My wife Eva’s book on living whole with God even when broken by life has just come out. It is an amazing book that is the fruit of her having come out of a seriously broken background yet manifesting wholeness. She has brought in the stories of a number of women, each of whom has … Continue reading This Crown of Comfort
What do you call the actions of someone who does what they believe right even when it might appear foolish or presumptuous? It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau. Hebrews 11v20 No one can tell the future but Isaac promised a future for his sons. … Continue reading What risk?
Can I rest when there is so much to do? God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. Hebrews 4v1 I can slip over those last words about failing to experience rest. It is easy to miss it in … Continue reading Rest?
Society is geared around driving to produce. I find myself an unwitting participant. Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! … it is a regulation of the God of Jacob. Psalm 81v3-5 This contrasts with the Lord’s intentions. He set up a system of rest and … Continue reading God’s freedom
A commercial view can invade my spirituality. when I see a need I can evaluate by what is “Necessary and sufficient”. Cost becomes king. Looking at the tenderness of Song of Songs shows our Lord expressing a different value system. I am the spring crocus blooming on the Sharon Plain, the lily of the valley. … Continue reading Tender Grace
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
God desires us to have a Jesus life of completeness. You … are complete through your union with Christ. Colossians 2v10 That life is not gained through learning techniques and belief systems, but union with Jesus. How is that union developed? Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on … Continue reading Desire completeness?
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?
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?