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“Jesus said you are to love one another as I have loved you, a love that will possibly lead to the bloody, anguish gift of yourself, a love that forgives seven times seven, that keeps no record of wrong. This is the criterion, sole norm, the standard of discipleship in the New Israel of God.” […]

the most joyful book

I’ve been challenged to ‘pursue joy’ ever since 2012….. some weekend reading, has been calling me back to the book of joy, again. ”Christianity has been named, sometimes patronizingly, sometimes sentimentally, sometimes honestly enough, the religion of sorrow; but there never was a more complete misnomer.  It is not the religion of sorrow, but the religion […]

five on Friday

“The Bible’s purpose is not so much to show you how to live a good life. The Bible’s purpose is to show you how God’s grace breaks into your life against your will and saves you from the sin and brokenness otherwise you would never be able to overcome…the Gospel is, ‘if you are absolutely accepted, […]

today….

I unpacked a little of Genesis 41 v 1-41 today. It’s a great mix of fatted calves, grain options, dreams and all else. And no I didn’t linger too much with this but amidst my raw reflections there’s much about faithfulness,  direction, dreams, and more than a few bumps along the way. My three big ideas […]

Noah

So this afternoon we discovered our local independent cinema and spent part of our day-off with Aronofsky’s Noah. Noah is an ambitious piece, set initially in a scorched, desolate post-apocalyptic world. Think very flat, low budget, Mordor country. There are some bold and ingenious script moments, but also some flat, unhelpfully slow and disappointing cul de […]

provision

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4 v 19 Here is a great truth worthy of sorting out our heads and hearts. “God alone, and what God provides for me is all that I need.” For the in-between we must learn contentment in all […]

the anchor

“The Bible is by far the most fascinating, beautiful, challenging, and frustrating work of literature I’ve ever encountered. Whenever I struggle with questions about my faith, it serves as both a comfort and an agitator, both the anchor and the storm. One day it inspires confidence, the next day doubt. For every question it answers, […]

Ezra 7

Ezra 7 v 1-10 confronts us with the impact of a life who was devoted to God. see v9:- “The good hand of the Lord was upon me!” What a great life summary. God raised up a godly leader, with exceptional ability and a prepared heart. Ezra reflects the optimism of deep trust in God, keeping […]

be still my soul…

I have patterns that help me better follow Jesus. Occasionally I rummage through some of the older books on my shelves. I like to flick through old hymn books and often God guides me to something that sticks. God grabbed me through this hymn. It felt like it just punched me in the gut as I sat in […]

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