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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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How long O Lord shall I cry out?

How long O Lord shall I cry out?
There are a couple of small books tucked away in the OT that are worthy to explore. This week's offerings are Habakkuk and Zephaniah. Be blessed.Habakkuk 1: 1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.Habakkuk's Complaint2 O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?3 Why do you make ...
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Paul finally goes to Rome

Paul finally goes to Rome
Rome finally arrives for Paul just as the Lord had promised. But not without a trial…Acts 27: Paul Sails for Rome1 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius.2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along...
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Paul before Festus and Agrippa

Paul before Festus and Agrippa
Even in prison Paul has an opportunity to witness before the new governor and king.Acts 25: Paul Appeals to Caesar1 Now three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.2 And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him,3 asking as a favour against...
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Paul at Caesarea

Paul at Caesarea
Paul enters a new phase in his life – imprisonment on a full-time basis.Acts 23: 1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, "Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day."2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strik...
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Paul in Jerusalem - another riot almost

Paul in Jerusalem - another riot almost
Paul arrives back in Jerusalem – but trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes.Acts 21:Paul Goes to Jerusalem1 And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.2 And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.3 When we had come in ...
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Riot in Ephesus

Riot in Ephesus
Some great lessons here for the modern church as Paul continues strengthening the churches he established.Acts 19:Paul in Ephesus1 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.2 And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" An...
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Paul at Corinth - Making disciples

Paul at Corinth - Making disciples
Paul strengthens the church and we are introduced to Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos.Acts 18:Paul in Corinth1 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,3 and ...
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The Macedonian call

The Macedonian call
Paul and Silas now join together in ministry. Timothy grows in the faith.Acts 16:Timothy Joins Paul and Silas1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium.3 Paul wanted Timothy to acc...
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The Jerusalem Council

The Jerusalem Council
Paul and Barnabas knew that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Take a look.Acts 14: Paul and Barnabas at Iconium1 Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their m...
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Let all the is within me praise the Lord

Let all the is within me praise the Lord
Praise the Lord! We finish off the book of Psalms this morning. What better way than with Psalms that call for praise. Be blessed as you read, pray and praise.Psalms 148: Praise the Name of the LORD1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!3 Praise him, sun...
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Praise the Lord oh my soul

Praise the Lord oh my soul
The Psalms in today's and tomorrow's readings focus on the purpose of praise and worship. His praise should always be on our lips and in our hearts.Psalms 145: Great Is the LORD A Song of Praise. Of David.1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.3 Gr...
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The Lord my refuge

The Lord my refuge
God promises that even in the dry times that the Lord's presence will be upon His people. David experienced this presence in those dry times. May we know the same.Psalms 142: You Are My RefugeA Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.1 With my voice I cry out to the LORD; with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.2 I pour out my compla...
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His love endures forever

His love endures forever
The love, mercy and faithfulness of our Lord endures forever. These next few Psalms attest to the Lord's faithfulness over His people throughout all generations. Psalms 135: Your Name, O LORD, Endures Forever1 Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD,2 who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the...
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Our Lord will satisfy us

Our Lord will satisfy us
We finish the Songs of Ascent this morning. The pilgrims end with praise as Jerusalem is reached. Surely this is what we should experience as Christians when we meet with Christ. Psalms 132: The LORD Has Chosen Zion A Song of Ascents.1 Remember, O LORD, in David's favour, all the hardships he endured,2 how he swore to the LORD and vowed to the Migh...
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