Today’s thought “So we can confidently say …” (December 6)

How many can speak with confidence these days? Certainly politicians can’t, although they often try to sound that way! We read the last chapter of Hebrews today where Paul is emphasising to them the need to be positive in their attitude to the spiritual aspects of life. His first four words are, “Let brotherly love… Read More Today’s thought “So we can confidently say …” (December 6)

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Today’s thought “Events as yet unseen” (December 4)

“Faith is … the conviction of things not seen” is how Hebrews 11 starts. It is a familiar chapter to all regular Bible readers; it selects examples of men and women who have lived by faith, it praises them for this. They lived with a God given vision of “events as yet unseen”. Certain things… Read More Today’s thought “Events as yet unseen” (December 4)

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Today’s thought “He is able to save to the uttermost” (December 1)

Hebrews 7 highlights the historic role of Melchizedek who is described as “priest of the Most High God” to whom “Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything” (verses 1,2; see Genesis 22:17). He is described as “resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever” (verse 3). The chapter proceeds to describe how Jesus… Read More Today’s thought “He is able to save to the uttermost” (December 1)

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Today’s thought “The deceitfulness of sin” (November 30)

Today’s thought “The deceitfulness of sin” (November 30) The word ‘sin’ is an obsolete word today, do we ever hear it used in personal conversations? It would only be in a Bible talk and occasionally in discussions between brethren and sisters. What challenges we face in our godless world – but I doubt we ever… Read More Today’s thought “The deceitfulness of sin” (November 30)

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Today’s thought “Your throne, O God, is forever” (November 29)

Today’s thought “Your throne, O God, is forever” (November 29) We read today – in Hebrews 1 – which is one of the only two places where Jesus is called ‘god’ – and we have made this our caption today. Why is Jesus called “god”? We look at the context and it becomes clear that… Read More Today’s thought “Your throne, O God, is forever” (November 29)

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Today’s thought “The grace of God … training us” (November 27)

Today’s thought “The grace of God … training us” (November 27) When I was a child I remember the word Grace as being what was said before a meal, words of thanksgiving and that, up to a point, is what it means. It is a special word in the writings of Paul; have a careful… Read More Today’s thought “The grace of God … training us” (November 27)

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Today’s thought “Equipped for every good work” (November 26)

Today we read the final chapters the Apostle Paul wrote, in which he said, “the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness …” (2 Timothy 4:6-8). His encouragement to… Read More Today’s thought “Equipped for every good work” (November 26)

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First joint naval exercise by Israel and Gulf states signals Iran worries

In a move almost unthinkable only three years ago, Gulf Arab navies have held their first joint military exercise with Israeli warships, co-ordinated by the US Navy. The five-day drill in the Red Sea involved warships from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel and the US. It began Wednesday November 10, and included boarding, search… Read More First joint naval exercise by Israel and Gulf states signals Iran worries

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Today’s thought “For I know whom I have believed” (November 24)

This is what Paul declared in 2 Timothy (1:12). This is the final letter of Paul’s life and he writes with utter conviction. It becomes obvious as we read these four chapters that Paul is writing from his heart; this is both because of his special affection for Timothy and because he is aware from… Read More Today’s thought “For I know whom I have believed” (November 24)

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Today’s thought “Flee these things. Pursue …” (November 23)

Today we completed reading Paul’s first letter to Timothy who was his “true child in the faith” (1:2). There are so many lessons for us for our days in these two letters; they reveal the wonder of a genuine spiritual relationship. In today’s final chapter Paul details warnings to Timothy – “if anyone teaches a… Read More Today’s thought “Flee these things. Pursue …” (November 23)

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Today’s thought “Great the mystery of godliness” (November 21)

Great the mystery of godliness 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; [a]He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the [b]nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. {1 Timothy 3:16 American Standard Version (ASV)   It can rightfully be called an… Read More Today’s thought “Great the mystery of godliness” (November 21)

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Today’s thought “All the people were attentive” (November 20)

We have three interesting and challenging readings today. Nehemiah describes how “all the people were attentive” (8:3) when the books of Moses were read to them. They answered, “‘Amen, Amen,’ lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD” (verse 6). They were told, “this day is holy to our Lord.… Read More Today’s thought “All the people were attentive” (November 20)

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Today’s thought “To this end we always pray” (November 19)

Today’s thought “To this end we always pray” (November 19) Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians portrays details of some of the dramas that will occur at the return of Christ. He stresses how the enemies of God will be destroyed “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming… Read More Today’s thought “To this end we always pray” (November 19)

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Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies

On November 11, new satellite photos showed that Russia is once again massing troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine. The United States has warned European allies that Russia could be plotting to invade Ukraine in a repeat of the 2014 annexation of Crimea. US officials have privately briefed their EU counterparts on… Read More Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies

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Today’s thought “The breastplate of faith” (November 18)

Today’s thought “The breastplate of faith” (November 18) Some of the verses in the final chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians are really appropriate for conditions we live in today. The chapters in Nehemiah are also full of lessons, showing his dedicated effort, despite all kinds of distraction and opposition. He led the… Read More Today’s thought “The breastplate of faith” (November 18)

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Towards a Third World War or not

Global Climate Change issues, political polarisation like pandemic issues and vaccine inequity globally are things which make The Shambling Apocalypse wonder where we are in a time going up to a Third World War. The author Michael Kane looks at the intensifiers which create opportunities for times to come. They exacerbate the problems that already… Read More Towards a Third World War or not

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Today’s thought “The people had a mind to work” (November 17)

Today’s thought “The people had a mind to work” (November 17) Yesterday we started reading the inspiring book of Nehemiah. It is inspiring because it shows there is no limit to what can be achieved in serving the LORD when there is genuine dedication. We read, “the people had a mind to work” (4:6) to… Read More Today’s thought “The people had a mind to work” (November 17)

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Today’s thought “… who delivers us from the wrath to come” (November 16)

Today’s thought “… who delivers us from the wrath to come” (November 16) Nehemiah 3 is a wonderful illustration of the team work Nehemiah inspired – for the rebuilding of the broken down walls of Jerusalem. But what of the broken down walls of this world – that has allowed godlessness to come flooding in!… Read More Today’s thought “… who delivers us from the wrath to come” (November 16)

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Today’s thought “Struggling on your behalf in his prayers” (November 15)

Today’s thought “Struggling on your behalf in his prayers” (November 15) The wonder and reality of effective prayer confronts us in today’s readings. Paul tells the Colossians to “continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving … pray also for us” (4:2,3). Paul is imprisoned, he asks them to “remember my chains” (verse… Read More Today’s thought “Struggling on your behalf in his prayers” (November 15)

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