I can be so over confident and Jesus, knowing how things will go, so gracious. Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me.” Matthew 26v31 Jesus knowing their limitations prepares them. Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” Matthew 26v33 Like Peter I cannot imagine how challenging … Continue reading Grace in failure
When Jesus was born the Word of God became a human being. How do I respond to this living person? Jesus likened the word of God and so himself to seed that was sown. Would it be received by the soil as I might receive a visitor? Some people are like seed along the path, … Continue reading Who’s at the door?
I can be so caught up with my desires or the ideal I am hunting for that I ignore what Jesus is trying to tell me. “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of … Continue reading Way of humility
When I am weak, and empty do I say it’s impossible or go to Jesus? When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately … Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. … Jesus … had compassion on them … Matthew 14v13-14 Jesus hears of his cousin’s execution … Continue reading
Many hoping for relief are disappointed, Covid is resurging, society has shrunk, … “Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance … Isaiah 41v1 Everyone has situations needing rescue. Maybe a personal tragedy, maybe a global crisis … … think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only … Continue reading Where hope?
As we endure lockdown, consider what lies ahead- “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Isaiah 65:17 The current crisis helps us see the value of moving on from our current realities to something far better. Be glad; rejoice forever in … Continue reading What lies ahead?
What is the heart of worship? When we feel far from God, what are the ways to his presence? Psalm 100 can help us- Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. [Psalm 100:1-2] The call to worship is not some heavy legalistic … Continue reading Heart of worship
I was awakened each night to pray leaving only a couple of hours sleep. I became sick, losing weeks to poor health. Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. (Psalm 38:1-NIV) I asked the Lord, ‘Why am I being persecuted?’ He showed me it was a rebuke. Your … Continue reading God far away