Power of example

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

Live Free

How do we move from a trained righteousness to truly live … … a life worthy of the calling you have received. [Ephesians 4:1NIV] Paul points to attitudes, actions and a spiritual dimension … Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit … More Live Free

Life on the edge

Why is it that the godly seem to struggle in life while the wicked get it easy? This is a constant refrain of the psalms Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. How long, … will the wicked be jubilant? (Psalm 94:2-3NIV) The wicked seem to successfully use … More Life on the edge

Return to intimacy

When we feel far from God, restoring intimacy seems doomed to failure. We feel like prisoners, devoid of life. Sometimes the Lord has brought us to this place!  When I speak to the rivers and say, ‘Dry up!’ they will be dry. (Isaiah44:27-NLT) The Lord does this with an intention of restoration. … I say to … More Return to intimacy

Mantle of shame

What does it mean for a loved child of God to wear ‘the mantle of shame’? (Ps89:45) We live in a world that beats down our identity and threatens us. In our insecurity we accuse the world of doing this, but the Psalmist points to the Lord– ‘YOU have broken through all his walls and … More Mantle of shame

Price of abundance

8 Praise our God, all peoples, … 13 You brought us to a place of abundance. These verses of Psalm 66 begin and end with something we desire: To overflow with praise at God’s abundance. The road to abundance however, runs through fires of refining. 11 You brought us into prison and laid burdens on … More Price of abundance