November 4

Looking Back “Behold, he prayeth.” —Acts 9:11 Read Acts 9:1-19 We all know the circumstances of Saul’s conversion. We first meet this persecutor of the church when Stephen was being stoned. He looked after the outer clothing of the men who stoned this faithful deacon. Saul agreed with the persecution of the Christians, and was…

May 27

“The Holy Spirit ”It sat upon each of them…” —Acts 2:3 Read Acts 2:1-13 Today we will meditate on the Spirit of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit. As we have learned from our youth, He was first poured out upon the waiting disciples. He appeared with a sound as well as with a visible sign, as…

May 26

The Spirit “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.” —Acts 2:4 Read Acts 2:1-13 Let’s think back to the times of the Reformation. Martin Luther, through the power of the Spirit, played a leading role in freeing the Church from the net of superstition. He asked them, and also asks the church today,…

May 25

Blessing “He shall glorify me.” —John 16:14 Read John 16:5-15 On the Day of Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, sent by God the Father and God the Son, the Three in One. Augustine made a comparison to illustrate the Trinity: the human brain can be split up into three parts –…

May 24

Christ “Thou art the Christ.” —Mark 8:29 Read Mark 8:27-30 It would be demoralizing if Satan had free reign when tempting mankind. When we look around us, sometimes it seems that he does reign freely. But appearances deceive, as we sometimes say, which is thankfully true in this case. Satan does not have unrestricted power;…

May 23

Simon Peter ”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” —Matthew 16:16 Read Matthew 16:13-20 Perhaps you know some people who have been given nicknames. While they pop up after certain incidents or events, nicknames are not always positive and are sometimes downright cruel. In that case it is better not to use…

May 22

Hannah “I have…poured out my soul before the LORD.” —1 Samuel 1:15 Read 1 Samuel 1:1-18 Hannah had a beautiful name which means “the graceful one.” At first sight, her life seemed to be rosy. She was the preferred wife of Elkanah, the real love of his heart, favoured above Peninnah. Socially, then, she seemed…

May 21

Belteshazzar “He believed in his God.” —Daniel 6:23 Read Daniel 6:17-29 By continuing to serve the Lord, Daniel came into great trials and difficulties, putting his life in danger. At the command of the king, Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. But notice how King Darius sought to encourage Daniel: “Thy God whom thou…

May 20

Daniel “And found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.” —Daniel 6:11 Read Daniel 6:1-16 Envy often arises among the most important people of a land. This was also true in Daniel’s day; the rulers of Babylon could not bear that Daniel had been placed in a more important position than them. They looked…