Let go of the past

We seem to be an unwilling to let go of past times of abundance I think of the good old days, long since ended, … Is his unfailing love gone forever? … Has God forgotten to be gracious? [Psalm 77:5-9NLT] One reason we resist letting go is that the abundance represented God’s love and grace … More Let go of the past

The end of pleasure?

Our western culture could be like this… Listen to this, you pleasure-loving kingdom, living at ease and feeling secure. You say, ‘I am the only one, and there is no other. [Isaiah 47:8NLT] Where self-focused complacency develops, a culture becomes conceited and wants everyone to emulate it. “Come down, virgin daughter of Babylon, and sit … More The end of pleasure?

Resisting wickedness

When the wicked win the temptation is to use their methods. In succumbing we become wicked. What should we do? Do not fret because of those who are evil …; for like … green plants they will soon die away. [Psalm 37:1-2] When the wicked win, anxiety drives towards wickedness. We need Jesus’ perspective. The … More Resisting wickedness

Worship in trials

When life is challenging, we have a hard time worshipping God. We focus on challenging circumstances and miss the purpose. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession. [Psalm 135:3-4] … More Worship in trials

Suppressing Truth

Fake news has an agenda. God is … against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, [Romans1:18] People re-write reality to further their personal desires. … God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made … [Romans1:20] The Lord … More Suppressing Truth

Embrace Trials

I have a bad habit when in difficulty of giving myself permission to behave badly. Paul underwent far greater difficulties. His account of ship wrecks, beatings, facing wild animals and the like make anything I face seem trivial. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but … More Embrace Trials