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Not Troubled Not Afraid

This morning’s sermon comes from John’s gospel 14  and looks at the promise Jesus gives about the coming of the Holy Spirit to be the comforter, help and guide of His people. Continue reading

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For such a time as this ( Day 40)

This series of daily Bible notes ends for a time after the biblical fortieth day, in looking once again at the ‘Friends in High Places’ who protected Elisha and his servant. We have seen over these forty days how Elijah and Elisha, two unique individuals had a purpose in God’s plan. They showed character in the times of crisis in which they found themselves, and as such, they leave us with much to think about and follow in our own time of crisis today. 

I believe that what we are shown in these verses should be a great comfort, as we are shown that no matter our circumstances, no matter even how we might feel; we are not alone. If we can take to heart Elisha’s rapid faith-filled prayer, we are shown that God’s help is indeed only a prayer away.  Continue reading

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‘Can’t-Wait to See You !”

This morning’s sermon is from 1 Thessalonians 3 and looks at Paul’s concern for, and longing to be with the Christians in Thessalonica once again.  These verses show the depth of his feeling for those he knew there and his continuing burden in prayer for them. Paul’s words may express how many of us feel at this current time.   He specifically asks for three things 
May God prepare the way for us to meet again
May God make us abound in love
May God strengthen our hearts Continue reading

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For such a time as this Day 36

We sometimes wonder how anything good can come from a bad situation, but God’s will and way are greater than ours, and God knows what He is doing. If she hadn’t been there, Naaman would never have gone to Elisha for help, and would not have been healed.In reflecting on the difficult and challenging times, can  we say like Joseph that God meant it for good” “ ( Gen 50:20) I hope we can take comfort from the testimony of scripture,

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 Continue reading

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For Such a time as this ( Month 2 Day 3)

The Shunammite and her husband have been hospitable and kind to Elisha and his servant. They Provided lodging for them whenever they were nearby (vs 8-10). Elisha considers what can be best done for her, and learns she has no son ( vs14). At this time, this was more than merely a disappointment, as it meant that without a son, the family name would die out, and the land and possessions would then pass to others. Additionally, in time she would face the threat of widowhood as her husband was old (vs 14) and would not have the security of a son to provide for her.  Continue reading

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For Such a Time as this Month 2

Character in time of Crisis – Month 2 Day 1 
Today marks the beginning of the second month of these notes. I thought it would be good to mark this by showing this amazing video of United States marines singing along heartily to Robin Mark’s Days of Elijah.  Continue reading

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‘ The Still Small Voice ‘

This moring’s sermon from 1 Kings 19:12 “and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” Continue reading

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For such a time as this ( day 31)

    The Story of Elisha and the widow’s oil is not only one of the best known of this prophet’s miracles. It is also an account which has parallels with the earlier passage of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath ( 1 Kings 17:7 ff) – She is along with her son dying of hunger – they have only a little flour and some oil. Which they are going to eat, and then wait to die of hunger. But Elijah asks for a cake. Can we imagine the widow’s thoughts? ‘ We are dying of hunger, and this wild-eyed freak wants a cake!’ No, the widow does as Elijah asks( 1 Kings 17:15) and is blessed. And so here also (in 2 Kings 4:1-7) there is the test of faith.  Continue reading

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For such a time as this ( Day 30)

Elisha’s answer to the widow is positive and practical. “How can I help?” He is positive in his response; he’s also practical in what he does. The main issue is getting the debt paid. 

All she has is a little oil, probably olive oil in a jar. A little oil was all that God needed. It is fascinating how God works in miraculous ways, in the little things. There are many examples of a little becoming much in scripture. We have the case from the book of Judges of Gideon’s army reduced to a mere handful ( Judges 7) There is the story of David versus Goliath in 1 Samuel 17); we have the account from the life of Elijah, which is so similar to this one ( 1 Kings 17). The flour and Jug of oil of the widow Continue reading

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For such a time as this (day 29)

In 2 Kings 4, we encounter one of the best-known miracles in Elisha’s ministry. The widow’s oil.

 We are confronted in the Bible with a God of supernatural miracles, and miracles are indeed a big part of Elisha’s ministry.  There is the temptation to dismiss this account from 2 Kings 4:1-7 as some would as being simply a Saga, a Novella, folklorist motif a part of oral tradition assoc with ancient times. That is how some see this passage. Indeed if we go along with the scholars, this didn’t happen. To go with some scholars is to hold that Elisha didn’t exist except in the imagination and the stories around the campfire of the Hebrew people.   Continue reading

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