Today’s thought “You know neither the scriptures nor …” (August 17)

Today’s thought “You know neither the scriptures nor …” (August 17) We saw today in Mark 12 how Jesus challenged those who distort God’s word. This word, to them, was what we call the ‘Old Testament’. These equally inspired words are largely ignored today despite the wonderful discovery of scrolls of all of the books… Read More Today’s thought “You know neither the scriptures nor …” (August 17)

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Today’s thought “The time is fulfilled” (August 06)

Today we read in Mark’s Gospel, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel”, today this message is still true so let’s do as Jesus taught and “straighten up and raise [our] heads, because [our] redemption is drawing near.” Today’s thought “The time is fulfilled”… Read More Today’s thought “The time is fulfilled” (August 06)

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Today’s thought “Your name will be magnified forever” (July 22)

Today’s thought “Your name will be magnified forever” (July 22) It feels as if we could fill a book with the thoughts that arise from our three chapters today! However, 2 Samuel 7 is surely the most heart-warming and challenging! David, now king and reigning from Jerusalem, decides he should build a house, that is,… Read More Today’s thought “Your name will be magnified forever” (July 22)

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Today’s thought “… but those invited are not worthy” (July 21)

Today’s thought “… but those invited are not worthy” (July 21) One of the more challenging parables of Jesus is in today’s Matthew 22. Jesus says his kingdom “may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son” (verse 2). The “wedding” will see the commencement of the total transformation of… Read More Today’s thought “… but those invited are not worthy” (July 21)

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Today’s thought “A people producing its fruits” (July 20)

Today’s thought “A people producing its fruits” (July 20) Jesus taught saying, “I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits” (Matthew 21:43). The life of Jesus was reaching its climax when he said this in the last of several parables in today’s… Read More Today’s thought “A people producing its fruits” (July 20)

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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 “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 “Everyone who is of the truth listens” (April 22)

Today’s thought “Everyone who is of the truth listens” (April 22) Jesus had little to say to the High Priest who first questioned him; he simply told him, “I have spoken openly to the world, I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple” (John 18:20). Jesus is challenging them; if I have… Read More Today’s thought “Everyone who is of the truth listens” (April 22)

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Today’s thought “An hour is coming when …” (April 13)

Today’s thought “An hour is coming when …” (April 13) In our reading today in John 5, Jesus speaks of the dead hearing his voice! However, note how he says this twice – and the meaning is different! These quotes are in verse 25-29. The first time (verse 25) he says, “I say to you,… Read More Today’s thought “An hour is coming when …” (April 13)

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Today’s thought “Father forgive …” (March 31)

Today’s thought “Father forgive …” (March 31) What a heart moving set of readings we have today. In Numbers 14 we read of the tragic failure of faith of the people in the wilderness – how they reacted to the report of ten of the twelve spies which had investigated the promised land: the opposition… Read More Today’s thought “Father forgive …” (March 31)

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Today’s thought “His greatness is unsearchable” (March 21)

Today’s thought “His greatness is unsearchable” (March 21) 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… Read More Today’s thought “His greatness is unsearchable” (March 21)

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Today’s thought “The prayers of David” (February 9)

Today’s thought “The prayers of David” (February 9) The Psalms are divided into five books, and today we complete the second; today’s Psalm 72 ends with the words, “the prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended”. There are more Psalms attributed to David later on. The Psalms (the Hymn Book of Israel) are… Read More Today’s thought “The prayers of David” (February 9)

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Today’s thought “to Remind us of the wonder of God’s creation” (January 09)

In our Bible readings today Psalm 19 reminds us of the wonder of God’s creation. All that He has made in the heavens declares His glory, with every part perfectly designed for its role and purpose. Although the heavenly bodies have no voice, they speak volumes about the mighty Creator, witnessing to His majesty and… Read More Today’s thought “to Remind us of the wonder of God’s creation” (January 09)

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Today’s thought “I never knew you” (January 5)

Today’s thought “I never knew you” (January 5) There are some really challenging sayings of Jesus in the first twenty-seven verses of Matthew 7 today. Then his comment in verses 28,29 jumps out at us. “When Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who… Read More Today’s thought “I never knew you” (January 5)

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Today’s thought “The vision of the branch and unleashing judgment upon the whole ear” (December 22)

Though in the vision of today’s reading in the Book of Zechariah, the wickedness of Judah is contained and sent far away to Babylon, where it is not only tolerated but is worshipped, Zechariah’s prophecy also gives us an inspiring look into the future when those who “endure” will “reign with the king in Zion”.… Read More Today’s thought “The vision of the branch and unleashing judgment upon the whole ear” (December 22)

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Today’s thought “Latter glory of the house of God shall be greater than the former” (December 18)

On the 21st day of the 7th month (Av = July-August), the prophet Haggai gave a second message from the Eternal. (Haggai 2:1) He asked about Zerubbabel (Shealtiel’s son and Judah’s governor), Joshua (Jehozadak’s son and the high priest), and all those who returned from exile, or any of them still living who saw how… Read More Today’s thought “Latter glory of the house of God shall be greater than the former” (December 18)

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Today’s thought “What sorrow awaits rebellious people” (December 17)

Yesterday we read how all were required to gather together, even the shameful nation, before the decree of God takes effect and that day passes like windblown chaff, before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon us, before the day of the Lord’s wrath comes upon you. (Zephania 2:1-2) By the prophecy of Zephania and other… Read More Today’s thought “What sorrow awaits rebellious people” (December 17)

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Today’s thought “The burning anger of the LORD” (December 16)

What ominous warnings do we read in today’s chapter in Zephaniah! They are a sequel to what we read yesterday – they are a challenge for us to act to make sure we are on the Lord’s side – now! Hopefully all those who read and know their Bibles are already in the process of… Read More Today’s thought “The burning anger of the LORD” (December 16)

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