The Undercover Archbishop
Tue 07th Jul 2020
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2) - “That is the answer the poor man gave me last night. It cannot be possible that this is he!”
“The Anatomy of a Holy Man”
Mon 06th Jul 2020
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11) - Now - alas - the psalms seemed to have slipped away unnoticed from our corporate worship.
Strength in Weakness
Sat 04th Jul 2020
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) - So leave God’s business to God.
Fri 03rd Jul 2020
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine; But God, who call'd me here below, will be forever mine.
Hallowed be thy name
Thu 02nd Jul 2020
101. What do we pray for in the first petition? In the first petition, (which is, Hallowed be thy name, (Matt. 6:9)) we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known; (Ps. 67:2–3) and that he would dispose all things to his own glory. (Ps. 83)
Wed 01st Jul 2020
What doth the preface of the Lord’ s prayer teach us? The preface of the Lord’ s prayer, (which is, Our Father which art in heaven, (Matt. 6:9)) teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; (Rom. 8:15, Luke 11:13) and that we should pray with and for others. (Acts 12:5, 1 Tim. 2:1–2)
P G Wodehouse
Tue 30th Jun 2020
“many a man who has seen the light is apt to switch it off when the Old Adam starts to come to life in him”
What is Prayer?
Mon 29th Jun 2020
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12) - Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, (Ps. 62:8) for things agreeable to his will, (1 John 5:14) in the name of Christ, (John 16:23) with confession of our sins, (Ps. 32:5–6, Dan. 9:4) and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies. (Phil. 4:6)
Speaking for God
Sun 28th Jun 2020
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me." (Matthew 10:40) - Here is the test of whether someone speak for God or not: do their words echo the other words of God we find recorded in Scripture?
Sat 27th Jun 2020
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:7-8). - Keep moving the sail until you catch the wind!
Thu 25th Jun 2020
"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)" - There is more comfort in the Bible than in the newspaper.
Wed 24th Jun 2020
What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Mon 22nd Jun 2020
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. (Matthew 15:18-20) - So the question is: how is your heart?
Sun 21st Jun 2020
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39) - As we make following God our priority, rather than our own desires and fear, we discover life in all its abundance.
“He Cried Out All the More”
Sat 20th Jun 2020
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47–48) - In the end, though, it is only Jesus who can give you answers to the questions you have.
Fri 19th Jun 2020
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine; Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God. Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. - Rather than descend into bitterness as she grew, her faith gave her a solid foundation
Thu 18th Jun 2020
"I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. " (Proverbs 24:30-32) - His attention drifted, and he became less alert.
Kept in Heaven for You
Wed 17th Jun 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3–5) - We might not be able to look to the trees, but we can look to God.
The Birth of Russian Orthodoxy
Tue 16th Jun 2020
Worship the LORD in the splendour of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! (Psalm 96:9) - “We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth.” Vladimir was convinced, and so was born Russian Orthodoxy.
Walking by Faith
Mon 15th Jun 2020
for we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) - It is a pattern which prepares us for whatever we may meet in our lives since we are always aware of ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1:23)
Sun 14th Jun 2020
Oh what a thing it is to cast yourself on to the loving mercy of God. What it is to gratefully accept all that Christ has done for you. What a relief to know that you are forgiven. What a joy it is to live in peace with God, to go along with his pattern for living. To go with his grain.
There is a Green Hill
Fri 12th Jun 2020
There is a green hill far away, without a city wall. Where the dear Lord was crucified, who died to save us all.
Thu 11th Jun 2020
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5) - And so you can come before God now - wherever you are - without the need of yew trees, wells and even ancient church buildings. So pray.
Wed 10th Jun 2020
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. (Isaiah 40:28–29)
The Babe of Grace
Tue 09th Jun 2020
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6) - "In short, that person must have a very soft head, or a very hard heart, or both, that could sit under his ministry unaffected”
Mon 08th Jun 2020
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) - Our sins were cast upon his shoulders at the crucifixion and received their just rewards. And then we are clothed in his righteousness, what is known in the theological trade as “double-imputation”. A wonderful exchange!
In the name…
Sun 07th Jun 2020
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:16–20) - He didn’t simply stand up and say “I’m God” but did the things only God could do: forgave sins, gave life to the dead, restored the blind and lame to wholeness.
Shall We Be Discontented?
Sat 06th Jun 2020
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) - We are happy to call good things “blessings”, but it is all to natural to fail to see that there can be good in hardship.
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Fri 05th Jun 2020
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3) - O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee
I am God
Thu 04th Jun 2020
I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man. (Hosea 11:9) - With God there is great forgiveness, an enduring patience and an everlasting call to humans to return to him.
Wed 03rd Jun 2020
The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great. (Psalm 115:12-13) - You were not created by him to be forgotten, but your prayers are heard and you sorrow noticed.
Tue 02nd Jun 2020
Some have speculated that perhaps his labours had produced a fresh understanding. Others speculate some sort of breakdown. All that was apparent at the time was that he was silent.
Mon 01st Jun 2020
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” (John 7:37-38) - So go to Christ and drink!
Sun 31st May 2020
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting (Acts 2:1) - We do our bit, but we can only do our bit. Let us not kid ourselves that we can achieve anything without God’s Spirit except a lot of rotas and activity.
Depths, Riches and Wisdom
Sat 30th May 2020
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33) - We are just humans, with all the limitation that brings.
So it shall be
Thu 28th May 2020
We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. (2 Samuel 14:14) - the far shore is beautiful indeed
Children of God
Wed 27th May 2020
But to all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13) - What it is to be a child of God!
Athanasius Contra Mundum
Tue 26th May 2020
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12) - The life of Athanasius is a great example of standing firm.
Mon 25th May 2020
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7:9)
The Hour Has Come
Sun 24th May 2020
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him (John 17:1) - “The hour has come” and a new dawn has flickered into view.
Sat 23rd May 2020
you thought that I was one like yourself. (Psalm 50:21) - One of the harder things to grasp about God is his utter otherness.
Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
Fri 22nd May 2020
Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer, pilgrim thru this barren land;I am weak, but Thou art mighty! Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand - Over the next forty years it is estimated he travelled some one hundred thousand miles on horseback in the service of the gospel, and penned over eight hundred hymns. Those around him knew him as the “sweet singer of Wales”.
Thu 21st May 2020
And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, the was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. (Acts 1:9) - It is a mistake to think that Jesus’ ministry ended at the Ascension, rather it began a new phase.
Wed 20th May 2020
“for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:15) - We are not called to give all the answers to all the questions,. we are simply called to bear witness to what we have experienced
David Morgan: Lion
Tue 19th May 2020
And my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
A Waiting Confidence
Mon 18th May 2020
Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4
If ye love me…
Sun 17th May 2020
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments." (John 14:51) - Both are needed. Jesus calls us to obey, and then gives us the strength to do so.
Disbelieving for Joy
Sat 16th May 2020
And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marvelling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” (Luke 24:41) - It may be too good, but don’t dismiss it as not true.
Just as I am
Fri 15th May 2020
Just as I am - without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, -O Lamb of God, I come!
Thu 14th May 2020
Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. - 1 Samuel 1:13
Wed 13th May 2020
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might." (Ephesians 6:10) - When God is the source of our strength and our joy, then we have a deep well indeed, filled with the sweetest water.
Tue 12th May 2020
“I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.” - Acts 7:32
Mon 11th May 2020
Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us (Romans 8:34)
Words to Strengthen
Sun 10th May 2020
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1) - Here is the rock which can withstand all the storms of life. Here is the anchor for our souls.
Sat 09th May 2020
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law - Deuteronomy 29:29
All People that on Earth do Dwell
Fri 08th May 2020
When you read through the words below, and realise they came from the pen of a man who had fled for his life, it gives you some idea of the comfort and confidence that comes from knowing that whatever happens, we are not out of God’s hands.
Thu 07th May 2020
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) - What hurt does the fire to the gold? It only purifies it.
The Terror of the Night
Wed 06th May 2020
“You will not fear the terror of the night.” (Psalm 91:5) - The loneliness of the night is but a phantasm, for God does not close his eyes.
Tue 05th May 2020
Livingstone carried on for another hour - the words were just coming, and the Holy Spirit was clearly acting in the congregation. Some fell to their knees, others wept.
Mon 04th May 2020
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4
Sun 03rd May 2020
But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out (John 10:3) - Follow the Good Shepherd who leads you to still waters, and beware those who may beguile you down murkier paths.
Sat 02nd May 2020
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) - The words are breathed-out, and then caught in the pages of Scripture.
Wait for the LORD
Wed 29th Apr 2020
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! - Psalm 27:14
Church History Tuesday
Tue 28th Apr 2020
One Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made both in heaven and on earth
Cut to the Heart
Mon 27th Apr 2020
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins" (Acts 2:38) - The law exposes the problem, and the gospel gives the solution.
Sun 26th Apr 2020
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” - Luke 24:31
Sat 25th Apr 2020
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
O for a Thousand Tongues
Fri 24th Apr 2020
O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!
Thu 23rd Apr 2020
If you seek him, he will be found by you (1 Chronicles 28:9) - The point is we have to seek, but as you do please be assured that in the verse above ‘if’ is quickly followed by ‘he will’.
Kept in Heaven for You
Tue 21st Apr 2020
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8)
It Was Not Possible
Mon 20th Apr 2020
"This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses." (Acts 2:32). Here, mere weeks after the resurrection, we find Peter looking into the bright mystery of the divinity and humanity of Christ. And then proclaiming it to the world.
The Dim Embers
Sun 19th Apr 2020
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” The flame of faith was flickering, but was still burning.
The God who Whistles
Sat 18th Apr 2020
“I will whistle for them and gather them in, for I have redeemed them, and they shall be as many as they were before.” (Zechariah 10:8)
Abide with Me
Fri 17th Apr 2020
I stand up here among you seasonably to-day, as alive from the dead, if I may hope to impress it upon you, and induce you to prepare for that solemn hour, which must come to all, by a timely acquaintance with, appreciation of, dependence on, the death of Christ.
Thu 16th Apr 2020
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 21:4) - It is a great vision of God himself - God himself! - wiping the tears from the cheeks of the believer.
Those Who Know
Wed 15th Apr 2020
but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. (Daniel 11:32)
The Bruised Reed
Mon 13th Apr 2020
A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench - Isaiah 42:3
A Tale of Two Gardens
Sun 12th Apr 2020
This is why Easter stands at the hinge of history. It is more than simply a tale about a human coming back to life, it is the account of how God restored the human race so that we might be reconciled to him.
Sat 11th Apr 2020
Holy Week (Saturday) - We need have no doubt that as the sun sets on Easter Eve that Jesus lies dead within a sealed and guarded tomb.
Fri 10th Apr 2020
Holy Week (Friday) - “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34.
Surely Not I
Thu 09th Apr 2020
Holy Week (Thursday) - And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” (Matthew 26:21-22)
Wed 08th Apr 2020
Holy Week (Wednesday) - But whatever you do, don’t sell your saviour.
In Memory of Her
Tue 07th Apr 2020
Holy Week (Tuesday) - "And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” (Mark 14:3-9)
The Cleansing of the Temple
Mon 06th Apr 2020
Holy Week (Monday) - “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” (Mark 11:17)
Palm Sunday: The Wrong King
Sun 05th Apr 2020
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 22:1-11)
The Everlasting Arms
Sat 04th Apr 2020
“The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27)
Now Thank We All Our God
Fri 03rd Apr 2020
Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,. Who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices;
Peace beyond Understanding
Thu 02nd Apr 2020
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
The Spirit Within
Wed 01st Apr 2020
He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:6–11)
Called by Name
Sun 29th Mar 2020
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
Sat 28th Mar 2020
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
One thing I do know
Thu 26th Mar 2020
“Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
Yet I will rejoice
Tue 24th Mar 2020
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
Mon 23rd Mar 2020
The Good Shepherd may lead us through perilous and difficult valleys, but if we follow him with one eye on heaven we will walk with more confidence.
Sun 22nd Mar 2020
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10).
ACTS of Prayer
Sat 21st Mar 2020
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
The Cheque Book
Fri 20th Mar 2020
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)