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
A commercial view can invade my spirituality. when I see a need I can evaluate by what is “Necessary and sufficient”. Cost becomes king. Looking at the tenderness of Song of Songs shows our Lord expressing a different value system. I am the spring crocus blooming on the Sharon Plain, the lily of the valley. … Continue reading Tender Grace
What is my reference point? I live in a culture where the first port of call is expert opinion. Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. psalm119v89 I find myself looking at how experts have understood the world and then evaluating God’s word through the lens of that understanding. Yet, God’s … Continue reading Reference point
Jesus’ gift of grace is amazing. Can we follow his example? So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8v1 Jesus does not condemn his brothers. Can we follow his lead and be gracious to the broken people around us? Even ourselves? And because you belong to him, the … Continue reading God change
The cost of confidence
We can be confident in the face of anything! Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God. Romans 5v1 When I review past failures, I can feal overwhelming remorse. Yet, Jesus already dealt with it. Through forgiveness I am restored to peace. We can rejoice, too, … Continue reading The cost of confidence
Blessed are the meek
One of Jesus’ most perplexing statements is ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ (Matt 5v5) The way the world works seems to negate Jesus’ message. The repeating themes of Psalm 68 gives a perspective of how God works it out. The Lord’s is drawing people to Mt Zion, his dwelling place. … Continue reading Blessed are the meek
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
God can develop us with silence! I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. Psalm77v2-3 The writer longs for help. Faith is stretched. When something urgent is approaching, … We can think God does not care, or is not able, or … … Continue reading Silence!
In a world clamouring for attention the Lord draws people to himself. We are drawn in praise to his dwelling. What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. … All of us must come to you. Psalm 65v1-2 Sadly, though life’s direction is God himself, we evade his call to peace and seek our … Continue reading Attention Seeking
God desires us to have a Jesus life of completeness. You … are complete through your union with Christ. Colossians 2v10 That life is not gained through learning techniques and belief systems, but union with Jesus. How is that union developed? Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on … Continue reading Desire completeness?