Today’s thought June 19: This is love, that we walk …

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:4,6). This… Read More Today’s thought June 19: This is love, that we walk …

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Today’s Thought “Friendship with the world …” (June 09)

“Friendship with the world …” (June 9) The letter of James is full of challenging spiritual statements. Many are applicable to the world which surrounds us. James was writing at the time when Jerusalem was about to be destroyed as his half-brother (our Lord) had warned. The great majority had rejected the divine message, it… Read More Today’s Thought “Friendship with the world …” (June 09)

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Today’s thought “Testing and tempting” (June 7)

“Testing and tempting” What is the difference between being tested and being tempted? Is that clear in our minds? In our Judges readings there are several examples of God’s people being tested. Chapter 3 starts, “Now these are the nations the Lord left to test Israel … they were for the testing of Israel to… Read More Today’s thought “Testing and tempting” (June 7)

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Today’s Thought “Keep your life free from … ” (June 06)

Today we read the concluding chapter of the letter to the Hebrews; it starts, “Let brotherly love continue”. What things can undermine “brotherly love”? One thing is a breakdown in teamwork between believers in Christ – starting with a lessening of “the weakening of “spirit of Christ” in their hearts (see Romans 8:9-11); we do… Read More Today’s Thought “Keep your life free from … ” (June 06)

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Today’s Thought “To endure our trials and straighten up” (June 05)

To endure our trials and straighten up The previous days we have read  about all these great people who died in faith. We also got to see that they did not get [receive] the things that God promised His people, but they saw them coming far in the future [L from afar] and were glad [welcomed/greeted… Read More Today’s Thought “To endure our trials and straighten up” (June 05)

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Caricature of ecclesial life in the twenty-first century

Andrew Wilson wonders what resonances there might be for brothers and sisters in this caricature of ecclesial  life in the twenty-first century? We, the keen, gradually learned that, despite our  best efforts, our fellow citizens were uninterested  in the Gospel. We learned to expect ‘nothing’ from our efforts, and ceased to be surprised by it.… Read More Caricature of ecclesial life in the twenty-first century

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Todays tought (June 2) Repenting whilst eagerly waiting for Christ’s return

Early in Acts we read of Peter preaching, “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out” (3:19). All who do this should be “eagerly waiting for him” ready for when he comes “to save those who” are doing this, with oil in the lamps, ready to cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom!… Read More Todays tought (June 2) Repenting whilst eagerly waiting for Christ’s return

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Today’s Thought “Jesus Greater than Moses” (May 31)

Jesus Is Greater than Moses Today we look at three letters of the apostle Paul to the Hebrews. The man who first  prosecuted the followers of Jesus but was called by Jesus now understands that those followers of Jeshua (Jesus Christ) have to be holy brothers and sisters, who were called by God. People who… Read More Today’s Thought “Jesus Greater than Moses” (May 31)

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Today’s Thought “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” (May 27)

There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness Today we read the last two chapters of Paul’s last letter. It was his second letter to Timothy. These chapters (3 and 4) contain some wonderful expressions of his faith in his future. May we all be able to share Paul’s words here and say,… Read More Today’s Thought “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” (May 27)

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Today’s thought “Call on the Lord from a pure heart” (May 26)

“Call on the Lord from a pure heart” Paul’s final letter, the one he wrote to Timothy, is probably the most personally challenging one for believers – and that surely includes us today! He is warning and advising Timothy about some “who have swerved from the truth …” (2:18); this problem has plagued believers ever… Read More Today’s thought “Call on the Lord from a pure heart” (May 26)

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Today’s Thought “Love that issues from a pure heart” (May 22)

“Love that issues from a pure heart” Love is a word in common use today. The utter sincerity of its use by Paul in his letters bears no relation to the way most people use it today. Paul wrote to Timothy, who is described as “my true child in the faith”, to practice “love that… Read More Today’s Thought “Love that issues from a pure heart” (May 22)

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Today’s thought “Comfort your hearts and establish them” (May 20)

“Comfort your hearts and establish them” Joshua 5-6, Isaiah 10, 2 Thessalonians 1-2 Our five chapters today contained an overflow of challenging – and in one or two cases – puzzling prophecies: but these should be seen as part of the wisdom of God; otherwise his word could be left on our bookshelves much of… Read More Today’s thought “Comfort your hearts and establish them” (May 20)

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Today’s thought “Wickedness burns like a fire” (May 19)

“Wickedness burns like a fire” Isaiah 9 Isaiah has a blunt and challenging message for his people in today’s chapter 9 – it is rather in contrast to the positive picture we read in Joshua 19 where the people cross the Jordan into the promised land. Isaiah says, “For wickedness burns like a fire” (verse… Read More Today’s thought “Wickedness burns like a fire” (May 19)

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Today’s thought “Encouraged you and charged you to …” (May 18)

“Encouraged you and charged you to …” Joshua 2, Isaiah 8, 1 Thessalonians 3-4 Our readings today provoked two opposite thoughts: well, in truth, several others also. What were the thoughts in the heart of Rahab as she took in the Israelite spies and hid them? She said of her people, “as soon as we… Read More Today’s thought “Encouraged you and charged you to …” (May 18)

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