Awkward

Sometimes Jesus turns upside down our beliefs, our approaches to ministry and our understanding of appropriate relationships.   “ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what … Continue reading Awkward

Why does Paul boast?

Trying to explain away the word distracts us from the point. Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity.  2Corinthians 1v12 Paul is speaking with pure motives and intentions. Not what we expect in boasting. … Continue reading Why does Paul boast?

Who is exalted?

Many want endorsement through signs and wonders, after all- God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him. Acts 2:22 Yet we forget that endorsement was not enough Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. Acts 2:23 When … Continue reading Who is exalted?

What Value?

Would we accept being smaller if more precious? O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! Isaiah 54:11 Jesus’ church seems to be consistently battered. We are battered by the pressures of a culture intent on replacing the Lord with mankind as its centre. Now, even Covid is having its impact. I will rebuild you with precious jewels … Continue reading What Value?

Empowered?

Why does Luke emphasis that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit’s power? Surely as the Son of God that’s obvious. Yet, Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.   Luke 4:14 After being in the wilderness fasting forty days and been tempted by the devil Jesus should be weary. So, anything … Continue reading Empowered?

Do you love me?

What do we love most?  Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”  “We’ll come, too,” they all said. John 21:3 Following his denial of Jesus, and Jesus’ death, Peter goes fishing; his goto place when not doing well. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, … He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” … Continue reading Do you love me?

Prepare the way

For years I have observed Christians shut down by the vehement anger of others that falsely accuses in order to silence its own conscience. Pass through, pass through the gates! The Lord encourages us to go out. Despite our fears, we are called to leave the safety of our stronghold.  Prepare the way for the … Continue reading Prepare the way