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1207, 2020

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

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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 …”

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

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 …”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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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”

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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”

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 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”

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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  … ” 

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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”

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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”

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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 …”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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 …”  

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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 …”      

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

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 …”  

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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”

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

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 …”

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

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”

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

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” 

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

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”

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

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 … “

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

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 … “

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

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  

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

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”  

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

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”

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

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 … “

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

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.” 

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

(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”  

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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 …”  

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

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”

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

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?” 

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

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”

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

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 …” 

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

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 …” 

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

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 …”

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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

512, 2019

Thought for December 5th. “….THAT WE MAY SHARE HIS HOLINESS”

By |December 5th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 6,7), (Micah 2), (Hebrews 12)     Hebrews ch, 12 provides a sequel to the challenging 11th chapter on faith which provoked our thoughts yesterday.  It starts, “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely and let us run with endurance ….”  The cloud of witnesses are those who were named

412, 2019

Thought for December 4th. “THEREFORE GOD IS NOT ASHAMED …”

By |December 4th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 5), (Micah 1), (Hebrews 11)     God ashamed!! What is this verse saying?  What is it about? Today’s reading in Hebrews is that well known chapter 11 on FAITH.  We should all be familiar with the words, that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” [v.1]  What are the things we are convinced about – things that give reality to

312, 2019

Thought for December 3rd. “YOU HAVE NEED OF …” 

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Job 3,4), (Jonah 4), (Hebrews 10)     Is there anyone who thinks they do not need anything?  With Christmas in 3 weeks’ time, the younger one’s especially are thinking of the things they need and that it would be good to receive!      Our readings today in Hebrews say, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what

112, 2019

Thought for December 1st. “THEN THE MEN FEARED …” 

By |December 1st, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings... (Esther 9,10), (Jonah 1), (Hebrews 6,7)     Jesus spoke of “the sign of the prophet Jonah”  [Matt. 12 v.39-40] as being a sign of great significance. Jonah came forth alive from “the belly of the great fish”.  [Jonah 1 v.17], We believe it was a special fish, one of a kind, not a sort of whale.  The text says, “the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up

3011, 2019

Thought for November 30th. “YOU HAVE BECOME DULL OF HEARING”

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

Today's readings.. (Esther7,8), (Obadiah), (Hebrews 3,4,5)      In our readings in Hebrews Paul is telling his fellow Jews about Jesus, that he is their one and only high priest.  Priests had held important posts, playing a significant role in the life of Israel and had done so since the time of Moses, even when they were in captivity.  All this was to be destroyed for  their nation and its temple

2911, 2019

Thought for November 29th. “IF WE NEGLECT”

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Today's readings.. (Esther 5,6), (Amos 9), (Hebrews 1,2)     Today we began reading the letter the Hebrews.  Many of its verses are full of meaning!  It is important to grasp the flow of reasoning – and not to take one phrase or sentence out of its context.  The writer was most probably Paul; but since it is written primarily for the Jews – and he had fallen out of favour

2811, 2019

Thought for November 28th. “A FAMINE … OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD”

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Today's readings.. (Esther 3,4), (Amos 8), (Philemon) "Behold, the days are coming," the Lord GOD told the prophet, as we read today in Amos ch. 8 v.11, "when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.' And what God 'sent' happened! Verse 7 is significant, "The LORD has sworn ... 'Surely I

2711, 2019

Thought for November 27th. “NOTHING IS PURE”

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

Today's readings.. (Esther 2), (Amos 7), (Titus 1,2,3)       We do not know as much about Titus as we do about Timothy, but Paul left him in Crete to help the many converts there. Paul writes to him, “to Titus, my true child … in the common faith” [1 v.4]  Of course the faith was only “common” in the sense that it was becoming common to believe the message.

2611, 2019

Thought for November 26th. “BUT UNDERSTAND THIS”

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Today's readings.. (Esther 1), (Amos 6), (2 Timothy 3,4)                                  `                                                             “But understand this,” that is how today’s reading of 2 Timothy Chapter 3 starts.  It is familiar as a chapter often used with talks about “last days” events.  The chapter brings out two particular points.  First, the first verse says that there will be times of special stress, when life is perilous and this happens “in the last

2511, 2019

Thought for November 25th. “WOE TO YOU WHO DESIRE …” 

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Today's readings.. (Nehemiah 13), (Amos 5), (2 Timothy 2)     What do you desire?   Many children will be starting to have in mind what they desire as Christmas presents!  As we continue to read the prophet Amos we note how he states, “Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD?” [5 v.18]  This verse provides food for much thought. 

2411, 2019

Thought for November 24th. “AND THE JOY OF JERUSALEM WAS HEARD …”

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

Today's readings.. (nehemiah 12), (Amos 4), (2 Timothy 1)     We are approaching what some call ‘the silly season’!  This time next month the largely foolish frivolity of Christmas will be in full swing!   In contrast our readings today in Nehemiah describes an event of true joy.  All the efforts to make Jerusalem secure and safe to live in had been completed and Nehemiah and Ezra arrange a great celebration

2311, 2019

Thought for November 23rd. “THE LORD GOD HAS SPOKEN WHO CAN BUT …”

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Today's readings... (Nehemiah 11, (Amos 3), (1 Timothy 6)     We are reading the prophecy of Amos at the moment.  We realize that the word ‘prophecy’ in many cases does not mean predicting the future, but rather messages from God about his observations and attitude toward the present state of things - with lessons taken from the past.  Amos lived in Israel’s northern kingdom and he brought the inhabitants warnings

2211, 2019

Thought for November 22nd. “PERSIST IN THIS”

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

Today's readings.. (Nehemiah 10), (Amos 2), ( 1 Timothy 4,5)     Paul’s letters to Timothy are very personal in parts and contain much sound advice, especially for those in a position of responsibility among believers.  True believers always need to look to the future: solving problems effectively is not achieved through emergency stop gap measures; the council in Jerusalem (Acts 15) is an example of how things should be done.

2111, 2019

Thought for November 21st. “LOVE THAT ISSUES FROM A PURE HEART”

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

Today's readings... (Nehemiah 9), (Amos 1), (! Timothy 1,2,3)       The word “love” is in common usage these days, but the way it is used and the meaning given to it, is so different to its’ use in the Bible!  Paul has “urged (Timothy) … remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine” [1 Tim. 1 v.3].  Paul advises him of the

2011, 2019

Thought for November 20th. “LET THE WEAK SAY … “

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

Today's readings.. ((Nehemiah 8), (Joel 3), (2 Thessalonians 3) Today we completed reading the short but intensely challenging prophecy of Joel: it contains predictions which, in part, are very appropriate to the present situation in the Middle East. Today’s chapter (3) starts with, “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations … and I will

1911, 2019

Thought for November 19th. “THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING BECAUSE …” 

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

Today's readings.. (Nehe3miah 7), (Joel 2), (2 Thessalonians 1,2)     We are challenged by the way Paul uses the word “truth” 3 times in Chapter 2 of his 2nd letter to the Thessalonians. He also uses it 11 times in his letters to Timothy, which we are just about to read.  There is not much “truth” spoken today.  No one  admits anything they say is a lie, but it is

1811, 2019

Thought for November 18th. “THE BREASTPLATE OF FAITH”

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

Today's readings... (Nehemiah 5,6), (Joel 1), (1 Thessalonians 5) Some of the verses in the final chapter of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians are really appropriate for conditions we live in today. The chapters in Nehemiah are also full of lessons, showing his dedicated effort, despite all kinds of distraction and opposition. He led the people in overcoming these so that the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem were

1711, 2019

Thought for November 17th. “ESTABLISH YOUR HEARTS BLAMELESS”

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

Today's readings.. (Nehemiah 4), (Hosea 14), (1 Thessalonians 3,4)     Several verses in the 2 chapters (3 & 4) of our 1 Thessalonians reading today are very meaningful for us as we struggle with influences that can undermine our faith.  In many ways it was a better atmosphere a few generations ago (in the western world), not only because moral standards were higher, but because the churches generally, although misunderstanding

1611, 2019

Thought for November 16th. “… BUT TO PLEASE GOD”

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

Today's readings.. (Nehemiah 3), (Hosea 13), (1 Thessalonians 1,2)     A simple – and maybe obvious point – attracted our attention as we read the first 2 chapters of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  What motivates us to do things?  What motivated Paul?  Today, it can be; to make money, to create an opportunity for enjoyment, some excitement – and other things which centre on ourselves.     Paul makes

1311, 2019

Thought for November 13th. “THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED WITH …”

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

Today's readings.. (Ezra 9), (Hosea 10), (Colossians 1)     The Apostle Paul has some challenging points to make in his letter to believers  at Colossae – most of them are really relevant to us today,  An very important point is the power of prayer. Paul rejoices that “the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you … is bearing fruit and growing” [1 v.5,6]     The gospel is not

1211, 2019

Thought for November 12th. “I WAS ASHAMED TO ASK

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

Today's readings.. (Ezra 8), (Hosea 9), (Acts 28)     Today’s reading in Ezra [Ch. 8] does not look at first very interesting with all its detail about those returning from captivity in Babylon.  It appears that Ezra himself wrote this chapter and the next. He led a company of Levites who were returning to Jerusalem and they had with them a great quantity of gold and silver, as detailed in

1111, 2019

Thought for November 11th. “FOR THEY SOW TO THE WIND” 

By |November 11th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (Ezra 7), (Hosea 8), (Acts 27)     You may have heard the proverb about sowing to the wind and reaping the whirlwind?   Do you know what it means?  Did you know it was taken from the Bible?   The farmer in ancient times, sowed seed in his field by carrying a basket and scattering the seed around as he walked.  He took care to scatter it as evenly as

1011, 2019

Thought for November 10th. “THE HELP THAT COMES FROM GOD”

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

Today's readings.. (Ezra 5,6), (Hosea 7), (Acts 25,26)       It is Luke “the beloved physician” (Col. 4 v.14) who travelled with Paul in the later years of his preaching – for it is evident he was with him when he returned to Jerusalem (Acts 21 v.17) and Paul was arrested. The detailed account we are reading is therefore an eye witness account, and Luke shows himself in many ways

911, 2019

Thought for November 9th. “… LIKE A MORNING CLOUD”

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

Today's readings.. (Ezra 3,4), (Hosea 6), (Acts 23,24).     Today’s chapter in Hosea is a message given when God was about to send the 10 northern tribes into captivity in Assyria.  There are several points made by God through this prophet which are helpful for us to think about. Notice the line of thought that starts from verse 4 of ch. 6, - where the chapter break is in the

811, 2019

Thought for November 8th. “RISE AND BE BAPTISED”

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

Today's readings.. (Ezra 1,2), (Hosea 5), (Acts 21,22)     The circumstances, vary greatly, that lead to decisions to be baptised and take on the name of Jesus Christ so that he is our spiritual elder brother and God truly our Father.   In a very real sense we must feel we have become or are becoming part of a new family, a spiritual family.     Our thoughts on this were prompted by

711, 2019

Thought for November 7th. “UNTIL THERE WAS NO REMEDY”

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

Today's readings... (2 Chronicles 36), (Hosea 4), (Acts 20)     Today we completed reading 2nd Chronicles, a chapter which describes the final end of the kingdom set up in God given glory in the reigns of David and Solomon.  Now it has become a time when “all the officers of the priests and the people were exceedingly unfaithful …” [v.14] to God.  Despite this, The LORD, the God of their

611, 2019

Thought for November 6th. “I AM INNOCENT. FROM NOW ON …”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 35), (Hosea 3), (Acts 18,19)       Today we read two very stirring chapters about the total commitment of the Apostle Paul to preach – to witness to as many as possible about the eternal life giving message of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the only message that matters (eternally).     These chapters give some indication of the dangers that surrounded the Apostle.  At Corinth “the

511, 2019

Thought for November 5th. “WHILE HE WAS YET A BOY”

By |November 5th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 34), (Hosea 2), (Acts 16,17)    Reading the context about the one who is described as being “yet a boy” we discover he was 16 years old.   Who was he?  What did he do at this age?  Today we read 2 Chronicles Ch, 34 about a really young boy who “was eight years old when he began to reign” [v.1].  His father Amon had died after

411, 2019

Thought for November 4th. “THROUGH MANY TRIBULATIONS”

By |November 4th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 33), (Hosea 1), (Acts 14,15)    No one likes friction, yet it is impossible to totally avoid it.  News bulletins are usually dominated by information about troubles, about friction of various kinds, and as the world becomes more ungodly this is increasing many fold.  God often uses human friction to test men and women as to whether they will follow what is good and true –

311, 2019

Thought for November 3rd. “THE TIME OF THE END”

By |November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 32), (Daniel 12), (Acts 13)     Today we completed reading the challenging book of Daniel.  Some of the things we read were plain to understand but the phrase “the time of end” occurs 4 times [11 v.35,40; 12 v.4,9] and challenges our understanding – and it is hard to know how to answer the challenge.  We would love to more fully understand it. On the final

211, 2019

Thought for November 2nd. “HE DID WITH ALL HIS HEART”

By |November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 31), (Daniel 11), (Acts 11,12)     In reading the next chapter (31) in 2 Chronicles today, we saw what an example of true kingship Hezekiah displayed.  If we can grasp and keep in mind the last 2 verses in that chapter we will more fully see the POWER of positive thinking and doing – in contrast to the leaders of the nations today.     These verses

111, 2019

Thought for November 1st. “GOD IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL”

By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 30), (Daniel 10), (Acts 10)       In 2 Chron. Ch. 30 we have a wonderful testimony to the way God shows grace, describing the events which led to this.  Hezekiah had come to the throne in Jerusalem; his father Ahaz had been a wicked king.  Hezekiah first restores the Temple to make it fit for worship and re-organises and re-consecrates the priests as we read

3110, 2019

Thought for October 31st. “FOR YOU ARE GREATLY LOVED”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 29), (Daniel 9), (Acts 9) What a remarkable set of heart stirring readings we have today, accounts of individuals with whom and through whom God can and did work. First, in 2 Chron. 29 we have the account of when the good king Hezekiah became king and his instant action beginning in the first month of his reign to restore the Temple and rededicate worship in

3010, 2019

Thought for October 30th. “HAD RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 28), (Daniel 8), (Acts 8)    We recall how, in the Gospels, Jesus often went through Samaria in travelling from Jerusalem to Galilee and back. On several occasions he had encounters with the Samaritans.     On occasions Jesus spent time with the Samaritans.  We read earlier this month of an occasion when he heeded their request to stay and teach them and, as a result, some said,

2910, 2019

Thought for October 29th. A HISTORY LESSON IN FAITH 

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 26,27), (Daniel 7), (Acts 7)    Stephen is hauled before the Jewish Council and accused of speaking blasphemous words against the Law and saying the Temple would be destroyed. His speech (in Acts 7) before the Council is a history lesson! Why?  What was his purpose?  He reviews all that had happened since the time of Abraham.   Didn’t the members of the Council know their history?    

2810, 2019

Thought for October 28th. “THREE TIMES A DAY”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 25), (Daniel 6), (Acts 5,6) Once again our readings have several lessons we can take and meditate upon and apply to ourselves. The account of Daniel’s life jumps forward to when the Medes and Persians are in power, as with Jeremiah, the chapters are not in time order. The high esteem in which the mature Daniel is held causes jealousy and when “presidents and satraps” knew

2710, 2019

Thought for October 27th. “… THEY WOULD NOT PAY ATTENTION”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 24), (Daniel 5), (Acts 3,4) We felt we could have written a ‘book’ of ‘thoughts’ arising from today’s 4 chapters – each will, if read with real feeling, stir our hearts and lift them into meaningful spiritual perceptions. In Chronicles the events in the life of King Joash contained absorbing lessons. He became king when only 7 under special circumstances, he was guided for most of

2610, 2019

Thought for October 26th. “SO THOSE WHO RECEIVED HIS WORD WERE BAPTISED”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 23), (Daniel 4), (Acts 2)                                                                                  What is it to receive God’s word?   Countless millions have read God’s word.  Go back into ancient history; the world before Noah, his wife and family, turned right away from God.  Soon the descendants of Noah were turning away again, resulting in God confounding human languages at Babel, a word which is significantly translated into Greek as Babylon.

2510, 2019

Thought for October 25th. “A BURNING FIERY FURNACE”

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

Today's readings... (2 Chronicles 21,22), (Daniel 3), (Acts 1) In Daniel today we have the account of the faithfulness of Daniel’s 3 companions, those we read about in ch.1 who, together with him, refused to eat the king’s rich food and wine. Now we read how these 3 refused to bow down to the king’s tall golden image. The king warns,” if you do not worship, you shall immediately be

2410, 2019

Thought for October 24th. “THAT BY BELIEVING YOU …”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 20), (Daniel 2), (John 20,21) We are inclined to feel that the 4 chapters we read today – are the most intensely meaningful of any of the days’ readings throughout the year: they need to be read slowly so that we imbibe the fullness of their meaning. The N T readings are the last 2 chapters of John’s gospel; and provide us with John’s intimate account

2310, 2019

Thought for October 23rd. “A SPIRIT OF GRACE AND PLEAS FOR MERCY”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 18,19), (Daniel 1), (John 19)    Zechariah’s remarkable prophecy (12 v.10) is quoted in today’s reading in John Ch. 19. John is completing his intimate account of the final hours of Jesus. The dying commission that was given to John by Jesus was to look after his mother. John and Jesus’ mother stood near the cross.  John “the disciple whom he loved … took her to

2210, 2019

Thought for October 22nd. “THE EYES OF THE LORD”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 16,17), (Ezekiel 48), (John 15,16) Today in 2nd Chronicles we read the climax of the life of king Asa – and it has vital lessons for us. He had been a good king – for 35 years – but then he began to trust in his own ways of thinking – and not seek the LORD’s guidance when enemies came against him. The northern kingdom of

2110, 2019

Thought for October 21st. “DO YOU NOW BELIEVE?”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 14,15), (Ezekiel 47), (John 15,16) We follow on from yesterday’s thoughts and the final climax of the conversation Jesus had with his disciples in the hours before his arrest – and his encouragement to them to “believe in God.” Today we have 2 of the most challenging chapters (15 & 16) in John’s Gospel. Jesus teaches them, in increasingly straight forward language, but even then, they

2010, 2019

Thought for October 20th. “BELIEVE IN GOD”

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

Today's readings... (2 Chronicles 12,13), (Ezekiel 46), (John 13,14) In what circumstances did Jesus say, “Believe in God”? What is it to believe in something? When we or someone says. “I believe” there can obviously be varying intensities of meaning depending on the circumstances! If someone rushes in and says, “I believe the house is on fire” everyone who hears immediately acts to verify its truth and to then take

1910, 2019

Thought for October 19th. “I DID NOT COME TO JUDGE”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 10,11), (Ezekiel 45), (John 12) John’s Gospel begins [1 v.4-9] by saying Jesus is “the true light which enlightens everyone” and John the Baptist was “bearing witness to that light”   It is not too difficult to understand that.  Now, in today’s reading [Ch.12] as our Lord’s ministry is reaching its climax, he speaks some more about light and darkness; “I have come into the world as

1810, 2019

Thought for October 18th. “THIS SHALL BE THEIR INHERITANCE”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 9), (Ezekiel 44), (John 11)    Ears prick up where there is thought of an inheritance.  Solomon had very great wealth, as we read today (2 Chron. 9).  He obviously left a very great inheritance.  But we will read tomorrow how it largely came to nothing because of the foolishness of his son because he did not seeking the wisdom of God, as his father had

1710, 2019

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

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 8), (Ezekiel 43), (John 9,10) We are now reading some of the most thought provoking – and personally challenging – chapters in the whole of Scripture. John records in detail the conversations of Jesus. On Tuesday we will read the words of Jesus to the disciples that they are going to receive, “the Holy Spirit ... the Father will send in my name, ... (which will)...

1610, 2019

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

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 7), (Ezekiel 42), (John 8)    Today’s long chapter (8) in John’s Gospel is most challenging.  Jesus said, “Whoever is of God knows the words of God, the reason you do not hear them is that you are not of God” [v.47].  But of course they were hearing what he said, the point was that they could not make sense of his words, they could not

1510, 2019

Thought for October 15th. “NO ONE EVER SPOKE LIKE THIS MAN”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 5,6), (Ezekiel 41), (John 7)    The Chief Priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest Jesus, but they returned having failed.  The drama of this event is in our reading today in John 7. They are rebuked, “Why did you not bring him?” [v.45] and respond “”No one ever spoke like this man.”  We are given no detail of the scene, but we imagine these officers

1410, 2019

Thought for October 14th. “THIS IS TRULY THE PROPHET” 

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

 Today's readings... (2 Chronicles 3,4), (Ezekiel 40), (John 6)                                                                                                                         Our readings in John [Ch.6] tell us of when thousands of people personally experienced a great miracle, it is the one miracle recorded in all four gospels; it is when Jesus miraculously fed thousands of people.  It is interesting how people can see miracles, such as healings, even a dead man raised, things that happen to other people, but

1310, 2019

Thought for October 13th. “YOU DO NOT HAVE HIS WORD ABIDING IN YOU”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Chronicles 1,2), (Ezekiel 39), (John 5)    We may read God’s word every day, we may find it interesting and helpful as a guide to living a satisfying life, but is that enough?  What did Jesus mean when he spoke about God’s word abiding, that is, living in a person?  Who was Jesus talking to on this occasion?    Today’s reading of John Ch. 5 is about

1210, 2019

Thought for October 12th. DAVID’S WONDERFUL FINAL PRAYER

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 29), (Ezekiel 38), (John 4)    We tend to give only passing attention to our Chronicles reading because our other readings in Ezekiel 38 and John 4 provoke so much thought.  But in Chronicles we have the climax of the end of David’s life.  Consider the scene: he had made great provision for building the Temple, others had followed his example and “the people rejoiced because

1110, 2019

Thought for October 11th. “UNLESS ONE IS BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT”

By |October 11th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 28), (Ezekiel 37), (John 2,3)    These words of Jesus to Nicodemus, the Jewish teacher who came to him by night, challenge our thinking and understanding.  We need to understand them within the context of the unfolding words of Jesus.  Many Christians like to say they are “born again,”  but what did Jesus mean?    Nicodemus admitted. “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come

1010, 2019

Thought for October 10th. “THE WORD”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 27), (Ezekiel 36), (John 1)                                                                                                                                Today we started reading the Gospel of John. It is one of the most challenging books to understand. But the Bible would lose our continuing interest if its meaning was immediately plain as we read it.  Often we have to carefully think about what we read.  This is God’s wisdom in the way he has caused it to be

910, 2019

Thought for October 9th. ” … NOW TELL YOU EVEN WITH TEARS”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 26), (Ezekiel 35), (Phillipians 3,4)    The Apostle Paul is very emotional as he expresses his thoughts in his letter to the Philippians.  He helps us to realize that a fully committed belief in Christ goes hand in hand with a fullness of conviction which results in a living relationship day by day with our Lord Jesus.    This comes across to us in what Paul

810, 2019

Thought for October 8th. “SO I WILL SEEK MY SHEEP”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 24,25), (Ezekiel 34), (Phillipians 1,2)    God sees the people of Israel as his sheep (Ezekiel 34 v.12) and is distressed at the failure of the shepherds to look after his sheep.  This is the message we read in Ezekiel.  The leaders in Israel had failed; they had no spiritual vision, no sense of responsibility. God’s message to them through Ezekiel was, “Ah shepherds of Israel

710, 2019

Thought for October 7th. “MAKING THE BEST USE OF THE TIME BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 23), (Ezekiel 33), (Ephesians 5,6)    Our world is full of distractions – far more than in any previous age. Paul in today’s chapters in Ephesians [5 v.16] wrote the above words and they apply so much to the way we live our lives right now.   He also wrote, “sexual immorality and all impurity … must not even be named among you … let there be

610, 2019

Thought for October 6th. “SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 22), (Ezekiel 32), (Ephesians 3,4)       Our 2 chapters today in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reveal that the church there had become quite dysfunctional: Paul makes an impassioned appeal for the believers to regain their vision of the true way of belief and faith in Christ for there is only “one hope … one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of

510, 2019

Thought for October 5th. “THE IMMEASURABLE RICHES OF HIS GRACE”

By |October 5th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Todays readings.. (1 Chronicles 20,21), (Ezekiel 31), (Ephesians 1,2)       Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a rich source of spiritual “food” – we must digest it carefully and slowly.  The thought that first attracted our attention today was that God [1v.4] “chose us in him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”  When Adam and Eve sinned and were

410, 2019

Thought for October 4th. “I WARN YOU …”

By |October 4th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 18,19), (Ezekiel 30), (Galatians 5,6)       Modern pictures often portray contrasting colours as do many manufactured things, it is the fashion.  They rather hit you in the eye, whites and yellows, set against blues, blacks and reds.   This is particularly the case in advertising, as they aim to grab our attention.      Our reading today in Galatians does not set colours in contrast – it sets

310, 2019

Thought for October 3rd. “WHO AM I?”

By |October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 17), (Ezekiel 29), (Galatians 3), (Galatians 4)       Today we read King David’s reaction to the special message from God that Nathan the prophet brought to him. Originally Nathan, on hearing of David’s desire to build a house (Temple) for God to ‘dwell’ in so that God’s ‘presence’ would be there as it had been in the ‘Ark’ – told him, “Do all that is

210, 2019

Thought for October 2nd. “LET THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO … “

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 16), (Ezekiel 28), (Galatians 1), (Galatians 2)       How are you feeling in your heart?  Depressed?  Exalted? Or somewhere in between?  We meditated on the various conditions of our heart’s emotions and of David’s as we read of his efforts to stir the people into a spirit of thanksgiving.  They were bringing the sacred ark of the covenant into the tent (presumably to some degree

110, 2019

Thought for October 1st. “ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF THE LORD”

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 15), (Ezekiel 27), (Luke 24)    How vital it is to do things – spiritual things especially, “according to the word of the LORD.”  When we do not follow the instructions that come with the things we buy, or later lose them and guess what they said  -  we often have a problem!     Until Solomon built the magnificent Temple, the centre of worship for the

3009, 2019

Thought for September 30th. “I FIND NO GUILT IN THIS MAN”

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: Our Web Site, Thoughts for the Day|

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 13), (1 Chronicles 14), (EZEKIEL 26), (LUKE 23)      Pilate was the most powerful man in Israel in the days of Jesus.    But he was strangely helpless in carrying out his own desire to let Jesus go free, though he said “I find no guilt in this man” [Luke 23 v.4] and “nothing deserving of death has been done by him” (v.15) “I will release

2909, 2019

Thought for September 29th. “THIS SCRIPTURE MUST BE FULFILLED”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 12), (Ezekiel 25), (Luke 22)      Today’s 22nd chapter of Luke tells us of the arrest of Jesus, it is quite detailed and we pondered the probability that some in the crowd that came to arrest him and brought him to the High Priest’s house later believed and joined the early believers on the Day of Pentecost or soon after. Luke and the other gospel writers

2809, 2019

Thought for September 28th. “DO NOT BE TERRIFIED”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 11), (Ezekiel 24), (Luke 21)       How natural it is to be terrified when all the things around us are falling apart: The earthquakes and Hurricanes are recent examples of this.  When Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple, the disciples were very anxious to know when, what sign there would be when it was about to happen. Our reading in Luke 21 shows how

2709, 2019

Thought for September 27th. “WHO PRETENDED TO BE SINCERE”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 10), (Ezekiel 23), (Luke 20)     What a lot of pretense there is in the world.  So many create an ‘image’ to project before others!  While politicians are probably the best example of this, let us not practice any self-deception, for such is our own human nature; the spirit of the age cannot help but have some influence on us.     The ‘medicine’ to correct this is

2609, 2019

Thought for September 26th. “BUT HIS CITIZENS HATED HIM” 

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

Today's readings... (1 Chronicles 9), (Ezekiel 22), (Luke 19)       We read today in Luke 19 that Jesus told “a parable … because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately” [v.11]  Jesus was the centre of attention of the ordinary people, he had a triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a colt. (v.30-38).  The crowd rejoiced but how many thought about his parable?     It

2509, 2019

Thought for September 25th. “NEVERTHELESS WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMES …”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 8), (Ezekiel 21), (Luke 18)       Today we read the parable of the persistent widow who kept coming to the judge in her city asking “justice against my adversary” – but this “judge neither feared God nor respected men” [Luke 18 v.23].  We get the impression some countries today have many judges like that, maybe it would resonate in the minds of some of Jesus’

2409, 2019

Thought for September 24th. “WHOEVER SEEKS TO PRESERVE HIS LIFE WILL …”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 7), (Ezekiel 20), (Luke 17)                                                                                                 Those who read the Bible regularly know that the shortest verse is “Jesus wept” [John 11 v.35].  It occurs when Jesus comes to the tomb of Lazarus after he had been dead 4 days.  Everyone is weeping, the two sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha were there, they were grief stricken and at this point Jesus himself wept, but very

2309, 2019

Thought for September 23rd. “BUT GOD KNOWS YOUR HEARTS”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 6), (Ezekiel 19), (Luke 16) Our chapter (19) in Ezekiel is called a “lamentation for the princes of Israel” – it is a ‘parable’ describing the utter failure of these “princes” to perform their role – until, in the end “there remains … no sceptre for ruling” [v.14]. We can apply that parable to the failure of Christianity today – and for many years past. In

2209, 2019

Thought for September 22nd. “JOY BEFORE THE ANGELS OF GOD”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 5), (Ezekiel 18), (Luke 15)       Our readings today in both Ezekiel and Luke highlight how God looks to see a repentant spirit among individuals and when it happens “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” [Luke 15 v.10].      We noted the emphasis on one sinner.  The Jewish communal way of life under the Law of Moses around the

2109, 2019

Thought for September 21st.  “UNLESS YOU REPENT YOU WILL…”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 4), (Ezekiel 17), (Luke 13), (Luke 14)      Sin is not a word people use these days.  People who do wrong, try hard to avoid any punishment.  The prominent and wealthy employ expensive lawyers to help them avoid or minimize punishment.  In the days of Jesus, people were expected to recognise that God was involved in causing events which brought punishment for their sins; the