God change

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

Blessed are the meek

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

Awkward

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

Foundations destroyed?

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?

When do I squeak?

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?

Why does Paul boast?

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?

Content of an aroma?

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?