease and every affliction.” What are “unclean spirits”? The parable in Ch. 12 v.43-45 illustrates that

601, 2020

Thought for January 7th. “I SHALL BE SATISFIED WITH …”

By |January 6th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 13,14), (Psalm 17), (Matthew 9)     What satisfies you?  Human satisfactions are only temporary – although something achieved after a big effort, like planning and building a new home, can provide a sense of satisfaction for several, if not many years.   As we read the Psalms of David and reflect on the record of his life, we see how in his youth he was a sort of

501, 2020

Thought for January 6th. “NOTHING … WILL NOW BE IMPOSSIBLE”

By |January 5th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 11,12), (Psalms 14,15,16), (Matthew 8)      In Chapter 11 of Genesis we read, “now the whole earth had one language and the same words” [v.1] and they said “let us build ourselves a city and a tower … lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth” [v.3,4]     The Creators’ reaction to this is recorded as being, “Behold the people are one people, and they

501, 2020

Thought for January 5th. “BUT GOD REMEMBERED … ”

By |January 5th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (Genesis 9,10), (Psalms 11,12,13), (Matthew 7)                                                                                                                                         In Genesis we have been reading the account of the flood that wiped out all the descendants of Adam and Eve except Noah, his wife, 3 sons and their wives.  Archaeologists have come across many ancient records of other nations with memories of a massive flood, although these accounts are embellished with lots of fanciful features.     Both Jesus [Luke 17

401, 2020

Thought for January 4th. “AND THOSE WHO KNOW …”

By |January 4th, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 7,8), (Psalm 9,10), (Matthew 6) Again, David’s Psalms command our attention. All of Psalm 9 is a marvelous overview of God’s plan and purpose with human beings and the earth. At times God transports David’s thoughts into the future when he, and those God counts as righteous, will say to their Creator, “You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out

301, 2020

Thought for January 3rd. “THE LORD SAW THAT …”

By |January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 5,6), (Psalms 6,7,8), (Matthew 5) All our readings this morning provoked much thought, indeed, deep meditation. Psalm 7 is David’s’ plea for “refuge; save me from my pursuers and deliver me” [v.1] But he also says, “if there is wrong in my hands … let the enemy … trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust” [v.3,5]. David knew God could see

201, 2020

Thought for January 2nd. “BUT BY EVERY WORD … “

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 3,4), (Psalms 3,4,5), (Matthew 3,4) Today’s 4th chapter of Matthew contains the account of Jesus being tempted after being “led up by the Spirit into the wilderness” (ch. 4 v.1) This opening verse arrests the attention of diligent readers. It seems astonishing that God’s Spirit brought about Christ’s temptations. Jesus, now that “the Spirit of God” had come “to rest on him” [3 v.16] is first tempted

101, 2020

Thought for January 1st. “THE LORD KNOWS …”

By |January 1st, 2020|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Genesis 1,2), (Psalms 1,2) (Matthew 1,2)     What does the LORD know?  Again and again Scripture makes the point that the Creator is aware of all things “for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer” as we read in 1 Peter 3 v.12 last month.  But Peter was quoting from Psalm 34 which we will soon read.     The

3112, 2019

Thought for December 31st. “EVERYONE WHO LOVES AND PRACTICES …”

By |December 31st, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 41,42), (Malachi 3,4), (Revelation 21,22) Today we read the final chapters in both the Old and New Testaments. Both describe in graphic (and fairly symbolic) detail the final climax of world history. Malachi in particular says, “the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and evildoers will be stubble.” [4 v.1] But what should concern us most, are the principles God uses in

3012, 2019

Thought for December 30th. “EVERYONE WHO DOES EVIL IS GOOD” 

By |December 30th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 40), (Malachi 2), (Revelation 19,20)     After Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament was written, there was silence; no inspired message from God until John the Baptist came on the scene 400 years or so later.  No wonder John attracted so much attention.      Through Malachi God again predicted the coming of Jesus, his special messenger, but Jesus states that John had also been predicted [Luke

2912, 2019

Thought for December 29th.”…IN A SINGLE DAY … IN A SINGLE HOUR”

By |December 29th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 39), (Malachi 1), (Revelation 17,18)       As one debates in one’s thoughts the most likely way some of the symbolic language of Revelation is best understood there can be no doubt that today’s chapters (17 & 18) clearly portray the collapse of a great – and false – religious system.   It is described as a ‘prostitute’ (AV – harlot).     “A “voice from heaven” [18 v.4,5]

2812, 2019

Thought for December 28th. “THERE SHALL NEVER AGAIN BE …”

By |December 28th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 38), (Zechariah 13,14), (Revelation 15,16)       Our chapters today in Zechariah 13 & 14 and Revelation 15 & 16 may be the most dramatic in the whole Bible with their descriptions of events leading up to the final judgments of God on the forces of the nations that are blind to the reality of his existence.  Some of the ‘jigsaw pieces’ of events we are able

2712, 2019

Thought for December 27th. “THE BURDEN OF THE WORD OF THE LORD”

By |December 27th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today’s readings.. (Job 37), (Zechariah 12), (Revelation 14)     All too often the prophets of the LORD had to bring messages of coming acts of judgement from him..  These, , were predictions that were sure and certain.  What a ‘burden’ this is for the prophet. The  Hebrew word for ‘burden’ has the primary meaning of a pronouncement of doom to someone, all too often, to Israel..         Yet Zechariah’s prophecy has

2612, 2019

Thought for December 26th. “MY WORTHLESS SHEPHERD”

By |December 26th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 35,36), (Zechariah 11), (Revelation 12,13) Jesus is the good shepherd – and in this world of sin and death (Romans 5 v.12) how urgent it is to find and hear the voice of the good shepherd.  There have been many shepherds over the Centuries that have been good up to a point; for example, David, Solomon, Elijah and Hezekiah – and in recent Centuries, men of the

2512, 2019

Thought for December 25th. “THERE WOULD BE NO MORE DELAY”

By |December 25th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 34), (Zechariah 10), (Revelation 10,11)     In the Old Testament we read how often there were bad kings on the throne in Jerusalem that corrupted the people, or were corrupt because of the people, kings like Manasseh, yet God – from our human perspective – kept delaying in acting to destroy the Holy City and its Temple.     Then in the New Testament Jesus wept over Jerusalem

2412, 2019

Thought for December 24th. “THE REST OF MANKIND … DID NOT REPENT …”

By |December 24th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 33), (Zechariah 9), (Revelation 7,8,9)     As we pondered the symbolic language of our Lord Jesus in his final message – a revelation given through his beloved disciple John - we were struck by the many different ways God has ultimately punished and destroyed those who have no time for him – often after a long period of grace looking to see in them a change of

2312, 2019

Thought for December 23rd. “WORTHY IS THE LAMB”

By |December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 31,32), (Zechariah 8), (Revelation 5,6) “Who is worthy ….?” This is a key question for us in our readings in the book of Revelation today. In reading this final book in God’s word, our minds can get ‘bogged down’ in debating the meaning of individual details, but it is spiritually invaluable to gain the overall spirit – and wonder – of this final message/vision which our Saviour

2212, 2019

Thought for December 22nd. “NOT REALISING THAT YOU ARE …”

By |December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 29,30), (Zechariah 6,7), ((Revelation 3,4)     Our world is full of people who have no comprehension of what God is – many are convinced there is no God – allegedly wise men and women keep telling them this.  Sadly most churches have little to say in protest at this state of things.  We are now reading the book of Revelation and today in ch. 3 we completed

2112, 2019

Thought for December 21st. “IT CANNOT BE BOUGHT FOR GOLD”

By |December 21st, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 28), (Zechariah 4,5), (Revelation 1,2)     Job’s friends have given up reasoning with him!  This is good, their point of view was a sort of tunnel vision arising from their conviction that his woes were the result of some concealed misbehavior on his part.   Job now switches his thoughts more fully to perceptions of God and his ways – his thoughts are highly interesting to say the

2012, 2019

Thought for December 20th. “THE APPLE OF HIS EYE”

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 25,26,27), (Zechariah 2,3), (Jude)     Yesterday we started reading Zechariah, he was a prophet associated with Ezra (5 v.1) in the return from captivity to rebuild the Temple.  First he addresses the Jews in Babylon saying “Up, escape to Zion, declares the LORD” [2 v.7]  Then Zechariah is caused to make a fascinating point, “for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye.” [v.8]  This

1912, 2019

Thought for December 19th. “I HAVE NO GREATER JOY”

By |December 19th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 23,24), (Zechariah 1), (2&3 John)       The word ‘joy’ is in popular use at this time of year, but from a spiritual perspective, what is ‘joy’?  It is vastly different from what is called JOY today!   The final and short 3rd letter of the aging disciple John is addressed to “the beloved Gaius.” who, says John, “I love in truth,” adding, “For I rejoiced greatly when

1812, 2019

Thought for December 18th. “EMPTY NOTHINGS?”

By |December 18th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 22), (Haggai 1,2), (1 John 5) At the end of the Book of Job we will read how God rebukes Eliphaz and his two friends who have argued with Job.  God tells them “you have not spoken of me what is right [40 v.11]  Today we read Ch. 22, the third speech of Eliphaz who is reacting to Job’s complaint that the ‘friends’ - “comfort me with

1712, 2019

Thought for December 17th. “SEE WHAT KIND OF LOVE…. “

By |December 17th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 21), (Zephaniah 3), (1 John 3,4)                                                                                                   Our chapter in 1 John 3 today starts with “See what kind of love the father has given to us …”  Do we understand what kind of love this is?   The word love is used so much today that we may take what it means for granted; and because of this unclear thoughts can develop in our minds as

1612, 2019

Thought for December 16th. “SEEK THE LORD”

By |December 16th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 20), (Zephaniah 2), (1 John 1,2) When I was young, I, together with others. used to play “Hide and Seek’  It was fun.  When you become an adult, Paul says, of himself, “I gave up childish ways.” [I Cor 13:11]   But when you are grown up you should still SEEK!    But what do you seek?  This line of thought was prompted by the occurrence of the word

1512, 2019

Thought for December 15th. “THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD”

By |December 15th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 18,19), (Zephaniah 1), (2 Peter 3)

 Yesterday in reading the chapter in Peter we could have noted that Peter also wrote, "you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets …" [2 Peter 3:2]. Now we are currently reading the short prophecy of Zephaniah. His message starts "The word of the LORD that came to Zephaniah …" It is God revealing the future to him and through

1412, 2019

Thought for December 14th. “TO THOSE WHO HAVE OBTAINED … “

By |December 14th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 16,17), (Habakkuk 3), (2 Peter 1,2) The marvel is – that although one has read the Bible over a great number of years one still comes across things one has not really taken notice of before. The opening words of Peter’s second epistle caught our attention “to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours.” The point does not stand out so much in

1312, 2019

Thought for December 13th. “WEARY THEMSELVES FOR NOTHING”

By |December 13th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 15), (Habakkuk 2), (1 Peter 3,4,5)     It has always been so – but it is more obvious today – how meaningless life is in the ultimate sense.  More than ever before people are living for the here and now.  With this thought in mind we can relate to the words of the prophet Habakkuk.  In today’s ch. 2 where he says of his decadent nation, “Woe

1212, 2019

Thought for December 12th. “IF A MAN DIES, SHALL HE LIVE AGAIN”

By |December 12th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 14), (Habakkuk 1), (1 Peter 2)     As we continue our reading in Job, we came to his question given in our heading.  Job struggles to find the answer – but as we read on in coming days, we will find that his mind becomes clearer and his hope in the future more sure.  Today we read of his pleading with God, “Oh that you would hide

1212, 2019

Thought for December 11th. “SET YOUR HOPE FULLY ON ….”

By |December 12th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 13), (Nahum 3), (1 Peter 1)       Is our world in a hopeless condition?  The indications that it is are multiplying. The nations are too self-centred to take any effective action over global warming and the weather is getting more extreme.  The United Nations are more disunited than ever over many issues, especially over Israel. The money woes of the nations increase and move from crisis

1012, 2019

Thought for December 10th. “… TREASURE IN THE LAST DAYS

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 12), (Nahum 1,2), (James 5)    What sort of treasure in the last days; any different from other days?  As we complete reading the letter of James we find it is full of interesting and challenging thoughts, the reference to “treasure” is one of them.  James is the leader of the believers in Jerusalem that we read about in Acts 15 v,13 when the Apostles met to

912, 2019

thought for December 9th. “WOE IS ME”

By |December 9th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 11), (Micah 7), (James 3,4)    We saw in our readings in Job yesterday that Job was so depressed he declared, “I loathe my life”  However, we recall the comment we made as we began reading Job that the ultimate end of the book is one of wonderful restoration.     Today we have the final chapter of the prophecy of Micah which begins, ‘Woe is me’!  Remarkably, as

812, 2019

Thought for December 8th. “FAITH WAS COMPLETED BY … “

By |December 8th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job10), (Micah 6), (James 2)    Today we continued meditating on the Epistle of James and his important observations on the quality of faith that a believer needs to have. The Jews were very good at reasoning and talking, we can see that in the speeches of Job’s friends, also in the religious leaders who had encounters with Jesus and had confidence in being “the children of Abraham”

712, 2019

Thought for December 7th. “THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES …” 

By |December 7th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 9), (Micah 5), (James 1)     All faith has to be tested to prove that it is real faith.  This is the opening theme of James’ wonderful letter that we started reading today – and in our continued reading of Job we see him as an extreme example of testing from God – or that God allowed. Paul wrote,  “God is faithful, and he will not let

612, 2019

Thought for December 6th. “SO WE CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY  ….”

By |December 6th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 8), (Micah 3,4), (Hebrews 13)     How many can speak with confidence these days? Certainly the Politicians can’t!  Although they often try to sound that way. We read the last chapter of Hebrews today and Paul is emphasising to them the need to be positive in their attitude to the spiritual aspects of life. His first 4 words are, “Let brotherly love continue”  That surely includes sisterly