Daily reflections

Genesis 13.1–13: Do the right thing (12 January 2020)

Genesis 13.1–13: Do the right thing (12 January 2020)

Lord, prepare me to receive your word. Clear my mind and warm my heart. Assure me of your loving purposes for me, and speak into my life today.

Genesis 12.1–9: Abraham's call and ours (11 January 2020)

Genesis 12.1–9: Abraham's call and ours (11 January 2020)

The call of Abraham marks the beginning of the story of the people of Israel. He leaves his home city of Ur in Babylonia and travels to somewhere new. God tells him that this is the land he will give to his descendants, and so a new chapter in God's ...

Acts 10.1–33: God begins to break down barriers (10 January 2020)

Acts 10.1–33: God begins to break down barriers (10 January 2020)

At the very beginning of the Church, the new believers faced a huge question – should the Jesus movement be for Jews only, or were Gentiles to be included as well?

Acts 9.1–9: Life on the Damascus Road (9 January 2020)

Acts 9.1–9: Life on the Damascus Road (9 January 2020)

A 'Damascus Road experience' has come to stand for anything that completely changes someone's perspective on life. This is the original, and it's a key moment for the early Church. Bitterly opposed to the gospel of Jesus, Paul – Saul, as he still w...

Acts 8: The Spirit is not for sale (8 January 2020)

Acts 8: The Spirit is not for sale (8 January 2020)

The death of Stephen in the previous chapter marks the beginning of the first great persecution of the Church, in which the man who was to become the Apostle Paul played a leading part. Scattering the believers led to the spreading of the gospel, tho...

Acts 7: Truths that are hard to hear (7 January 2020)

Acts 7: Truths that are hard to hear (7 January 2020)

Acts 7 tells the story of the first martyr. Stephen, whose face 'looked like the face of an angel' when he was brought to trial, gives the Sanhedrin a history lesson, outlining in forensic detail – as a Jew speaking to fellow-Jews – all the ways ...

Acts 6: How conflict shows us who we are (6 January 2020)

Acts 6: How conflict shows us who we are (6 January 2020)

Acts 6 is a story of conflict. As ever, the Bible is entirely realistic about human nature. Even in those early, heady days, believers fell out. The leaders in the new Church – the Apostles – spoke Aramaic. But in Jerusalem there were many Jews f...

Acts 5 (5 January 2020)

Acts 5 (5 January 2020)

The first part of this chapter contains one of the most troubling stories in Acts. Believers named Ananias and Sapphira are drawn to the new Church, and along with many others sell land and donate the proceeds. But they lie, saying they've given ever...

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