In the current issue of Day by Day with God
Find out more about Day by Day with God January - April 2017:
For a recent birthday, my small grandchildren gave me a jar filled with messages from them, for me to draw one out each week of the coming year. Wonderful! Their mum, Ali, decided to add a Bible verse to each one. Lovely idea! Until...
Jill: Ali, I've just read my Bible verse for this week. It's Matthew 12:34: 'You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?' Ummm...?
Ali: Hmm, I may have got the verse wrong! (Chortles loudly) Maybe it was meant to be the second half of the verse: 'The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.' Probably best to ignore the first bit!
That nicely illustrates the dangers of taking Bible verses out of their context. Much error in people's thinking can result. We're glad to report that none of our contributors do this! The printed quotations from scripture are embedded in the Bible passage that they explore for us. Do try to read the whole passage from whichever Bible version you choose - and perhaps you might set yourself the challenge of putting time aside now and then to read a whole book. There are great rewards in doing that.
In Matthew 12:34 Jesus makes it clear that what we take into our hearts will inevitably issue forth in the words from our mouths. The more we feed on scripture, the more gracious and effective our words will be, and the more authentic our relation-ships. Authenticity in believers is one of the most important characteristics we can display to those who are, as yet, outside the family of the church.
This edition, we warmly welcome two new (but experienced) writers. Victoria Byrne, who exercises a much-valued healing ministry, will take us on a sensitive journey through Dr Luke's stories of healing, and writer and speaker Cathy Madavan, familiar to those who attend Spring Harvest, explores the wonderful fruit of the Spirit that is 'joy'. They 'bookend' this edition for us and, in between, you will find old friends who delight in opening up the scriptures. We hope you will find much blessing ahead.
Luke: stories of healing
1 - 7 January
1 and 2 Thessalonians
8 - 21 January
22 January - 4 February
People of hope
Michele D. Morrison
4 - 18 February
1, 2 and 3 John: light, truth, love
19 February - 4 March
5 - 18 March
The book of Job
19 March - 1 April
2 - 8 April
Reflecting on Easter and beyond
9 - 22 April
23 - 30 April
Victoria Byrne serves on healing teams and loves encouraging others. She is married and works as a pastoral staff member at her Twickenham church. She writes and blogs regularly on life and faith.
Sheila Jacobs is a writer, editor and award-winning author of eleven novels, including Watchers. She has also written non-fiction (Insight into Forgiveness, with Ron Kallmier). Single, she lives in rural north Essex and attends an Elim church, where she is involved in evangelism.
Christine Platt lives in New Zealand and enjoys the freedom and opportunities that semi-retirement brings. As well as doing local ministry, she travels regularly with teams to East Timor to support the church there in its courageous witness to war-ravaged people.
Michele D. Morrison is a passionate believer, excited by what God has done and is doing. A freelance writer, she loves listening for God's voice in the daily routines of life. She moved from California to Scotland when she married, and has four grown-up children.
Liz Pacey is a Reader in the Church of England and works as a freelance writer and speaker. She runs Knitwits, a charity knitting group, and is passionate about the links between knitting and spirituality.
Katy Jack is a minister's wife and mother of three young boys. A lawyer by trade, she put that career on hold to care for her sons and support her husband's ministry as chaplain in a boarding school. She loves sport (especially netball) and reading the Bible one-to-one with students.
Lyndall Bywater is married to Phil and lives in Canterbury. She is a freelance writer and speaker, and her favourite subject is prayer.
Naomi Hutchison is a speaker and writer who loves to encourage people to take steps in spiritual growth. She has worked for ministries including Ignite and Youth for Christ, and as pastor to student ministries. She lives with her husband and two children in Tunbridge Wells.
Claire Musters is a freelance writer and editor, mum to two gorgeous young children, pastor's wife, worship leader and school governor. Her writing focuses on marriage, parenting, worship, discipleship and issues facing women today.
Cathy Madavan is the author of Digging for Diamonds; she speaks at events across the UK and is part of the Spring Harvest planning group. She lives on the south coast of England with her husband Mark (a church leader) and their two teenage girls.