Acts 11: 19-26…..A major step outwards for the church.

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.Continue reading “Acts 11: 19-26…..A major step outwards for the church.”

Genesis 8: 14-19….A new beginning.

In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. Then God said to Noah, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animalsContinue reading “Genesis 8: 14-19….A new beginning.”

Genesis 7: 17-24….Watery desolation.

The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the highContinue reading “Genesis 7: 17-24….Watery desolation.”

Acts 3: 1-10….Can you believe it?

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and JohnContinue reading “Acts 3: 1-10….Can you believe it?”

Psalm 33: 13-22…As God sees things.

The LORD looks down from heaven;he sees all the children of man;from where he sits enthroned he looks outon all the inhabitants of the earth,he who fashions the hearts of them alland observes all their deeds. Comment: You cannot make this word picture look like an aged grandfather looking from his rocking chair and seeingContinue reading “Psalm 33: 13-22…As God sees things.”

2 Peter 3: 14-18….Peter rounds off the letter.

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters whenContinue reading “2 Peter 3: 14-18….Peter rounds off the letter.”

Psalm 31: 19-24…. A statement of belief!

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,which you have stored up for those who fear youand worked for those who take refuge in you,in the sight of the children of mankind!In the cover of your presence you hide themfrom the plots of men;you store them in your shelterfrom the strife of tongues.Blessed be the LORD,for heContinue reading “Psalm 31: 19-24…. A statement of belief!”

Psalm 31: 11-18…..Belief doesn’t assure no problems!

Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,especially to my neighbours,and an object of dread to my acquaintances;those who see me in the street flee from me.I have been forgotten like one who is dead;I have become like a broken vessel.For I hear the whispering of many—terror on every side!—as they scheme togetherContinue reading “Psalm 31: 11-18…..Belief doesn’t assure no problems!”

Psalm 28: 1 & 6-9….The assurance of faith.

To you, O LORD, I call;my rock, be not deaf to me,lest, if you be silent to me,I become like those who go down to the pit….. Blessed be the LORD!For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.The LORD is my strength and my shield;in him my heart trusts, and I amContinue reading “Psalm 28: 1 & 6-9….The assurance of faith.”

Psalm 27: 5-10…..Thinking positively.

For he will hide me in his shelterin the day of trouble;he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;he will lift me high upon a rock.And now my head shall be lifted upabove my enemies all around me,and I will offer in his tentsacrifices with shouts of joy;I will sing and make melodyContinue reading “Psalm 27: 5-10…..Thinking positively.”