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Daily Devotions

Visit this page every day of the week (Monday to Friday) to find a new devotion (or two) written by the elders of Brackenhurst Baptist Church to assist you in your devotion to and walk with the Lord.

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Devotions are aimed at helping you think devotionally through the Scriptures as you read them. They might take the form of working through a book of the Bible or simply of focusing on a miscellaneous thought or subject for the day. We hope to point you through these devotions to the truth of Scripture in such a way that you are enabled to more fruitfully learn about and obey Jesus Christ.

Extraordinarily Ordinary

Extraordinarily Ordinary

What comes to your mind when you think of a prophet? You may be tempted to think of an extraordinary individual with perhaps unusual gifting and training. Prophets are quite unlike us ordinary Christians, we think. A prophet might be of priestly heritage, like...

Pretended PIety

Pretended PIety

The first post-high school job I had was working behind the counter at a dry cleaning and shoe repair shop. I quickly discovered that shoe repair is not a job for those plagued with OCD. Often, when repairing heels or adding rubber soles to leather shoes, the edges...

Taking Sin Seriously

Taking Sin Seriously

Hosea ministered to a people who had forgotten what sin means. They had so redefined their behaviour that sin had become acceptable. God’s desire to restore his people depended on their recognition of sin. Sadly, the people seemed not to recognise sin’s reality....

Hesed

Hesed

Hosea is a difficult book to digest. The prophecy highlights time and again that, for all their external adherence to temple rituals, Israel and Judah were far from God. The Lord’s expressed displeasure comes to a head in chapter 6, where we read, “For I desire...

Redemptive Misery

Redemptive Misery

Reformed Christians talk a great deal about grace. This is understandable, given the Reformation’s emphasis the truth that God’s salvation comes to us by grace alone. Our preaching, rightly, does not tip the theological scales in the direction of sin but always points...

Restoring Love

Restoring Love

“Does God still love me?” Have you ever heard anyone ask that question? Have you perhaps asked it yourself? The premise that lies behind that question is that love is, in some way, a response to loveliness: God loves us when we are lovable, but perhaps not when we are...

Prostitution of Loyalties

Prostitution of Loyalties

Yesterday, we saw that Hosea was called to the difficult task of taking “a wife of whoredom” and having “children of whoredom” as an illustration of Israel’s infidelity in its relationship with God. Chapter 2 now addresses this infidelity. The chapter is divided...