And I understand well why Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus calls us to be childlike. But why? There are many things about children that we can disregard. Things like tantrums, selfishness, immaturity, lack of wisdom... but there are also many things about children that we should seek after.Read More
Jesus went all the way to cross - He counted the cost and He was prepared to pay. And His resurrected life is now offered freely to all. Jesus offered His life, like seed scattered by a farmer, freely and willingly. Jesus did not reconsider giving His life based on results, that is, our acceptance of His salvation. Rather Jesus made every preparation to help us be His disciples - Jesus has a plan and a purpose for our lives, and He does call us to live with intention and faith, building and provisioning for others who we invite to join Jesus on the Road.Read More
When we see what God has done through Jesus, we see the love, care, grace, mercy, power and wisdom of God. It changes our whole attitude towards God, the family of God and the whole meaning of life. What command of God is too burdensome in the light of this? What can Satan possibly throw at us to take away what God himself has sovereignly provided us? In Christ, we are more than conquerors over the world (Rom 8:37).Read More
The nature of true fatherhood includes all the normal traits we admire and celebrate - provider, carer, giver, teacher, example...and the list goes on!
But what about vulnerable?
As we stepped out in our faith, those dreams and desires that God had placed in our lives started to become a reality. When we exercised faith, our confidence and reliance on the Holy Spirit increased, and God performed an amazing work within us.Read More
God took the initiative to mend our broken relationship with him.
This is a lesson for our own broken relationships with others.
We agreed that there are times in every Christian's life, when faced with our own failures, we ask questions, like “Am I really saved?” “Do I have eternal life?”Read More
You have shown mercy to Your servant beyond all hope; and have exhibited, favour and loving-kindness beyond all that is deserved.Read More
Our worship preferences can distract and even separate our hearts from the Lord in worship. Worship ultimately is not for us but for the Lord. Yet our preferences in worship tend to serve us. And this can become a conditional issue in worship from your heart unto the Lord. In other-words, your willingness or desire to enter into worship is dependent on your preferences being satisfied. That was how Cain worshipped in Genesis 4.Read More
So here is something to think about....isn't it profound how God desires, and allows us, to be creative and give our own unique flavour and expression, and participate, and even be blessed and receive something ourselves, as we worship Him!Read More
When a servant had the opportunity for freedom, he or she could choose instead to become a bond servant to their master for life, willingly undertaking the duties of a slave. Paul, Jude and Jesus himself, all made themselves willing slaves to serve God joyfully. We see this in marriage and in our working in partnership with God. Indeed, God enslaves himself to us. I enslave myself to you so you can flourish. We do not give ourselves to manipulate God. Yet as St Francis once said: “We give so that we can receive.”Read More
The faith required by this command is a world changer. Jesus makes a promise to us saying that we will prove to the world that we are His disciples - in other words the way of Jesus will be so radical, the world will take notice and be challenged. When we actually believe we are in Christ, what else really matters? Only His Kingdom matters. Why do we make choices that honour Jesus and His life? Because He first loved us, and now, everything else matters far less finding its proper place under Christ. Our values, choices and lifestyle become transformed by Jesus, and are being changed by following Jesus.Read More
Jesus commands a new way of living - to Love One Another, His way. Jesus never sets us up to fail, therefore the life of a follower of Jesus means that God's way of loving can be ours. Humanly this is impossible. But Jesus gives us a new nature, a new spirit - a new expectation of christian living...Read More
Making a highway through the wilderness seems pointless, no one would ever think of that but this the way of the Lord. The harsh dry unlivable lonely path of Jesus through the place of death was the path of Christ - the crying voice is that of Christ crucified (1 Cor 1:23).Read More
ou wonder if you tried hard enough. You wonder how your family will feel about their investment into your education and ambitions and sense of failure. You return home to take up fishing, the business of your father and of the village. The other boys you fish with are more advanced in the trade because have been trying to learn scripture. You can't read the sea as well as others your age, and younger... And your mind is trapped in a cycle of disappointment as you reflect on what could have been....you always felt you were destined for something else.Read More
The Word of God is like a path that is right for us. The light of the Word is so bright, it removes any ability to hide, showing everything. When a bird is trapped inside a building, the bird finds its way out of captivity when all lights are turned off....except a strong guiding light that shows the way out - straight out the main doors! The bird is naturally drawn to this light and is guided to freedom.Read More
hinking about faith leads us to think about Jesus - the one whom our faith is in. When Jesus says He is the good shepherd, His claim is based on relationship with His creation, us, His sheep! The Lord's desire for friendship is embedded in the claim "I know my own sheep". And because Jesus knows us, we know Jesus. Everything always starts with Christ and His 'knowing relationship' with us first - we are invited into this special relationship.Read More
But i tell you this Man,
Is full of love in His heart,
And i have no doubt not even a part,
That this Man is the Son of God.Read More
With arms opened wide He embraced me, a thief....Read More
Moses made an astounding request to know the Father by being in His presence as recorded in Exodus 33:12-23. It was a 'One Day' moment that the Bible records where Moses wanted something more from Him - and God was pleased with this desire. The desire of Moses was for the presence of the Lord, just to be close to the Father - or maybe to be 'In Him'.Read More