21 January

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life,
what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:25 ESV

Dear friends and family…,
when worries make us feel afraid;
it's time to 'call a spade a spade'.
We’re hit with shock and not have prayed;
turned from our faith, so peace has strayed.
Know Jesus' care will never fade;
He gives new Life, really top grade. Hallelujah!

Read more: 21 January

20 January

"And He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Matthew 22:37 ESV

Dear friends and family…,
the greatest command that we can hear;
demands full focus and costs dear.
'Heart', 'soul' and 'mind', put into gear;
give God first place, honour and fear.
Stay 'strong and smart' right through the year;
always love God through pain and tear. Hallelujah!

Read more: 20 January

19 January

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

Dear friends and family…,
the fool won't listen to what God says;
trouble seems to stress him all his days.
The wise respects and follow God's ways;
they soon find peace as their heart obeys.
Three wise men gave Prince of Peace their praise;
let's do the same and trust Him always. Hallelujah!

Read more: 19 January

18 January

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God
so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

1 Peter 5:6 ESV

Dear friends and family…,
when wrongly charged with a crime;
up prayer mountain humbly climb.
God's help will come just in time;
gives grace that's rich and sublime.
Hear the joy bells ring and chime;
Our heart’s freed to sing and rhyme. Hallelujah!

Read more: 18 January

17 January

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Psalms 1:1-2 ESV

Dear friends and family…,
God gave Solomon one small wish;
chose to be wise and not foolish.
He learnt from King Saul's one blemish,
whose heart turned doubtful and selfish.
Let's trust in God, his Word cherish;
He'll guide and bless and establish. Hallelujah!

Read more: 17 January

16 January

"For nothing will be impossible with God.
Luke 1:37 ESV

Dear friends and family…,
Two women were chosen for God's design,
they were cousins called to the frontline.
God wants to work through our family line;
He wants to do wonders, through yours and mine.
So let's not lose heart, pray God sends a sign;
that all our children be filled with God's 'new wine'. Hallelujah!

Read more: 16 January

15 January

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance
as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

Dear friends and family…,
heart and home have a very close link;
stay strong in God then our home won't sink.
Let’s not do sin with a smile or wink;
repent straight away to stop the stink.
“The Lord Christ' umpires all that we think;
make His home rules our favourite drink. Hallelujah!

Read more: 15 January

14 January

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

Read more: 14 January

13 January

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Joshua 1:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 13 January

12 January

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?”

1 Peter 3:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 12 January

11 January

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander
be put away from you, along with all malice.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgave you.”

Ephesians 4:31-32‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 11 January

10 January

"who saved us and called us to a holy calling,
not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace,
which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,”

2 Timothy 1:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 10 January

9 January

"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

John 15:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 9 January

8 January

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”
‭1 Peter 2:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 8 January

7 January

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 7 January

6 January

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭ESV ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 6 January

5 January

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
‭ 1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 5 January

4 January

"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
‭ 1 Peter‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 4 January

3 January

"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 3 January

2 January

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 2 January

1 January

"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah‬ ‭43:19‬ ‭ESV ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Read more: 1 January

Cloud & Fire - Intro

Daily devotionals by Keith Truscott

- Background & Introduction -

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
Exodus 13:21 (ESV)


Background to ‘Cloud and Fire’

Short biography: I was born in Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia in 1950. My first eight years was in an Aboriginal mission called Retta Dixon Home. Before I was 12 years of age I had had three changes to my surname through fostering and adoption near Sydney, but I am happy with my present last name of Keith Charles Truscott. My traditional Aboriginal ties are with the Antakarinyin people of Northern South Australia. My mother was “stolen” from her language and country as a child. I had to go back and re-learn my language. Whilst living in New South Wales I had variety of jobs from brickies’ labourer, farm-labourer, to newspaper clerk. When I moved to Western Australia in 1975, I have been mainly a university academic and pastor of an Indigenous church in Perth, Western Australia. My dream is to see the Indigenous church learn, grow and mature in the Lordship of Christ in their lives. I am married to Stephanie and have three children, fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In 2018 I would have been an Indigenous Pastor in Perth for the last 25 years.



The “Cloud and Fire” collection of Bible verses and poems are based on the daily “Reflections…”

Read more: Cloud & Fire - Intro