Signs of the Times – “Distress of nations …”

(With thanks to Brother Roger Long) As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, with appalling suffering being inflicted on the people of that state, the western world has imposed major sanctions on Moscow, sanctions that will inevitably have an impact on life in many nations – such is the nature of our interconnected world. A recent… Read More Signs of the Times – “Distress of nations …”

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Today’s thought “For you created all things” (December 22)

Today we completed reading in Revelation the letters to the seven ecclesias: they are quite diverse from one another, but we see them as being representative of the spirituality within different communities of believers down through all ages. We cannot help put sense that the last named (Laodicea) is representative of all too many of… Read More Today’s thought “For you created all things” (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 “Be strong and courageous, and do the work” (December 18)

Today’s 2nd Bible reading describes the coming glory of God’s House, but the people are defiled. Nevertheless, God promises a future blessing with Zerubbabel chosen like God’s signet ring. Zerubbabel being picked out by the God of armies as His servant, who will be like a ring that has God His royal mark on it.… Read More Today’s thought “Be strong and courageous, and do the work” (December 18)

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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 “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 “Until they acknowledge their guilt” (November 8)

Today’s thought “Until they acknowledge their guilt” (November 8) Today we started reading the book of Ezra. It begins by telling us that “the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation” (verse 1) that the Lord has “charged me to build … him a house (Temple)… Read More Today’s thought “Until they acknowledge their guilt” (November 8)

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Today’s thought “His goodness in the latter days” (November 6)

Yesterday we saw that we all need to be fully conscious in our minds that, as Paul told the Athenians, God “has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed” (Acts 17:31). It is becoming clear that that “day” is getting very close. Are… Read More Today’s thought “His goodness in the latter days” (November 6)

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Today’s thought “Trouble in times of the latter days” (November 3)

Today’s thought “Trouble in times of the latter days” (November 3) On the 1st and 2nd of November people remember their dead. Lots of them do not stand still for the days of the living and do not think of the days to come for the living and the dead. Believing the many theologians and… Read More Today’s thought “Trouble in times of the latter days” (November 3)

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A time of trouble such as never has been (November 3)

“A time of trouble such as never has been” (November 3) The range of readings we have today are more than usually thought provoking. Firstly we read of Hezekiah, one of the most dedicated and righteous kings to reign in Jerusalem – but God tested him by allowing “a time of trouble” – but he… Read More A time of trouble such as never has been (November 3)

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Today’s thought “When I gather … Israel” (October 2)

Today’s thought “When I gather … Israel” (October 2) The finally two verses of our reading of Ezekiel 28 today fit the scene in and around Israel fairly accurately so that we are inclined to apply it to the circumstances we have witnessed in the Middle East in recent years. Yet such is the nature… Read More Today’s thought “When I gather … Israel” (October 2)

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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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