Every time you say no to temptation and no to sin, you make a sacrifice. Every time you say yes to generous giving and giving up your time and resources to serve others, that is a spiritual sacrifice. Every time your actions 'cost' you something here on this earth, that is a sacrifice of spiritual consequence. So because of this, as ones who belong to this holy priesthood, what have a different value system and thought process about 'land' and 'wealth', We realise that for us, Jesus is our share, Jesus is our portion and our inheritance.Read More
The people knew that the authorities intended to kill Jesus. Earlier they declared him to be demon-possessed for expressing such thoughts! The Messiah was identifying himself as Saviour, yet the people refused to be saved. The opposition attempted to arrest Jesus. But their plans failed as his time had not yet come. The religious leaders were breaking the very laws they professed to upholdRead More
Think about a time when a new person entered into your world, someone who did not know you or your previous work or accomplishments. Someone who did not value your skills or experience or even desire to find out anything about you. The favour or history you have enjoyed, and perhaps rightfully so, disappears before your eyes.Read More
One day when I was riding in the back of the car beside my baby girl watching her staring up at me - again - constantly, it struck me. This is how Jesus wants us to look at him. Staring. Without blinking. It’s not rude. It’s not awkward. It’s a child looking up at its parent with total trust, a feeling of total comfort, confidence and reassurance.Read More
Jesus was attacked by the religious leaders for healing on the Sabbath. Then he was attacked for claiming to be the Son of God. Jesus explained his relationship with his Father. Jesus declared that he would judge the dead whom he would raise.But his (and our) work meanwhile is also to Wake the Dead (the spiritually dead).Read More
This is a well known miracle and the only one recorded in all four gospels. So our familiarity with it can tempt us to treat it rather glibly and miss out the extra detail that John provides.
Indeed, if we examine every verse and ask questions, the whole passage lights up like never before.
Bible Study - John 5.16-30 The Authority of the So
This passage is most profound, and it is a privilege to study and discuss.Read More
One of my favourite stories in the old testament is the one about Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego - and it's all because of one short little phrase.Read More
Whenever you have power, you should use it help a person - not withholding the good you can give through your power. Afterall, if we trust God, we are actually His agents at work in the world that needs help - and God is able to bring people across our paths who we can help.Read More
My mind had moved quickly from misplaced wallet to stolen wallet - i was already worrying about tomorrow, when really, there was no need. I was feeling stressed about tomorrow when it was all in my head. Today has enough troubles yet i had begun to fill my head with tomorrows troubles also.Read More
A great habit is to ask every day for wisdom - to ask God for help with your everyday things. And maybe you can avoid making decisions you didn't need to make, spending what you didnt need to spend, and giving time to things that never needed time.Read More
John 5.1-15 Healing at the Pool. Every miracle of Jesus is amazing. This one made us even more struck with wonder.Read More
When Jesus invites us to follow Him, when you grasp that 'me' fully, you too will have a decision make - to give up your life and follow....or stay with the fish. These ordinary people followed because when the 'me' invites you, to follow is the only action that makes sense.Read More
Finding moments to engage in contemplative thinking has always been a challenge, but today more than ever, we struggle to create space in our lives for reflection. Instead, there are powerful media devices everywhere that promise unending entertainment and amusement.Read More
Today, we find ourselves watching more YouTube and Netflix than ever and picking up the iPad to surf the internet or listen to a podcast. Is there any place in your schedule left for that time to be still?Read More
But this is not about your face. The point is you can never reach the end of reflection or pin it down to a formula or an approach – and if you try, I suggest you will quickly become bored and stale in your sketch-life! Or worse, become too critical and self-righteous.Read More
Jesus' mercy transcends barriers of race, gender, space and time.Read More
Have you ever felt like there was pressure on all sides? A time when peace was hard to find? You are busy and when you stop, your mind is full of thoughts and your heart just races. It is difficult to sleep, and you feel wrung out, empty and exhausted. All that David had at the Cave at Adullam was the Lord.Read More
In the same way, you can have a moment reading the scriptures and in prayer but it fades – you cannot live in the past memories. Rather those past memories encourage you to go, and taste again!Read More
As in John's other letters he frequently refers to "love" and "truth" inseparably.
We agreed that by the truth he means the gospel truth.
This precious truth binds all Christians in his love as they work for his glory.
John has no greater joy than to see his loved ones walking in the truth