When I said, “My foot is slipping!” Your unfailing love, O Eternal One, held me up. Psalm 94:18 I wrote yesterday about the two aspects of holding steady to the course we are running: trusting in God and staying in community. This morning both were put to the test. I find when I have a … Continue reading Down But Not Out
The Bible isn't a happy-clappy book; it is full of all sorts of messages and stories - some of which are hard to read. It's a book designed to reveal God to us and if we think God is like an old man in the sky always smiling and handing out presents we mislead ourselves … Continue reading Blessings and Curses
My readings are deep into Leviticus now; chapter after chapter of rules and regulations with one purpose: to enable the Israelites to fulfill God's command You must be holy, for I, the Eternal One, am holy, and I have chosen you from all the people of the world to be My people. Leviticus 20:26 From … Continue reading Transfigured, Transformed and Translated
Although it's not in common use these days the term 'a Jeremiah' was applied to people who were pessimists of the worst sort foreseeing calamities and disaster ahead. What an injustice to the Prophet whose book I was reading today. After all, they aren't his words but what God is saying. And anyone who has read … Continue reading What a Jeremiah?
We sang this song on Sunday during Communion, the words are full of truth summed up finally in this stanza. Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer But this I know with all my heart His wounds have paid my ransom Isaiah has been working towards this same truth in … Continue reading The Old Old Story
7 My heart is ready, O God; my heart is ready, And I will sing! Yes, I will sing praise! 8 Wake up, my glory! Wake up, harp and lyre; I will stir the sleepy dawn with praise! Psalm 57:7-8 The only response when we recognise the love God has for us when we begin to understand what … Continue reading If It’s Such Good News…
So today we started reading about Esther. I see her as a quiet, demure, beautiful young woman. She's pretty much the image of all that makes a perfect woman, she is that heroine in old movies who waited patiently to be rescued relying on the men around her to guide and lead her, to advise her. And … Continue reading Free-Loader?
I had a grump in Costco. It started in the carpark when other drivers showed a complete lack of common sense and courtesy. It continued in the store when the girl cutting up smoked cheddar samples was obviously in a bad mood and made several of us wait for the sliver of tasty cheesy goodness. … Continue reading Not My Job
As I set off to walk the dog at 6:07 am this morning (I walk while Mark's in the shower - it kills several birds with one stone: I am out of bed and active getting some exercise, I am up and wide awake when we come to pray together, and I get to start … Continue reading Call Him Good
As I mentioned last week we are huge football fans. Today and Saturday are the last 2 games of the season in the UK and my team is poised for promotion. The pundits are going to hype up emotion by saying it all comes down to this match, or that such and such a team … Continue reading Make or Break?