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

Character training

Why does the Lord leave salvation to the last minute? It seems we live in frustration. Then suddenly all is turned around. What we don’t appreciate is that the time of frustration is valuable.  Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character. (Psa 105v19 NLT) The Lord had his plans, … More Character training

Numbers

We place our self-esteem on achieving numbers in what our culture values. The Lord reassures us that His affection does not lie there. Do I have faith to believe Him? The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest … More Numbers

A lame beggar holds us to account

In a world with inviting messages craftily concocted to attract us, we have learned to harden ourselves to everyone with ‘Free Offers’. In hardening ourselves, we intrinsically harden ourselves to God. The incident of the lame beggar outside the temple of Jerusalem’s beautiful gate stands in contrast (Acts 3:1-10). The man expects a gift, for Peter … More A lame beggar holds us to account

Shades of grey

I was shocked by an exercise of going through the events from Gethsemane to the cross taking the perspective of those who were condemning Jesus. I found it all too easy to understand some in the Sanhedrin voting for His death. The exercise exposed the weakness of my shades of grey, big picture mentality. Whereas … More Shades of grey