Devotional

Devotional

This Thing is From Me

Some years ago, in Hebron Gospel Hall, Ian Jackson quoted “This Thing is From Me” by Laura A. Barter Snow (died 1939). It is a touching and comforting piece of writing that deserves, and will bless, a wide readership. The expression, “This thing is from Me” comes from 1 Kings 12.24. This Thing is From Me by Laura A. Barter Snow (died 1939) The disappointments of life are in reality only the decrees of love. I have a message for…

Arriving in Good Time

I’ll never forget the sight of an exasperated British Airways stewardess, shouting across JFK airport at a Rabbi who, though a few minutes late for his flight to London, England, wasn’t making haste. The ‘final call’ had long passed and he was the last passenger on her clipboard list. As he exited the men’s room and started sauntering towards the gate, the stewardess went into meltdown. “HURRY UP! You’re keeping over 300 people waiting.” I wish I had videoed it…

Prayer Changes Me

“Prayer changes things” is a statement most Christians are familiar with, but “prayer changes me“? Now, that’s a very different angle! In this helpful article, Gary Woods expands our thinking about God’s wider purposes in prayer. Have you ever wondered why Christians pray, when God already knows everything before they ask? Consider this. We tend to think in terms of “Prayer changes things”, but God in His word reveals another angle; “Prayer changes me”. If prayer is seen as nothing…

5 Poems for Troubled Times

I Cannot But God Can I cannot but God can, Oh balm for all my care! The burden that I drop, His hand will lift and bear. Though eagle pinions tire, I walk where I once ran, This is my strength to know, I cannot, but He can. I see not but God sees; Oh all sufficient light! My dark and hidden way to Him is always bright. My strained and peering eyes may close in restful ease, And I…

Are You Content?

29th April 2020 by Andrew Ussher “I have learned, in whatever situation I am, to be content.” (Phil 4:11 ESV) “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10 ESV) If you are anything like me, contentment has always been one of those challenging, searching, somewhat humbling exhortations in Scripture that you know you are supposed to pursue, but which you feel a constant…

Who is in Control?

It was a December day in 1931, crisp and cool in New York City. Absent-mindedly, a man stepped off the curb to cross Fifth Avenue. Although preoccupied with his thoughts, he had checked for traffic first, and saw no cars coming. One step…and the next moment the car he had not seen plowed into him at 30 mph (48 kph). He was nearly killed; he suffered serious head and thigh injuries, and needed to spend a number of weeks in bed recuperating. His description of…

Worry

1st April 2020 I know I am not supposed to worry, that it accomplishes nothing. But here’s the thing about worry – it seems so pointless in other people…until it hits us! We know all the promises; we try to “rest in the Lord”; we try to “wait patiently for Him”; we try to “fret not” and to “fear not.” “We’re too blessed to be stressed” is a great saying – until the stress comes. Sometimes waves of worry can…