Bible in One Year

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September 1 Day 244

Finding Purpose in Life

‘What a waste!’ said a woman to my friend. This woman was talking about Bishop Sandy Millar, who had practised very successfully as a lawyer for ten years, before leaving it all behind to become an ordained minister in the church.

August 31 Day 243

Inward and Unseen

Do you ever get discouraged? Do you sometimes feel ‘Is this all worthwhile? Are we actually getting anywhere?’ Are you ever tempted to ‘lose heart’? If you are, you are not alone. Paul was almost certainly tempted himself to lose heart, and he wrote to other Christians who were also tempted to do so.

August 30 Day 242

Eyes and Faces

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Capuchin monk who is preacher to the papal household, celebrated his seventy-eighth birthday two years ago while away with us to speak at Focus, our church holiday. Many people commented on how his face and eyes shone with the radiance of God’s presence. He was on a train one time in Italy when a woman, who was a total non-believer, approached him and said, ‘Your face compels me to believe.’

August 29 Day 241

Ministry of the Holy Spirit

I remember the first time I prayed ‘Come, Holy Spirit’ on an Alpha Weekend. I knew that the Holy Spirit had come every time those who had led the Alpha Weekends before me had asked him to come. Even so, I did not think he would come in answer to my prayers – as I prayed ‘Come, Holy Spirit’ I shut my eyes, because I did not want to see him “not coming”!

August 28 Day 240

Love, Justice and Confrontation

The prison governor was an immensely impressive, dynamic, eloquent and young African–American woman known as ‘Chief Jennifer’.

August 27 Day 239

Anointed by God

Have you ever felt God’s love for you? Do you know deep down that God loves you more than any parent loves their child? Have you experienced this love being poured into your heart by the Holy Spirit?

August 26 Day 238

God's 'Benefits'

I recently rediscovered one of my prayer diaries, in which I recorded some of my early experiences of answered prayer.

August 25 Day 237

Family

A busy father was looking for a way to entertain his young daughter. He found a map of the world in a magazine and cut it into pieces. He gave the pieces to his child and suggested she try to piece the map back together.

August 24 Day 236

The Gift of Victory

Of course, he did not know where it was. He was eighty-five years of age and had written dozens of books. I was asking him if he could tell me exactly where in his books I could find the quote I was looking for. He told me that he had absolutely no idea, but gave me permission to quote it anyway. Since then I have used his quote over and over again because it seemed to me that Bishop Lesslie Newbigin (who was then lecturing at our School of Theology) had summarised a crucial insight for our understanding of Jesus and the New Testament.

August 23 Day 235

The Power of God

I sometimes wish I kept more of a diary. I am glad that, at least, I have recorded some of my prayers. Alongside the words of today’s passage, ‘We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you’ (2 Chronicles 20:13), I have jotted down some of the seemingly insurmountable problems and situations we have faced over the years. It is amazing and wonderful to see and have a record of how God has delivered us from so many of them.