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 “Things known from of old” (November 4)

Today’s thought “Things known from of old” (November 4) Today we read details about the extensive missionary work of the Apostle Paul; first with Barnabas, then with Silas. Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch and “declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles”… Read More Today’s thought “Things known from of old” (November 4)

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Today’s thought “Look you scoffers” (November 3)

Today’s thought > “Look you scoffers” (November 3) Today we read how the missionary work of the dramatically converted Paul began in earnest. Many of the Jews however, are jealous of his popularity and this blinds their minds to the message he is preaching. He warns them, “Beware, therefore lest what is said in the… Read More Today’s thought “Look you scoffers” (November 3)

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Today’s Thought “Has God given you a tongue to speak?” (June 25)

“5 The Lord Jehovah hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward. 6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” (Isa 50:5-6 ASV) The prophets of God, like Isaiah, Jeremiah and… Read More Today’s Thought “Has God given you a tongue to speak?” (June 25)

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Today’s Thought “When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive …” (June 13)

Today’s Thought “When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive …” (June 13) Today we read the concluding chapters of Peter’s first Epistle. What a challenging message Peter conveys to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion” (1:1). As Paul was the apostle “to the Gentiles” (see Galatians 2:8,9), so Peter is the Apostle to the… Read More Today’s Thought “When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive …” (June 13)

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Today’s Thought “For our God is a consuming fire” (June 05)

Today’s Thought “For our God is a consuming fire” (June 05) The title concludes Hebrews 12 we read today. The whole chapter provides the climax to the remarkable chapter 11 with its testimony of the faithful; those who “died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from… Read More Today’s Thought “For our God is a consuming fire” (June 05)

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Today’s Thought “Refresh my heart in Christ” (May 29)

Today’s Thought “Refresh my heart in Christ” (May 29) Paul, in writing to Philemon whom he has converted to Christ some time earlier, describes himself as “a prisoner for Christ Jesus” (verse 1). He says to him “brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ” (verse 20). Paul… Read More Today’s Thought “Refresh my heart in Christ” (May 29)

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Today’s Thought “I remember you constantly in my prayers” (May 25)

Today’s Thought “I remember you constantly in my prayers” (May 25) Today we started reading the final epistle that Paul wrote, his second letter to Timothy. The spiritual relationship he had developed with him is an example to us of the relationship we should aim to develop with fellow believers; surely we should remember each… Read More Today’s Thought “I remember you constantly in my prayers” (May 25)

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Today’s Thought “Flee these things” (May 24)

Today’s Thought “Flee these things” (May 24) The Apostle Paul concludes his first letter to “his son” (Philippians 2:22). Timothy with a survey of the problems and bad influences amongst some of the believers. He stresses the things he should teach adding, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound… Read More Today’s Thought “Flee these things” (May 24)

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Today’s thought “Inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God” (May 20)

Today’s thought “Inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God” (May 20) My thoughts today arose largely from the challenging words of Paul in the first two chapters of his second letter to the Thessalonians. Let us appreciate that when the lessons in God’s word are particularly challenging to us and we struggle to… Read More Today’s thought “Inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God” (May 20)

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Today’s thought “Establish your hearts blameless” (May 18)

Today’s thought “Establish your hearts blameless” (May 18) Joshua 2, 1 Thessalonians 3-4,  Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians inspires us! The believers there gave Paul inspiration; they were the ones he found he had the least to worry about – of their walk in Christ. His third chapter ends, “may the Lord make you… Read More Today’s thought “Establish your hearts blameless” (May 18)

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Today’s thought “… God who tests our hearts” (May 17)

Today’s thought “… God who tests our hearts” (May 17) Paul makes a very instructive point in his first letter to the Thessalonians that we started reading today. Paul was greatly encouraged by the believers there and had many positive things to say about them – rather a contrast to his letters to the Corinthians.… Read More Today’s thought “… God who tests our hearts” (May 17)

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Today’s thought “Covetousness, which is idolatry” (May 16)

Today’s thought “Covetousness, which is idolatry” (May 16) Deuteronomy 33-34, Colossians 3-4 Today we read the last two chapters of Colossians – and also the last two in Deuteronomy which feature Moses final words – and then God buried him, his work for God was completed. Paul is in chains, as the last verse of… Read More Today’s thought “Covetousness, which is idolatry” (May 16)

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Today’s thought “Received the word with all eagerness” (May 6)

Today’s thought “Received the word with all eagerness” (May 6) Acts 16-17 How do we “receive” God’s word? It is ‘food’ to nourish and build up our minds. We continue to read about the ‘adventures’ of Paul – the challenges he faced as he went from place to place to spread the true message of… Read More Today’s thought “Received the word with all eagerness” (May 6)

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Today’s thought “Counted worthy to suffer dishonour” (April 28)

Today’s thought “Counted worthy to suffer dishonour” (April 28) We ponder the reactions of the disciples, now called Apostles, that we read about in Acts 5 today. Their success in preaching and in using the undoubted and obvious powers of the Holy Spirit to heal was having a wide impact; “people also gathered from the… Read More Today’s thought “Counted worthy to suffer dishonour” (April 28)

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Today’s thought “Rejoice in the Lord” (April 9)

Today’s thought “Rejoice in the Lord” (April 9) Today, more than ever before, people love to enjoy themselves. Looking for means of enjoyment is often the pre-occupation of those in “the western world”. They seek situations in which they can have fun, play games, watch shows and much more. Planning for weekends, especially Easter and… Read More Today’s thought “Rejoice in the Lord” (April 9)

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Today’s thought “He humbled himself by becoming …” (April 8)

Today’s thought “He humbled himself by becoming …” (April 8) Paul, in the first two chapters of his letter to the Philippians we read today, draws some utterly powerful thoughts, that is, spiritually powerful, from his contemplation of the ‘mortal’ life of our Lord Jesus. Paul tells them to “Do nothing from selfish ambition or… Read More Today’s thought “He humbled himself by becoming …” (April 8)

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