How to live God’s way

Living in God's word like well-watered trees, Psalm 1. Image credit: Joni Shaffer Church calendar readings for Sunday, May 13, in Bible order Prepare for Sunday by reading and reflecting on the word for the week. Formerly this was structured with … [Continue reading]

As changed people, we are empowered to live unselfishly

FRIDAY, MAY 4 1 John 5:1-6 True believers who love God will always be known for loving other believers  – His children 1  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His child as … [Continue reading]

A big change for Peter – to share the gospel in a Roman officer’s house

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Acts 10:44-48 Our challenge is to change how we regard people who are not like us The context of this short passage is the longer story of how Peter came to enter a house of Gentiles and see God's glory fall on them. First, Peter … [Continue reading]

Jesus’ way changes the world as we abide in His love and joy

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 John 15:9-17 The joy and love which are characteristics of those who are the Lord's have the effect of transforming our world 9  “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. "Remain in My love" – a … [Continue reading]

Praise God for His changes brought through salvation

TUESDAY, MAY 11 Psalm 98 Praise for the Lord's purpose which is to bring joy to His world 1  Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvellous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. "Sing to the Lord" – This … [Continue reading]

We change: to come into agreement with God’s higher thoughts and ways

Church calendar readings for Sunday, May 6 Isaiah 55:1-11 – Let us change before God and seek His higher ways Psalm 98 – Praise God for His changes brought through salvation John 15:9-17 – Jesus' way changes the world as we abide in His love and … [Continue reading]

The test of living out the unconditional love we talk about

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 1 John 4:7-21 If we have been truly born of God His Spirit will overflow His love through us to others 7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows … [Continue reading]

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]