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 “Bind them on your heart” (March 28)

Today’s thought “Bind them on your heart” (March 28) God’s word again directs our thoughts to the vital importance of our attitude of “heart” as the most vital thing in our thought processes. We saw in Luke recently that Jesus “told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not… Read More Today’s thought “Bind them on your heart” (March 28)

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Today’s thought “A house of prayer” (March 27)

Today’s thought “A house of prayer” (March 27) Our readings in the book of Numbers and the Gospel of Luke include references to cleansing. In Numbers we read yesterday how they consecrated the tabernacle now that it had been set up, offerings were made by each of the twelve tribes. It was about to be… Read More Today’s thought “A house of prayer” (March 27)

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Today’s thought “Let the wise hear and increase in …” (March 23)

Today’s thought “Let the wise hear and increase in …” (March 23) Today we started reading the proverbs of Solomon and the opening chapters in particular, are really heart challenging. “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of… Read More Today’s thought “Let the wise hear and increase in …” (March 23)

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Today’s thought “… and will not be able” (March 22)

Today’s thought “… and will not be able” (March 22) Today’s chapters in Luke are full of challenging parables. They challenge us to understand and act in a particular way. For a start we noted the response of Jesus when someone asked, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” (13:23). The question leads Jesus… Read More Today’s thought “… and will not be able” (March 22)

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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 “One’s life does not consist in …” (March 20)

Today’s thought “One’s life does not consist in …” (March 20) Today’s Luke 12 contains some of the most challenging teaching of Jesus – it is as appropriate today as it was then! A crowd surrounded him and “Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me’”… Read More Today’s thought “One’s life does not consist in …” (March 20)

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Today’s thought “So keep my charge never to …” (March 10)

Today’s thought “So keep my charge never to …” (March 10) Leviticus does not make pleasant reading, but there are many things in the Bible which make us feel uncomfortable – for our own good. We could not fail to notice, in reading chapter 18, the parallel with much of human behaviour today. The Lord… Read More Today’s thought “So keep my charge never to …” (March 10)

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Today’s thought “God, who gives us the victory through …” (March 2)

Today’s thought “God, who gives us the victory through …” (March 2) I pondered why the above saying rather suddenly occurs in that very moving and oft quoted 1 Corinthians 15. Parts of this chapter are often read at funerals; it contains a powerful testimony to the certainty of resurrection and that “in Christ shall… Read More Today’s thought “God, who gives us the victory through …” (March 2)

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Today’s thought “Those who fear him” (February 27)

Today’s thought “Those who fear him” (February 27) Psalm 103, 1 Cor 12-13 The phrase “those who fear him”, meaning, who fear God, occurs three times in our Psalm reading today. The sense of ‘fear’ is – to be in heartfelt awe of what God must be. This is a Psalm that should reach deep into… Read More Today’s thought “Those who fear him” (February 27)

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Today’s thought “That we may see and believe” (February 19)

Today’s thought “That we may see and believe” (February 19) What causes belief – real conviction of belief? Well, it depends what you want to believe; what you see you need to believe! If someone cries ‘Fire’ – you lose no time in acting to verify if the cry is genuine – and seeing what… Read More Today’s thought “That we may see and believe” (February 19)

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Today’s thought “You shall not join hands with …” (February 13)

Today’s thought “You shall not join hands with …” (February 13) Shaking and joining hands is a physical sign of friendship, but Moses uses the term in an opposite context in today’s Exodus 23. We read his warnings about joining hands for bad reasons. He makes some down-to-earth statements of things that God sees as… Read More Today’s thought “You shall not join hands with …” (February 13)

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Today’s thought “God has come to test you …” (February 10)

Today’s thought “God has come to test you …” (February 10) Exodus 19 + 20 We read today in great detail of the arrival of the people of Israel at Mount Sinai on “the third new moon” (Exodus 19:1). For the great mass of people with their flocks and herds, it had been a testing… Read More Today’s thought “God has come to test you …” (February 10)

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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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Additional thought for today 2 February: Transformed Christians Let evil not defeat you

In the first letter of Paul to the Romans the apostle argued that Gentiles are futile in their thinking and ignorant of the way things really are. Those without faith in God enjoy their life keeping themselves busy with worldly things and are often not concerned about their behaviour opposite others and how they react… Read More Additional thought for today 2 February: Transformed Christians Let evil not defeat you

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Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2)

Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2) Romans 12 is one of the most significant in God’s word. How significant for us is the advice given in verse 12. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” The world around us offers nothing in which we can genuinely rejoice.… Read More Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2)

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Today’s thought “God is our refuge and strength” (January 26)

Today’s thought “God is our refuge and strength” (January 26) Just as parts of the Psalms, such as 22:1 and 16:10,11 foreshadowed events and sayings in the mortal life of our Lord, so Psalms 46 and 47 we read today can be seen as portraying the awesome events at and after the time of his… Read More Today’s thought “God is our refuge and strength” (January 26)

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