Why do we celebrate Christmas? Is it merely a pointer to Easter or does it have value? At Easter Jesus died on the cross and through his sacrifice reconciled us to God. Clearly this is vital, yet so is Jesus’ life on earth. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have … More Why Christmas?
Many are exiles from God’s presence wanting happiness through the fixing of their brokenness. The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing the exiles back to Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:2-3 We forget our self-centred pursuit of happiness led to our brokenness and our exile. Yes he restores but at … More Happiness?
If the heart of the Christian life is a relationship with Jesus, the measure of that relationship is our loyalty to him. But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High … they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow. Psalm 78:56-57 Many have become Christians in a … More Loyalty to God?
There are people who have power through words. They puff up their claims of what they will do to gain a following. Depending on our position we love them or hate them. Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the … More To whom do we align?
Growing up in a culture that values keeping laws, I struggle when someone bends rules. So, when Jesus confronts the rule keepers I have disquiet. Would I be on the wrong side of him? Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a … More Law meets love
Trusting God is easy when all is well, but when we are on the edge emotions challenge truth. A dread of failure and shame can send us packing. An experience of refuge steadies us. In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. (Psalm 71:1) There is no pretence … More On the edge yet hopeful
“There has to be more to life than this?”, is the cry of many who apparently have it all. Jesus says- “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) So, what keeps us from it? Jesus began- “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” … More More to life than this.
There have been times when I have been so hungry spiritually, but can’t bear to read the Bible through which I come to Jesus the source of pure spiritual food. Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door. [Psalm … More Can’t read the Bible?
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 … More Heart of worship
Those who love God become like him and influence their world. Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. [Psalm 36:5-6] As we meditate on his character- love, faithfulness, righteousness and justice we aspire to become like him. … More Impact of loving God