Glory shines out

I am tempted by passages of blessing to think God does great things because I am right with him. This can lead to a focus on myself rather than God ignoring my need for forgiveness and grace. “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. … More Glory shines out

Freedom for today

The offer of freedom to indulge our every whim is only as free as all the other offers we don’t believe. Those who taste its fruits become enslaved in dysfunctional relationships and addictive behaviours. To these slaves, the Lord calls- Sit in a place of honor. Remove the chains of slavery from your neck. (Isaiah … More Freedom for today

Enjoying Darkness

It is easy to see the darkness creep in. It is harder to admit the reason: We like it that way. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practise every kind of impurity. Ephesians 4:19 In our greed, we harden our consciences against the pain inflicted both on ourselves and others … More Enjoying Darkness

What counts?

How poorly I appreciate the unseen work of Christ. I recently organised a conference. There was a sense of God at work, one person even said it was the best conference they had ever been to. Yet looking back I experience frustration that only half the expected number turned up. May I never boast except … More What counts?

Spiritual emptiness

Why does the Lord take us through periods of spiritual emptiness? We long for intimacy in worship and the word, but encounter dryness. This seems to be the experience of the Psalmist in Psalms 42&43 (combined as one). Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? This seems blasphemy to a culture … More Spiritual emptiness