Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Word for the Week

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When we honestly look at our lives we cannot but feel deep sorrow at our shortcomings. Even our good deeds seem like plasticine models made by a child. Or sandcastles that are swept away by the next incoming tide. How repugnant is our wilfulness, how dark is our perverseness and how desperate our need. Sin…

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When Jerusalem was being besieged by the Chaldeans, Jeremiah prophesied that the city would be restored. How could he be sure his prophecy would be fulfilled? First, he knew it was the word of the Lord (Jeremiah 32:9). Second, he prayed, ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great…

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Imagination and creativity actually form the basis of the supernatural. A glance at the ministry of Jesus makes this clear. There was wonderful creativity behind many of his miracles. He turned water into wine (John 2:1-11). He fed 5,000 people from five bread rolls and two fish (John 6:1-13). He healed a blind man by…

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Ralph Neighbour Jr once wrote a book called The Seven Last Words of the Church. Do you know what they are? ‘We Never Tried It That Way Before!’ This attitude has been a destructive and sinister influence in many churches. Where a handful of enthusiastic people are imaginative enough to conceive of new life, new…

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May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Galatians 6:14) Every vision, every creative idea, has to be brought into focus through the cross. Only then do we see it in perspective. If we are not willing to subject everything to Calvary, we will never be allowed to see it…

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I once interviewed Mrs Daisy Osborn, wife of the well- known missionary evangelist T. L. Osborn. I asked her what was the greatest miracle she had seen. She told me how a little boy had been brought to one of the crusades in Africa who had no eyes at all. He had been born not…

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Isaac Watts’ hymn ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’, written in 1707, is widely sung and widely loved. Charles Wesley reportedly said he would give up all his other hymns to have written this one. It’s the first known hymn to be written in the first person, introducing a personal religious experience rather than limiting…

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When Peter and John were entering the Temple one day, a lame man asked them for some money. Peter’s answer is very revealing. ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk’ (Acts 3:6). The man was instantly cured. Peter knew…

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When they were confronted by the hungry crowds on the Galilean hills, the disciples suggested that Jesus send the people to the surrounding villages for food. Jesus’ reply is astounding: ‘You give them something to eat’ (Mark 6:37). They thought he wanted them to pay for the food–which would have cost them nearly a year’s…

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Our competence comes from God.  This is clearly indicated in statements like Paul’s,  ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:13) and ‘Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 2:14). This point comes out strongly in his second letter to the Corinthians. Here…

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