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Test the spirits

Test the spirits
John gives us advice about how to be discerning, by asking us that we "test the spirits".1 John 3: 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet ap...
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Jesus - Light of the world

Jesus - Light of the world
This week we look at the letters of the Apostle John. There is little wonder why he is called the Apostle of love, as this is a major theme throughout these letters, as is light and life.1 John 1: The Word of Life1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with ou...
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Jude - Contending for the faith

Jude - Contending for the faith
We finish this week's readings with the book (one chapter) of Jude. May our Lord Jesus continue to bless you with grace and truth as you contend for the faith.Jude 1:Greeting1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied ...
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Jonah's complaint about the Lord's mercy

Jonah's complaint about the Lord's mercy
Is it ever right to be angry at the Lord's mercy? Jonah thought so. Have a read. Be blessed.Jonah 4: Jonah's Anger and the LORD's Compassion1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.2 And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I k...
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Nineveh repents

Nineveh repents
Have you ever been called to work with people you didn't really want to minister or work with ? Jonah certainly did. The Lord's ministry was not just to the Ninevites, but also to Jonah.Jonah 3: Jonah Goes to Nineveh1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it th...
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The prayer of Jonah - in the fish

The prayer of Jonah - in the fish
Be blessed by Jonah's prayer. Praise our great God! Often it is only through loss and deliverance that God gets the glory.Jonah 2:Jonah's Prayer1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,2 saying, "I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.3 Fo...
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Jonah - you can run, but you can't hide

Jonah - you can run, but you can't hide
Many believe the story of Jonah being swallowed up by a big fish as a fairy tale. Jesus certainly didn't as He referred to it and His literal 3 days and nights in the tomb. We read the story of Jonah this week.Jonah 1: Jonah Flees the Presence of the LORD1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, th...
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The Day of the Lord

The Day of the Lord
Peter finishes his second letter with what we should expect when Christ returns.2 Peter 3: The Day of the Lord Will Come1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lo...
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Holy men of God

Holy men of God
We head into 2nd Peter this today. These were the final words of Peter to the church before his departure. These are always good! Be blessed.2 Peter 1:Greeting1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:2 May grace and ...
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Cast your cares upon the Lord

Cast your cares upon the Lord
Our Lord asks us to care for one another. In this way we are His ministers of grace. Just the one chapter today, but plenty here from Peter. Have a blessed day everyone!1 Peter 5: Shepherd the Flock of God1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going...
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The power of suffering

The power of suffering
Peter shows us what a godly home and a godly church can achieve even in the midst of suffering.1 Peter 3: Wives and Husbands1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.3 Do not let your ado...
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Our living hope - the Cornerstone

Our living hope - the Cornerstone
We will read the two letters of Peter this week. Some good practical advice from the apostle here.1 Peter 1: Greeting1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obed...
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Love justice, do kindness and walk humbly with your God

Love justice, do kindness and walk humbly with your God
Sometimes we need to reflect on what God has done in our past. This brings Him glory.  As such we should do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. Micah reminds the Israelites to do the same in our reading today.Micah 6: The Indictment of the LORD1 Hear what the LORD says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let...
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He shall come from Bethlehem

He shall come from Bethlehem
Micah prophesies about the Saviour to come. He will be born in Bethlehem.Micah 5: The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem1 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come ...
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Beat swords into ploughshares

Beat swords into ploughshares
One day things will be made right. It all begins with Christ and His ministry of truth and grace. Micah looks forward to the ministry of Christ in today's reading.Micah 4: The Mountain of the LORD1 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall b...
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Jesus - the breaker of chains

Jesus - the breaker of chains
Praise God for His faithfulness. Jesus says I will honour those who honour Me. Remain steadfast and He will bless you. Be consistent in your calling. Micah encourages us to remain faithful in our ministries.Micah 2: Woe to the Oppressors1 Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, becaus...
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Micah - the mountains melt

Micah - the mountains melt
As a companion with the books of Hosea and Amos we go through the book of Micah this week. As you would expect, when God speaks to His prophets their voices are united in their message to His people. Just as the four gospels present Christ from different angles so too are the messages these prophets bring to Judah and Israel.Micah 1: 1 The word of ...
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Israel will be destroyed then restored

Israel will be destroyed then restored
The Lord had promised to judge Israel due to her rebellion, but He also promises to restore and rebuild. This is the good news that is only possible in Christ.Amos 9:The Destruction of Israel1 I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: "Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and ...
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Measured against God's plumb line

Measured against God's plumb line
The Lord gives many warnings, but eventually if they are ignored judgement comes. This was about to happen to Amos' hearers. The Lord's plumb line did not lie and the Lord's people were out of line.Amos 7: Warning Visions1 This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and be...
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Let justice flow like a mighty river

Let justice flow like a mighty river
Why die? Seek the Lord and live, may the Lord's justice roll on like the waters of an ever flowing stream – that's Amos' message to us.Amos 5: Seek the LORD and Live1 Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:2 "Fallen, no more to rise, is the virgin Israel; forsaken on her land, with none to raise her up."3 For thus ...
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