Today’s thought “Let him who boasts boast in this …” (July 19)

Today’s thought “Let him who boasts boast in this …” (July 19) In Matthew today we read of the friction among the disciples of Jesus; this arose after the mother of two of them “came up to him (Jesus) with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him … ‘Say that these two sons… Read More Today’s thought “Let him who boasts boast in this …” (July 19)

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Today’s thought “Is it lawful to divorce … for any cause” (July 18)

Today’s thought “Is it lawful to divorce … for any cause” (July 18) Our reading in Matthew’s Gospel tells us how the Pharisees came up to Jesus “and tested him by asking, ‘Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” The religious groups were at odds between themselves in their efforts to impose… Read More Today’s thought “Is it lawful to divorce … for any cause” (July 18)

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Today’s thought “Rise and have no fear” (July 16)

Today’s thought “Rise and have no fear” (July 16) What must it have been like to be one of the disciples of Jesus! The unexpected was always happening – and sometimes it was way beyond human experience. The end of yesterday’s chapter 16 in Matthew has a strange statement by Jesus, “Truly, I say unto… Read More Today’s thought “Rise and have no fear” (July 16)

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Today’s thought July 11 Reading 3 – Matthew 12:50

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Mat 12:50). “There are many writers and perhaps even some thinkers who would readily fall into error if asked to describe the true Christadelphian. In the Brotherhood there has been a very natural tendency to put the emphasis… Read More Today’s thought July 11 Reading 3 – Matthew 12:50

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Today’s thought July 9 Reading 3 – Matthew 10:42 Tact requiring work

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward” (Mat 10:42). “We have heard of young sisters banding together for quiet, unobtrusive labours in rendering occasional help to overloaded mothers; cheerful,… Read More Today’s thought July 9 Reading 3 – Matthew 10:42 Tact requiring work

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Today’s thought “For everyone who …” (July 6)

Today’s thought “For everyone who …” (July 6) Our chapter in Matthew today unfolds to reveal powerful personal lessons – principles we must live by! Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the… Read More Today’s thought “For everyone who …” (July 6)

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Today’s thought “You therefore must be perfect” (July 4)

Today’s thought “You therefore must be perfect” (July 4) The above quotation is how today’s Matthew 5 ends. This chapter is normally called ‘the Sermon on the Mount’. It has been portrayed in films as Jesus teaching a whole crowd of people – but that is the opposite to what the text actually says; an… Read More Today’s thought “You therefore must be perfect” (July 4)

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Today’s thought “I have obeyed” (July 3)

Today’s thought “I have obeyed” (July 3) King Saul was highly successful in destroying the Amalekites, but we note what Samuel said to him (1 Samuel 15:1-3) before he did this! After giving him the reasons why the Amalekites should be destroyed, Samuel tells him, “Now go and strike Amalek, and devote to destruction all… Read More Today’s thought “I have obeyed” (July 3)

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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 “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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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 “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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