Through the training of life’s trials comes hope, And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts … (Romans 5:5) Shame comes when mistakes are seen. So, I avoid risks. God’s antidote is to pour love into our hearts. His love overcomes shame. Learning to depend … More Experiencing the love of God through training.
The faith of the Centurion asks big questions of us. The way it follows Jesus’ main teaching in Luke added to his amazement at the Centurion indicates it exemplifies that teaching. “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. [Luke 6:20] The centurion, rich enough to build a synagogue, expresses poverty … More Looking for a generous heart
When God doesn’t act as we expect it can shake us and leave us questioning him. In Job’s case, the Lord’s long awaited answer was- “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. [Job 38:2-3] … More How God works
The way of discipleship is a path of following Jesus through the influence of others who are following Jesus. Paul wrote, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1) Some have said, “The Scriptures were incomplete, this as a stop gap measure.” Yet Jesus elevated example- He appointed twelve that … More Power of example
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