Hosea 6:6 (NLT) “I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.” Here God is revealing His feelings toward us. He wants relationship with us more than anything we can do for Him or give to Him. He wants our heart above all else. Loving God must be our highest goal. But how do we get to know Him? The same way we get to know people. By spending time consistently with God (reading His Word, praying, worshipping) we com
Ruth 2:2-3 NLT ‘One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it”. Naomi replied, “All right my daughter, go ahead”. So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.’
As we commit ourselves to serving the Lord, His glorious pla
Luke 22:60-62 (NLT) But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly. Read full story here We think we have finally made it, we are finally somethi
Is this not the coolest story in the bible? It’s just so amazing to see what God will do with something so precious to our heart when we trust Him… Exodus 2:1-9 NLT About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She
Micah 2:12-13 NIV ‘I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a sheepfold,
like a flock in its pasture;
the place will throng with people.
The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
they will break through the gate and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord at their head.’ Do you feel like you are on the other side of the fence? Like there is
Isaiah 21:6-8 MSG The Master told me, “Go, post a lookout. Have him report whatever he spots. When he sees horses and wagons in battle formation, lines of donkeys and columns of camels, Tell him to keep his ear to the ground, note every whisper, every rumor.” Just then, the lookout shouted, “I’m at my post, Master, Sticking to my post day after day and all through the night! Read full text here We have been given a very important assignment to be a watchman at the lookout and
Haggai 2:23 MSG And on that day’”—this is God’s Message—“‘I will take you, O Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, as my personal servant and I will set you as a signet ring, the sign of my sovereign presence and authority. I’ve looked over the field and chosen you for this work.’” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies. We are living in perilous times right now across the nations. There are crazy things occurring with wars, terrorism, famine and catastrophic natural disasters. It is
Numbers 24:16-26 NIV Read here V)26 Balaam answered, ‘Did I not tell you I must do whatever the Lord says?’ Balak was very persistent at trying to tempt Balaam into cursing Jacob and denouncing Israel. However, the command Balaam had received from the Lord was to BLESS them so he speaks powerful and encouraging words over Israel time and time again. Although Balak continues to persevere in getting Balaam to curse the nation, he WILL not! Eventually Balak gives up harassing hi
John 2:1-11 (MSG) Read here Mary contended for the miraculous sign. She insisted that Jesus solve the problem of the wine shortage. She may not have understood or known how He would sort out this embarrassment, but she knew WHO to call upon. Did Mary’s pursuing of a miracle cause it to manifest before her eyes? Whatever the case she certainly knew that if Jesus said to do something, then it would be very wise indeed to ensure the command was carried out. What has Jesus told y
Luke 1:13-17 Read here Are you a lover of adventure and change? A forerunner is a visionary who sees the future and brings it into the present. They are motivated to build, create, innovate and reform whatever they are engaged in. They are both passionate about and gifted in reformation and transformation. John’s mission was clear and simple. He was called to prepare the way as a ‘forerunner’ for the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was to make ready people’s hearts by declar
2 Samuel 9:1-7 NLT One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked.
“Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.
The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.”
Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”
Daniel 6:13-22 MSG Then they said, “Daniel, one of the Jewish exiles, ignores you, O king, and defies your decree. Three times a day he prays.”
At this, the king was very upset and tried his best to get Daniel out of the fix he’d put him in. He worked at it the whole day long.
But then the conspirators were back: “Remember, O king, it’s the law of the Medes and Persians that the king’s decree can never be changed.”
The king caved in and ordered Daniel brought and thrown in
Mark 6:48-52 NIV He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died do
Acts 5:22-25 NIV But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, ‘We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.’ On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to. Then someone came and said, ‘Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the peop
Do you often find yourself wondering if you are doing enough for God? You want to make a difference, have an impact on society, you want to change the world but you are “stuck” at home. So many mums I speak to feel insignificant during motherhood, often having finished up jobs where they are highly respected, energised by accomplishments and motivated toward achieving goals. Then they feel unrewarded, tired and lack any sense of purpose. Guilt creeps in with feelings of not d
Job 16:1-5 NIV Then Job replied:
‘I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?
I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head at you. But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
Job knew grief firsthand, like no other. He understood all too well that deep sicke
Acts 26:19-20 NIV ‘So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. Paul is highlighting to King Agrippa the importance of being true to the vision or calling that God has given us. He prides himself on being obedient to what God has commissioned him to do,
Ruth 3:16-18 (NLT) ‘When Ruth went back to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “What happened, my daughter?”
Ruth told Naomi everything Boaz had done for her, and she added, “He gave me these six scoops of barley and said, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”
Then Naomi said to her, “Just be patient, my daughter, until we hear what happens. The man won’t rest until he has settled things today.”’ Ruth, the Moabite woman had been diligently working in the field col
Matthew 28:11-15 (NIV)
‘While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, ‘You are to say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.” If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.’ So the sol
Matthew 10:5-8 (MSG)
‘Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: “Don’t begin by travelling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighbourhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.’
Why do we insist that