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

Fear or love

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by events and am disoriented – … the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. [Psalm 46:2-3] In such times I am comforted by the Lord as I look back at times … More Fear or love