I have a bad habit when in difficulty of giving myself permission to behave badly. Paul underwent far greater difficulties. His account of ship wrecks, beatings, facing wild animals and the like make anything I face seem trivial. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but … More Embrace Trials
We discover Glory through seeing Jesus’ return to heaven. How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! … For you have … withheld nothing he requested. (Psalm 21:1-2NLT) Following his crucifixion, Jesus returns with joy at God’s victory. All has been done, not by superman Jesus but, in divine partnership with God. You have … More Sharing in Heavenly Glory
The last of three avenues that Jesus says lead to glory- Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me. [John 12:26] When the Lord of the universe honours us, there is glory, like in the parable of the talents … More Glory in service
God’s promises inspire hope. Do we have faith until he fulfils? We live in two worlds- embracing current reality and simultaneously being prepared. When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. [Psalm 105:12-13NIV] The patriarchs wandered Palestine holding to … More Living in hope
What are the knock on effects from God rescuing us? Psalm 116 shows God’s rescue begins a process for developing trust in God. The Psalmist begins with the anguish that overcame him and the joy when the Lord heard and saved him. What follows? Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord … More Freedom through salvation
Our culture has only one question to determine value – “Does it work?” Jesus takes a different view. After feeding the 5000 He leaves. Most would have continued the ministry. When the people find Him, He challenges their motives – ‘… you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but … More What do we value?
Jesus’ unearths His followers’ motives following the feeding of the 5000 because it is here that the eternal value of what someone does is seen. ‘Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. John 6:26 … More Live for eternity
Life circumstances push faith to the limit. We wonder why our ‘faithful God’ has abandoned us. Such trials expose the extent of our faithfulness to God’s word. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. (Ps 119:92) We can be so angry with God for allowing affliction that spiritual … More Life in trials
We see a world in flux. The ‘best’ lasts six months. The ‘must have’ I-Phone 5, gives way to I-Phone 6. If ‘the best’ lasts a year, how can the Bible, written thousands of years ago claim to persist? The Bible is clear about itself – Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. … More Eternal Word?
Jesus talks of how we choose to receive His word. An emphasis on visible results has pushed us towards – The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. Results are easy! We can count green shoots of decisions … More Choose Jesus’ way