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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions How deep are your roots?
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 13:39

Jeremiah 17:7-8; “I will bless those who trust me. They will be like trees growing beside a stream – trees with roots that reach down to the water, and with leaves that are always green”.

"Your branches can only reach high if your roots are deep" (Brian Logue). A month ago I spent a weekend in Kimberley, and recall speaking to a farmer in the church I preached in on the Sunday morning of the drought they are having, and cattle that needed to be put down. When there is very little rainfall, whatever does fall soon dries up in the intense heat. Now 500km or so away, on the northern side of the Karoo the Orange Rivers flows with its waters coming from the mountains of Lesotho. Along its banks in the surrounding semi-desert rich greenery, flowers, and a variety of trees have abundant life. In fact, the trees grow so tall and strong (why) because their roots have tapped into the constant supply of water. That is how Jeremiah sees faith in God. In our text today he is not contrasting the good person with the evil one, but as someone who trusts in the power and love of God as opposed to the one who trusts in human power. Human power is as unreliable as rains in the Karoo. Faith in God taps into a river that never fails a source that spreads life wherever it runs, and that fills the surrounding area with hope and peace. How deep are your roots? Are they grounded deep enough into the grace and power of God to give you stability when the winds howl? Do others find peace and hope in the shade and strength you give out?


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