Daily Devotional for 9 October 2020 – Psalm 119v169 – a vital prayer

Psalm 119:169 What do we pray for? We pray for lots of important things: for God to meet our needs, for healing, for guidance, for protection and for family and friends. But the Bible also contains prayers for other things. Today’s verse says: “Let my cry come before You, O Lord; Give me understanding according to Your word.” This … More Daily Devotional for 9 October 2020 – Psalm 119v169 – a vital prayer

Psalms series message 8: Psalm 5v8-12 – Why and how we pray in a broken world – straight paths – 4 October 2020

This is the second part of the message on Psalm 5. I found this part of the psalm especially challenging as David prayed, not simply for safety but for godliness. The video is below, followed by the notes distributed to those without internet. Introduction We’re picking up from where we finished last week. The first … More Psalms series message 8: Psalm 5v8-12 – Why and how we pray in a broken world – straight paths – 4 October 2020

Psalms series message 7 – Psalm 5v1-7 – How we pray in a broken world – 27 September 2020

It had been my original plan to preach one sermon on Psalm 5, but the message would have been well over an hour. So, this is part 1. As usual, I have reproduced the notes that have been sent out to those without internet. Here, first, is the video. Introduction The psalms contain prayers that … More Psalms series message 7 – Psalm 5v1-7 – How we pray in a broken world – 27 September 2020

Praying the Bible

I am going to be taking a short break from posting here regularly. Since shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began, I have been sending daily scripture readings and short devotionals to members of my congregation and then (a little while later) started posting them to this blog. Very soon, I am going to have a … More Praying the Bible

Daily Devotional for 15 September 2020 – Hebrews 4v16 part 3 – mercy and grace to help

Hebrews 4:16 The last part of Hebrews 4:16 tells us what we receive when we come to the throne of grace – “that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need.” We don’t pray just because we are Christians. It is not a religious thing that we do and that is it. We … More Daily Devotional for 15 September 2020 – Hebrews 4v16 part 3 – mercy and grace to help

Daily Devotional for 14 September 2020 – Hebrews 4v16 part 2 – the throne of grace

Hebrews 4:16 Yesterday we looked at the first part of this verse: “Let us then with confidence draw near…” Draw near to where?  “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace…” When you pray in the name of Jesus, you are coming to the throne of grace. What does this mean? Firstly, you … More Daily Devotional for 14 September 2020 – Hebrews 4v16 part 2 – the throne of grace

Psalms series message 6 – Psalm 4 – Security and satisfaction (13 September 2020)

Psalm 4 Today’s message continues the series on the Book of Psalms. The video message is below (there may be some parts where the audio is out of sync – I had some problems getting the technology to work this week). As usual, the notes underneath are those prepared for church members who are unable … More Psalms series message 6 – Psalm 4 – Security and satisfaction (13 September 2020)

Daily Devotional for 13 September 2020 – Hebrews 4v16 – Let us then draw near with confidence

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace…” Why?  Because we have a perfect High Priest. The end of verse 15 told us He is “without sin.”  So, when we go into the presence of God in His name, we go as people who are accepted by Almighty God.  … More Daily Devotional for 13 September 2020 – Hebrews 4v16 – Let us then draw near with confidence

Psalms series message 5 – Psalm 3 – Resting through trouble (6 September 2020)

The psalms are so rich that my plan to cover two psalms this week has failed. So, it is just Psalm 3. We see David, God’s chosen king (who was the partial fulfilment of Psalm 2), in great trouble and yet still trusting the Lord. The video is below, followed by the notes that I … More Psalms series message 5 – Psalm 3 – Resting through trouble (6 September 2020)

Daily Devotional for 22 August 2020 – Titus 3v3 part 2 – patience and prayer

Titus 3:3 The verse we looked at yesterday starts with the word “for” or “because”.   The message of verses 1-2 is about living as good citizens and good neighbours.  Then verse 3 is saying effectively, “because we ourselves were once like the world.” Often as Christians, we forget what we were once like and we … More Daily Devotional for 22 August 2020 – Titus 3v3 part 2 – patience and prayer