The test of obeying the Holy Spirit’s prompting

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Acts 8:26-40 Learning to depend on God for the unexpected opportunity 26  Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” In Jewish thought, an angel … [Continue reading]

The test of whether we can live in the world and abide in Jesus

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 John 15:1-8 Jesus speaks of the disciples' need to remain in close relationship with Him by the Holy Spirit who is yet to be given 1-2  “I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that … [Continue reading]

The test of having faith for the revival God intends

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Psalm 22:25-31 A turning to the Lord foretold with future generations proclaiming His righteousness 25  From You comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear You I will fulfill my vows. 25  A vow to … [Continue reading]

Tests grow our dependence on God

Church calendar readings for the week leading up to Sunday, April 29 MONDAY  Genesis 22:1-18 – Abraham and Isaac tested on Mount Moriah TUESDAY  Psalm 22:25-31 – Test of believing for unlikely people turning to the Lord WEDNESDAY  John 15:1-8 – … [Continue reading]

As those who are loved, we are called to love others, sometimes in ways which are sacrificial

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 1 John 3:16-24 Are we free to love in a way that is authentic and comes out of our character – or are we still talking about it? 16  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay … [Continue reading]

The unmistakable healing of the crippled man brought Peter’s forthright proclamation of the present reality of Jesus to heal and save

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Acts 4:5-12 Peter and John have been brought before the court whose main prosecutors are those that condemned Jesus to death. 5-6  The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high … [Continue reading]

Jesus identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd foretold in Scripture

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 John 10:11-18 A farmer would recognise his sheep and they, him – but Jesus speaks of knowing and caring intimately, and being prepared to die for the good of His human flock. 11  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays … [Continue reading]

Guided on the right paths of life by the Shepherd

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Psalm 23 Knowing the goodness and love of the Lord who is with us in the twists and turns of life A psalm of David. 1  The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. "My shepherd" – this form of personal address is unique in Psalms, … [Continue reading]

Salvation: from God’s judgment by flood to come on the earth

Church calendar readings for the week leading up to Sunday, April 22 MONDAY  Genesis 7:1-5 and 11-18, Gen. 8:6-18, Gen. 9:8-13 – Saved from the flood of judgment TUESDAY  Psalm 23 – Saved in the valley of the shadow of death WEDNESDAY  John … [Continue reading]

Following the healing at the Temple gate, Peter explains the continuing ministry of Jesus

THURSDAY APRIL 12 Acts 3:12-19 This is where authoritative prayer in Jesus' name and the faith that comes through Him is modelled for us to follow 12  When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do … [Continue reading]