Here, Revd. Dr. Hugh Osgood, moderator of the Free Churches Group, shares his series of blogs called 'Water from the Rock' - a short Bible reading with a thought to start each day over Lent.
Let us always be ready to answer everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in us.
Let us remember that, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.
‘Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.’
Let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Let us not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of truth.
‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’Romans 15:13
May we not lose sight of the restoration plans that God has for each one of us.
May God give us the grace to handle today’s challenges with wisdom in a way that pleases Him.
May God fill us with joy in whatever way we serve him.
May God fill us with His peace as we live out our lives for Him today.
Let us remember that we have a God who is even more strongly committed to us than we are to Him.
Let us have a focus on God’s goodness that causes us to know His overflowing joy.
Let us be grateful that we have a God who can comfort and correct.
May our lives be a testimony to God’s faithfulness in leading us in paths of righteousness.
Let us set our challenges in a more positive perspective so as to have a genuine testimony of God’s goodness.
It is a privilege to live our lives relating to Jesus, but we must never lose sight of the transforming power of a moment.
May we be inspired to tell our story and to introduce others to Jesus.
Let’s be quick to recognise the fullness of the solutions Jesus brings to our circumstances.
Let us be grateful that Jesus not only meets us at the level of our understanding but takes us beyond it.
Let us determine not to short-change God in our worship; then we will be less likely to short-change, or be short-changed by, others.
May we constantly respond to the grace that God has shown us in giving us His Son.
May we never put self-interest ahead of graciousness.
May we today find ways of extending God’s grace to others.
May we today respond to the grace of God in our own lives in a way that makes us gracious.
May we be gracious in showing respect to our households.
Maybe we should look for more opportunities to explain why the new wine is better.
Let us maintain the integrity that opens the way for true demonstrations of God’s power.
God is in the business of speaking hope into all our lives.
We need to be journeying with Jesus.
The more widely we open our hearts, the more likely we are to discover the One we seek.