Fear of the Lord

We all look somewhere for blessing, protection or help -people, organisations, wealth, ourselves, … This attitude helps us identify our gods. Many do whatever it takes to stay within this protection and help. This is an attitude of fear. We may not cower, but we modify our behaviour to maintain protection. O house of Aaron, … More Fear of the Lord

Ride victoriously!

Heaven holds a glory that is unseen by a cynical age. Take the fulfilment of Psalm 45 – You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you for ever. [v2] When sent to arrest him, the temple guards returned empty handed saying, “No one … More Ride victoriously!

Confident Future

With what confidence can we look at the future ahead of us? Do we look out with fear at Brexit, Trump and an uncertain world? What joy for the … people he has chosen as his inheritance. [Psalm 33:12NLT] Such joy in the face of uncertainty seems naïve. Yet it demonstrates where we hope. We … More Confident Future

Suspect activities

Can I legitimately participate in an activity or eat something? The question takes me down a line of law. Paul however turns the attention to our attitude towards God for it. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know … More Suspect activities

All about Jesus?

“It’s all about you Jesus …” It is easy to sing the song, but how real is this for us? Jesus presents the issue in terms of a choice between loving him and loving ourselves. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it … More All about Jesus?

Glory shines out

I am tempted by passages of blessing to think God does great things because I am right with him. This can lead to a focus on myself rather than God ignoring my need for forgiveness and grace. “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. … More Glory shines out