What do I trust in?

When things are going wrong, we go to our source of strength – I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? [Psalm 121:1] Everyone has their mountains from which they expect help. For some it is money, for others, alliances with powerful people, for others it is in their personality. My help … More What do I trust in?

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

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

True Vine violated

Jesus referred to himself as the true vine, yet the passages he refers to have an uncomfortable outcome. You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it…it took root and filled the land. [Psalm 80:8-11] Things start well: Just as the vine is planted and fills the land so the … More True Vine violated