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New clothes and new identity

New clothes and new identity
Zechariah tells us there will be a Branch who will give us a new identity. He begins by giving us pure clothing.Zechariah 3: A Vision of Joshua the High Priest1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.2 And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, O Sata...
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Return to Me and I'll return to you

Return to Me and I'll return to you
We begin Zechariah this week. Praise our Saviour. Have a blessed, safe holiday this week as you rest in His grace.Zechariah 1:A Call to Return to the LORD1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying,2 "The LORD was very angry with your fathers.3 Th...
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The Refiners Fire

The Refiners Fire
Malachi after giving some fairly stern words finishes with the fact that the great Day of the LORD is coming. We Jesus has come and He will come again. Be blessed as we celebrate His first arrival this Sunday.Malachi 3: 1 "Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple...
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He seeks godly offspring

He seeks godly offspring
Malachi is the last book of the OT. The Word of the Lord via the prophets would be silent for the next 400 years until Christ. The events that led to the decay of Israel and its restoration are covered by Malachi.Malachi 1: 1 The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.The LORD's Love for Israel2 "I have loved you," says the LORD. But y...
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Keeping God first. Build the Lord's house

Keeping God first. Build the Lord's house
We start and finish the two chapters of the book of Haggai today. Haggai was a prophet to the exiles who returned from their captivity in Babylon. He is wanting the exiles to shift their focus towards a more appropriate building program.Haggai 1:The Command to Rebuild the Temple1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the fir...
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Everything will be made right

Everything will be made right
Praise God for His people and His word. Obadiah is just one chapter, but says that wrongs will one day be righted. Have a read and be blessed.Obadiah 1: 1 The vision of Obadiah. Edom Will Be Humbled Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom: We have heard a report from the LORD, and a messenger has been sent among the nations: "Rise up! Let us rise ag...
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The prayer of the righteous works wonders

The prayer of the righteous works wonders
James finishes his letter by exhorting his readers to remain steadfast in suffering and to pray in faith and to expect the Lord's blessing.James 5:Warning to the Rich1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their...
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The tongue is a fire

The tongue is a fire
James teaches us about the power of our words and our witness – take a look.James 3:Taming the Tongue1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle ...
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The testing of our faith

The testing of our faith
We begin the book of James as he leads us through some practical Christianity as we go through his letter over the next three days.James 1:Greeting1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.Testing of Your Faith2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,3 for...
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Now he is useful

Now he is useful
We finish off Titus and hear Paul's heart to Philemon and his home church. This book takes a look into the cultural window of 1st Century slavery, but also gives a Christian response to that slavery.Titus 3:Be Ready for Every Good Work1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,2 to spea...
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Hold fast to the faithful word

Hold fast to the faithful word
We cover the books of Titus, Philemon and James this week. Good practical Christianity! Be blessed as we begin with Paul's letter to Titus.Titus 1: Greeting1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,2 in hope of eternal life, which ...
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Preach the Word

Preach the Word
Preach the Word! We finish off 2Timothy today. Paul tells his young reader Timothy to tell others about God's word and the consequences of what happens when people fail to follow it.2 Timothy 3: Godlessness in the Last Days1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of...
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We do not have a spirit of fear

We do not have a spirit of fear
We finish off this week with Paul's second letter to Timothy. Paul makes this letter more personal by speaking to Timothy about how to maintain his own walk in Christ.2 Timothy 1: Greeting1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,2 To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, a...
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How to treat others in the church

How to treat others in the church
Paul gives more practical counsel for the characteristics of a healthy church and how Christians are to treat others in their local church body.1 Timothy 5: Instructions for the Church1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.3 Hono...
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The Church - the household of God

The Church - the household of God
Paul writes to Timothy about how a church should be led. He writes on the qualifications of Elders and Deacons.1 Timothy 3: Qualifications for Overseers1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controll...
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Paul - the chief of sinners

Paul - the chief of sinners
We begin Paul's two pastoral letters to Timothy. Paul instructs Timothy on how we are to manage things within the church.1 Timothy 1: Greeting1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope,2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.Wa...
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A mighty One who will save

A mighty One who will save
We finish the short book of Zephaniah off today. The promise is that like the prophet Habakkuk, Zephaniah is told that while Jerusalem is rebellious the Lord will restore her and all things!Zephaniah 3: Judgment on Jerusalem and the Nations1 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city!2 She listens to no voice; she accepts no corr...
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All things will be removed from the earth

All things will be removed from the earth
We begin the short book of Zephaniah today. There are a lot of similarities with Habakkuk and Zephaniah. Be blessed.Zephaniah 1: 1 The word of the LORD that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.The Coming Judgment on Judah2 "I will utterly sweep aw...
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Even when times are tough - God is in control

Even when times are tough - God is in control
Perspective is a key word in any trial. Habakkuk concludes his prophesy in today's readings with a reality check.Habakkuk 3: Habakkuk's Prayer1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.2 O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it k...
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If God says it will happen, it happens

If God says it will happen, it happens
Habakkuk puts things into perspective for us this morning. When all around us seems to be overrun by evil, remember Who is on the throne.Habakkuk 2: 1 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith2...
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