Safety First

By , January 18, 2015

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:3 NIV

Gordon Rumford Ministries | Daily Devotional | Safety First

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During the Cold War (1947–1991) some companies in the western world began selling and installing bomb shelters for families in the event of a nuclear war.

The idea was that the shelter would help people escape the effects of a nuclear bomb detonating near their home. Googling bomb shelters will lead you to sites where these shelters are sold.

I was surprised to learn that these shelters were still being marketed. Some people in the United States have developed communities of bomb shelters in undeveloped areas. The survival instinct causes some of us to do unusual things at times.

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The All Knowing God

By , January 17, 2015

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
Psalm 139:1 NIV

Gordon Rumford Ministries | Daily Devotional | The All Knowing God

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You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:2-4 NIV

In our Psalm for today we read about the omniscience of the Lord. The Psalmist wants everyone to know that God can read our thoughts and he knows everything about us, even the secret thoughts we do not utter for fear of being condemned.

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What Does God Want From Me?

By , January 16, 2015

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified…”
1 Thessalonians 4:3 NIV

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“But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
1 John 3:2 NIV

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV

An interesting question to put to Christians would be, “What is the most important thing God wants for you in this life?”

We might have a variety of answers. Some might suggest God wants us to be happy. Certainly there is a lot about joy in the Lord in Scripture. Others might say that God wants us to feel secure in His love, and there are precious verses that speak to the fact that we have peace with God.

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Expediency Or Honour?

By , January 15, 2015

“When he was set down on the judgment seat,
his wife sent unto him, saying,
Have thou nothing to do with that just man:
for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”
Matthew 27:19 KJV

Gordon Rumford Ministries | Daily Devotional | Expediency Or Honour?

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The Roman governor for the Jewish people—during our Lord’s adult life (26 CE – 36 CE)—was Pontius Pilate. He hated his subjects as much as they hated him. He did several memorable things to provoke their powerless anger.

Pilate liked nothing better than to enrage his subjects. He was recalled to Rome on more than one occasion to answer for his actions against the Jews. It took some significant effort and several personal petitions in Rome, but the Jews finally had Pilate ousted from governing them.

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Learning From Jesus

By , January 14, 2015

“But when he was alone with his own disciples,
he explained everything.”
Mark 4:34 NIV

Gordon Rumford Ministries | Daily Devotional | Learning From Jesus

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“It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ [Isaiah 54:13] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.” John 6:45 NIV

All of us can remember favourite teachers at school. My grade 1 teacher was possibly the most beautiful person I ever met in my childhood. She had blond hair and I fell madly in love with her.

The teacher that made me work harder than any other was a religious studies teacher in university. He taught with a passionate attitude. History came alive when this man began each lecture. Figures of history seemed to march around the lecture hall as this man described various historical events.

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