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
Why would the Lord leave me with constant background fear? He says he will deliver me from them all. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. [Psalm 34:4] Usually fears bubble away in the background, even as I pray. It’s only when the fear becomes acute that … More Why isn’t life always ‘peaches and cream?’
God’s word is refined in me till it is proven flawless. And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6NIV In the Bible clay pots can symbolise people while silver and gold can symbolise that which God works into our hearts as we … More Refined understanding of Scripture
Many are drawn to a prosperity of money, sex, power and fame, gaining influence over others to get what they want. Yet if we get, someone else must lose. We leave a trail of hurting people. So, the prosperous- … wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. These fat cats have … More What is prosperity?
God’s blessing is not through using right methods, but quietening our hearts to listen to him. Yet the voice challenges- Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! Psalm 81:3NIV God called on his people to hold a festival every two weeks at new moon and full … More Receive blessing