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A friend inside you!
      Reading: John 14:1-17 1. A FRIEND... INSIDE YOU! A preacher was about to deliver a carefully prepared message when there came to him the conviction that it was not appropriate to the group of people before him. He reluctantly abandoned his notes, and s ... read more

A home with a difference
      2 Kings 4:8-17 A HOME WITH A DIFFERENCE Many years ago a man left the American continent and went away for several years. When he left, he was an unknown: no one knew that this man really existed or that he really lived. After being away from America fo ... read more

A look at the book
      Reading: Daniel 1:1-2 1. A LOOK AT THE BOOK The memo said "Top Secret". Every person in the Oval office had been given orders to arrive promptly at 8.00am. No one must know, especially CNN, that the president of the United States, the vice president, ... read more

A most unlikely evangelist
      2 Kings 5:1-14 A MOST UNLIKELY EVANGELIST In May 1855, an eighteen-year-old boy went to the deacons of a church in Boston. He had been raised in a Unitarian church, in almost total ignorance of the Gospel, but when he moved to Boston to make his fortune ... read more

A young man who decides to say "No"
      Reading: Daniel 1: 3-21 2. A YOUNG MAN WHO DECIDES TO SAY "NO " Many years ago Premier Khrushchev was speaking before the Supreme Soviet and was severely critical of the late Premier Stalin. While he was speaking someone from the audience sent up a no ... read more

All's well that ends well
      Reading: Daniel 12:1-13 ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL When Oliver Cromwell was sitting to have his portrait done, the artist asked him to cover the warts on his body. Cromwell replied, "Paint me warts and all". As we come to this concluding study on Dani ... read more

An anonymous benefactor
      2 Cor 9:6-15 2 Kings 4:42-44 AN ANONYMOUS BENEFACTOR In the nineteenth century, Dr Barnardo conceived the idea of putting London's homeless waifs and stray children into the safety and security of small cottages where they could be loved and cared for. ... read more

Blessings from bones
      2 Kings 13: 14-25 BLESSINGS FROM BONES Back in the eighteenth century the Methodist leader John Wesley said that one of the great testimonials to the truth of his message and the calibre of his work was the fact, as he put it "our people die well". El ... read more

Bow or burn
      Reading: Daniel 3:1-30 5. BOW OR BURN John Chrysostom was one of the greatest of the Greek church fathers. He lived in AD 347-407. As a very young Christian he was brought before the Emperor, who said that if he would not give up Christ, he would be ban ... read more

Divine direction
      Reading: 2 Kings 8:1-6 DIVINE DIRECTION A lady received a brochure outlining a tour to Israel. She had the time, money and strength to take the trip but wondered if it were God's will. Rereading the pamphlet just before going to sleep, she noted that t ... read more

Does God do miracles today? - Sign gifts
      Reading: John 15:1-17 15. SPIRITUAL FRUIT Once upon a time there was a handsome and heroic prince. He had his eye on a young lady from his kingdom. He knew that he had to travel abroad for quite a long time, so he asked one of his servants to tell the y ... read more

Does God still heal?
      Reading: Matthew 6:19-34 18. NAME AND CLAIM IT! One of the most unusual legacies of World War 2 has been the cargo cults of the South Pacific. Many aboriginal island peoples ranging from Australia to Indonesia were exposed to modern civilisation through ... read more

Down on your knees
      Reading: Daniel 9:1-19 DOWN ON OUR KNEES A pastor once commented that he did not preach on prophecy because "prophecy distracts people from the present". One of his professors observed "Well, there is certainly a lot of distraction then in the Script ... read more

Elisha's last sermon
      2 Kings: 13:14-19 ELISHA'S LAST SERMON Elisha was ill... terminally ill. "Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died". (13:14) And by that statement the writer of this Book has skipped many intervening laps in Elisha's long race with ... read more

Europe in prophecy
      Reading: Daniel 2:31-45 4. EUROPE IN PROPHECY Napoleon Bonaparte: Benito Mussolini: Winston Churchill... three names. One common denominator. They all shared a vision of a United States of Europe. Like pieces in a jigsaw it is all fitting together. A ne ... read more

Failures in our relationship to the Holy Spirit
      Reading: 1 Cor 12:1-13 11. ITS NOT THE GIFT, BUT THE GIVER " Its not the gift, but the giver", she said as she handed the pastor a lovely wooden spice rack. She then handed our marble letter holders, wooden breadboards, leather handbags, fans and tab ... read more

God's incredible plan for the nations
      Daniel 7:1-28 GOD'S INCREDIBLE PLAN FOR THE NATIONS When one of the great highway tunnels was built in Colorado, the work began at both ends simultaneously. When the crews met they were only one-half inch off centre... and that was regarded as a remar ... read more

Have you lost your edge lately
      2 Kings 6:1-7 HAVE YOU LOST YOUR EDGE LATELY A father collected his son from Junior Church and asked what Bible story they had heard. "It was about Moses and the Israelites, Dad", replied the boy. " They were trapped with the Red Sea in front of them ... read more

Help... we're surrounded
      2 Kings 6: 8 - 23 HELP... WE'RE SURROUNDED. In June 1920, the people of Shansi, China were warned that bandits were coming. Villagers quickly made what preparation they could. One lady missionary within the village was responsible for a mission school ... read more

How big is your God?
      Reading: Daniel 2:1-30 3. HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD From a human standpoint, this is a story of hopelessness. Nebuchadnezzar, the king has asked the impossible. The astrologers are absolutely correct in their assessment of the situation. "There is not a man ... read more

How Near is Armageddon?
      On Tuesday, January 29th 1991, radio listeners in St.Louis Missouri, were startled to hear that the end of the world was just moments away. Regular radio programming was interrupted by the jarring attention signal of the Emergency Broadcast System, follow ... read more

How to deal with vandals
      Reading: Revelation 17:1-18/ 2 kings 2 v 23-25 HOW TO DEAL WITH VANDALS A line has been drawn in the sand. Sides have been taken and war has been declared. Hell is officially in session. And the church is under attack. With mounting hostility, the Kingd ... read more

How to raise a dead kid
      2 Kings 4:8-17 A HOME WITH A DIFFERENCE Many years ago a man left the American continent and went away for several years. When he left, he was an unknown: no one knew that this man really existed or that he really lived. After being away from America fo ... read more

How to tame lions
      Daniel 6: 1-28 HOW TO TAME LIONS During the course of his life, the author of Pilgrims Progress, John Bunyan, was imprisoned under Charles 11. If Bunyan had been willing to sign a statement that he would not preach in public, he would have been released ... read more

Is God through with the Jew?
      IS GOD THROUGH WITH THE JEW Daniel 9:20-27 Some things are very hard to understand. Take the handwriting of a doctor for instance. I heard about a patient who went to a doctor for a check-up and was a given a prescription. The patient put it in his pock ... read more

Is the Bible enough or do we need more?
      Reading: 1 Cor 12:1-9 17. DOES GOD STILL HEAL? Feeling like a prisoner in her own body, Rita longed to be free from the iron chains of her cerebral palsy. One night, her Christian friends gathered around her saying, " If you juts have faith, Rita, God ... read more

It's not the gift but the giver
       Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16 12. LOOK WHO'S TALKING ... SPEAKING GIFTS Have you ever noticed how many words we hear or speak each day Our television sets, our radios, our telephones and our mobiles all produce constant communication. Do you ever find you ... read more

It's supper time. Where's Martha? - Serving gifts
      Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 14. DOES GOD DO MIRACLES TODAY ... SIGN GIFTS Hans Christian Andersen is favourite author of many. His fairy tales, such as "The Princess and the Pea", " The Emperor's New Clothes", and "The Little Mermaid", have ... read more

Keeping in step
      Reading: Acts 5:1-11 10. FAILURES IN OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE HOLY SPIRIT A stranger once entered the grand cathedral of Freiburg in Germany and asked permission to play on its world-famed organ. The organist in charge at first refused. But after much ... read more

Look who's talking - Speaking gifts
      Reading: Romans 12:1-8 13. IT'S SUPPER TIME. WHERE'S MARTHA SERVING GIFTS It's supper time and I'm getting hungry. I need a servant like Martha. Her story appears in (Lk 10:38-42) She was the proactive member of the delightful Bethany household. He ... read more

Naaman the leper
      2 Kings 5: 1-19 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE FEEL REALLY CLEAN Several years ago the giant soap company Proctor and Gamble launched a new bar of soap into an already competitive market. It was called "ZEST". Within weeks it was a top-selling brand ... read more

Name and claim it!
      Reading: Acts 8:26-40 19. WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Is there a hell Yes! Is there a heaven Absolutely! Did Christ die on the cross and rise again to keep people out of hell Yes. So basically our work as Christians is all about getting peopl ... read more

Pride goes before a fall
      Reading: Daniel 4:1-37 PRIDE GOES BEFORE A FALL It was December 7th 1941 when Mitsuo Fuchida a proud and militant Japanese Commander led the attack on Pearl harbour. But his brilliant military career ended with the defeat of Japan and the close of the w ... read more

Rags to riches
      Reading: 2 Kings 4:1-7 FROM RAGS TO RICHES Arthur John Gossip was an outstanding Scottish preacher who died in 1954. When he was pastor of the Beechgrove Church in Aberdeen, Scotland his wife died. The year was 1927. On his first Sunday after he had bur ... read more

Requirements for service
      Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-18 REQUIREMENTS FOR SERVICE Foreign tourists in Britain are said to be amazed by the amount of time we are prepared to spend in that great British institution... the queue. Of course this must not be mistaken for patience for it not ... read more

Rivers of blessing
      Reading: 2 Kings 3:1-27 RIVERS OF BLESSING In 1949 on the island of Lewis in the Hebrides, on the northwest coast of Scotland... a small band of believers were so burdened for an awakening on their island that they met for prayer two or three nights a w ... read more

Setting the scene
      Readings: 1 Kings 22:51-53 2 Kings 1:1-4 1:17-18 SETTING THE SCENE Most people resent being neglected. Elisha is one of the neglected prophets of the Bible. (1 Kings 19:16) Over 65 years ago a famous preacher gave a series of sermons on "The Neglected ... read more

Spirit Born
      Reading: John 16:1-14 4. SPIRIT BORN Physical examinations are no fun. Bill was certainly not looking forward to his annual check up. But it helped a little that Dr. Carter was a personal friend. Dr. Carter had often given Bill words of encouragement wh ... read more

Spiritual fruit
      Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22 16. IS THE BIBLE ENOUGH OR DO WE NEED MORE The words, "God told me", has become the anthem of the Charismatic movement. Strange private prophecies are proclaimed by all kinds of people who evidently believe God speaks to th ... read more

Superpowers in conflict
      Reading: Daniel 8:1-27 SUPERPOWERS IN CONFLICT Some years ago an USA Army colonel retired. Just before his retirement however, he said that he participated in a mock staging of World War 111. Joining other officers from the Pentagon, he left Washington ... read more

The Discipline of Defeat
      She tried lying on her back. She tried lying on her front. She tried curling up on her side in a tight little ball, but still she felt it! Her host had piled mattress upon mattress to bear her tender frame, yet she tossed fitfully through the night and sl ... read more

The Discipline of Delay
      " What's the trouble, Dr. Brooks" That was the question once put to Dr. Philip Brooks, a famous American preacher. The inquirer had come upon him pacing his study like a caged lion. "The trouble I'm in a hurry, and God isn't. That's the trouble". ... read more

The Discipline of Denial
      One of the most baffling and yet blessed experiences in the school of God is the Discipline of Denial. Someone has suggested that God answers prayer in three ways: Sometimes the Lord says "Yes", (1 Sam 1:12) sometimes He says, "No", (2 Cor 12:9) and ... read more

The Discipline of Detour
      Frustration is a word often mispronounced. It is often mistakenly called " flustration", or "flusteration". Whatever one names it, frustration is a destructive emotion. What is it Most of us have a fairly accurate idea. It is the emotion of conflict w ... read more

The Discipline of Disapointment
      Try and visualise the following scenes in your mind. Scene number 1: A young girl sits in a lonely room thinking of the circumstances that have recently come to pass. Plans had been formulated for a wedding with the boy of her dreams but seemingly out of ... read more

The Discipline of Disqualification
      F.W. Robertson died at the age of thirty seven. In 1851, twelve years before his death, he was visiting Geneva, hoping to restore both his faith and his broken health. He visited the celebrated Swiss leader Henri Caesar Malan, who, looked at Robertson sho ... read more

The Discipline of Disturbance
      In 1892 after a year of intensive work in Great Britain, D.L.Moody sailed for home, eager to get back to his family and work. The ship left Southampton amid many farewells. About three days out into the ocean, the ship ground to a halt with a broken shaft ... read more

The Doom of the Scarlet Woman
      Some years ago a Christian walking along a London street passed a Roman Catholic Chapel. Outside the Chapel was a billboard to which was pasted a poster intimating the title of a popular lecture to be given inside. The title took the form of a question an ... read more

The great tribulation
      Reading: Daniel 12:1-13 THE GREAT TRIBULATION Thomas Carlyle the craggy Scots philosopher was once summoned to an audience by Queen Victoria. The Queen was worried about the way affairs were going in her realm, and very anxious to have the philosophers ... read more

The helper who got greedy
      2 Kings 5: 20-27 THE HELPER WHO GOT GREEDY There is a legend from India concerning a mouse, which was terrified of cats. A magician agreed to help him and transformed the mouse into a cat. That seemed to resolve his fears until he came face to face with ... read more

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