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November 29 Day 333

God's Perfect Timing

God has his own sense of timing: ‘With the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day’ (2 Peter 3:8, AMP). He has perfect timing: never early, never late. God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time.

November 28 Day 332

Inspirational Lives

Recently, I interviewed two men of courage and faith at our evening services. One, Ben Freeth, inspired by his faith in Jesus Christ, has taken a courageous stance against the unjust regime in Zimbabwe. As a result he was beaten, tortured and forced to watch his elderly mother-in-law and father-in-law undergo torture from which the latter eventually died. Yet in the midst of his suffering, he chose to love and bless the torturers.

November 27 Day 331

There is a God and He is Great

I studied and practised law for nearly ten years. In every legal case, evidence is vital. Evidence matters to me. I could not be a Christian if I did not believe that our faith is based on compelling evidence. There is good evidence for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

November 26 Day 330

The God of all Grace

Seeing a crowd of condemned criminals being led up to execution, John Bradford (c.1510–1555), the English reformer, is said to have remarked: ‘There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.’

November 25 Day 329

Unity, Love and the Holy Spirit

Father Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan monk. In 1977, he was sent by the Vatican to be an observer at a conference in Kansas City, USA. At the conference there were 20,000 Catholics and 20,000 other Christians. On the last day of the conference, after someone had spoken about the tragedy of all the divisions in the body of Christ (the church), 40,000 people knelt in repentance. As Father Raniero looked out, he saw the words ‘JESUS IS LORD’ on a big neon sign over the conference venue. He described how, at that moment, he caught a glimpse of what Christian unity was all about – 40,000 people kneeling in repentance under the Lordship of Jesus.

November 24 Day 328

The Example of Jesus

Last year, Pope Francis paused for a moment after one of his general audiences to pray, embrace and lay hands on a man with neurofibromatosis, a severely disfiguring disease. The man’s face was covered in tumours. The image of the Pope’s embrace in St Peter’s Square went viral on social media, inspiring millions by his poignant example of the love of Christ.

November 23 Day 327

Where is God?

Elie Wiesel was born into a Jewish family in Romania. He was only a teenager when he and his family were rounded up by the Nazis and taken first to Auschwitz, and then to Buchenwald. In his book, Night, he gives a terrifying and intimate account of the increasing horrors he endured – the death of his parents and eight-year-old sister, and the loss of his innocence by barbaric hands.

November 22 Day 326

New Birth

I remember that first night so well. Every time we heard the slightest sound we leapt out of bed and picked him up. He was so tiny – not that much bigger than a hand. This was a new life. Our first child had been born. We were so proud. Three or four times a night he would wake craving milk. Pippa would feed him regularly. Of course, he grew up. Now as I look at him, almost twice the size of Pippa, it is hard to believe that he was once so small.

November 21 Day 325

The Prayer of Faith

I received a call from a man in our congregation. He wanted me to go and pray for his wife who had suddenly been admitted to hospital for an operation.

November 20 Day 324

Resisting Evil

Recently, with the rise of ISIS, world leaders have spoken a great deal about vanquishing evil. But, as one writer in The Guardian pointed out, ‘Their rhetoric reveals a failure to accept that cruelty and conflict are basic human traits.’ As Albert Einstein said, ‘I do not fear the explosive power of the atom bomb. What I fear is the explosive power of evil in the human heart.’