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Jesus the healer, equal with God

Healings and truth both show the message of the Messiah. We see both in Jesus words and works here in John 5 this morning. John 5: The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed co...
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Worship in spirit and in truth

The story of the woman of Samaria is a message of grace. May we embrace this message with those we struggle to identify with in our day. John 4: Jesus and the Woman of Samaria1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disci...
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You must be born again

John now changes the focus to the public ministry of Jesus. Here we read of the first miracles and the famous chapter on the central message and ministry of Christ, this being "you must be born again".John 2:The Wedding at Cana1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.2Jesus also was invited to the ...
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The Word was with God, the Word was God

John's gospel begins with "In the beginning…". It is like a Genesis of the NT revealing who the Creator truly is as revealed in the person and work of Jesus.John 1:The Word Became Flesh1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made through him, and without h...
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The day of judgement upon Jerusalem

When will the Lord return? No-one knows of course, but we do know it will be with power and might. Let's be ready.Ezekiel 7: The Day of the Wrath of the LORD1 The word of the LORD came to me:2 "And you, O son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.3 Now the end is upon you, a...
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Judgement before blessing upon Jerusalem

G'day everyone. May the Lord bless you today with His presence and His promises, keep seeking Him. Ezekiel has some tough truths for us today. Judgement comes upon Jerusalem for idolatryEzekiel 5: Jerusalem Will Be Destroyed1 "And you, O son of man, take a sharp sword. Use it as a barber's razor and pass it over your head and your beard. Then take ...
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The siege of Jerusalem prophesied

Good morning folks. Sometimes life is very tough. Ezekiel was called to a very difficult season in his ministry. Sometimes this is our lot as Christians.Ezekiel 4:The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized1 "And you, son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem.2 And put siege works against it, and build a siege w...
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They wont listen to you

Good morning everyone. Often we are called to do things we simply don't enjoy. That's what is happening here with Ezekiel. Ezekiel 3: 1 And he said to me, "Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel."2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat.3 And he said to me, "Son of man, feed yo...
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Ezekiel's vision and message

Good morning beloved of the Lord! This week we start Ezekiel. Ezekiel is confronted with a vision of the Lord's throne room. Be blessed as you read and pray.Ezekiel 1:Ezekiel in Babylon1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and...
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Many waters cannot quench love

We finish Song of Solomon today with the fullness of blessing as seen in a secure and loving relationship. Be blessed as you read.Song of Solomon 8:Longing for Her Beloved 1 [She ] Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother's breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.2 I would lead you and bring...
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The bride gives her love

This young husband cannot keep his eyes and hands off his prize. Have a read and be blessed.Song of Solomon 7: 1 [He ] How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand.2 Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lili...
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The bride searches for her husband

I just love these two chapters. So much passion and desire is seen here between a man and his wife. This is symbolic of Christ's love for us. Hallelujah.Song of Solomon 5: 1 [He ] I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk.[Others ] Eat, friends, drink,...
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Do not stir up love until it pleases

This morning we see the joy it is of admiring first love beauty and then enjoying it under the blessing of God in marriage. This parallels Christ's love for us.Song of Solomon 3:The Bride's Dream 1 [She ] On my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not.2 I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and i...
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The Song which is Solomon's

The Song of Solomon has been the center of much theological debate. As we read – you can draw your own conclusions. Enjoy this book of young love and marriage!Song of Solomon 1: 1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.The Bride Confesses Her Love 2 [She ] Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine;3 your anointi...
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In conclusion - fear God and obey His commandments

Solomon gives us his final comments about why we are here and the whole purpose of life on this life. Be blessed.Ecclesiastes 11: Cast Your Bread upon the Waters1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.2 Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.3 If the clouds are f...
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Enjoy life, but be wise

Solomon says life is too short not to enjoy or to live in folly. Sound advice. Take a look.Ecclesiastes 9: Death Comes to All1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him.2 It is the same for all, since the s...
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Wisdom and folly in the light of eternity

Solomon considers the day to day wisdom and folly of life under the sun. He begins to make the point that fearing God is the one thing needful.Ecclesiastes 7: The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the hous...
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Vanity and evil under the sun

There is much evil under the sun. Solomon continues to tell us about the vanity of wealth, honour and of life without the Lord. Have a purpose.Ecclesiastes 4: Evil Under the Sun1 Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors t...
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All is vanity - Ecclesiastes

This week we are back in the wisdom writings as we start Ecclesiastes. Be blessed.Ecclesiastes 1: All Is Vanity1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?4 A generation goes, and a gen...
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The man of lawlessness

The last two chapters finish off Paul's letters to the Thessalonians. The man of lawlessness and final exhortations to the Thessalonians are Paul's final words to this church.2 Thessalonians 2: The Man of Lawlessness1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,2 not to be quickly ...
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