Praise - by Warwick Langman

Consider Psalm 19:1-4 which says:

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

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Trust - by Elizabeth Reynolds

Jeremiah 17:7-8: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

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A Fathers encouragement from Hebrews 11 - by Paul Bonython

Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews has great application and this application speaks to Fathers. Using the the heroes of faith mentioned in the passage, the word Father in an anagram form produces some characteristics of the Fatherhood of God. We ought to study and live by these characteristics as fathers, and become more like Him.

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Where was Adam? - by Ben Bonython

The contrast this passage offers is profound when we think about Father God.  Father God is present where Adam isn’t.  Father God comes to encourage Cain where Adam doesn’t.  The story of Cain and Abel reminds us that Father God is watching us and is near us.  Father God is one who seeks us out even when we are angry and struggling with wrong thoughts and intentions.  Father God is not far away or absent – He is with us. 

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Facing the Cross - by Jeff Byerley

In verses 35-36 Jesus is indicating that his light has been shown by his words and actions on earth.  We are to make the most of his light for our lives.  If we neglect it and lose our way, we will stubble about in the darkness.  It is a familiar theme throughout his ministry (Cf. John 11:9-10).  But these people had rejected Jesus' light.  It was fitting therefore that Jesus departed and was hid from them.

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Anointing and Triumphant Entry - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus came to the home of Martha, Mary & Lazarus at Bethany.
Bethany was one of the authorized towns that numerous Passover pilgrims could stay at.
We were struck by the loving welcome given to Jesus by this family.
Martha served, Lazarus gave table fellowship and Mary anointed Jesus' feet with very expensive perfume.
The thief and later betrayer, Judas Iscariot, did not give a loving response.
Jesus defended Mary as the anointing was a fitting gesture for his burial.
Jesus made the point that we always will have the poor but not his physical presence.
This is an extra inspiration for us to help the poor .

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Christ’s ministry is superior

Christ’s ministry is superior to that of Aaron because, firstly, He ministers in a superior place.  The magnificence of the heavenly sanctuary is infinitely better than the tabernacle of Moses, the Temple of Solomon, or any place on earth where God’s glory was made manifest.  Notice that our author calls this heavenly sanctuary “the true tabernacle” (Heb 8:2).  Those who are familiar with the writings of the Apostle Paul might hear in these words the faint echo of “things which are seen are passing away, but the things which are unseen are eternal.”  Secondly, because while Jesus partook of our human nature, he did not partake of our sin.  

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In His Hands - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus was challenged by the Jews to declare who he was. Jesus replied that he had already stated this, but they did not recognize his voice because they were not his sheep (v.26), a terrible eternal indictment of them.  Then Jesus makes the following declarations about himself and his Father:

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guarantor - by Ben Bonython

We are a guaranteed people who live this life with the utmost confidence.  We are a community who knows the favour of God.  Each one of us brings unique gifts, talents, capacities and passion and together as the body of Christ, we make a difference in the world for the sake of the Gospel.

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Will the blind see? - by Jeff Byerley

What a brave soul the blind man was to stand up to the corrupt Pharisees, knowing that he would in all likeliness, be “cast out”.  That is he was excommunicated from the synagogue and society.  Yet his eyes were opened both physically and spiritually, unlike the Pharisees, who chose to remain blind to Jesus and his teaching.  Moreover, although uneducated and untrained, he was alert to the basics of true religion and this infuriated the Pharisees.  He is a great example for us to follow.  He opens our eyes that we can all testify to the truth of Jesus in our own words.

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Jesus & Abraham - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus stated v.56 that "Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day".
Some see this in Gen. 12:3; 15:8-21; 22:1-19.
But really it is enough that Jesus states this.
The Jews dispute that Jesus is greater than Abraham.
Then Jesus declares "before Abraham was I AM".
The Jews attempted to stone Jesus but he hid himself and went out of the Temple.

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