Sometimes, Lord, it seems like you are far away from us…

2 Kings 9:1-37 Sometimes, Lord, it seems like You are far away from us. Why do we feel like this? It’s because we have wandered away from You. We’ve allowed something else to come between ourselves and You. Call us back to Yourself, back from the brink, back to a new beginning, back to the …

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More than the words of the preacher – the Word of the Lord

MICAH 1:1-2:13 We thank You, Lord, that Micah was a fearless preacher of Your Word. His message was not popular: ‘Let the Lord God be a witness against you.’ He was a forthright preacher of Your Word. He knew that the people wouldn’t want to hear what he had to say to them. He demanded …

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The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people.

Galatians 3:23-5:6  -  ‘God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’ (4:6). The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people. The Spirit is God’s gift (Titus 3:5). Paul connects the gift of the Spirit with Christ’s death for us and our faith in Christ (3:13-14). We do not …

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: Joshua

Learning From God's Word

“Be strong and courageous … for the Lord your God will be with you” (Joshua 1:9).

How can we be strong and courageous?

Does strength and courage come from within ourselves?

We may like to think that we’re strong and courageous – but we’re not.

Again and again, we’re reminded of how weak we really are.

Often, we’re filled with fear rather than strength and courage.

What are we to do when we like this?

Are we to deny our feelings, and say to ourselves, “I’m really all right. There’s nothing much wrong with me – nothing that I can’t sort out”?

We need to stop telling ourselves that we’re doing okay – and start listening to what God says to us.

He tells us that strength and courage come from him – “the Lord your God will be with you.”

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Without Christ, the living Word, we remain in darkness.

Numbers 8:1-26  -  The Levites were ‘set apart’ for God (14). They were ‘a gift to Aaron... to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting...’ (19).  We are to work together as a team. ‘Yield yourselves to God...’ (Romans 6:13): Help each other to be better servants of Christ. …

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Lord, what You have done for us – we could never have done for ourselves!

Genesis 21:1-21 Lord, what You have done for us – we could never have done for ourselves! It’s so amazing what You have done for us. We were making plans for ourselves – but our plans didn’t include You! You came to us. You said to us, “I have a wonderful plan for your life.” …

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‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? Who shall stand in His holy place?’: No-one else but Christ

Leviticus 24:1-25:24 -  ‘Pure’ worship is to be offered ‘continually’:  This is what God is looking for (1-8).  ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who shall stand in His holy place?’:  No-one else but Christ – He alone ‘has clean hands and a pure heart’, He alone ‘will receive blessing from the Lord’ …

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