When I am looking for signs is it because I don’t know which is God’s way and am willing to go anywhere he reveals, or is it because I am struggling to overcome unbelief or is it because I don’t want to believe and I put up obstacles to justify my unbelief? the Pharisees and … Continue reading Motives for a sign
What is my reference point? I live in a culture where the first port of call is expert opinion. Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. psalm119v89 I find myself looking at how experts have understood the world and then evaluating God’s word through the lens of that understanding. Yet, God’s … Continue reading Reference point
Jesus’ gift of grace is amazing. Can we follow his example? So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8v1 Jesus does not condemn his brothers. Can we follow his lead and be gracious to the broken people around us? Even ourselves? And because you belong to him, the … Continue reading God change
We can be confident in the face of anything! Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God. Romans 5v1 When I review past failures, I can feal overwhelming remorse. Yet, Jesus already dealt with it. Through forgiveness I am restored to peace. We can rejoice, too, … Continue reading The cost of confidence
One of Jesus’ most perplexing statements is ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ (Matt 5v5) The way the world works seems to negate Jesus’ message. The repeating themes of Psalm 68 gives a perspective of how God works it out. The Lord’s is drawing people to Mt Zion, his dwelling place. … Continue reading Blessed are the meek
Sometimes Jesus turns upside down our beliefs, our approaches to ministry and our understanding of appropriate relationships. “ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what … Continue reading Awkward
What happens when I know that I cannot trust those wanting my support? Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? 2 Corinthians 6v14 When wickedness is taking over it is hard to align with anyone. I might vote for the least bad option, but I cannot … Continue reading Foundations destroyed?
How do I behave when troubles have mounted up and I am squeezed beyond what I can cope with? Whenever I have been through such times my experience has been – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. … Continue reading When do I squeak?
Trying to explain away the word distracts us from the point. Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. 2Corinthians 1v12 Paul is speaking with pure motives and intentions. Not what we expect in boasting. … Continue reading Why does Paul boast?
In our world where message is king and lies are everywhere the aroma of Christ has a unique effect. It asks, What effect do we have among people, just by our presence, our lives, our conversation? What does it mean to be the aroma of Christ? We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ … Continue reading Content of an aroma?