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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 …”

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

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

2301, 2020

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

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

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

2201, 2020

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

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

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

2101, 2020

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

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

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

2001, 2020

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

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

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

2001, 2020

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

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

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

1701, 2020

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

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

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

1701, 2020

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

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

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

1601, 2020

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

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

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

1501, 2020

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

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

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

1401, 2020

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

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

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

1301, 2020

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

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

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

1301, 2020

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

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

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

1101, 2020

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

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

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

1001, 2020

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

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

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

901, 2020

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

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

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

801, 2020

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

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

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

701, 2020

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

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

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

601, 2020

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

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

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

501, 2020

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

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

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

501, 2020

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

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

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

401, 2020

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

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

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

301, 2020

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

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

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

201, 2020

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

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

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

101, 2020

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

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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 …”

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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” 

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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”

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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 …”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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 ….”

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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”

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

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”

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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”

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

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 …”

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

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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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 

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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 …”

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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”

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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…”

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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

2009, 2019

Thought for September 20th. “AN EVERLASTING COVENANT”

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Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 3), (Ezekiel 16), (Luke 12)       Ezekiel is told by the LORD to “make known to Jerusalem her abominations” [Ch.16 v.2]  He develops an elaborate parable that begins with all the blessings the people had experienced through the LORD who “entered into a covenant with you” [v.8]. This was at Sinai – through Moses.  In v. 14 we read “your renown went forth among the

1909, 2019

Thought for September 19th. “WHEN YOUR EYE IS HEALTHY”

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

Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 2), (Ezekiel 15), (Luke 11)       In today’s chapter (11) Luke records some of the sayings of Jesus which require careful thought and comparison with other scriptures to unravel our Lord’s underlying meaning. In v. 33 he comments on the correct use of lamps, needed when there is darkness – and then speaks of darkness as being both literal and spiritual.     Jesus next says, “Your

1809, 2019

Thought for September 18th. ” … AND YET COMES TO THE PROPHET” 

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Today's readings.. (1 Chronicles 1), (Ezekiel 14), (Luke 10)       Ezekiel is recognised as a man in touch with God, as a true prophet, by the “elders of Israel” [14 v.1], they are all together in captivity.  They had been taken into captivity because of their godlessness. Note God’s attitude about those who came to listen to Ezekiel for God knew their hearts.  He writes, “the word of the

1709, 2019

Thought for September 17th. “I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER …”    

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Today's readings... (2 Kings 24), (2 Kings 25), (Ezekiel 13), (Luke 9)      The finish of today’s chapter in Luke is about three different people and the reasons they gave for delaying putting into practice their decision to follow Jesus. “I will follow you wherever you go” they had said.  It had been exciting to follow Jesus, amazing things had been happening, food had been provided – miraculously –

1609, 2019

Thought for September 16th. “IN HIS RIGHT MIND”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 22), (2 Kings 23), (Ezekiel 12), (Luke 8)    Of all the miracles Jesus did the one that usually creates the most comment and questions is the occasion when he healed the madman among the tombs and sent his “demons” into a herd of pigs and they all drowned.  The most important thing is to realize the purpose of Jesus in the way this healing happened. 

1509, 2019

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

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

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

1409, 2019

Thought for September 14th. “YOUR REWARD IS GREAT IN HEAVEN”

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

Today's readings... (2 kings 20), (Ezekiel 10), (Luke 6)       Our reading of Luke Ch. 6 today is a briefer form of what we call ‘the sermon on the mount’ that’s  in Matt. Ch.’s 5,6 & 7. Luke, who travelled with Paul to Rome and was in Rome with him (2 Tim. 4 v.11), wrote his gospel primarily for Gentiles.  We saw in Luke 1 v.3 that it was

1309, 2019

Thought for September 13th. “THAT ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD MAY KNOW …”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 19), (Ezekiel 9), (Luke 5)       Our thoughts today flowed on from yesterday’s.  We read King Hezekiah’s prayer and then Isaiah’s prophecy as recorded in 2 King’s 19.  History continually repeats itself, human powers constantly rise, wane and fall; we have seen that with the rise, fall and rise again of the Russian Empire.     The ‘picture’ in this chapter is how the boasting of the

1209, 2019

Thought for September 12th. “WE TRUST IN THE LORD OUR GOD”

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

Today's readings.. (2 Kings 18), (Ezekiel 8), (Luke 4)       What is it to trust – and to show your trust by your actions?  That is, specifically, in the LORD as your God? We read in 2 Kings 18 today of an outstanding King who came to the throne in Jerusalem, “and he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his

1109, 2019

Thought for September 11th. “WHAT THEN SHALL WE DO?” 

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

Today's readings.. (2 kings 17), (Ezekiel 7), (Luke 3)       Our 3 readings today have, in a sense, a common theme.  Luke ch. 3 gives us the message that John the Baptist preached in the wilderness; but first we noted his opening 3 verses.  Luke was a real historian and he gives details of 5 different Gentiles who were in power when John began his preaching. Sceptics in the

1009, 2019

THOUGHT FOR SEPTEMBER 10TH. “AND HIS MOTHER TREASURED UP….”

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TODAY'S READINGS.. (2 KINGS 16), (EZEKIEL 6), (LUKE 2) What a challenging, but also wonderful, life Mary had. We read today the 2nd ch. of Luke’s gospel which details far more than the other gospel’s the early events in the life of Jesus. The danger is that our very familiarity with some of these incidents may cloud our perception and resultant meditation on their full significance. Let us not miss

909, 2019

Thought for September 9th. “AT THE NINTH HOUR”  

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

809, 2019

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

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 Today's readings... (2 kings 14), (Ezekiel 4), (2 Corinthians 12), (2 Corinthians 13)                                                                                                                We made reference yesterday to those who “measure themselves” against each other  – and how this is seen in  attitudes in such as politicians.  We now read in Corinthians of Paul’s comments of the things he could boast about - if he wanted to.     The final chapters illustrate that boastful attitudes were still a problem

709, 2019

Thought for September 7th. “THEY MEASURE THEMSELVES BY ONE ANOTHER”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 13), (Ezekiel 3), (2 Corinthians 10), (2 Corinthians 11)       It is human nature to constantly draw comparisons between “us” and “them.”  This is particularly evident in the “game” of politics.  Paul, as he starts to draw his 2nd letter to the Corinthians to a conclusion, expresses concern about certain influences upon them which were not spiritually healthy. He writes, “the weapons of our warfare

609, 2019

Thought for September 6th. “IMPUDENT AND STUBBORN”

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Today's readings.. (2 kings 11), (2 Kings 12), (Ezekiel 2), (2 Corinthians 8), (2 Corinthians 9)       Yesterday we started reading the book of Ezekiel.  He is a priest (1 v.3) and is with those taken into captivity and placed by the Babylonians “by the Chebar canal” [v,3].  Jerusalem and the Temple have not yet been destroyed, indeed we calculate from the dates given, that its’ destruction is still

509, 2019

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

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 10), (Ezekiel 1), (2 Corinthians 5), (2 Corinthians 6), (2 Corinthians 7)       Today we read 3 short but remarkable chapters in 2nd Corinthians. Paul has learnt through the coming of Titus the blessing that spiritual life and attitudes are improving in Corinth. He writes, “God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also

409, 2019

Thought for September 4th. “THAT IS NOT TRUE”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 9), (Lamentations 5), (2 Corinthians 3), (2 Corinthians 4)       What is true? We live in a world abundant with half-truths and misleading information; those in authority are expert at ‘bending’ the truth.  What of the truth about God?  We suspect that underlying all the ‘denial’ by academics, &c, people still have in their hearts an underlying concept of God. Is not this concept ‘fed’

309, 2019

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

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Today's readings.. (2 kings 8), (Lamentations 4), (2 Corinthians 1), (2 Corinthians 2)  We live in extremely uncertain times. Times of anger , war and violence.  Children can sense the attitudes of older people and acute anxieties ‘transmit’ into their minds so that they need the reassurance of faithful parents.  When such is absent, they are perplexed.    In this ungodly 21st Century genuine reassurance that comes from real faith

209, 2019

Thought for September 2nd. “BUT THIS I CALL TO MIND”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 7), (Lamentations 3), (1 Corinthians 16)       Such are the means of modern communication rarely a day goes past without us hearing some news of events that are causing anxiety – even distress – among believers in some part of the world.  We reflected on this as we continued reading Jeremiah’s brief book of Lamentations.   It was obviously written after the tragedy of Jerusalem’s fall

109, 2019

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

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Today's readings... (2 Kings 6), (Lamentations 2), (1 Corinthians 15)       Paul expresses himself from his heart in the above words.  After his astonishing encounter with Christ on the Damascus Rd he was overwhelmed by a sense of utter appreciation – followed by total commitment in the service of Christ for the rest of his life. Our oft quoted chapter 15 in Corinthians today – must be read slowly,

3108, 2019

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

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 5), (Lamentations 1), (1 Corinthians 14)       Today we read the completion of Paul’s earnest advice to the Corinthians to cease their misuse of the gift of speaking in tongues, that is, other languages, as had taken place in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).  He sets the gift of tongues in contrast to the gift of prophecy – this gift did not

3008, 2019

Thought for August 30th. “… THE SAME CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 4), (Jeremiah 52), (1 Corinthians 12), (1 Corinthians 13)       The church at Corinth was not functioning very well.  Today’s chapters (12 & 13) are about their misuse of the gifts of the Spirit that the first generation or two of believers were privileged to possess – it gave added impetus in the establishment of the church. The word church means the body of believers,

2908, 2019

Thought for August 29th. “THE HEAD OF CHRIST IS GOD”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 3), (Jeremiah 51), (1 Corinthians 11)       Today’s chapter 11 in 1 Corinthians starts, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”  Paul, from the time Christ made himself known to him, had been the ‘role model’ (a phrase often used today) of his life. So many follow strange ‘role models’ today – but the Scriptures have the true ‘role models’ for us –

2808, 2019

Thought for August 28th. “THIS IS THE VENGEANCE OF THE LORD”

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Today's readings.. (2 Kings 1), (2 Kings 2), (Jeremiah 50), (1 Corinthians 10)       It is wonderful to see the way the Almighty – our Heavenly Father – loves his creation.  But what happens when there is – endlessly – no response to his love, no appreciation of his creation – a total denial that he created it?  Our meditations on this arose from our long chapter (50) in

2708, 2019

Thought for August 27th.  “BUT I HATE HIM FOR HE NEVER …”

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Today's readings.. (1 kings 22), (Jeremiah 49), (1 Corinthians 8), (1 corinthians 9)     In the last chapter of 1 Kings today, is about prophets, human prophets.   The kings of the northern kingdom of Israel gathered a lot of – what we might describe by the modern phrase  – “hangers on”!  Such always aim to be optimistic about the future and tell the king of their optimism – the king

2608, 2019

Thought for August 26th. “…YOUR UNDIVIDED DEVOTION TO THE LORD” 

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Today's readings.. (1 kings 21), (Jeremiah 48), (1 Corinthians 7)      Today’s chapter in Corinthians is an answer to specific situations there.  However, it contains many principles which apply to believers in all ages. Paul is responding to “matters about which you wrote” [1 Cor.7 v.1] and it is like hearing one side of a conversation.   Corinth was a very immoral city and the idolatry and fleshly living that

2508, 2019

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

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Today's readings.. (1 kings 20), (Jeremiah 47), (1 Corinthians 6)       There are many things we do not know – but most of these “many things” are of no serious consequence. Paul addresses the Corinthians as to the things it is essential they understand – and the most challenging are his comments on their lack of spiritual perception of the reality of their relationship with things Divine.   The believers

2408, 2019

Thought for August 24th. “What are you doing here, Elijah?

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Today's readings.. (1 kings 19), (Jeremiah 45), (Jeremiah 46), (1 Corinthians 4), (1 Corinthians 5)    Elijah showed he was a man of great faith when he challenged the wicked king Ahab on Mount Carmel, fire miraculously burnt up his offering and 450 prophets of Baal were killed. Then three and a half years of drought came dramatically to an end!  But after that he had a remarkable collapse of

2308, 2019

Thought for August 23rd. ” … WILL DISCLOSE THE PURPOSES OF THE HEART”

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Today's readings.. (1 kings 18), (Jeremiah 44), (1 Corinthians 3)       How we respond to challenging events “will disclose the purposes of the heart” [1 Cor. 4 v.5] and reveal to our Lord – and to ourselves - if we are honest with ourselves - the real purposes, the real objectives that dominate our minds.  The Bible contains numerous examples of this and we read several today.      Elijah challenges

2208, 2019

Thought for August 22nd. “IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 17), (Jeremiah 43) (1 Corinthians 1), (1 Corinthians 2)     Today we start reading the first letter to the Corinthians.  There are many believers there; Paul had spent much time there and his letters to them total 29 chapters containing a great many lessons appropriate for us today.  The return of the Lord was very much in his mind, but he had no idea when; he

2108, 2019

Thought for August 21st. “THE LORD YOUR GOD”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 16), (Jeremiah 42), (Mark 16)       Jeremiah tells us that after all the more important people were taken away to Babylon those who remained in Judah were in disarray.  The one the Babylonians had put in charge (Gedaliah) had been murdered and others also (Ch.40 v.1-8); the murderers fled to the Ammonites.(v.15).     Today’s chapter (41)  tells us how the remaining people “from the least

2008, 2019

Thought for August 20th. ” … STIRRED UP THE CROWD”

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Today's readings... (1 Kings 15), (Jeremiah 41), (Mark 15)       As we reflected on our Mark 15 reading we noted how the evil “chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him (Pilate) release for them Barabbas instead” of Jesus (v.11)  The role of the “crowd” is often a significant factor in the course of events. We have read earlier in the book of Kings of the harmony and

1908, 2019

Thought for August 19th. “…. UNBEARABLE NEWS FOR YOU”   

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 14), (Jeremiah 40), (Mark 14)    Have you heard of the prophet Ahijah?  He plays a small but significant role during the reign of Solomon and also later. First, God sends him to Jeroboam, during Solomon’s reign, to tell him (1 Kings 11 v.29-39) that he would become king over most of Israel after Solomon’s death.  God’s message to Jeroboam, via Ahijah was, “if you will

1808, 2019

Thought for August 18th. “FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 13), (Jeremiah 39), (Mark 13)       Today we have read the challenging text of Mark – his record of the words of Jesus (Ch. 13) in what we usually call the ‘Olivet prophecy’.  The disciples had been astonished by his prediction that the Temple they had just praised would be destroyed.  Four of them “asked him privately ‘Tell us when will these things be, and

1708, 2019

Thought for August 17th. “JEREMIAH SANK IN THE MUD”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 12), (Jeremiah 38), (Mark 12)       Jeremiah’s tests of faith now reached new heights, but God had prepared him for this - just as he did with Abraham, for we recall his increasing tests of faith.  The king’s officials had pressured the king, they said to him, “Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are

1608, 2019

Thought for August 16th. “HAVE FAITH IN GOD”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 11), (Jeremiah 37), (Mark 11)       It is relatively easy to tell each other to “have faith in God” when there is no pressure on us and life is relatively peaceful; it can be much harder when the ‘storm clouds’ of trouble are looming all around us.  Today we read of this happening to Jeremiah and to Jesus – and both knew what an awesome

1508, 2019

thought for August 15th. “WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 10), (Jeremiah 36), (Mark 10)       A feature of our godless world is the minimising of the value of marriage.  How few exchange vows that their union is taking place in the sight of God!    Those who still do so must be fully conscious of the all-seeing, all-hearing and all-knowing presence of God; read Psalm 139.      After Jesus said that in marriage a man must

1408, 2019

Thought for August 14th. “THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 9), (Jeremiah 35), (Mark 9)       Jesus said many things his disciples did not at first understand, it was only the events that followed that led to their understanding – and they are explained to them.  This is part of the challenge in reading the Bible – our continuous reading should encourage us to read and search further and increase our understanding. By comparing Scriptures

1308, 2019

Thought for August 13th. YOU ONLY, KNOW THE HEARTS OF ALL”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 8), (Jeremiah 34), (Mark 8)      The magnificent temple Solomon built was opened and dedicated.  Consider the words Solomon used in addressing God!  “Whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart and stretching out his hands toward this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act

1208, 2019

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

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 7), (Jeremiah 33), (Mark 7)    How do we worship?  What is worship?  Unless we have a heartfelt awe of God there will be fundamental flaws in our worship.     Our first aim must be to make sure we are approaching God and His Son in the way he desires.  Our second aim should be to try to guide others to worship God in the way and

1008, 2019

Thought for August 11th. “NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR YOU”

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Today's readings.. (1 kings 6), (Jeremiah 32), (Mark 6)       The book of Jeremiah confuses us a little because it is not in chronological order.  Today’s 32nd chapter starts by telling us the word of the LORD came to him “in the tenth year of Zedekiah” [v.1] “At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem” [v.2].  We do not know which month, but ch.

1008, 2019

Thought for August 10th. “BREADTH OF MIND”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 4), (1 Kings 5), (Jeremiah 31), (Mark 5)       Let us grasp the sense of the phrase “breadth of mind” which occurs in our 1 Kings reading today.  It is the result of God responding to King Solomon’s request for wisdom.   We read “The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, ‘Ask what I shall give you’ “ [1 Kings

908, 2019

Thought for August 9th. “IN THE LATTER DAYS YOU WILL UNDERSTAND”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 3), (Jeremiah 30), (Mark 4)       Our chapter (30) in Jeremiah is intriguing. The last verse challenges our thinking, “The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind.  In the latter days you will understand this.”    In the chapter’s opening verses Jeremiah is told, “Thus says the LORD … write in a book

808, 2019

Thought for August 8th. “GUILTY OF AN ETERNAL SIN”

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Todays's readings.. (1 Kings 20), (Jeremiah 29), (Mark 3)        Imagine you are living in Israel as reports about what Jesus is doing and saying spread.  Our reading in Mark shows what contrasting reactions took place.  The worst reactions were among those who felt their positions of authority were under threat.  It also came from those who were proud of their interpretations of the very letter of the laws

708, 2019

Thought for August 7th. “WHEN JESUS SAW THEIR FAITH”

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Today's readings.. (1 Kings 1), (Jeremiah 28), (Mark 2)       Today we have the account of` a miracle of Jesus that we tend to remember most. Jesus had now become so sought after that it was sometimes difficult to see and hear him.  There is a paralysed man who lay on a bed that 4 friends carried, but it was impossible for them to bring him anywhere near Jesus.

608, 2019

Thought for August 6th. “THE ANGER OF THE LORD WAS KINDLED …”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 24), (Jeremiah 27), (Mark 1)      The final chapter in 2 Samuel begins by telling us “again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.”  We are not told why God was angry, there is no indication that it was comparable with his anger in the days of Jeremiah resulting in the Temple and the city being destroyed.      We suggest his anger with

508, 2019

Thought for August 5th. “WHATEVER WAS WRITTEN IN FORMER DAYS …”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 23), (Jeremiah 26), (Romans 15), (Romans 16)       As we complete reading Paul’s letter to the Romans we note his point that “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” [15 v.4]  “The Scriptures” are, of course, the Old Testament.  Paul wanted the Gentile Christian converts in Rome

408, 2019

Thought for August 4th. “EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS …”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 22), (Jeremiah 25), (Romans 13), (Romans 14)       In today’s chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans Paul is urging harmony between believers.  He asks, “Who are you to pass judgement on the servant of another?” [14 v.4]  He tells them “not to quarrel over opinions” [v.1].  He gives examples; the first is disagreements over observing specific days (v.6); the second is on what believers

308, 2019

Thought for August 3rd. ” … BY THE MERCIES OF GOD”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 20), (@ Samuel 21), (Jeremiah 24), (Romans 12)        Today we have a really special chapter – Romans 12.  Its’ 21 verses all provoke deep thought for meditation. Let’s start with verse 1, ‘I appeal to you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” The more we sense

208, 2019

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

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 19), (Jeremiah 23), (Romans 10), (Romans 11)       Our 4 chapters listed for today are of great interest. David is re-installed as king, causing great heart-searching among those who had been drawn away to follow his vain son Absalom: an example of the type of leader many have followed or elected in recent years with Hitler being by far the worst example.     Our chapter in

108, 2019

Thought for August 1st. “IT DEPENDS … ON GOD WHO HAS MERCY” 

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 18), (Jeremiah 22), (Romans 9)       The special lesson we learn today, in what we can call ‘the bottom line’ is that in the end everything depends upon God’s mercy toward us – because no one can “earn” salvation by their own righteousness. We read of David’s distress of mind over Absalom; his emotional love for his wayward son would not allow him to think

3107, 2019

Thought for July 31st. “HE WHO SEARCHES HEARTS KNOWS … “

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 17), (Jeremiah 21), (Romans 7), (Romans 8)       Paul’s 7th and 8th chapters of Romans are among the most profound in the whole Bible.  We must beware of taking any verse out of context, these chapters are the climax to chapters 5 & 6 we read yesterday.      At the very beginning of the Bible we read how the spirit of God was moving over the

3007, 2019

Thought for July 30th. “THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 16), (Jeremiah 20), (Romans 5), (Romans 6)                                                              What is grace?  Simple question, but the answer is not exactly simple. The 4 words in our heading, “that grace may abound” are at the start of Ch. 6 in today’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans. Let’s try to understand the way in which ‘grace’ operates.  The word ‘grace’ became a special word for Paul! 

2907, 2019

Thought for July 29th. “HE GREW STRONG IN HIS FAITH”

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 Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 15), (Jeremiah 19), (Romans 3), (Romans 4)                                                                                                      All who decide to serve God and become his sons and daughters through baptism travel along different paths of experience in life.  Paul in his letter to the Romans reflects on the life of Abraham as “he grew strong in faith” and how he became “fully convinced that God was able to do what he promised.” [Ch.

2807, 2019

Thought for July 28th. “BEGINNING AND ENDING IN FAITH” 

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 14), (Jeremiah 18), (Romans 1), (Romans 2)       The first 2 chapters of Romans, which we started reading today, contain some of the most personally challenging thoughts in the Bible.  In its 16 chapters Paul gives a comprehensive overview of the Gospel.  We were struck by the alternative translation (given in a footnote in the ESV) to v.17.  The text reads (taking it in context

2707, 2019

Thought for July 27th. “I THE LORD SEARCH THE HEART”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 13), (Jeremiah 17), (Matthew 28)       There is much food for thought and meditation in our chapter in Jeremiah today (17).  What a burden lay on this prophet, the final prophet to the kings and people in Jerusalem in its final years before God showed the fullness of his anger on the place.     Jeremiah received – to give to the people – a series

2607, 2019

Thought for July 26th. ‘I HAVE SINNED AGAINST THE LORD’

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 12), (Jeremiah 116), (Matthew 27)     As God sees our lives all wrongdoing is against him. Are we sufficiently aware of his oversight of our lives?  Paul became dramatically aware and was to write,  “None of us lives to himself … whether we live or whether we die we are the Lord’s” [Rom. 14, v.7,8].  Therefore, as we read today of David being confronted by the

2507, 2019

Thought for July 25th. “NOT AS I WILL BUT AS YOU WILL”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 11), (Jeremiah 15), (Matthew 26)     Today we read the account of the dreadful last 24 hours or so in the mortal life of our Lord Jesus. Yes, he was mortal, otherwise his death was only a sort of ‘mirage.’  His agony of mind in the Garden of Gethsemane shows he knew what awaited him.  It is possible he reasoned, as he prayed to his father,

2407, 2019

Thought for July 24th. “LORD, WHEN DID WE SEE THEE … ” 

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 10), (Jeremiah 14), (Matthew 25)       Today’s 25th chapter of Matthew contains 3 challenging parables, the Master’s final ones. Just 2 days later (26 v.2) he is arrested and the major purpose of his mortal life on earth unfolds.     The first parable highlights 5 virgins who were wise in taking “a flask of oil with their lamps” [v.4], in case the bridegroom was long in

2307, 2019

Thought for July 23rd. “A TIME OF GREAT TRIBULATION SUCH AS HAS NOT BEEN …”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 8), (2 Samuel 9), (Jeremiah 13), (Matthew 24)                                                                                             ‘The Olivet Prophecy’ as most of today’s reading of Matthew 24 is known - is full of challenging language about events future to that time.   Is it good to think that we have the ‘interpretation’ of its words exactly sorted out?  The phraseology is puzzling in parts and we must recognize some aspects of prophecy only

2207, 2019

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

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

2107, 2019

Thought for July 21st. “FOR MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 6), (Jeremiah 11), (Matthew 22)       One of the most worrying sayings of Jesus is that quoted above, but in looking back on the events of history it makes  sense.  We read in Jeremiah that the call to serve God in the way he desires went unheeded.  Jeremiah is told, as we read today, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in

2007, 2019

Thought for July 20th. “BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 4), (2 Samuel 5), (Jeremiah 10), (Matthew 21)       Matthew in his Gospel is more prolific than the other Gospel writers in quoting the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.  Today we have in his 21st chapter the account of the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (v.4-11). Matthew writes, “this took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying ‘Behold your king

1907, 2019

Thought for July 19th. “FOR IN THESE THINGS I DELIGHT”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 3), (Jeremiah 9), (Matthew 20).       The LORD tells Jeremiah, “ … for in these things I delight.”   These things form a wonderfully positive statement – following after so many words denouncing the ungodliness of the nation.  We can take these words to heart ourselves; challenging words - and those who appreciate the forthright words of the Creator of all things will respond to them.

1807, 2019

Thought for July 18th. “WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER”

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 2), (Jeremiah 8), (Matthew 19)       Our reading in Matthew 19 begins with the Pharisees asking Jesus a key question, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” [v.3] They thought they could catch Jesus with this question; involve him in a disputed matter, maybe make him unpopular?  For Jesus it was an opportunity to reinforce his teaching to his disciples in the

1707, 2019

Thought for July 17th. “IT IS NOT THE WILL OF MY FATHER … “

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Today's readings.. (2 Samuel 1), (Jeremiah 7), (Matthew 18)    One of the most wonderful messages within the Bible concerns the mercy and forgiveness of God.  Today, in Matthew 18 we read the well-known parable of the lost sheep, it is prefaced by the words, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones”[v.10].  This, we conclude means - those seen to be the “least” as the Gk

1107, 2019

Thought for July 11th. “FOR EVERY CARELESS WORD THAT THEY SPEAK”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 24), (Jeremiah 1), (Matthew 12)       Jesus says many things that are very challenging, but few are more challenging than those we read today in Matthew 12 v.36, “I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”      What is a

1007, 2019

Thought for July 10th. “AND ANYONE TO WHOM …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 23), (Isaiah 63), (Matthew 11)       Our chapter in Matthew (11) makes it clear that the teaching of Jesus was a tremendous challenge as he continued his ministry.  “Jesus went on from there to teach and preach in their cities” [v.1]  It is not difficult to imagine the great discussions and debate that took place; the condemnation of the religious leaders adding to the confusion.

907, 2019

Thought for July 9th. “THIS IS THE ONE TO WHOM I WILL LOOK”

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Today's readings..(1 Samuel 21), (1 Samuel 22), (Isaiah 65), (Matthew 10)       Today and tomorrow we read the final 2 chapters of Isaiah.  God expresses through the prophet his lament for those who turn away from him, those who “insulted me” - to whom he says, “do not come near me, for I am too holy for you” [65 v.5,7]      In contrast his true servants “shall sing for

807, 2019

Thought for July 8th. “MAKE YOUR NAME KNOWN

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 20), (Isaiah 64), (Matthew 9)    The word ‘name’ is often used in Scripture in the sense of reputation.  We use it that way too: someone has a ‘bad name’ or a ‘good name.’   As we complete reading the prophecies of Isaiah in the next couple of days we see references to God’s name in this sense; that his ‘reputation’ has been forgotten, his people

707, 2019

Thought for July 7th. “THE ABUNDANCE OF HIS STEADFAST LOVE”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 19), (Isaiah 63), (Matthew 8)         Isaiah writes, “I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us … [6 v.7] It is good as well as necessary that we think positively about the attitude of God to his creation.  We can – and must – sometimes think of his anger with

607, 2019

Thought for July 6th. “THE GATE IS NARROW”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 18), (Isaiah 62), (Matthew 7)       Today we completed reading the 3 chapters in Matthew (5,6 & 7) which comprise what we call ‘The Sermon on the Mount.’  Today’s chapter is full of challenging precepts as to the way we should live our lives.  Verses 1 to 5 are a warning about being hypocritical; how readily we human beings can see the faults in others

507, 2019

Thought for July 5th. “BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 17), (Isaiah 61), (Matthew 6)       What are our priorities in life?  Do we only find time to think about and do anything in the service of God and our Saviour Jesus in our spare time?   Of course, Sunday’s would be at least partly an exception.     Matthew 6, which we read today, has many challenging words from Jesus.  It’s final verses see Jesus challenging

407, 2019

Thought for July 4th. “IN IT’S TIME, I WILL HASTEN IT”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 16), (Isaiah 60), (Matthew 5)     We have a remarkable chapter in Isaiah today; a number of its verses reflect some in the final chapters in Revelation that we read a few days ago.  They picture the ultimate time to come when the perfect age is reached and the whole world becomes a garden of Eden populated by perfected people.  This is what God intended from

307, 2019

Thought for July 3rd. ” …LED UP BY THE SPIRIT … TO BE TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 15), (Isaiah 59), (Matthew 3), (Matthew 4)       Our Matthew reading brings us to the strange account of the temptation of Jesus by the devil.  The first point to note is that “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  [ch.4 v.1] This shows us that it was God’s Spirit that “led” him to a place of

207, 2019

Thought for July 2nd. “AS IF THEY WERE A NATION THAT DID RIGHTEOUSNESS”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 14), (Isaiah 58), (Matthew 1), (Matthew 2)                                                                                                              Fasting means abstaining; deliberately depriving yourself of something, usually food, as an act of submissive worship. Jesus criticised the religious leaders who “disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others,” deliberately making themselves “look gloomy” [Matt. 6 v. 16].  Jesus classes them as “hypocrites”.    What provoked our thoughts on this was the message

107, 2019

Thought for July 1st. “AFTER HIS OWN HEART”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 13), (Isaiah 56), (Isaiah 57), (Revelation 21), (Revelation 22)                                                                                                                             Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly … your kingdom shall not continue.  The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart.” [1 Samuel 13 v.13,14].  Saul was in trouble, he was in a hopeless military position, the prophet Samuel had come a day later (maybe only hours later) than had been

2906, 2019

Thought for June 30th. ” … WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND”

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Todays's readings.. (1 Samuel 11), (1 Samuel 12), (Isaiah 55), (Revelation 19), (Revelation 20)       Today’s chapter (55) in Isaiah starts with an invitation, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come … “  The next verse asks a question, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy?”   Today

2906, 2019

Thought for June 29th. “FOR IN A SINGLE HOUR ALL THIS GREAT WEALTH …”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 10), (Isaiah 54), (Revelation 17), (REVELATION 18)     The great majority of human beings, apart from many in poor countries, are totally motivated to gain and enjoy wealth.  Of course we need to have some money but Paul wrote, “Keep yourself free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.” [Heb 13 v.5]  Remember our thoughts 2 days ago about those who

2806, 2019

Thought for June 28th. “IT IS WHAT THEY DESERVE”

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Today's readings... (1 Samuel 9), (Isaiah 53), (Revelation 15), (Revelation 16)       Behind every significant event in history has been the “will of the LORD” bringing about things that are “good” or things that are “bad” – more often the latter. This is even sometimes the case with seemingly insignificant events!  In our reading of 1 Samuel 9, donkeys belonging to a Benjamite become lost and the owner’s son,

2706, 2019

Thought for June 27th. ” … BUT TURNED ASIDE AFTER GAIN”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 7), (1 Samuel 8), (Isaiah 52), (Revelation 14)       1 Samuel 8 starts by telling us “when Samuel became old …” and the next few chapters tell us of all the drama that happened in his old age.  The first problem was that Samuel’s sons whom he had made judges “did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain.  They took bribes and

2606, 2019

Thought for June 26th. “THE HEAVENS VANISH LIKE SMOKE”

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Today's readings... (1 Samuel 5), (1 Samuel 6), (ISAIAH 51), (REVELATION 12), (REVELATION 13)       Our readings in Isaiah and Revelation both challenge us with figurative language about the climax of life on earth.  There are many passages in God’s word which make reference to the heavens in a way in which it seems clear they symbolise, in certain contexts, the ruling powers on earth. Through Isaiah God says,

2506, 2019

Thought for June 25th. “MORNING BY MORNING”

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Today's readings... (1 Samuel 4), (Isaiah 50), (Revelation 10), (Revelation 11)      We do not know a great deal about Isaiah’s personal situation.  In John’s Gospel we read that “Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him” [12 v.41], so the seeing was with the eye of faith, a vivid picture in the mind.  Isaiah “saw” what was to come, believing with such total

2406, 2019

Thought for June 24th. “WOE TO THOSE WHO DWELL ON EARTH”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 3), (Isaiah 49), (Revelation 7), (Revelation 8), (Revelation 9)    As we continue reading the final message of Jesus in Revelation we reflect on how much heart searching it has caused believers in every generation.  It’s wonderful visions of an ultimate age of perfection and glory are balanced by the awesome series of woes beforehand. The last 1900 years bear testimony to the judgements that were

2306, 2019

Thought for June 23rd. “THE GREAT DAY OF THEIR WRATH HAS COME”

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Todays's readings... (1 Samuel 2), (Isaiah 48), (Revelation 5), (Revelation 6)       It appears to us as we read the unfolding visions in Revelation that their sequence reveals different aspects of the ‘march’ of human history - as human beings try to avoid their responsibility to their Creator and the Saviour he provided.   These different aspects all climax in the time when “the great ones and the generals and the

2206, 2019

Thought for June 22nd. “DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING”

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Today's readings.. (1 Samuel 1), (Isaiah 46), (Isaiah 47), (Revelation 3), (Revelation 4)       Our readings today all provoke some challenging thoughts. First we read Hannah’s impassioned prayer leading her to tell Eli the priest, “I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD” [1 Sam. 1 v.15] Such is human nature that we usually only do this when there is some real crisis. Hannah proves herself to

2106, 2019

Thought for June 21st. “YOU HAVE ABANDONED THE LOVE YOU HAD AT FIRST”

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

Today's readings.... (Ruth 3), (Ruth 4), (Isaiah 45), (Revelation 1), (Revelation 2)        Today we started reading the thought challenging last book of the Bible.  At the start the symbolic language is clearly explained, assemblies of believers (which is what the word for ‘church’ means) are called “lampstands” (1 v.20 – candlesticks in the old A V – places where light should shine forth).    The book is “a revelation

2006, 2019

Thought for June 20th. “THE HAND OF THE LORD HAS GONE OUT AGAINST ME” 

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  Today's readings.. (Ruth 1), (Ruth 2), (Isaiah 44), (Jude 1) The account of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi has a special message for us in encouraging us to see the ‘bigger picture’ of life, the picture as God sees it.  Because of a severe famine Naomi with her husband and 2 sons move from Bethlehem to Moab. Some years pass but then her husband dies and she “was left with

1906, 2019

Thought for June 19th.”THIS IS LOVE THAT WE WALK … “

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Today's readings.. (Judges 21), (Isaiah 43), (2 John 1) (3 John 1) What is love?  As we read the aged disciple John’s final two short Epistles, his use of the word “love” jumps out at us. He writes how, “I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth  … and this is love, that we walk according to his commandments.” [2 John v.4,6] This is how

1806, 2019

Thought for June 18th. “THE VICTORY THAT HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD …”

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Today's readings.. (Judges 20), (Isaiah 42), (1 John 5) “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?  That’s is a fundamental question – and the answer is simple!  Or is it?  Consider what happened in the First Century – beginning with

1706, 2019

Thought for June 17th. “SEE WHAT KIND OF LOVE” 

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Today's readings.. (Judges 19), (Isaiah 41), (1John 3), (1 John 4) Our chapter in the First Epistle of John (Ch. 3) starts with the above words!  Love comes in different “kinds” and fully genuine love is proved by the actions that follow.   When we get to v.18 we read, “let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”   That kind of love should create

1606, 2019

Thought for June 16th. “BUT THEY WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD SHALL …”

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

  Today's readings... Judges 17), (Judges 18), (Isaiah 40), (1 John 1), (1 John 2)      Today we read the fascinating 40th chapter of Isaiah which was largely taken and put to music in the Oratorio ‘The Messiah’ about 250 years ago.   It begins “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem … that her warfare is ended and her iniquity is pardoned.” Jerusalem has been

1506, 2019

Thought for June 15th.”HE DID NOT KNOW THE LORD HAD LEFT HIM”

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

 Today's readings... (Judges 16), (Isaiah 39), (2 Peter 3) The list in Hebrews of those who are named as examples of faith has some surprising inclusions and Samson is one of them.   None of those in the list lived ‘perfect’ or blameless lives, but all had times in which they displayed great faith in God.   We have just read the accounts of Samson’s remarkable strength because his hair had never

1406, 2019

Thought for June 14th. “IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR THEM … “

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  Today's readings... (Judges 14), (Judges 15), (Isaiah 38) (2 Peter 1), (2 Peter 2) We read the first 2 chapters of Peter’s second epistle today and he, like Paul in his 2nd letter to Timothy, is nearing the end of his mortal life.   Peter is greatly concerned that all too many who had accepted Jesus as their Saviour were losing their commitment and turning back to fleshly ways of

1306, 2019

Thought for June 13th. “WHICH IN GOD’S SIGHT IS VERY PRECIOUS”

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Today's readings.. (Judges 12), (Judges 13), (Isaiah 37), (1 Peter 3), (1 Peter 4), (1 Peter 5) What is “very precious” in “God’s sight”?  The 3rd chapter of Peter’s First Epistle includes a message addressed specifically to wives.    He writes, “… wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their

1206, 2019

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

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Today's readings... (Judges 10), (Judges 11), (Isaiah 26), (1 Peter 2) Peter’s letters contain so much that is appropriate to life today and the circumstances that challenge those struggling to believe and develop their faith in God. This is equally true of those who have spent a lifetime as believers but now struggle in a world that has become almost totally godless.  The world distracts us from taking “the pure

1106, 2019

Thought for June 11th. “PREPARING YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION”

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Today's readings.. (Judges 9), (Isaiah 35), (1 Peter 1) What are you going to do today?  Some people act and speak on the spur of the moment – and when they do they sometimes regret it afterwards.  We began reading the first letter of Peter today and it occurred to us that Peter’s comment to his readers about “preparing your minds for action” may reflect on his own impulsiveness in

1006, 2019

Thought for June 10th. “BE PATIENT, ESTABLISH YOUR HEARTS”

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Today's readings.. (Judges 7), (Judges 8), (Isaiah 34), (James 5) Our chapter (34) in Isaiah today clearly has some application to our days.  This is further illustrated by the way it flows into the next chapter which is so evidently a picture of life in God’s Kingdom: this chapter is often quoted and some of its verses form part of our hymns about the kingdom. The vision presented in today’s chapter

906, 2019

Thought for June 9th. “BE OUR ARM EVERY MORNING”

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Today's readings.. (Judges 9), (Isaiah 33), (James 3), (James 4) Our Bible readings today provoked a great multitude of thoughts.  Isaiah 33 is quite a mixture and may be better if it had been broken up into 2 or 3 short chapters.  Verse 2 is a delightful ‘prayer’ we can start the day with, “O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our

806, 2019

Thought for June 8th. “I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY WORKS”  

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Today's readings.. (Judges 4), (Judges 5), (Isaiah 32), (James 2) Today we read the challenging second chapter of James which tells us it is not enough to just talk about our faith, it has to become evident by what it causes us to do. James bluntly wrote, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”[v.17]  Now James was writing to believers among the 12 tribes [v.1] who

706, 2019

Thought for June 7th. “WHOSE FURNACE IS IN JERUSALEM”

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Today's readings.. (Judges 2), (Judges 3), (Isaiah 31), (James 1) Our chapter in Isaiah (31) ends with a declaration by “the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.”  But, ignoring the chapter break, note the very next words, “Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.”  Then looking on to v.17, “… and the effect of righteousness will be peace,

606, 2019

Thought for May 6th. “LET MARRIAGE BE HELD IN HONOUR”

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Today's readings.. (Judges 1), (Isaiah 30), (Hebrews 13) The final chapter of Hebrews contains several straightforward statements which are just as much needed today – if not more so – as in the First Century. “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body (of Christ).” [v.3] We have been hearing quite a number of

506, 2019

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

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  Today's readings.. (Joshua 23), (Joshua 24), (Isaiah 29), (Hebrews 12) Today we came to the end of the book of Joshua, and as Moses had done, Joshua, sensing his approaching death says, “and now I am about to go the way of all the earth” [23 v.14] – now note what he then said, “…. Since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as he

406, 2019

Thought for June 4th. “THE CONVICTION OF THINGS NOT SEEN” 

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Today's readings... (Joshua 22), (Isaiah 28), (Hebrews 11) The Romans at first called Christians Atheists!  This is shown in the records that have been found written by Roman historians early in the 2nd Century. Christians were seen as people who were worshipping something that could not be seen!  The Romans could see their gods, but their gods were the work of men’s hands! These were our thoughts as we read

306, 2019

Thought for June 3rd. “… IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE” 

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 20), (Joshua 21), (Isaiah 26), (Isaiah 27), (Hebrews 10) In Isaiah and Hebrews today we have some heart stirring verses.  Isaiah says to the Almighty, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in you” [ Ch. 26 v.3]  One can live surrounded by confusion, as Paul often did, but still have peace of mind. Isaiah writes of the ideal

206, 2019

Thought for June 2nd. “PURIFY OUR CONSCIENCE FROM … “

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   Today's readings.. (Joshua 19), (Isaiah 25), (Hebrews 8), (Hebrews 9) We live in a world where “conscience” is rarely mentioned.  If someone is accused of wrong doing, they usually do their utmost to dodge around the accusations and imply they are “innocent” – if they have to admit anything, they resort to saying something was  ‘inappropriate’ – never that they told a lie!  This is especially the case with politicians. 

106, 2019

Thought for June 1st. “HOW LONG WILL YOU PUT OFF … “

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

Today's readings.. (Joshua 18), (Isaiah 24), (Hebrews 6), (Hebrews 7) We continue to read the book of Joshua (a name which is the same as ‘Jesus’ and means ‘Saviour’) and we see Joshua urging of the nation, now in their promised land, to go and take possession and settle in the area of the land that had been allotted to them. Five of the tribes had done this, but today’s

3105, 2019

May 31st. “IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE”

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 Today's readings.. (Joshua 17), (Isaiah 23), (Hebrews 3), (Hebrews 4), (Hebrews 5) Continuing our reading of Hebrews, we notice more of its many quotations from the Old Testament.  Many of these quotations contain that significant little word “IF” !  The major theme is that the readers should learn from the failures of the past and not make the same mistakes, but will “hear” what is written.   In chapter 3 v.4

3005, 2019

Thought for May 30th. “… HE HAS SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 16), (Isaiah 22), (Hebrews 1), (Hebrews 2)     Today we started to read the letter to the Hebrews.  It does not tell us who wrote it.  We are not sure it was Paul; at the very end (13 v.23) it comments that “our brother Timothy has been released” – was Paul still alive then?        One early tradition is that Barnabas wrote it, but it

2905, 2019

Thought for May 29th. “REFRESH MY HEART IN CHRIST”

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 Today's readings.. (Joshua 15), (Isaiah 20),(Isaiah 21), (Philemon 1) Today we read Paul’s shortest letter, a unique personal message between one brother and another – and it teaches us one particular valuable lesson. Philemon is a special associate of Paul, he calls him, “our beloved fellow worker” [v.1] and says, “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of

2805, 2019

Thought for May 28th. “IN THAT DAY”

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  Today's readings... (Joshua14), (Isaiah 19), (Titus 1),(Titus 2), (Titus 3) Five times we find this phrase in today’s chapter in Isaiah (19); each of them has either a latter day or an even later application.  They are quite specific; there is nothing vague about them.  In Isaiah’s time Egypt was still a major power and was contending with Assyria for influence and control in the world, but long before

2705, 2019

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

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Today's readings... (Joshua 13), (Isaiah 17), (Isaiah 18), (2 Timothy 3), (2 Timothy 4) Several prophecies in Isaiah attracted our attention in our readings 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, 2019

Thought for May 26th. ” … RATHER THAN LOVERS OF GOD”

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   Today's readings.. (Joshua 12), (Isaiah 16), (2 Timothy 2)                          ` “But understand this,” that is how our reading in 2 Timothy Chapter 3 starts; Paul’s thoughts flow on from the previous chapter.  Chapter 3 is familiar to most as a chapter often used at talks about “the last days”.  The chapter brings out two particular points.  It

2505, 2019

Thought for May 25th. “YOUR SINCERE FAITH, A FAITH THAT DWELT … “

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

   Today's readings ...  (Joshua 11), (Isaiah 15), (2 Timothy 1). The final letter of the Apostle Paul was his second letter to Timothy.  His opening verses after his usual greeting is to write of Timothy’s faith.  Note how he expresses it, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you

2405, 2019

Thought for May 24th. “BUT AS FOR YOU … PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 10), (Isaiah 14), (1 Timothy 6). Righteousness?  In the very earliest translations of the Bible into English this word was spelt right-wise-ness!  Interesting – we like to think of it as indicating that the only wise way to live our lives was always to aim to do right – that is, right by God’s standards..  Paul, in concluding his first letter to Timothy tells him that he

2305, 2019

Thought for May 23rd. “GODLINESS IS OF VALUE IN EVERY WAY”

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Todays readings.. (Joshua 9), (Isaiah 13), (1 Timothy 4), (1 Timothy 5) What is godliness?  Is the answer obvious?  It should be, but in a world that increasingly does not believe in God, let alone read the Bible, few have a clear idea of what godliness is!  Do we?  We are reading Paul’s letters to “Timothy, my true child in the faith” (1 Tim 1:2).  Paul had urged him to

2205, 2019

Thought for May 22nd. ” … ALL THAT IS WRITTEN”

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Today's readings ... (Joshua 8), (Isaiah 12), (1 Timothy 1), (1 Timothy 2), (1 Timothy 3) Over the last few days we have been reading about the conquests of the Israelites after they crossed the Jordan.  The account of the conquest of Jericho is well known and the way the walls fell down. Then there was a setback in achieving what had appeared to be an easy task in conquering

2105, 2019

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

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  Today's readings.. (Joshua 7), (Isaiah 11), (2 Thessalonians 3) Today, more than ever before, we live in a herd environment, a human herd.  Mass advertising in a great variety of media confronts us hour after hour, this creates 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. 3:9]

2005, 2019

Thought for May 20th. “THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL”

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Today's readings.. (Joshua 5-6), (Isaiah 10), (2Thess. 1)(1Thess.2) Today’s chapter in Isaiah reveals how God uses evil nations, in this case the Assyrians, as His axe, rod or saw to deal with other nations He had decided to punish - often that nation was His own  people Israel.  These nations think they are achieving their successes by their own strength – and so, in one sense they are, but God

1905, 2019

Thought for May 19th. “NO COMPASSION … EVERY MOUTH SPEAKS FOLLY”

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

Today's readings... Joshua 3&4, Isaiah 9, 1Thessalonians 5 Four times, the first three being in today’s reading of the 9th chapter of Isaiah, the prophet’s message is, “For all this his anger is not turned away and his hand is stretched out still” [v.12,17, 21 and 10 v.4].  It is a condemnation against those who speak “in pride and in arrogance of heart” [v.9] of all they will do in

1805, 2019

Thought for May 18th. “ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS”

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Today's readings.. Joshua 2, Isaiah 8, 1 Thessalonians 3&4 What do we find encouraging in our lives?  Some would find this a difficult question – our Godless world has threatening storm clouds on the horizons – and many are fearful of how serious they might become.  Paul’s words to the Thessalonians with which our chapters today conclude contained a positive message, this was that they should not grieve over any

1705, 2019

Thought for May 17th. “BOLDNESS IN OUR GOD”  

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 Today's readings.. Joshua 1, Isaiah 7, 1 Thessalonians 1&2 Today we began reading the book of Joshua: also Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians.  Both recount the need for  boldness and the need to be courageous – comparable in some ways to the thought that has been expressed in recent generations, ‘the power of positive thinking,’ but which lacks the ‘God-fearing’ ingredient. Attitudes of thinking in the minds of those

1605, 2019

Thought for May 16th. “FOR YOU HAVE DIED AND YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN … “

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 33&34, Isaiah 6, Colossians 3&4 Paul writes in a very challenging way to the Colossians; he spells out very plainly that the pathway in following Christ is the very opposite to the pathways of those whose way of life leaves Christ and God out of account; their way of life becomes increasingly tragic especially if they believe there is no God – and therefore reject there

1505, 2019

Thought for May 15th. “BY THIS WORD YOU SHALL LIVE”

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Today's readings... Deuteronomy 32, Isaiah 5, Colossians 2 Moses has reached the end of his long life, he is now 120 years old and his final effort is a final message to the nation.  We read, “then Moses spoke the words of this song  … in the ears of the assembly of Israel.” [Deut.31 v.30].  His words were designed to be memorised.  “When Moses had finished speaking all these words

1405, 2019

Thought for the May 14th. “THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD” 

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 Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 31, Isaiah 3&4, Colossians 1     The Apostle Paul, said Peter (2 Peter 3 v.16), writes “some things … that are hard to understand which the ignorant and unstable twist”!  We suspect some verses in today’s reading of Chapter 1 of Colossians are an example of this. Paul writes about Jesus as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” [1 v.15].  He goes

1105, 2019

Thought for May 11th. “DO YOU BELIEVE THE PROPHETS?”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 28, Song of Solomon 8, Acts 25&26     This was the question the Apostle Paul put to King Agrippa.  He did not wait for him to answer, but immediately added, “I know that you believe” [Acts 26 v.27].  The King does not deny this, but notice his response, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” [v.28]  There is no evidence that he

1005, 2019

Thought for May 10th. “THERE WILL BE A RESURRECTION …”

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Todays readings.. Deuteronomy 27, Song of Solomon 7, Acts 23&24     Our readings in Acts (23 & 24) describe events when Paul is arrested at Jerusalem, as the prophets among the believers had been inspired to predict.  Paul takes advantage of  the disagreement among his accusers, the Pharisees and Sadducees, to cause dissension among them. (23 v.7).  More than 40 plot to lay an ambush and kill Paul.  This plot

905, 2019

Thought for May 9th. “YOU SHALL REJOICE IN ALL THE GOOD … “

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 26, Song of Solomon 6, Acts 21&22     Moses is now starting to give his final message of encouragement to the nation before he dies.  He is painting a picture in words of all the blessings to come when they go over the Jordan and settle in the promised land, a promise that was fulfilled to all that heard him. It was fulfilled under the leadership of

805, 2019

Thought for May 8th. “PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO YOURSELVES”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 25, Song of Solomon 5, Acts 20     We are reading of Paul and his slow progress in travelling back to Jerusalem as he completes his third missionary journey.  The elders of the church at Ephesus come to see him at Miletus.  He reminds them of all he has done in “serving the Lord with all humility … how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything

705, 2019

Thought for May 7th, “HE REASONED … AND TRIED TO PERSUADE”

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  Today's readings... Deuteronomy 24, Song of Solomon 4, Acts 18&19     Continuing our readings in the ACTS of the Apostles, two particular words jumped out today.  The Apostle Paul came to Corinth and “he reasoned every Sabbath and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks” [Ch.18 v.4]  Imagine the reasoning!  Can you? What reasoning is most persuasive?  We read yesterday that he was “reasoning out of the Scriptures,” which is

705, 2019

Thought for May 6th. “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 23, Song of Solomon 3, Acts 16&17     One of the better known incidents in the Bible is when Paul was in Athens confronting the idol worshippers and then gave his speech on Mars Hill, which modern Bible’s translate as Areopagus (Acts 17 v.22).  It still exists today.  Paul comments on how religious (AV superstitious) they are! “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are

505, 2019

Thought for May 5th. “IF YOU KEEP YOURSELF FROM THESE …”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 22, Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon 2, Acts 14&15     Today we read about a serious conference that took place in Jerusalem among the disciples and other principal brethren about problems that had arisen among the believers.  Some of the Pharisees who were now believers in Christ were advocating that the Gentiles whom Paul had been converting, that “it is necessary to circumcise them and to order them

405, 2019

Thought for May 4th. “JUDGE YOURSELVES UNWORTHY OF ETERNAL LIFE”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 21, Song of Solomon 1, Acts 13     We consider today’s chapter 13 in Acts to be one of the most ‘powerful’ in the Scriptures in the way it portrays the essential challenge to all men and women, young and old, of whether they are on God’s side or not.  And, if they are on God’s side, then, whether they truly see the meaning of life as

305, 2019

Thought for May 3rd. “… WITH STEADFAST PURPOSE”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 20 Ecclesiastes 12, Acts 11&12     One of the early converts after the day of Pentecost was a man called Barnabas; we are not told all that much about him but what we are told is most interesting. At the end of Acts ch. 4 we read of a Levite, one of the priestly tribe, named Joseph “who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means

205, 2019

Thought for May 2nd. “PREACHING GOOD NEWS OF PEACE”

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Today's readings... Deuteronomy 19, Ecclesiastes 11, Acts 10     Today we read of the perplexity of the Apostle Peter when he has a vision, while sleeping, of a great sheet lowered from heaven which contained a lot of animals that were unclean under the Law of Moses and therefore should not be killed for food.  He is told to “kill and eat” and he refuses, but a voice says, “What

105, 2019

Thought for May 1st. “WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING ME”

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Today's readings... Deuteronomy 18, Ecclesiastes 10, Acts 9     Most people have heard and read of the dramatic conversion of the Apostle Paul.  Acts Chapter 8 starts by telling us that Paul “approved of” the “execution” of Stephen and how he then “was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.” [v.1,3]      Chapter 9 starts by telling us that

3004, 2019

Thought for April 30th. “TIME AND CHANCE HAPPEN TO THEM ALL”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 17, Ecclesiastes 9, Acts 8     In our Ecclesiastes reading today a verse occurs which has caused much discussion, “Again I saw that under the sun” writes Solomon, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favour to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all” [Ch.9 v.11].    

2904, 2019

Thought for April 29th. “YOU STIFF-NECKED PEOPLE”

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 Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 16, Ecclesiastes 8, Acts 7                                                                                                                         Stephen’s speech (in Acts 7) before the Jewish Council is a history lesson!  Why?  For what purpose?  He reviews all that had happened since the time of Abraham.   Didn’t the members of the Council know their history?      As we read the chapter we see Stephen is tracing the things God had instigated since he called Abraham from his homeland in Ur.

2804, 2019

Thought for April 28th. “WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN”

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 Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 15, Ecclesiastes 7, Acts 5&6     The commission Jesus gave his disciples to go out preaching tested their faith to the uttermost. They were to just begin in Jerusalem, and what a beginning that was.  How exciting it is to read the Acts of the Apostles, for the disciples were now called apostles (meaning those ‘sent forth’).  They now possessed the Holy Spirit, as we commented yesterday.