Today’s thought “I know your works” (December 22)

Today we completed reading the letters to the seven ecclesias that are featured in Revelation 2,3. Each letter begins with the declaration by Christ, “I know your works”. The ecclesias which received the greatest commendations for their works are the ones experiencing the greatest trials! This is ‘food’ for careful thought: let’s meditate on the… Read More Today’s thought “I know your works” (December 22)

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Today’s thought “Standing up for the faith” (December 20)

In this world where more people are interested in worldly matters, mostly material matters, having not much fertile ground for spiritual matters, it is not always easy for a follower of Christ to stand firm in the faith. The apostle Jude felt he had to write to his fellow brethren to ask them to stand… Read More Today’s thought “Standing up for the faith” (December 20)

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Today’s thought “Who is able to … and to present you” (December 20)

Today we read the 25 verses of the epistle of Jude. He describes himself as the brother of James. It is reasonable to conclude this James is the one who is the chief spokesman of the believers in Jerusalem (Acts 15:13) and are both sons of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Judging by the urgency… Read More Today’s thought “Who is able to … and to present you” (December 20)

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Today’s thought “What sort of people ought you to be …” (December 15)

As Peter completes his second letter he asks a question “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of the Lord …” (3:11,12). What is to be dissolved? He writes that… Read More Today’s thought “What sort of people ought you to be …” (December 15)

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Today’s thought “Inspired to a sincere and pure way of thinking” (December 15)

In his second letter the apostle Peter writes to those that have obtained a like precious faith with him and his fellow apostles in the righteousness of their God and the Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:1) He writes that in both of his letters he tried to inspire his brethren and sisters to a… Read More Today’s thought “Inspired to a sincere and pure way of thinking” (December 15)

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Today’s thought “If these qualities are yours” (December 14)

Ah, that little word – “IF”! Our quotation above is from 2 Peter 1. Today we read Peter’s final message as he realises he is soon to die. It is a time when he sees much evil growing and false believers coming to the fore who “promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of… Read More Today’s thought “If these qualities are yours” (December 14)

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Today’s thought “Darker days, presents and Love for others” (December 13)

Yesterday we mentioned the difficulties that we, Christadelphians, but also the Jeshuaists and Jews may experience in Belgium and France, and how we must always respond positively to that resistance. We must, above all, avoid the negativeness towards us through our positive, loving attitude. As Christadelphians, like Jeshuaists, are real Christians, or followers of Christ… Read More Today’s thought “Darker days, presents and Love for others” (December 13)

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Today’s thought “About our attitude opposite others” (December 12)

In this world there may be lots of unkind speech, gossip, slander, but we as followers of Christ should get rid of all such evil behaviour. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all wrong and insulting language. (1 Peter 2:1) When we are Christadelphians or when we say we are a Christian, we should… Read More Today’s thought “About our attitude opposite others” (December 12)

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Today’s thought “Elect exiles of the Dispersion” (December 11)

With our Belgian ecclesia we are like the ancient God’s elect, living as aliens scattered among the unbelievers like the ones who were living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia to whom the apostle Peter wrote. (1 Peter 1:1) We have not many real believers around us. That does… Read More Today’s thought “Elect exiles of the Dispersion” (December 11)

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Today’s thought “Not by man but With God is the sum total of all wisdom and of all power” (December 10)

From friends you must have it. They may speak wisely but also can utter foolishness. Job tells his friends that they take an attitude as if they know everything. His friends might be the voice of the people. Job warns them that when they die, wisdom will die with them. (Job 12:1-2) In the previous… Read More Today’s thought “Not by man but With God is the sum total of all wisdom and of all power” (December 10)

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Today’s thought “Those following the policies of the wrong leaders and popular people” (December 08)

In this world a lot of people may have it much better than we, but we should not worry about our “lesser situation” but think about the way they might have become wealthy or how they tried to gather and save their money. (Micah 6:12; 14) We might find lots of people who love to… Read More Today’s thought “Those following the policies of the wrong leaders and popular people” (December 08)

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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 “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 “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 “Performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (November 10)

Today’s thought “Performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (November 10) Every time we read Paul’s speeches in defending himself after his arrest, we are moved by his total conviction of mind and commitment. What a transformed man he was after his intensely dramatic encounter with the risen Christ outside Damascus. He has turned himself… Read More Today’s thought “Performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (November 10)

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Today’s thought “Showing the Gospel, teaching publicly and from house to house,” (November 07)

Today’s thought “Showing the Gospel, teaching publicly and from house to house,” (November 07) In the 3rd reading of today we listen to the apostle Paul who from the first day that he set foot in Asia, served the Lord Most High God and His sent one, in all humility of mind, and with many… Read More Today’s thought “Showing the Gospel, teaching publicly and from house to house,” (November 07)

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Today’s thought “The times of ignorance” (November 5)

Today’s thought “The times of ignorance” (November 5) Some people, and today it seems many people, prefer to remain ignorant of what matters most – that is, ignorant of the meaning of life, of its cause and destiny: they live for the day, the month, and at most the next year or two. We read… Read More Today’s thought “The times of ignorance” (November 5)

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