The strong consolation

An intensely moral tale The wicked are not so, But are like chaff that the wind drives away. Psalm 1:4   Read Mark 6: 17—25 It’s such a salutary moral tale. If I ever need to be steeled in integrity this should come to mind. The supposedly powerful Herod, who has listened to John, who…

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The strong consolation

Be patient I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1   Read James 5:7—11 I admit — I can name them — there are things in my life I would never want to change, yet I can’t keep them. Youth would be one thing. I can’t stop…

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The strong consolation

When I must endure Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in his ways. Psalm 128:1   Read James 1:2—8 I have not asked for everything I have had to endure in my life. Plenty that I have had to face I could quite happily be freed from. That is, as my life…

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The strong consolation

When I grieve For a comforter is far from me, One to revive my courage. Lamentations 1:16   Read 2 Samuel 12:19—23 I know that my grief is all my own. When I am in grief those of my world around me seem in another place. They live their lives by another clock. They respond…

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The strong consolation

His eye is on the widow Let them praise the name of the Lord, For he commanded and they were created. Psalm 148:5   Read Luke 7:11—16 Of course the focus of the story has to be on Jesus, the Lord and giver of life. But I cannot help seeing it all through the eyes…

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Trust in God’s care

Unseen yet Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, And my covenant with him will stand firm. Psalm 89:28   Read Revelation 22:1—5 Living by faith, the very heart and centre, the motive power of my daily life — what I actually live for — I do not see. Not only that, so…

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Trust in God’s care

Good work And prosper for us the work of our hands — O prosper the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17   Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6—12 I wonder whether Paul was one of those souls who were raised to a high work ethic or whether there is something in the very nature of the Gospel…

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Trust in God’s care

Christ in me We give thanks; your name is near. People tell of your wondrous deeds. Psalm 75:1   Read 1 Thessalonians 2:9—12 Really, in all modesty, it is not a thing I would do, to urge my readers to note the list of admirable things about me. How I’d worked all night for their…

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Trust in God’s care

In the storm I will set his hand on the sea, And his right hand on the rivers. Psalm 89:25   Read Acts 27:20—26 This is not the only Bible story about being on a stormy sea. These stories leak into my life. My little church has been storm-tossed. So have I. I barely need…

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Trust in God’s care

The little things that speak loudly Take care that you do not despise One of these little ones. Matthew 18:10   Read Luke 16:9—13 Tonight Jesus is asking me to tune in to the possibility that lies in the little things. The little decision. The small bit of change. The brief word. Matters I have…

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