Lord, we are called to fear You – and to love You.

Deuteronomy 6:1-25 Lord, we are called to fear You - and to love You. We tend to think that fear and love are opposites. You teach us something else, something very different. Fear and love belong together. You are the holy God, the God who cannot look upon our sin (Habakkuk 1:13). We fear You. …

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Giving Ourselves to the Lord

Deuteronomy 14:22-15:23 -  ‘Tithing’ (Giving the tenth to God) emerges out of holiness: ‘You are a people holy to the Lord your God… You shall tithe’ (14:21-22). It is more than giving things to God. It is giving ourselves to Him. It also involves caring for others (7-11; Isaiah 58:6-7). We have been ‘earmarked’ as …

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Help us, Lord, to be caring people.

Deuteronomy 22:1-30 Help us, Lord, to be caring people. Where does this love for one another come from? It comes from Your love for us. Where there is a growing appreciation of Your love for us, there will be an increasing commitment to sharing Your love with others. Help us to love people without loving …

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We thank You, Lord, that You are “the eternal God.”

Deuteronomy 33:18-34:12 We thank You, Lord, that You are "the eternal God." You are "our Refuge." You hold us in Your "everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27). This doesn't mean that life will be easy for us - but it does mean that You will be with us - whatever happens, and You'll never let us down. …

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Putting the past behind us, and pressing on into the future – with God and for God

Praying Through God's Word Deuteronomy 1:1-46 Lord, You call us with Your challenge. You call us to make our choice. We are to put the past behind us. We are to press on into the future - with You and for You. We hesitate - and we end up doing nothing. Help us, Lord, to …

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We thank You, Lord, for Your amazing love.

Praying Through God's Word: Deuteronomy 20:10-21:23 We thank You, Lord, for Your amazing love - "while we were Your enemies we were reconciled to You by the death of Your Son" (Romans 5:10);  "Once we were no people but now we are Your people; once we had not received mercy but now we have received …

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Triumphant hope, glorious hope, eternal hope

Learning From God's Word

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

In these words of Jesus, thee’s a great message of hope – triumphant hope, glorious hope, eternal hope.

Triumphant hope

Jesus speaks to us about “tribulation” – but this is not all that he says to us. He speaks to us of his triumph. These words of Jesus turn our thoughts towards his crucifixion and resurrection. For Jesus, his crucifixion was the time of his great tribulation. What suffering he endured, at the hands of his enemies! Jesus’ resurrection was the time of his triumph. We look at his crucifixion and resurrection, and we ask, “Why was he crucified? Why was he raised from the dead?” The answer is – It was for us that he died, and it was for…

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Love your enemies with the love of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 22:1-30 -  Care for ‘your brother’ (1-4). Our caring is not to be selective  – ‘If the brother does not live near you or if you do not know who he is’ (2). When Jesus says, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27), He means much more than loving the people who live near us, …

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God is calling us on to maturity. Do not hesitate to move forward with Him.

Deuteronomy 1:1-46 -  With the exception of Caleb and Joshua, the older generation – including Moses – was not to enter the land (34-38).  For the new generation, there was a challenge.  There must be no more failures.  One wasted generation was enough.  This was the time for real commitment to the Lord.  He loved them …

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Lord, may Your love for us fill us with more love for You.

Praying Through God's Word Deuteronomy 26:1-27:10 Lord, You have saved us. You call us, now, to live in obedience to Your Word. Teach us Your way, Lord, and help us to walk in it. May the light of Your love shine upon us. May Your love for us fill us with more love for You. …

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