Devotionals

Empowerment

Next month, a new term will begin. Whether you are just beginning your university journey or are returning for another leg, the emotions surrounding a new year are often those of excitement and apprehension.

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Small Things

“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these”

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Purpose

We often talk of God’s calling, or purpose, for our life - where or how we think God wants us to serve. Some people have a clear picture of this, whether it is within career, church roles, family, community, or any other way.

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Guide

This psalm is full of places: the heavens and the depths, the far side of the sea.

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Quiet

"For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength" (Is. 30:15). "In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed." (Mark 1:35)

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Desert

What image springs to mind when you think about Psalm 23? I must admit, I see wonderful meadows, with mature trees, lush grass and a gentle stream running through it.

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Abundance

In this passage, Jesus shows abundant generosity to his disciples. When they couldn’t catch any fish, Jesus could have provided just enough for a hearty breakfast – perhaps twenty fish at most. Instead, John describes a net so full of fish, that they can hardly get it back to land!

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Changes

Sometimes, change seems impossible. We might feel small and powerless in the face of world events, difficulties in relationships may seem unsolvable, perhaps we experience challenges in our faith.

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Treasure

What is Paul treasuring? It’s often said that he is denigrating whatever isn’t overtly Christian. But is he? He explains that, as a Pharisee, he had good reason ‘to be confident in the flesh’; that is, to feel that his human effort was putting him right with God.

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Celebration

One might wonder why I have chosen a passage from Mark to discuss the theme of celebration. Mark is often considered one of the most depressing Gospels, indeed it does not even have a Resurrection narrative.

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