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1610, 2019

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

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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”

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

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

2709, 2019

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

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

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

2609, 2019

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

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

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

2509, 2019

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

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

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

2409, 2019

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

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

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

2309, 2019

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

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

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

2209, 2019

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

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

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

2109, 2019

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

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

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

2009, 2019

Thought for September 20th. “AN EVERLASTING COVENANT”

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

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” 

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

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 …”    

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

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”

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

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….”

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

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”  

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

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” 

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

 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”

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

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 …”

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

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”

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

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”  

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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 …”

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

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” 

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

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 … ” 

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

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?

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

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”

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

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”

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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”

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 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”  

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

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”

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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. 

2704, 2019

Thought for April 27th. “GREATLY ANNOYED”

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Today's readings ... Deuteronomy 13&14, Ecclesiastes 6, Acts 3&4     Have you ever been greatly annoyed?  Of course you have!  It’s human nature.  Sometimes such feelings are justified, sometimes not.  We read today in Acts Ch 4 of a group of people who were “greatly annoyed.” Why?  Ch. 3 tells us of a most remarkable healing of a man of over 40 years of age who had been lame from birth

2604, 2019

Thought for April 26th. “AND IN THE LAST DAYS IT SHALL BE …”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 12, Ecclesiastes 5, Acts 2     Today we read the familiar and oft quoted chapter 2 of Acts and pondered how to correctly understand and apply the quotation Peter made from the prophet Joel.  The promise of Jesus to his disciples that they would receive a ‘Counsellor’, the Holy Spirit that would “be in you ..” [John 14 v.16,17] and would, among other things, “bring to your

2504, 2019

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

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

2404, 2019

Thought for April 24th. “KNOW THEREFORE THAT THE LORD IS NOT … “

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 Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 8&9, Ecclesiastes 3, John 20&21     Today’s 2 chapters in Deuteronomy contain the heart of Moses’ final exhortation to the people of Israel.  It is an impassioned plea for them to remain faithful after his death and they cross the Jordan into the promised land.  “God has led you these forty years in the wilderness that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in

2304, 2019

Thought for April 23rd. ‘THIS WAS MY REWARD’

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  Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 6&7        Ecclesiastes again attracted our meditation. The reminisces of the wisest of king’s, Solomon, on the nature of his life’s achievements are thought provoking.  He was blessed with a special dispensation of wisdom, but what is wisdom? One evidence of it is the Proverbs Solomon wrote.     As we read Ecclesiastes we perceive the exercise of his wisdom in a material way followed by his reflections

2204, 2019

Thought for April 22nd. “IN MUCH WISDOM IS MUCH VEXATION’

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Today's readings ... Deuteronomy 5, Ecclesiastes 1, John 17&18     Today we began reading Ecclesiastes written by “the preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem [1 v.1]. His first words are, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity”  What does vanity mean?  The lexicon says the Hebrew word means, transitory, emptiness.   Solomon is reviewing, apparently in his old age, all that he has accomplished in his life and is overwhelmed

2104, 2019

Thought for April 21st. “LEST THEY DEPART FROM YOUR HEART”

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    Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 4, Proverbs 31, John 15&16     Chapter 4 of Deuteronomy is a powerful exhortation by Moses, part of his final message before he dies. It contains much that also applies to those trying to remain faithful to Jesus as they journey through today’s wilderness to the promised land of God’s worldwide kingdom, praying with greater and greater urgency, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.”  

2004, 2019

Thought for April 20th. “MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 3, Proverbs 30, John 13&14     What is the peace of Jesus?  The world is full of restless hearts and minds, many are looking for the next new experience, others are disturbed because their lives are out of control for one reason or another.  Those who have a real relationship with Jesus develop “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding” [Philpns 4 v.7].       Today’s chapters in

1904, 2019

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

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Today's readings .. Deuteronomy 2, Proverbs 29, John 12 How challenging are the words of Jesus that form the closing verses in today’s 12th chapter of John’s gospel! “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”   The 2 verses which follow, the last in the chapter, are equally challenging!  Jesus

1804, 2019

Thought for April 18th. “GATHER INTO ONE THE CHILDREN OF GOD'”

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Today's readings.. Deuteronomy 1, Proverbs 28, John 11     Disunity is a common feature in our world.  The nature of politics highlights this; there is constant debate between opposing voices.  In contrast the message of God’s word looks forward to a time of oneness.  The friction created by those who were jealous of the tremendous popularity of Jesus reaches its peak following the fresh burst of support and belief in

1704, 2019

Thought for April 17th. ” … FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE”

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Today's readings... Numbers 36, Proverbs 27, John 9&10     Today our New Testament reading confronts us with the picture Jesus paints of himself as the good shepherd and the sheep he is calling to follow him, “for they know his voice.” Many who listened to Jesus did not understand what he meant, and John comments, “This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he

1604, 2019

Thought for April 16th. “… HE WILL NEVER TASTE DEATH”

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Today's readings ... Numbers 35, Proverbs 26, John 8 In our readings we have now reached the profound statements of Jesus that John alone records – but John was “the disciple whom Jesus loved”[John 21 v.7,20] and with whom he had a special relationship.  He was the only one to stand by the cross, together with his mother and 2 other faithful women (John 19 v.25-27); we notice that John

1504, 2019

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

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Today's readings ... Numbers 34, Proverbs 25, John 7     A really challenging saying of Jesus was, “If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” [John 7 v.37-38]  Jesus is obviously NOT speaking of people feeling a physical thirst!  What is the ‘water’ that will flow out of believers? 

1404, 2019

Thought for April 14th. “THEY CAMPED BY THE JORDAN”

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Todays readings... Numbers 33, Proverbs 24, John 6     Today’s chapter 33 in Numbers shows that the people had completed their wilderness travels and “they camped by the Jordan” [v.49] The chapter lists all the places where they had camped in those 40 years. The chapter  starts by telling us, “These are the stages of the people of Israel, when they went out of the land of Egypt … under

1304, 2019

Thought for April 13th. “THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIS OWN ACCORD”

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Todays readings.. Numbers 32, Proverbs 23, John 5     In our readings in John’s Gospel we start to encounter the many statements of Jesus about how he looks to the Father for guidance; that he does nothing out of his own initiative. His response in the time of his temptation in the wilderness demonstrated this. Three times he said, “It is written.”  His Father’s inspiration of the Old Testament writers

1204, 2019

Thought for April 12th. “UNLESS YOU SEE SIGNS AND WONDERS … “

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Today's readings... Numbers 31, Proverbs 22, John 4     What caused people to believe in Jesus?  When Jesus called disciples he did not attract them by performing miracles.  We saw in John 2 that his disciples were with him when he performed “the first of his signs” in Cana [v.2,12]. No doubt it added to their belief, but true belief cannot be based on seeing miracles. When his teaching became

1104, 2019

Thought for April 11th. “WHOEVER DOES NOT BELIEVE IS …”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 29&30, Proverbs 21, John 2&3     Once again our readings remind us there is no middle ground, you either believe – or you do not.  There is a limit as to how long you can stand at the crossroads trying to decide, the signposts are clear to those with eyes to see and those who cannot see - are in darkness.      Today the contrast between

1004, 2019

Thought for April 10th. “BUT TO ALL WHO DID RECEIVE HIM … “

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Todays readings.. Numbers 28, Proverbs 20, John 1     Today we start reading John; this is a gospel which challenges us to think very carefully and make sure we harmonise our thoughts about various passages of Scripture.  The Gospel starts, “In the beginning was the Word”  What beginning?       The very first words in the Bible are “In the beginning God created … “  The original Greek in this

904, 2019

Thought for April 9th. “NOT THAT I HAVE ALREADY OBTAINED … “

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  Today's readings... Numbers 27, Proverbs 19, Philippians 3&4     There is an attitude among some who claim to follow Christ that they are already certain of being rewarded by God because they have accepted Christ. This is an unscriptural way of thinking. Paul did not have this attitude until the end of his life as we see in the final letter he wrote, see 2 Timothy 4 v.6-8.    

804, 2019

Thought for April 8th. “THE FOUNTAIN OF WISDOM”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 26, Proverbs 18, Philippians 1&2     We live today in a world of many voices, many opinions and many opportunities to express them. There are ‘tweets’ and ‘blogs’ in abundance on the Internet where people express their views on matters and comment on those of others. Newspapers have Opinion pages on their sites and in print. Polls are taken, especially by politicians, to see if the opinion

704, 2019

Thought for April 7th. “THE ORACLE OF HIM WHO HEARS THE WORDS OF GOD”

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

Today's readings.. Numbers 24&25, Proverbs 16, Ephesians 5&6.     The one who uttered the oracle referred to above was destroyed by God!  The wonder of hearing and reading the words of God is only of real value if it leads to godly thoughts and actions.  Indeed, the Apostle Peter writes of those who fail to do this, that “it would have been better for them never to have known the way

604, 2019

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

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 Todays readings.. Numbers 22&23, Proverbs 16, Ephesians 3&4         Are you sensitive?  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  It seems to us that people generally have largely lost whatever ability they had to be really sensitive to the feelings of others.  It is wonderful that there are always some who will give help to victims of some tragedy, such as when there are floods or storms, but is

504, 2019

Thought for April 5th. “A PLAN FOR THE FULLNESS OF TIME”

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Todays readings... Numbers 20&21, Proverbs 15, Ephesians 1&2     The opening chapters of Ephesians, when read prayerfully and carefully, open an intensely thought provoking picture of the whole purpose of God “that we should be holy and blameless before him.” [1 v.4]  This holiness is achieved, not by our works, but by our reactions to his actions to show us his love. Our reaction should be one of “praise of

404, 2019

Thought for April 4th. “WHO HINDERED YOU FROM OBEYING THE TRUTH?”

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Today's readings.. Numbers19, Proverbs 14, Galations 5&6     In every generation there are things which hinder people from living their lives in God’s way. Our chapter in Proverbs lists many positives and their counterpart negatives in human behaviour. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” [14 v.34]  In past centuries we can see how, when the Bible was printed, the countries in which it was

304, 2019

Thought for April 3rd. “ANGUISH OF CHILDBIRTH UNTIL …”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 17&18, Proverbs 13, Galations 3&4 Paul in writing to the Galatians asks, “Who has bewitched you”[3 v.1] because many had been persuaded to follow the observances of the law.  We commented on this yesterday and the seriousness of this is emphasized because today we are reading more about this problem.  But is the issue relevant to us today?  The celebration of Easter in two weeks time provokes

204, 2019

Thought for April 2nd. ASTONISHMENT

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

Todays readings.. Numbers 16, Proverbs 12, Galations 1&2 In the opening chapter of his letter to the Galatians Paul writes of his astonishment “that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.” [Ch.1 v.6].  He goes on to say that “if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received let him be

104, 2019

Thought for April 1st. “BURNING WITHIN”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 15, Proverbs 11, Luke 24 Today we completed our reading of Luke’s Gospel and it is Luke who gives us the fascinating account of the two disciples who were walking to Emmaus.  They had heard news that some women had gone to the tomb early that morning and had found it empty and claimed they had seen a vision of angels who said Jesus was alive. As

3103, 2019

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

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Today's readings.. Numbers14, Proverbs 10, Luke 23     Today we read of Jesus on the Cross. “The chief priests and the rulers and the people” [Luke 23 v.13] opposed Pilate’s decision to release him so he gave in and “delivered Jesus over to their will.”    Jesus is crucified between two criminals and one of these derides him saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us,” but the other

3003, 2019

Thoughts for March 30th. How strong is your faith?

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Today's readings.. Exodus 12&13, Proverbs 8&9, Luke 22 Can you imagine yourself as a member of the Israelites who miraculously escaped from Egypt?   After seeing all the remarkable plagues, the wonder of crossing the Red Sea, then camping beside Mt. Sinai with the earth quaking, the clouds, the fire and the voice from the mountain!  After that the miraculous provision of manna, also quails, and the water from the rock.

2903, 2019

Thought for March 29th. “FAINTING WITH FEAR”

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

Today's readings.. Numbers 11, Proverbs 7, Luke 21 All my life we have read Luke ch. 21 and pondered its application to current events!  Included in our ‘pondering’  is to understand the length of a generation! “Seventy” seems to be a significant number in the Old Testament, it occurs 3 times in today’s ch. 11 in Numbers and Israel went into captivity for “seventy years.”   Tyre was judged for

2803, 2019

Thought for March 28th. “BIND THEM ON YOUR HEART”

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Today's readings... Numbers 10, Proverbs 6, Luke 20             God’s word again directs our thoughts to the vital importance of our attitude of “heart” as the most vital thing in our thought processes.  We saw in Luke on Saturday that Jesus, “told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” [18 v.1]              Today in ch. 6 of Proverbs, Solomon's son is

2703, 2019

Thought for March 27th. “SERVANTS” and “CITIZENS”

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Today's readings... Numbers 8&9, Proverbs 5, Luke 19   In our chapter in Luke today (19) We read that Jesus “proceeded to tell a parable … because they supposed that the Kingdom of God was to appear immediately.  He said therefore, ‘A nobleman (Jesus) went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.” [v.11,12] We know this parable well.  The nobleman calls “10 of his

2603, 2019

Thought for March 26th. “WHEN I WAS A SON …”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 7, proverbs 4, Luke 18 Solomon in today’s chapter in the Proverbs reflects on how his father taught him.  “When I was a son with my father … he taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast to my words; keep my commandments and live; get wisdom.”  [Proverbs 4 v.3-5]    Interesting word “insight” – the chapter started with, “Hear, O son a father’s instructions

2503, 2019

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

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

2403, 2019

Thought for March 24th. ” … WATCHING OVER THE WAY OF HIS SAINTS”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 5, Proverbs 2, Luke 16             The 2nd chapter of Proverbs is one of the most thought provoking in the entire book.  Meditate on the sequence of ‘ifs’ in the first 4 verses. “IF you receive my words … IF you call out for insight and … understanding …. IF you seek it like silver and search for it … then you will

2303, 2019

Thought for March 23rd. “FOOLS DESPISE WISDOM & INSTRUCTION”

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Today's readings ... Numbers 4, Proverbs 1, Luke 15        Today we start reading “the proverbs of Solomon” [v.1] and the key verse that jumps out at our eyes is “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” [v.7].       Our minds should be filled with awe as to all that God must be!! The plea of Solomon is, “”Hear my son, your

2203, 2019

Thought for March 22nd. “WILL THOSE WHO ARE SAVED BE FEW?”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 3, Psalm 148-150, Luke 13-14. Today’s chapters in Luke are full of challenging parables.  They really challenge us to understand and act on a particular message, what Jesus said when someone asked, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” [13 v.23] The question leads Jesus to talk about the “narrow door” [v.24].  We recall on another occasion he spoke about the “narrow gate” [Matt.7:13-14] when he

2103, 2019

Thought for March 21st. “HIS GREATNESS IS UNSEARCHABLE”

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Today's readings.. Numbers 2, Psalm 145-147, Luke 12 We are coming to the end of reading the Psalms.  David’s perceptions and praise of God appears to reach ever greater proportions.  Psalm 145 starts, “I will extol you, my God and King ... Every day I will bless you and praise your name ..."  Let us start each day by saying a 'blessing' and thanksgiving to our God and his Son,

2003, 2019

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

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

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

1903, 2019

Thought for March 19th. “WHEN MY SPIRIT FAINTS … THEN YOU KNOW MY WAY”

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Today's readings.. Leviticus 27, Psalm 140-142, Luke 10      In contrast to the wonderful spiritual perceptions of Psalm 139 which we read yesterday, today we have a Psalm which is, in some ways, the opposite. The superscription at the start says it was a prayer of David when he was in a cave. Twice David was in great peril hiding in caves; once when he fled from the King of

1803, 2019

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

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

Today's readings... Leviticus 26, Psalm 137-139, Luke 9              I remember playing searchlights as a boy. Beams of light would sweep across the yard from our torches as we played some war or spy game.      We were reminded of this by our reading of Psalm 139 today. "Oh LORD you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and

1703, 2019

Thought for March 17th. GOD’S PRINCIPLES – THE JUBILEE YEAR

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

1603, 2019

Thought for March 16th. ” … UNTIL I FIND A PLACE FOR THE LORD”

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

  Today's readings... Leviticus 24, Psalm 131-134, Luke 7     Psalm 132 provokes much personal thought.  “Remember, O LORD, in David’s favour, all the hardships he endured, how he swore to the LORD and vowed … I will not enter my house or get into my bed,  I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling

1503, 2019

Thought for March 15th. “BUT WITH YOU THERE IS FORGIVENESS”

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

Todays readings... Leviticus 23, Psalm 128 - 130, Luke 6              Our Psalms and Luke readings today link together in encouraging us to think and live positively in a world that buffets us with false values.  There are times when these greatly affect us and they threaten to be overwhelming. These Psalms provide us with encouragement, should that be our experience.  Psalm 130 is an outstanding example: “Out of

1403, 2019

Thought for March 14th. “DO GOOD O LORD, TO THOSE WHO ARE GOOD”

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Todays readings.. Leviticus 22, Psalm 125-127, Luke 5     We continue to read the Psalms which up to Psalm 130 are each captioned, ‘A SONG OF ASCENTS’.  These are short songs which are believed to have been sung as people ascended up to Mount Zion to the Temple to worship. “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” [Psa,125 v.1] They

1303, 2019

Thought for March 13th. SONGS OF ASCENTS “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!”

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

    Todays readings... Leviticus 21, Psalm 120,121,122,123,124. Luke 4 Today we have 5 short Psalms to read and they are all called ‘A SONG OF ASCENTS’  Among the Jews these and the ten Psalms which follow are generally understood to be the songs that were sung as they went up to Jerusalem to worship in the Temple. In some cases they would be coming from distant lands – remember

1203, 2019

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

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

1103, 2019

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

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

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

1003, 2019

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

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

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

903, 2019

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

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

803, 2019

Thought for March 8th. “IF YOU ACCEPT A DIFFERENT GOSPEL”

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

Todays readings.. Leviticus 15, Psalm 117&118, 2 Corinthians 10&11      We are now nearing the climax of Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians.  He becomes increasingly blunt in the way he expresses his thoughts:  having carefully reasoned out the true gospel and the need to live a Christ-like life he now bluntly challenges them: he says, “I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts

703, 2019

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

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

603, 2019

Thought for March 6th. “LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM …”

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Today's readings.. Leviticus 12,13 / Psalm 113,114 / 2 Corinthians 5,6&7  Remember how the disciples showed Jesus the grandeur of the Temple (Mark 13 v.1,2) and he shocked them by saying it was all going to be destroyed!  Now see how today’s reading in 2nd Corinthians shows how the temple was to be replaced.  There is a new kind of Temple where God wants to dwell and that is the

503, 2019

Thought for March 5th. “ … WE DO NOT LOSE HEART”

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Today's readings.. Leviticus 11, Psalm 110,111&112, 2 Corinthians 3&4            Do you ever lose heart? Does life sometimes seem to be full of too many difficulties, too many frustrations? When we feel like this we should read these verses in Paul’s 2nd letter to Corinth.  So many times Paul was confronted with very difficult situations that would have threatened to daunt the strongest personality.         

403, 2019

Thought for March 4th. “FIRE CAME OUT FROM BEFORE THE LORD”

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

Today's readings.. Leviticus 9&10, Psalm 108&109, 2 Corinthians 1&2 We have a degree of concern about the references to “fire” when God shows his extreme anger with this Godless world at the return of Christ.  See 1 Cor. 3 v.13 in last week’s readings and more specifically 2 Thess. 1 v.8 and 2 Peter 3 v. 7.  Our thoughts on this were spurred by the account of how two sons

303, 2019

Thought for March 3rd. “LET ALL THAT YOU DO BE DONE IN LOVE”

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

 Today's readings... Leviticus 8, Psalm 107, ! Corinthians 16     Today we completed reading 1st Corinthians.  Two verses about love caught our eye in this final chapter.   Verse 14 says, “Let all that you do be done in love” – but v. 22 we read, “If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.  Our Lord, come!”  How do we show our love for the Lord?  Well, we

203, 2019

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

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

103, 2019

Thought for March 1st. “IT IS SHAMEFUL FOR A WOMAN TO …”

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Todays readings.. Leviticus 5&6, Psalm 105, 1 Corinthians 14     We reflected at length on the verse that includes the above quotation in reading 1 Corinthians 14 today.  So many churches, apart from the Catholic church, now allow women to speak, and in some cases take quite prominent roles.  The words, “it is shameful for a woman to speak in church” are in verse 35. Have we taken the quotation

2802, 2019

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

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Todays's readings... Leviticus 3&4, Psalm 104, 1 Corinthians 12&13                 One of the problems in Corinth  Paul had heard about, was “concerning spiritual gifts” [1 Cor. 12 v.1]   This chapter and the next two show that the improper use of the gifts by some was a large problem.  Of course, with the Gospels not yet in circulation, the existence of spiritual gifts had real purpose.

2702, 2019

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

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

2602, 2019

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

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

2502, 2019

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

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Todays readings... Exodus 38, Psalm 100&101, I 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.

2402, 2019

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

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  Todays readings... Exodus 37, Psalm 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

2302, 2019

Thought for February 23rd. “HE WHO IS JOINED TO THE LORD BECOMES …”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 36, Psalm 94&95, 1 Corinthians 6 We have an intensely thought provoking set of readings today.  In Exodus we read how they start to construct the tabernacle in the wilderness and they are to “work in accordance with all that the LORD has commanded." [36 v.1] The Creator had detailed every part of its’ construction to Moses on the Mount – it would be God’s Tabernacle. Our

2202, 2019

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

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Todays 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

2102, 2019

Thought for February 21st. “I … COULD NOT ADDRESS YOU AS SPIRITUAL PEOPLE”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 33&34, Psalm 90&91, 1 Corinthians 3     Our 5 chapters today were intensely thought provoking.  First, the utterly remarkable and challenging relationship of Moses (and the people through Moses) with the LORD (yhwh) who had delivered them from Egypt. Second, the Psalms of Moses, 90 & 91; “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” [90 v.12]: then we were

2002, 2019

Thought for February 20th. “UNITED IN THE SAME MIND”

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  Todays readings.. Exodus 31&32, Psalm 89, 1 Corinthians 1&2      Once again we have an overflow of challenging thoughts in today’s readings.  Paul’s words particularly arrested our attention. “I appeal to you brothers by the name of our Lord that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” [1 Cor. 1 v.10-11].   This is essential among those who follow Christ, but in Corinth they were in

1902, 2019

Thought for February 19th. “DO NOT BE ALARMED … TREMBLING AND ASTONISHMENT”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 30, Psalm 87&88, Mark 15&16 Today we completed reading the gospel of Mark.  As with all the gospels, the death and resurrection of our Lord is its’ crowning message.  While he is on the cross there are mockers, in particular “the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself.  Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come

1802, 2019

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

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Todays readings.. exodus 29, Psalm 85&86, Mark 14 In the Old Testament in Exodus (Ch.29) we are reading about the institution of the first covenant with Moses ordaining Aaron as High Priest and all the sacrifices of animals that were involved.    We compare this with what we read today in Mark’s gospel about the institution of the “new covenant” [ch. 14 v.24] that replaced all the sacrifices that were ordained

1702, 2019

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

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todays 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” [v.5].  Let us all create a “highway” in our heart for godly thoughts

1602, 2019

Thought for February 16th. “THE MOST IMPORTANT IS..”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 27, Psalms 81&82, Mark 12           In Mark’s Gospel we read how Jesus told parables against the religious leaders with the result “they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people” [12 v.12].  After this, “some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodian’s” tried “to trap him in his talk” [v.13] with a question about whether “it is lawful to pay taxes

1502, 2019

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

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Todays 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

1402, 2019

Thought for February 14th. “BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 24&25, Psalm 78, Mark 10.     We read today how two disciples of Jesus, the brothers James and John, created dissension by asking, “Grant us to sit, one on your right hand and one on your left, in your glory.” [Mark 10 v.37]  “When the ten heard it, they began to be indignant … “ [v.41]  causing Jesus to say to them, “You know that those who

1302, 2019

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

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Todays 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

1202, 2019

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

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

Todays readings.. Exodus 22, Psalm 75&76, Mark 8             The disciples of Jesus were in training – but they did not realize this!  Do we?   Jesus spoke in parables and his disciples, 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

1102, 2019

Thought for February 11th. “IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 21, Psalm 74, Mark 7             There are many different kinds of worship in our world, many beliefs as to what God is – so many gods of human imagination!  We know from experience that some/many of the young generation in India , treat the ‘gods’ in the Temples as a ‘joke’ – and the feasts, especially ‘Puja’ as just a fun time – comparable to our

1002, 2019

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

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 Todays 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

902, 2019

Thought for February 9th. “MAY THE WHOLE EARTH BE FILLED WITH …”

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

 Todays readings.. Exodus 17&18, Psalm 72, Mark 5 Today, we read the inspiring vision of the future contained in Psalm 72. Now, David's primary vision in writing it, was for his son Solomon's' reign.  It starts, “Give the king your justice, O God."  We can read this Psalm - and see both a short range and a long range, even eternal application in it – to when human justice -

802, 2019

Thought for February 8th. “MY MOUTH IS FILLED WITH …”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 16, Psalm 70&71, Mark 4 We have a particularly inspiring set of readings today – in that they challenge our personal attitudes and ways of living in our godless world.  Mark’s gospel has several of the challenging parables of our Lord: does our familiarity with them reduce their challenge to our hearts?  Let’s look carefully at Exodus. In ch. 16 we read of the complaints of the

702, 2019

Thought for February 7th. “… MAGNIFY HIM WITH THANKSGIVING”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 15, Psalm 69, Mark 3     Is there an attitude of thankfulness for all the blessings we have today? In most countries there is ample food and clothing, especially in Australia where there is an abundance of everything we could possibly require – and many things we do not need!   It is such a contrast to the time we were young – during the war and for

602, 2019

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

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 Todays 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

502, 2019

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

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 Todays readings ... Exodus 11&12, Psalm 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

402, 2019

Thought for February 4th. ” … FILL YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING”

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

Todays readings.. Exodus 10, Psalm 64&65, Romans 15&16              What fills us with joy and peace?  What kind of joy?  The frivolity which so many seek to fill their spare time is not at all the joy that Paul is writing about as he completes his letter to the Romans. It does not create “peace.” The full context of his words are, “May the God of

302, 2019

Thought for February 3rd. “…. FULFILLING HIS WORD”

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    Todays readings.. Exodus 9, Psalm 62&63, Romans 13&14     The above is not quoted from our readings today, but from the verse in Psalm 148 that we quoted at the end of our thoughts yesterday.  We recalled this today as we read of the encounters of Moses and Aaron with Pharaoh.  Moses stated the words of God as to what God would do because of Pharaoh’s refusal to

202, 2019

Thought for February 2nd. “DO NOT BE OVERCOME WITH EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD”

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

  Todays readings.. Exodus 7&8, Psalm 60&61, Romans 12          Evil threatens to overcome the world.  Evil has always been present, sometimes violently so such as in the days when Adolf Hitler was in power.  Massive force was used to overcome the evil he created. But today we read how Paul wrote, “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good” [Romans 12 v.21].  How do

102, 2019

Thought for February 1st. “DO NOT BECOME PROUD, BUT STAND IN AWE”

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 Todays readings.. Exodus 5&6, Psalm 58&59, Romans 10&11     It is fundamental to human nature, uninfluenced by God’s Word, to become proud about what they are achieving. Paul makes this point strongly in chapter 11 of his letter to the Romans.  He warns the Gentile converts not to follow the same path as did most leading Jews in their pride in their privileged position before God.  He uses the analogy

3101, 2019

Thought for January 31st. “WHAT IS HIS NAME?”

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   Todays readings.. Exodus 3&4, Psalm 56&57, Romans 9     We have now moved on to read about the dramatic life of Moses.  Exodus Ch. 3 is about his special encounter with God at the burning bush. For 40 years he had been living as a shepherd in Midian after fleeing from Pharaoh after his killing of an Egyptian became known.    Now ‘the angel of God appeared to him in a

3001, 2019

Thought for January 30th. “THE CREATION WAS SUBJECTED TO FUTILITY”

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Todays readings.. Exodus 1&2, Psalm 53, 54&55, Romans 7&8 Today we read ch. 7 & 8 in Romans.  We see them as two of the most meaningful – but also the most challenging chapters in the Bible.  We also read David’s Psalms 53 to 55.   Psalm 53 is so appropriate for today, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there

2901, 2019

Thought for January 29th. “ARE WE TO CONTINUE IN SIN THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND”

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    Today’s Chapters 5 & 6 of Romans contain a great abundance of food for thought.  We could not fail to pick up the continuing message of the wonder of God’s grace, God’s readiness to be merciful – and that the gift of grace was continually there.  Believers cannot earn salvation – as the Jewish Priests thought they were doing, and were blind to the sin of pride in the

2801, 2019

Thought for January 28th. “NO ONE SEEKS FOR GOD”

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

Todays readings ... Genesis 46&47, Psalm 50, Romans 3&4             Today we read of how Joseph’s father and brothers and their families came to live in Egypt.  This created the situation in which they would grow into a nation and God would raise up Moses and Aaron to lead them out of Egypt. He would then give them his laws at Sinai: but their faith would then falter and they

2701, 2019

Thought for January 27th. “WHY SHOULD I FEAR IN TIMES OF TROUBLE”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 44&45, Psalm 49, Romans 1&2     The above words are in the opening verse of today’s Psalm 49. This is a little surprising seeing this is the Hymn Book of Israel, so it was a message, in those days, and today, for all people. It is a powerful message!  It is a blunt message!  It contains some very pointed questions, especially for today.      “Why should I

2601, 2019

Thought for January 26th. “A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 42&43, Psalm 46,47&48, Matthew 28 Today we completed reading the gospel of Matthew with its' account of the resurrection.  We especially noted its' conclusion that they were "to make disciples of all nations" - and only in our generation is this being completed.  The outward proof of conversion is baptism. (v.19) But we must make sure our heart has genuinely experienced conversion.    Our chapters in Genesis

2501, 2019

Thought for January 25th. “HIS BLOOD BE ON US”

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 Todays readings.. Genesis 41, Psalm 45, Matthew 27     If anyone dies an unnatural death, there is always an effort to find whether anyone is to blame. As we read the trial of Jesus Christ we see the determination of his enemies to have him put to death.  “They all said, ‘let him be crucified’” to which Pilate responded, “Why, what evil has he done?” [Matt. 27 v.22,23]  They never

2401, 2019

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

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Todays 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”?      

2301, 2019

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

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Todays readings.. Genesis 38, Psalm 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; we must beware of knowing them too well, lest the message loses its power to stir

2201, 2019

Thought for January 22nd. “AS THE LIGHTNING COMES ….”

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Todays readings... Genesis 37, Psalm 39&40, Matthew 24 What a fascinating set of readings we have today, but the chapter in Matthew is intensely thought provoking and ended up dominating our thoughts.  Jesus made awesome predictions about the future as “he sat with them (the disciples)  on the Mount of Olives” [v.3] The bulk of his predictions related to the destruction of the Temple - and this occurred about 40

2101, 2019

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

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Todays readings... Genesis 26, 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.”             

2001, 2019

Thought for January 20th. “THOSE INVITED WERE NOT WORTHY”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 34&35, Psalm 37, Matthew 22     One of the most telling parables of Jesus is his story about “a king who gave a wedding feast for his own son” [Matt. 22 v.2].  Strangely the king had difficulty finding guests who were interested in attending.  Many have more important things to do.     He “sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast

1901, 2019

Thought for January 19th. “THEY WERE INDIGNANT”

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

Todays readings... Genesis 32&33, Psalm 36, Matthew 21 Today’s chapter in Matthew (21) is full of exciting incidents.  The opposition to Jesus caused by his popularity had reached fever pitch. The religious leaders were afraid to do anything because his popularity had become so intense.  We read of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, “the crowds that went before him and that followed after were shouting ‘Hosanna to the Son of

1801, 2019

Thought for January 18th. “WHOEVER WOULD BE GREAT …”

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Todays readings... Genesis 31, Psalm 35, Matthew 20                The mortal life of Jesus, as recounted by Matthew, is now moving towards its' climax. Today's 20th chapter tells us that Jesus "took the twelve disciples aside" as they were "going up to Jerusalem" and told them "the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death...." [v.17,18]   

1701, 2019

Thought for January 17th. “BLESSED ARE THOSE … WHOM THE MASTER FINDS AWAKE WHEN HE COMES”

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Todays 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,

1601, 2019

Thought for January 16th. “ … THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 28&29, Psalm 33, Matthew 18     It is intriguing to compare the brothers we read of in the Old Testament compared to the New.  We read today in Genesis (Ch, 27) of the friction between the twin brothers Jacob and Esau.  We read yesterday that Esau had despised his birthright (Ch.25 v.34) and “sold” it to Jacob for some stew.   Today we read that Jacob, at

1501, 2019

Thought for January 15th. “AND THEY WERE GREATLY DISTRESSED”

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Todays readings .. Genesis 27, Psalm 32, Matthew 17 Two incidents are described in today's 17th chapter in Matthew in which three were “terrified” and then all the disciples” were greatly distressed.”  The first occasion was the experience of three of them, Peter, James and John when Jesus “led them up a high mountain ... and he was transfigured before them" [v.1,2] and "a bright cloud overshadowed them" and they

1401, 2019

Thought for January 14th. “MY TIMES ARE IN YOUR HAND”

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  Todays readings... Genesis 25&26, Psalm 31, Matthew 16 David employs some very significant phrases in his 31st Psalm that we read today. It is a very personal Psalm – it unfolds to reveal the wonder of his relationship with God.  It starts as a prayer, "Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!" [v.2] David then prays, "...  for your name's sake you lead

1301, 2019

Thought for January 13th. “THE VOICE OF THE LORD”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 24, Psalm 29&30, Matthew 15   The sevenfold occurrence of the phrase “the voice of the LORD” in today’s Psalm (29) intrigues us.  Then, when we came to the Matthew reading, the words of Isaiah Jesus quoted arrested our attention, “This people honours me with their lips but their heart is far from me” [Ch.15 v.8].   The contrast between God’s “voice” and what comes out of human “lips”

1201, 2019

Thought for January 12th. “COUNTED … TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 22&23, Psalm 26, 27&28, Matthew 14 Today we have read that significant chapter in Genesis (22) in which Abraham obeys the LORD by being prepared – without hesitation – to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.   The progressive tests of faith which Abraham “passed” resulted in ever greater promises being made to him.   Remember the very first promise God made to him was “I will make

1101, 2019

Thought for January 11th. ” … AND IMMEDIATELY RECEIVES IT WITH JOY”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 20&21, Psalm 23,24&25, Matthew 13              Can we become too familiar with something?  Can we know about some issue, some fact, have some experience – and then, over time be that long or short, the wonder of our perception of it fades right away?  The parables of Jesus can be like that – we understood his teaching long ago, we received it into

1001, 2019

Thought for January 10th. “MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 19, Psalm 22, Matthew 12               Our Psalms reading today (22) begin with the last words Jesus utters on the cross, “My God, why have you forsaken me.”  This is a Psalm of David and must reflect an experience of his when he was in deep depression – very probably at some stage when he was being pursued by Saul and his

901, 2019

Thought for January 9th. “WISDOM IS JUSTIFIED BY HER DEEDS”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 17&18, Psalm 19,20&21, Matthew 11 What kind of "wisdom" is to be seen in the world today?  Wisdom is quite a contrast to "knowledge" - sometimes a total contrast. What a fascinating set of chapters we have to read - they illustrate the right kind of wisdom - heavenly wisdom, a wisdom that can be ours - if we will absorb them into our thinking. This line

801, 2019

Thought for January 8th. “THE CLEANNESS OF MY HANDS”

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Todays readings... Genesis 15&16, Psalm 18, Matthew 9 Psalm 18 is a major psalm of David, we meditate on his words in surveying all the ways in which the LORD had been overseeing his life.  God is his rock, his place of refuge (v.2).  He writes that the LORD has dealt with him according to his righteousness, stating, “according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me” [v.20]   This

701, 2019

Thought for January 7th. “SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 13&14, Psalm 17, Matthew 9                In Matthew’s chapter 9 there is a summary of the work of Jesus – “and Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them because they were harassed and

601, 2019

Thought for January 6th. “LET US MAKE A NAME”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 11&12, Psalm 14,15&16, Matthew 8 Our readings in Genesis have progressed to the time after the flood. Much time has passed and the descendants of Noah have multiplied and "they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there ... Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name

501, 2019

Thought for January 5th. “THE WISE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON THE ROCK”

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Todays readings.. Genesis 9&10, Psalm 11,12&13, Matthew 7               Can the parables of Jesus become too well known to those who read the Bible regularly? It is possible, especially if that familiarity leads them to slide past simple but powerful lessons.  “The wise man who built his house upon a rock” is such a lesson.  We must never overlook that for everyone’s house, that is,

401, 2019

Thought for January 4th. “O LORD! LET THE NATIONS KNOW THAT THEY ARE BUT MEN”

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Todays readings... Genesis 7&8, Psalm 9&10, Matthew 6     The above words conclude Psalm 9.  As we read this Psalm we saw it as a remarkable summary – from God’s perspective – of life on earth.  David, in his sublime meditation was able to possess the enlarged heart (Psa. 119 v.32) he had prayed for and it is our privilege to enter into that vision, but we must read and

301, 2019

Thought for January 3rd. “BLESSED ARE THE …”

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   Todays readings...Genesis 5&6, Psalm 6,7&8, Matthew 5 Today’s chapter - Matthew 5 - is one of the most well known in the whole Bible; well, the first 12 verses anyway.  These contain a list of 9 circumstances in which one should feel and count as a blessing.  None of the 9 circumstances are remotely like those which people count as blessings today.  They would use words like lucky or

201, 2019

Thought for January 2nd. “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE”

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  Todays readings.. Genesis 3&4, Psalm 3,4&5, Matthew 3&4      Our New Testament reading in Matthew 4 leads us to encounter the word DEVIL for the first time in the Bible.  There is special significance in the way this account starts.  The first verse tells us, “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” [v.1]   So the temptation was initiated by

101, 2019

Thought for January 1st. “HE WHO SITS IN THE HEAVENS LAUGHS”

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    Todays readings... Genesis 1&2, Psalm 1&2, Matthew 1&2     The first 12 weeks of the year involve reading the Psalms; they are so often personal and wonderfully thought provoking. Psalm 2 has 4 verses which have been familiar to us in the last week because they are in Handel’s Messiah.  “Why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves,

3112, 2018

Thought for December 31st. “BUT FOR YOU WHO FEAR MY NAME… “

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  Todays readings.. Job 41&42, Malachi 3&4, Revelation 21&22         If you believe in God, are you in awe of him?  This is the underlying sense of the word ‘fear.’  God does not want us to be scared of him as we might be scared of a bully or an evil person.  The closing words of the Old Testament we read today show how God will in the climax of human godlessness deal with

3012, 2018

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

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 Todays 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

2912, 2018

Thought for December 29th. “I HAVE LOVED YOU’ SAYS THE LORD”

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Todays readings.. Job 39, Malachi 1, Revelation 17&18             Today we started reading the last book of the Old Testament, by the prophet Malachi.  This was the final message of God; he sent no more prophets until John the Baptist and Jesus Christ came.  It was a time of divine silence similar to today, but they did have the writings of the prophets and patriarchs and we also have

2812, 2018

Thought for December 28th. “FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUS DEEDS OF THE SAINTS”

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Todays Readings... Job 38, Zechariah 13&14, Revelation 15&16             Today's reading of the last chapter of the prophet Zechariah starts with, "Behold a day is coming for the LORD … will gather all nations against Jerusalem …" and our reading in Revelation contains the only verse in the Bible with the word ARMAGEDDON. We read there how "demonic spirits" (totally irrational attitudes?  Now seen in

2612, 2018

Thought for December 27th. “STRENGTH THROUGH THE LORD OF HOSTS”

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Todays readings... Job 37, Zechariah 12, Revelation 14      Nine times we read the phrase "on that day" in just 15 verses in Zechariah 12 through to the first 2 verses of Zechariah 13. We note the prelude to these pronouncements, "Thus declares the LORD who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him" [Zechariah 12:1]. These words fascinate us as

2612, 2018

Thought for December 26th. “ENDURANCE AND FAITH”

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Todays readings... Job 35&36, Zechariah 11, Revelation 12&13                                                                                                              “Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints” [Rev.13 v.10.]  The A V Bible uses the word “patience” here, one of seven significant occasions when the word occurs in this book.  – we should  best read it as “patient endurance.” This statement was true then – and it is just

2512, 2018

Thought for December 25th. “THE TIME … FOR REWARDING YOUR SERVANTS”

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Todays readings... Job34, Zechariah 10, Revelation 10&11             The Book of Revelation provides us with a wondrous vision today.   There are loud voices in heaven saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” [Ch.11 v.15].   Then the elders fall on their faces and worship saying, “We give thanks to you

2412, 2018

Thought for December 24th. “A GREAT MULTITUDE … FROM EVERY NATION”

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Todays readings ... Job 33, Zechariah 9, Revelation 7,8&9 Our readings in the book of Revelation are about the climax of human history – we read of visions, largely, but not entirely, in symbol, picturing God’s judgements. It is a time for opening the book of life.  There are blessings for those he judges as righteous and the opposite for the others.  There does not appear to be a third

2312, 2018

Thought for December 23rd. “HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE … AND TO CLEANSE US”

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Todays readings.. Job 31&32, Zechariah 8, Revelation 5&6     The 31st chapter of Job today is highly interesting; it is his final speech and in it he looks deeply into his conscience, reflecting on his motives for his actions.   In doing this he uses the word ‘IF’ no less than 18 times, saying if I have done this or that then I would be deserving of God’s judgements, i.e. punishment. 

2212, 2018

Thought for December 22nd. “THOSE WHOM I LOVE”

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 Todays readings... Job 29&30, Zechariah 6&7, Revelation 3&4 One of the most challenging lessons in Scripture is to realize that, what seems logical reasoning about cause and effect – does not – at least in the wisdom and outworking of God’s will in our lives – always apply.  Today, in the book of Revelation, we read, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent” [Ch

2112, 2018

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

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Todays 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

2012, 2018

Thought for December 20th. “WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM STUMBLING”

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      Todays readings.. Job 25,26&27, Zechariah 2&3, Jude 1 No one wants to stumble; what is the cause when this happens?  They are not looking at where they are going and not watching where they put their feet; worse still, they have no definite destination in view and are constantly looking at the distractions all around them, God’s word no longer holds their attention.      I was really

1912, 2018

Thought for December 19th. “HE KNOWS THE WAY THAT I TAKE”

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Todays readings.. Job 23&24, Zechariah 1, 2&3 John             Chapter 23 in Job today is very thought provoking; it spells out Job’s conviction that God is with him despite all that has happened to him.  Although the word ‘faith’ is not used, the chapter has many verses which can be described as Job’s ‘statement of faith’ in God.             Job says, “he knows the way that

1812, 2018

Thought for December 18th. “BE STRONG”

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    Todays readings.. Job22, Haggai 1&2, 1 John 5      Zerubbabel is the “governor of Judah” at the time Haggai uttered his prophecy, the prophet is contemporary to Ezra and Nehemiah and there are dozens of references to him in their books – and Haggai, whose 2 chapter prophecy we read today, is referred to by Ezra (5 v,1 & 6 v,14) as being “the prophet” who was present.

1712, 2018

Thought for December 17th. “NO ONE WHO KEEPS ON SINNING HAS …”

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  Todays readings .... Job 21, Zephaniah 3, 1 John 3&4 The subject of LOVE is used so much in text and conversation that we may take what it means for granted; then again, there may be some unclear thoughts in our minds.  It is a simple, yet, at the same time, a profound subject.  The Apostle John uses it frequently in his Epistles.    He himself is described as

1612, 2018

Thought for December 16th. “THE BURNING ANGER OF THE LORD”

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   Todays readings.. Job 20, Zephaniah 2, 1 John 1&2           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

1512, 2018

Thought for December 15th. “TO THOSE WHO HAVE OBTAINED … “

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  Todays readings.. Job 18&19, Zephaniah 1, 2 Peter 3             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

1412, 2018

Thought for December 14th. “IF THESE QUALITIES ARE YOURS”

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   Todays readings... Job 16&17, Habakkuk 3, 2 Peter 1&2          Ah, that little word – “IF” again!  Our quotation above is from today’s readings in 2nd Peter, chapters 1 & 2  This is Peter’s final message as he realises he is soon to die.  He sees much evil growing and false believers coming to the fore who “promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. 

1312, 2018

Thought for December 13th. “THE GLORY OF THE LORD”

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Todays 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.           

1212, 2018

Thought for December 12th. “THAT BY IT YOU MAY GROW UP INTO SALVATION”

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Todays readings… Job 14, Habakkuk 1, 1 Peter 2 We meditate thoughtfully on Peter’s 1st letter: he was writing to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion” [1 v.1] – primarily Jews – as James (1 v.1) had also done “To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion.” [1 v.1] Peter names them as being in “Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” – and Paul visited some of these places, and he

1112, 2018

Thought for December 11th. “YOU WHITEWASH WITH LIES”

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Todays readings... Job 13, Nahum 3, 1 Peter 1            When we were young ‘whitewash’ was used a lot, it was a very cheap sort of white ‘paint’ you could quickly put on walls, even splash on and a grubby wall would quickly look good – but it was all for ‘looking’ good, it easily got dirty again and could not be cleaned down.      

1012, 2018

Thought for December 10th. “YOU HAVE SEEN THE PURPOSE OF THE LORD”

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   Todays readings.. Job 12, Nahum 1&2, James 5               Have you seen it?  The context of the above statement we read today in the Epistle of James is most interesting – and challenging!  We can say that we have seen the purpose of the Lord in many things, in particular in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but note the particular context in which

912, 2018

Thought for December 9th. “MY GOD WILL HEAR ME”

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   Todays readings .. Job 11, Micah 7, James 3&4           This is how the final chapter of the prophecy Micah begins, ‘Woe is me’!  Much of this chapter, as with his previous chapters, pictures the lawless attitudes surrounding the prophet.              His words of lament could just about describe life as it is becoming today around many of us.  “The godly has perished from

812, 2018

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

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Todays readings.. Job 10, Micah 6, James 2    Today we continued meditating on the Epistle of James and the vital observations he makes 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

712, 2018

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

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Todays 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,

612, 2018

Thought for December 6th. “CONSIDER HIM WHO ENDURED …”

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Todays readings...Job 8, Micah 3&4, Hebrews 13 The writer of the Hebrews asks his readers to “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”  [12 v.3]  The writer, almost certainly Paul is encouraging his fellow Jews “not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And

512, 2018

Thought for December 5th.“FOR THE LORD DISCIPLINES THE ONE HE LOVES”

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Todays readings.. Job 6&7, Micah 2, Hebrews 12           After the testimony about men and women of faith we read yesterday in Hebrews 11, we now notice how the next chapter starts with “therefore” and then states, “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also ….”  The witnesses are understood as the men and women of faith listed in ch. 11, they

412, 2018

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

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Todays 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, 2018

Thoughts for December 3rd.  “… LET US DRAW NEAR WITH A TRUE HEART”  

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Todays readings.. Job 3&4, Jonah 4, Hebrews 10          “A true heart” – we plucked out that phrase from our reading of Hebrews 10 with a question in our minds – who has a “true” heart”?   We are conscious that there are many passages in Scripture which emphasize the deceitfulness of the human heart, e.g., Jeremiah 17 v.9; Mark 7 v.21,22, etc.          We finished reading

212, 2018

Thought for December 2nd. “SHALL WE NOT RECEIVE EVIL?”

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Todays readings.. Job 1&2, Jonah 2&3, Hebrews 8&9 All 3 readings today give us a mass of things to think about – some deep thinking is involved. Job’s reaction to his wife’s suggestion that he should curse God and die [2 v.9-10].  His reaction reveals a very valuable principle, “shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Do we expect all life to be smooth and

112, 2018

Thought for December 1st.”WE HAVE THIS AS A SURE AND STEADFAST ANCHOR” 

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Todays readings .. Esther 9&10, Jonah 1, Hebrews 6&7                                                            Anchors are vital in certain situations.  Do we realize how much we need them in our journey through life? In some situations, other people can be an anchor, but what is this anchor we are reading

3011, 2018

Thought for November 30th. “THE HOUSE OF ESAU STUBBLE”

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Todays readings.. Esther 7&8, Obadiah, Hebrews 3,4&5       Esau was the twin brother of Jacob; when Jacob was given the name Israel, Esau began to be called Edom (Gen. 25 v.30) Remarkably both Jacob and Esau had 12 sons – see Genesis 36 v.9 – 43, Esau’s spread out, certainly as far as the Euphrates (v,37)       Our reading of the prophecy of Obadiah today reminded us

2911, 2018

Thought for November 29th.”YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED WICKEDNESS, THEREFORE …”

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Todays readings.. Esther 5&6, Amos 9, Hebrews 1&2     Today we start reading Hebrews; much of this letter is a remarkable testimony to what Jesus achieved.  It prevents any impression some might have that the work of Jesus was, sort of automatic, in fulfilling God’s will. Having previously spoken “by the prophets” [1 v.1] God “has now spoken to us by his Son whom he appointed heir of all things”

2811, 2018

Thought for November 28th. “IF YOU KEEP SILENT”  

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Todays readings... Esther 3&4, Amos 8, Philemon      We are reading the dramatic story of Esther and how she became the Queen of King Ahasuerus.   Haman comes on the scene and wins the King’s favour, but Esther’s uncle, Mordecai declines to honour him by bowing down as he passes.  A proud man, Haman decides to destroy, not only Mordecai but also all the Jews and he sends out an edict

2711, 2018

Thought for 27th November.“HOLD FIRM TO THE TRUSTWORTHY WORD”

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Todays readings.. Esther 2, Amos 7, Titus 1,2&3      What things really matter?  Today we read the 3 short chapters that make up the whole of Paul’s powerful letter to Titus who is described as “my true child in a common faith.” [v.4]  There is one “faith” which should be “common” to everyone; but the many parts of Christendom shows that is now far from the case. .   The Apostle

2611, 2018

Thought for November 26th. “ … AND HAVE FIRMLY BELIEVED”

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Todays readings.. Esther 1, Amos 6, 2 Timothy 3&4      Today we completed reading Paul’s letters to Timothy whom he calls “my true child in the faith [1 Tim.1 v.2]  Paul writes in a most passionate way.  It is a very intimate letter revealing the bond of service to Christ that had grown up between them. He tells him, “You however (in contrast to some others) have followed my teaching,

2511, 2018

Thought for November 25th.”DO NOT WIPE OUT MY GOOD DEEDS”

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Todays readings... Nehemiah 13, Amos 5, 2 Timothy 2.     Today we completed reading the book of Nehemiah.  For some reason (13 v.6) the Persian King had caused Nehemiah to leave Jerusalem. This happened “in the thirty second year of Artaxerxes (12 years after Nehemiah first came)… and after some time I asked leave of the king and came to Jerusalem, and I then discovered the evil that Eliashib (“the

2411, 2018

Thought for November 24th. “NOT BECAUSE OF OUR WORKS, BUT …”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 12, Amos 4, 2 Timothy 1 We started reading Paul’s final letter today; “the time of my departure” from this life “has come’ [4 v.6] he tells Timothy.  Since his dramatic conversion his life had been filled with doing a great many works in carrying his saviour’s name to a great many places.   But his ultimate salvation will not be because of this! We cannot ‘earn’

2311, 2018

Thought for November 23rd.”SO THAT MY HOLY NAME IS PROFANED”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 11, Amos 3, 1 Timothy 6    How is God’s name profaned?  Two days ago we started reading the prophecy of Amos, he ministered at about the same time of Hosea, about 30 years before the collapse and captivity of the northern kingdom, and the seeds of godlessness that Ahab and Jezebel had sown were bearing evil fruit.    Israel and Judah both claimed to know and

2211, 2018

Thought for November 22nd. “KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON YOURSELF”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 10, Amos 2, Timothy4&5             Paul, who told Timothy he was his "true child in the faith" [1 v.2], is very straightforward in his advice to him about making sure he grows spiritually.  There are many verses in his epistle to him we can, and should, apply as his advice and encouragement to ourselves and so be " trained in the words of the faith and of

2111, 2018

Thought for November 21st. “GODLY AND DIGNIFIED IN EVERY WAY” 

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 9, Amos 1, 1 Timothy 1&2           We live in a world where those in authority are constantly being challenged.  Elections are confrontations that make news headlines; reasoned discussion is at a minimum: slogans are bandied around.  An earnest and committed Bible believer is increasingly dismayed by the various environments that surround them.  What attitudes should such believers take, especially when some specific attitude

2011, 2018

Thought for November 20th. “JUDGE THE SURROUNDING NATIONS”

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Todays readings... Nehemiah 8, Joel 3, 2 Thessalonians 3              The final chapter of Joel’s prophecy always intrigues us.  It’s opening verse is plain – “For behold in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem.  I will …”  The fortunes of God’s nation of Israel have been dramatically restored in the last 100 years.  How long, we ask ourselves, before “the LORD roars from

1911, 2018

Thought for November 19th. “TO BE MARVELLED AT AMONG ALL WHO HAVE BELIEVED”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 7, Joel 2, 2 Thessalonians 1&2                           Today we read two of the most dramatic passages in Scripture - in Joel and Thessalonians. It is far from easy to fit together some of the jigsaw pieces they present to us about the last days of human rule.   It is clear the return of Christ will be the

1811, 2018

Thought for November 18th. “MAY YOUR WHOLE SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY BE KEPT BLAMELESS”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 5&6, Joel 1, 1 Thessalonians 5 Every generation has thought it possible for “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” [1 Thess. 5 v.23] to occur in their lifetime.  Now what does the first part of the verse we have quoted above (and the 2 previous) say?   “test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace

1711, 2018

Thought for November 17th. “WHOEVER IS WISE, LET HIM UNDERSTAND”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 4, Hosea 14, 1 Thessalonians 3&4     The above words are to be found in today’s last verse at the end of Hosea.  What is he (or she) to understand? The complete verse reads, “Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in

1611, 2018

Thought for November 16th. “TO PLEASE GOD WHO TESTS OUR HEARTS” 

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  Todays readings.. Nehemiah 3, Hosea 13, 1 Thessalonians 1&2                                                                              As Paul and his companions travelled to bring the message of Christ their reception was different in each place.  We have had the same experience ourselves. What

1511, 2018

Thought for November 15th. “THEN I WAS VERY MUCH AFRAID”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 1&2, Hosea 12, Colossians 3&4             Today we started to read the book of Nehemiah who was in exile in Susa, the capital of the empire of the Medes and  Persians. He is obviously a very special personality for he had become cupbearer to King Artaxerxes – a very responsible and trusted position to ensure the king was not poisoned.              Nehemiah records that “… my

1411, 2018

Thought for November 14th.”THE RICHES OF FULL ASSURANCE’”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 10, Hosea 11, Colossians 2     Today we completed reading the book of Ezra.  Only the last 4 chapters were written by or for him, the first 6 are to be seen as a continuation of 2 Chronicles.   Before Ezra came, the people - led by Zerubbabel, and encouraged by the prophets Haggai and Zechariah (ch.5 v.1,2)  had rebuilt the Temple. When Ezra arrived it became plain

1311, 2018

Thought for November 13th.“INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 9, Hosea 10, Colossians 1 What a powerful and positive letter Paul wrote to the Colossians – let us take it as a letter to us in these last days.  May we “ be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good

1211, 2018

Thought for November 12th. “THEY HAVE DEEPLY CORRUPTED THEMSELVES”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 8, Hosea 9, Acts 28      We are naturally inclined toward the positive and encouraging matters we read in God’s word – and so it has been encouraging today to read of the faith and commitment of Ezra in leading many of God’s people back from captivity to Jerusalem.  We also read of Paul’s arrival in Rome and how “he lived there two whole years … and

1111, 2018

Thought for November 11th. “… FOR I HAVE FAITH”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 7, Hosea 8, Acts 27 We read today of two outstanding characters, believers who had an active faith with whom God could work to perform his will, they are great examples for us.   First we have Ezra who is a direct descendent of Aaron [ch.7 v.5] "who had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach ..."

1011, 2018

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

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Todays 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 to

911, 2018

Thought for November 9th. “WITH RESPECT TO THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION …”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 3&4, Hosea 6, Acts 23&24     Today we read of Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem and the drama that followed with an attempt by factions of the Jewish leaders to kill him.  But the Jewish leadership was not united and Paul caused a dispute among them by crying out, when brought before their council, “It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that

811, 2018

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

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  Todays 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 is 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

711, 2018

Thought for NOVEMBER 7TH.“THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD”

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Todays readings... 2 Chronicles 36, Hosea 4, Acts 20 In these days when “knowledge has been increased” and many “run (travel) to and fro” [as we read in Daniel 12 v.4] we think of the dedication of the Apostle Paul, as we read today in Acts 20, who “did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. “ [Acts 20 v.27]  Paul was speaking to the elders