Isaiah 48. Making God lose face

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10–16 December 2017. Isaiah 48 (click to read). Reading through the book of Isaiah, we’ve gotten used to hearing lots of prophecies of judgement against the countries surrounding Israel. But that doesn’t mean that Israel itself was innocent and holy. Quite the opposite. Many of Isaiah’s harshest words were saved for Israel, because the Israelites […]

Isaiah 41. God is here for you

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3–9 December 2017. Isaiah 41 (click to read). When the ancient Israelites looked at the world, they had a lot of reasons to be afraid. The Babylonians were always attacking and fighting for power, and there was little that tiny Israel could do. The strong and powerful did what they wanted, and there was simply […]

Isaiah 34. A God who sees

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26 November – 2 December 2017. Isaiah 34 (click to read). During the history of the church, some people have looked at all the problems and disasters going on in the world, at all the pain and suffering, and have thought that God must have left us. “Maybe God was here when he created this […]

Isaiah 27. A reunion

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19–25 November 2017. Isaiah 27 (click to read). One of the hardest things in life is to let go of the people we love and watch them leave us. Children grow up, and then leave home to go study far away. Families separate to search for work in different cities. Friends leave us as their […]

Isaiah 19. God’s healing judgement

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12–18 November 2017. Isaiah 19 (click to read). Egypt was one of the great superpowers of the ancient world. For centuries they dominated the region around the Middle East and Northern Africa. And even when Egypt’s strength started to weaken and Assyria and Babylon began to rise to power, the Egyptian rulers still kept influencing […]

Isaiah 12. Don’t be afraid

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5–11 November 2017. Isaiah 12 (click to read). In Isaiah 12, the writer shares with us two wonderful hymns of thanksgiving and praise, giving thanks to God and celebrating his great love and compassion. In Isaiah’s day the Israelites had suffered so much. They were attacked by foreign countries, and they watched their cities be […]

Isaiah 5. What are we supposed to be?

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29 October – 4 November 2017. Isaiah 5 (click to read). It’s a good feeling to make plans. We sit down and think of the future, think of the great things we want to do, the places we want to visit, the things we want to achieve. It makes us excited, and it fills us […]

Psalm 103. “Bless the Lord, O my soul”

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22–28 October 2017. Psalm 103 (click to read). We all know that Jesus commands us to forgive others. Jesus tells us not to take revenge, not to pay back evil for evil, but to be ready to forgive people for the things they have done to us. While we all know this, sometimes we forget […]

Psalm 96. A heart full of joy!

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15–21 October 2017. Psalm 96 (click to read). Have you ever noticed that in so many ads and on so many billboards the models are almost never smiling? Look through any fashion magazine and you will see photo after photo of models with serious expressions, angry and dramatic faces, but hardly ever a real smile. That’s […]

2 Peter 2. Following the right path

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8–14 October 2017. 2 Peter 2 (click to read). Today we come to one of the strangest texts in the New Testament. The so-called “Second Letter of Peter” uses Peter’s name and claims to be written by Jesus’s disciple Peter, but from the very beginning church leaders knew that wasn’t true. As a result, during […]