When we are being targeted by wicked people, we have a hard time waiting for the Lord to rescue. Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When the Lord restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy … Psalm14:7 Out of nowhere, the Lord comes to rescue his people. In relief there is great rejoicing. … More Fruit of darkness
We should be free to live as we want! But there are other players in the game, and what of the Lord? “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” Psalm 2:3 To be free of the constraints we feel God puts on us, we make him a monster. … More Freedom for what?
We live in turbulent times with messages of fear. The fruit of these messages is anger, attempts to control people and ultimately, hatred. Jesus speaks into this, I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. John 14:27 What a contrast between the messages of fear and the gift of peace. Fear drives … More Peace in fearful times
There are people so clever they think they can disprove God. I have met a few. One asked, “Can God do anything?” I replied, “Yes.” Now he had me! “Then could God make something so heavy that he could not lift it?” The underlying message being, if I can dismiss God with a paradox, then … More Limits of Knowledge
Am I willing, at the cost of my credibility, to lift up Jesus as the only answer for the world’s problems? … More The Answer
When I have a strong desire, I want to bulldozer people into it. Paul shows another way- We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive … Romans 15:1 Convinced of my cause, I confuse my will with Jesus’. We must not just please ourselves. If I push my will, I become … More Temptation to bulldozer
The outcome of Jesus’ ministry on earth was that he returned to heaven victorious. He had expressed faith and love and the reward was glory. The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give! Psalm 21:1 This rejoicing is in the immediate aftermath of the cross! We … More Victory at the cross
The faith of the Centurion asks big questions of us. The way it follows Jesus’ main teaching in Luke added to his amazement at the Centurion indicates it exemplifies that teaching. “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. [Luke 6:20] The centurion, rich enough to build a synagogue, expresses poverty … More Looking for a generous heart
There are people who have power through words. They puff up their claims of what they will do to gain a following. Depending on our position we love them or hate them. Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the … More To whom do we align?
Growing up in a culture that values keeping laws, I struggle when someone bends rules. So, when Jesus confronts the rule keepers I have disquiet. Would I be on the wrong side of him? Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a … More Law meets love