Why do we celebrate Christmas? Is it merely a pointer to Easter or does it have value? At Easter Jesus died on the cross and through his sacrifice reconciled us to God. Clearly this is vital, yet so is Jesus’ life on earth. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have … More Why Christmas?
Trusting God is easy when all is well, but when we are on the edge emotions challenge truth. A dread of failure and shame can send us packing. An experience of refuge steadies us. In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. (Psalm 71:1) There is no pretence … More On the edge yet hopeful
“There has to be more to life than this?”, is the cry of many who apparently have it all. Jesus says- “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) So, what keeps us from it? Jesus began- “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” … More More to life than this.
God’s word is refined in me till it is proven flawless. And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6NIV In the Bible clay pots can symbolise people while silver and gold can symbolise that which God works into our hearts as we … More Refined understanding of Scripture
God’s blessing is not through using right methods, but quietening our hearts to listen to him. Yet the voice challenges- Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! Psalm 81:3NIV God called on his people to hold a festival every two weeks at new moon and full … More Receive blessing
How do we move from a trained righteousness to truly live … … a life worthy of the calling you have received. [Ephesians 4:1NIV] Paul points to attitudes, actions and a spiritual dimension … Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit … More Live Free
God’s promises inspire hope. Do we have faith until he fulfils? We live in two worlds- embracing current reality and simultaneously being prepared. When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. [Psalm 105:12-13NIV] The patriarchs wandered Palestine holding to … More Living in hope
What is our place as we live here on earth? For I am your guest— a traveller passing through, as my ancestors were before me. (Psalm 39:12bNLT) Two phrases identify our place. We are God’s guest for the earth is the Lord’s. As a guest, the owner may have said, feel free to use whatever … More Being outsiders
Why is it that the godly seem to struggle in life while the wicked get it easy? This is a constant refrain of the psalms Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. How long, … will the wicked be jubilant? (Psalm 94:2-3NIV) The wicked seem to successfully use … More Life on the edge
There are situations that leave us certain we will be consumed. We have a balance of resources, those available must be greater than those required, if not we will falter. Yet in this we forget God. We forget that the Lord’s great love stretches beyond the obvious circumstances. Because of the LORD’s great love we … More Not Consumed