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September 17 Day 260

Jesus' Model of Leadership: The Servant of the Lord

‘Who is the servant of the Lord?’ This was the question that the Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ethiopia asked the evangelist Philip in Acts 8: ‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?’ (v.34).

September 16 Day 259

A Love Greater Than Life Itself

‘I've found a love greater than life itself,’ sings Ben Cantelon in his song, ‘Love Came Down’. To some, this might sound like mere romantic sentiment. In fact, it expresses a great theological truth.

September 15 Day 258

How to Respond to a Crisis

President J.F. Kennedy once remarked that ‘when written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.’ Every crisis is, at the same time, an opportunity.

September 14 Day 257

The Three Tenses of Salvation

I have a picture sitting on the windowsill in my study of Bishop Westcott. It was given to me by his great-grandson in 1992. The nineteenth-century English scholar, Bishop B.F. Westcott, was Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University.

September 13 Day 256

Jesus in You

I brought in a boxing glove as a visual aid. I dangled the glove and showed how ineffective it was without a hand in it. Then I put my hand in the glove, made a fist and punched the air so that everyone could see the difference it made to the power of the glove.

September 12 Day 255

How to Stay on God's Paths

I remember reading years ago about an incident that occurred on the Italian Riviera. A young man was driving his sports’ car along a road near the sea. It was a beautiful and scenic route. But the road was not what it seemed.

September 11 Day 254

'My Grace is Sufficient for You'

Three years ago Nick Vujicic came to speak at Focus, our church holiday. Nick is a remarkable man. I think that all of us who met him were inspired and challenged by his life.

September 10 Day 253

Perfect Peace

‘Men don’t come much tougher than daredevil climber and adventurer, Bear Grylls,’ writes The Sun newspaper. A former member of the UK Special Forces, his TV adventure series Man vs. Wild has reached an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in over 180 countries.

September 9 Day 252

Intimacy with God

Sophie is an only child. Her mother had fourteen miscarriages before she was born. Her parents adore her. She adores her parents. Sophie is now in her twenties, and still loves to spend as much time as possible with her parents.

September 8 Day 251

How Do We Win the Spiritual Battle?

Over 100,000 people have been killed in the civil war in Syria over the last three years. In Iraq jihadists of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) have murdered thousands of innocent people (many of them Christians) and displaced tens of thousands of people (again, many of them Christians).