Category: Devotionals

The Church’s First Martyr

By , April 13, 2019

“And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed,
I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes
of those who were killing him.”
Acts 22:20 (NIV)

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“‘Then the Lord said to me, “Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’  Acts 22:21 (NIV)

Stephen, the infant church’s first martyr does not have a lot of space given to him in the written history of the early church. However, he stands at a crossroads for the Jewish believers in their relationship to non believing Jews. His story is confined to Acts 6-7 where his speech to the Jews is recorded and also the resulting martyrdom he suffered for his faith in the Lord Jesus.

Stephen was a pioneer in the new work and paid the ultimate price for his witness to Jesus. We have the story of only one day in his life, the last, but he stands as tall as any of the other worthy figures who helped develop the early church.

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Is Anyone There?

By , April 12, 2019

And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:12 (NIV)

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One day many years ago when I worked in an accounting office I had a conversation with a self professed atheist. Nothing I said made an impression on him. Finally he said, “Look Gordon, if God will turn my blue shirt white then I will believe in Him.”

The man wanted God to do something spectacular that does not happen in life and then he would accept the idea that there really is a God after all. Sadly God does not do unusual things like changing the colour of someone’s shirt just to prove He is there and listening to the conversation.

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“Settle Down”

By , April 11, 2019

“Stop letting your hearts trouble you”
John 14:1

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Daily Devotional

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John 13-17 is what we commonly call the Upper Room Discourse.  We read in John 14:31 that they departed the upper room and began the journey to Gethsemane where Jesus would be betrayed and arrested. So most of this discourse took place en route to the garden where Jesus and the disciples often went for prayer.

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Expediency Or Honour?

By , April 10, 2019

“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

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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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Dying Well

By , April 9, 2019

“And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings,
yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder,
were tempted, were slain with the sword:
they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;
being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:)
they wandered in deserts, and in mountains,
and in dens and caves of the earth.
Hebrews 11:36-38 (KJV)

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Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews has dramatic and exciting reading about wonderful and successful adventures of God’s people in the first part of the chapter. But then everything turns upside down with the phrase “and others”.

We then begin to read of how some of God’s children suffered as quoted in our verses for today.
One such person was Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) a Scottish minister, writer, theologian and professor. He was highly esteemed by people in the English speaking world.

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