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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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I will wait upon the Lord

I will wait upon the Lord
Even as we climb to heaven, there are pain points along the way. These seasons allow for God's grout to be applied in our lives, strengthening our walls of faith. Psalms 129:They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth A Song of Ascents.1 "Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth"--- let Israel now say---2 "Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,...
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Unless the Lord builds the house, we labour in vain

Unless the Lord builds the house, we labour in vain
Our Lord is the restorer of fortunes. He rebuilds Zion and the church. Unless the Lord builds the house we are all vain labourers.Psalms 126: Restore Our Fortunes, O LORDA Song of Ascents.1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then the...
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I look to You Lord

I look to You Lord
The Songs of Ascent teach us about importance of where our eyes and heart are to be focused. Psalms 123: Our Eyes Look to the LORD Our God A Song of Ascents.1 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mist...
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The 'Songs of Ascent'

The 'Songs of Ascent'
The Psalms hit the heart on so many issues. This week we read the Psalms which are called the 'Songs of Ascent'.Psalms 120: Deliver Me, O LORD A Song of Ascents.1 In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.2 Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.3 What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, yo...
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Walking in the truth

Walking in the truth
John writes this short note to his dear friend Gaius. May we encourage each other by giving words of truth and grace to one other in Christ.3 John 1: Greeting1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.3 For I rejoiced great...
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The role of love and truth

The role of love and truth
2nd and 3rd John are short letters but have a lot of punch in both a practical and theological sense. Take a look.2 John 1: Greeting1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth,2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will ...
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Overcoming with our faith

Overcoming with our faith
John finishes his letter with some practical wisdom on truth for the Christian.1 John 5: Overcoming the World1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.3 For ...
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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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