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“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3 v 20 God’s ways trump our wildest expectations. We forget this, asking for smaller things, satisfied with humdrum. What an adventure He calls us on! We need […]

praying….

The Lord’s Prayer can get dusty really quick from repetition and overfamiliarity. I heard Dallas Willard’s version of the Lord’s Prayer and really enjoyed the freshness. Take it for a test-drive and see what you think. Here goes… “Dear Father, always near us, may your name be treasured and loved; may your rule be completed in us […]

Transformation, not substitution.

I was grabbed by the John 16 v 23-30 reading from last weekends lectionary. I love the plain speaking of Jesus about His Father. It’s so helpful here to see how our Heavenly Father answers joyfully……and how He provides lovingly. I spoke about how God brings joy to our lives, not by substitution, but by transformation. […]

deep joy

Discouragement and even despair, can be the soil in which joy grows and multiplies. If we survive our desperate days (and surviving is always what we should choose to do), we can find ourselves afterward having a more responsive heart. Suffering can teach us how to rejoice in a way that is more genuine and true. […]

a burning yes!

In seeking God, we let go of the things that interfere with the life of God. That’s the theory at least!  Psalm 16 v 11 is a gem:- “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Giving up the lesser in order to gain […]

zest

Christian Dior advocate, “Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest!” Zest is an undeniably attractive quality. I’d not go as far as Christian Dior for I can think of kinds of beauty that attract with serenity rather than with zest. But even so, zest gets a great amount of favourable […]

your capacity for joy

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple”, so says Psalm 27 v 4. Our hearts are divinely fashioned to receive the […]

in the middle of the storm

In our lectionary reading today Matthew 8 v 23-27, we meet the Messiah in the storm. The big idea for me is this:- No matter what the storm may be, Jesus will always see us through. This passage comforts us with the knowledge that there will always be storms. Experience and preparedness do not make us immune […]

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 […]

creative waiting

Creative waiting is an inescapable part of the plan of God. Jacob waits in Laban’s house for the right bride. Job and Habakkuk are no strangers to the waiting place. These two cry out desperately, wanting to know the mind of God in their own situation. The God who works for those who wait for […]

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