In the upcoming issue of Day by Day with God

Day by Day with GodFind out more about Day by Day with God May - August 2019:

The Editors write

Jill: While my husband and I were preparing to move to Birmingham, we lodged for 15 months in half a house that was joined to the other half by a locked door connecting the lounges. We could hear people talking and laughing on the other side, but their voices were too muffled to hear what was being said. Often, when the laughter rose, we wished we could hear clearly and join in! But that was only possible on the occasions when the door was opened.
It is through reading God's word that we hear his voice but, for most of us, his voice is sometimes a bit muffled and we wish we could hear him better and join in with him more. Our contributors, who prayerfully write these notes, want to help ‘open the door' so that we will encounter him more fully and share with him the laughter and the laments of our daily life. With each reading, we also need to open the door of our hearts to him and be ready to receive what he has for us that day.

Ali: As we head into the (hopefully sunny) summer months, it might seem strange to begin with Chris Leonard looking at the topic of lament in the Psalms. However, the psalms are nothing if not real. While they hit the heights of praise, worship and joy, they are never afraid to tackle the darker side of life - the despair, anxiety and difficulties that we all face at times. They remind us that, when life is difficult, God is still in control and God still surrounds us, no matter the circumstance.
We are really pleased to introduce a new contributor, Caroline Fletcher, who explores the parables Jesus tells in Matthew 13. I once heard a parable described as a story that keeps you entertained at the front door while the truth sneaks in through the back window! So, whether or not you are familiar with fishing with nets, baking bread or sowing seed - or burying your money in the ground - there are profound truths hidden in these stories, offering insights into how God works and opportunities to catch a glimpse of his kingly rule on earth.
As we open the door to the scriptures this season, we pray, along with Michele D. Morrison, in her notes on hearing God's voice, that we will be encouraged to listen expectantly, alert to his voice and enjoying his presence.

Jill Rattle and Ali Herbert

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In this issue:

Psalms of lament and thanksgiving
Chris Leonard

John's good news reveals Jesus
Christine Platt

A handful of kings
Sheila Jacobs

The church is born: Acts 1-12
Claire Musters

Hearing God's voice
Michele D. Morrison

James: a practical guide
Sara Batts

The joy of spiritual disciplines
Fiona Barnard

The apostle Paul: Acts 13-28
Lyndall Bywater

Seven parables of the kingdom
Caroline Fletcher

Divine makeovers
Jennifer Rees Larcombe

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About the contributors in this issue:

Chris Leonard lives in Surrey with her husband. They have three young grandchildren and Chris remains busy leading creative writing courses and holidays. She has had a total of 21 books published.

Christine Platt lives in New Zealand and enjoys the freedom and opportunities that retirement brings. As well as encouraging mission in her church, she also teaches English to Chinese people locally and to young people in East Timor.

Sheila Jacobs is a writer, an editor and an award-winning author. She lives in rural north Essex, attends an Elim church, where she serves as a deacon, and is a day chaplain at a retreat centre.

Claire Musters is a speaker, a writer and an editor with a passion to see people reach their full potential in God. She has written many books, including Taking Off the Mask (Authentic Media, 2017). Find out more at clairemusters.com.

Michele D. Morrison and her husband Don are working on their bucket list, babysitting their grandchildren and aiding her nonagenarian mother. Michele also edits the church magazine, writing and blogging at tearsamidthealiencorn.blogspot.com.

Sara Batts was previously a specialist librarian and is now a priest in the Diocese of Chelmsford. She lives with a dog and hosts a cat.

Fiona Barnard is a TEFL/ESOL teacher and staff member of Friends International. She works with international students, encouraging local Christians to reach out in friendship and evangelism to make disciples. She is an honorary chaplain at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Lyndall Bywater is married to Phil and lives in Canterbury. She is a freelance writer and speaker, and her favourite subject is prayer.

Caroline Fletcher is a freelance writer. She has an MPhil in biblical studies and trained as an RE teacher. She is married to a vicar and is involved in all-age services and youth work at her church in Sheffield.

Jennifer Rees Larcombe runs Beauty from Ashes, an organisation that supports people adjusting to bereavement and trauma. She lives in the Kentish countryside with her little dog Noah, and loves gardening and entertaining her 15 grandchildren.

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