God’s work doesn’t always move forward smoothly.

Ezra 4:1-5:17  -  God’s work does not always move forward smoothly. We face determined opposition. Where there is opportunity, there will be opposition (1 Corinthians 16:9). The servants of Satan rise up to oppose the servants of the Lord. This is what happens here. The Lord’s enemies had some success: ‘the work on the House …

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The Lord looks upon us with love. We are special to Him. We are precious in His eyes.

Isaiah 4:1-5:17  -  ‘Those who are left... will be called holy’ (4:3). The world speaks of God’s people with contempt - ‘the holy people who need to learn to live in the real world’. When God calls His people ‘holy’, He speaks in a very different way. He speaks with affection. He looks upon us …

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Genesis 31:22-33:20 – God is with us …

Genesis 31:22-42 As we try to unravel the complexities of Jacob’s dealings with Laban, we must remember this one thing: ‘If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the fear of Isaac (the God before whom Isaac bowed in reverence) had not been with me...’ (42). This is the spiritual dimension. We …

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It is the Lord your God who fights for you.

Deuteronomy 3:1-29 -  The promised land was near.  For Moses, it was ‘so near and yet so far’.  He was excluded.     Together with the sadness of Moses’ exclusion, there was the joy of the people’s entrance (27-28).  When we consider Moses’ sadness and the people’s joy, we must remember this: Nobody deserved to go into …

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Jesus prays for you. Jesus prays for me …

John 17:1-26 Jesus prays for you. Jesus prays for me. We have come to faith in Him through the written Word of His apostles (20). The story of the Cross (1-5), the story of the first disciples (6-19) is an ongoing story. It continues in us. The saving effects of Christ’s death are still being …

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