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December 2012

Fight the good fight

2 Timothy 2:1-7; 4:6-8 In the space of one verse Paul gives us threephrases: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) “Fighting the good fight”, “finishingthe course” and “keeping the faith” have all become well-known.  Perhaps this trifecta of famous phrases is not […]

Itching ears

Click for source 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 One of the most pervasive myths of the modern world is this: We think we know what we want.  We think we know what’s best for us.  And we think we ourselves are the best judges of these matters. The truth could not be further from this common misconception. […]

Money is the root of all evil

1 Timothy 6:1-12 Here’s a verse of the bible which everyone knows.  Except that they don’t. 1 Timothy 6:10 does not say “Money is the root of all evil.”  It says “the love of money is the root of all evil.”  And if we really wanted to pick up on the nuances in the Greek, we […]

King's English Omnibus: Paperback, Hardback and Kindle

The one year edition of the King’s English is out now.  All 365 devotions in one volume, from “In the beginning” to “Alleluia”. Now available in three formats… As a paperback: £13.95 As a hardback: £21.99 (Get 20% off your order if you quote the code “FELICITAS” before 14 December) Also available as a Kindle… From […]

Labour of love

1 Thessalonians 1:1-9 The Christian life is one of waiting and of working. Advent puts us in mind of the waiting.  We look not only to Christ’s first coming, but ahead to His second coming, to judge the living and the dead. Here is how Old Testament saints waited for that first coming: “I wait […]

The King's English All Year Devotional

It’s the King’s English omnibus.  All 365 devotion in one volume.  From “In the beginning” to “Alleluia”, here are 627 pages for £13.95. A Christmas present perhaps?  Or three? And if you order before 14th December quoting the code “FELICITAS” you will receive 20% off your order. UPDATE: Stay tuned for a hard-cover version very […]

Bowels of mercy

Colossians 3:1-17 Anyone who’s really loved (or feared) knows that the heart is not the only emotional organ.  Some of our greatest loves and our greatest fears are felt a little further south – in the guts! So while we might be used to speaking of a sinking heart, the Scriptures are comfortable speaking of […]

Passeth all understanding

Click for source Philippians 3:1-4:9 We can often feel besieged by worries.  Demands seem to threaten us from every side.  We dare not step out into our calling lest we be crushed by pressures too great for us. Some of us respond by shutting down.  “There is a lion without, I shall be slain in […]


Philippians 2:1-30 William Tyndale gave us the word, “likeminded”, but what gives us the reality? On the internet it’s easy to find “people like us”.  No matter how specialist our interests might be, the online world is so large, any subgroup at all can find “likeminded” members. But what about in the local church?  What […]

Let not the sun go down upon your wrath

Ephesians 4:1-32 In his wonderful book on Ephesians, Watchman Nee observes that the letter can be divided into three movements:  “Sit, Walk, Stand.” We are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:6) We then walk worthy of our calling in Christ. (Eph 4:1) And we stand against the assaults of the evil […]