Tests of true believers: unity

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Psalm 133 Dwell together in unity... for there the Lord has promised His blessing. There is an anointing of God that comes on our togetherness in Him A song of ascents. Of David. The 15 Songs of Ascents (Psalm 120-Psalm 134) … [Continue reading]

Tests of true believers: The test of faith for the impossible

Readings this week Exodus 14:10-30, 15:20-21 – The test of faith Psalm 133 – The Test of togetherness John 20:19-31 – The test of believing without seeing 1 John 1:1-2:2 – The test of walking in relationship with God MONDAY, APRIL 2 Exodus … [Continue reading]

The emerging message – “He has gone ahead”

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 The emerging message RECAP Isaiah 25:6-9 Isaiah's prophecy of death being swallowed up for ever. People of the Lord of a future generation will say, "We trusted in Him and He saved us". Mark 16:1-8 Mark recounts how the sudden … [Continue reading]

The gospel has crossed the sea to Greek Macedonia

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Paul reminds the large Greek culture church He founded of the essentials of the gospel He himself received – Jesus who died for their sins is very much alive 1  Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind … [Continue reading]

The turning point: the Good News is for Gentile equally with Jew

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Acts 10:34-43 Peter, invited to the Roman officer's household, proclaims controversially that God does not show favouritism to His own nation of history, but receives those of any race or culture who turn to Him. 34  Then … [Continue reading]

The sudden, shocking realisation that the Resurrection of Jesus was a reality

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Mark 16:1-8 Three women disciples are those entrusted by God with the discovery of the miracle of the open, empty tomb In a strongly male-dominated society, the only eyewitnesses to Jesus death, burial and then empty tomb are … [Continue reading]

How God goes ahead of us

Readings this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, April 1 Isaiah 25:6-9 – The prophecy of death swallowed up in victory on Mount Zion Mark 16:1-8 – The women's shock at finding the tomb empty Acts 10:34-43 – Jewish Peter enters Roman officer … [Continue reading]

Jesus made Himself nothing, taking the nature of a servant – but without losing His divine origins as part of the Trinity

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Philippians 2:5-11 Paul challenges Christians reading the letter with the standard of humility and obedience shown by Christ These verses contain a lot of Christology in a few words – however, the main thrust is the unity and … [Continue reading]

The song that pilgrims in festal procession sang came to life in a new way at Jesus’ entry into the city

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Psalm 118:1-2 and 19-29 The person whose name had the meaning "You have become my salvation" was to become the "stone that the builders rejected"  in the words of this processional. This is a song of national deliverance … [Continue reading]

Confidence in God’s unfailing love at a time of desperation

TUESDAY, MARCH 2O Psalm 31:9-18 David knew God's faithfulness when he was under attack – prophetic of Jesus' time of torment also Context note: The first eight verses of the psalm (a psalm of David) express confidence in God and praise for His … [Continue reading]