Continuing our walk through the seamless story of the Bible, this week we meet Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They journey from Egypt to Canaan and back to Egypt meeting God in unexpected places and growing into God’s promise. But then it looked like God had abandoned his people. Was the story about to end? This … More The Big Story – Week 2
So tests are not pleasant, but they are normal and they are helpful. How did Abraham’s test help? It forced him to think seriously about where his faith lay. In the past he had taken matters into his own hands – Pharaoh, Hagar and Ishmael, Abimelch, etc. Now God, the giver of the impossible, had demanded the impossible back. Whom would he trust? … More Genesis 22:1-14
Other times we can find ourselves doing a Sarah – acting out of fear, insecurity and other pretty unflattering motivations, if we are honest. And although God can, and does, redeem our foolish mistakes (and Lord knows I make plenty), the consequences may live on. Sarah didn’t cope well with the consequences of her actions, and Hagar’s distress was the result. … More Genesis 21:8-21
For Jesus, it was not enough just to know he had healed someone, he also wanted to meet her, and to know that she really was OK after all. And he also know that it was better for Jane to meet him, not to stay anonymous. Jesus wanted to encourage her faith, to lead her closer to God, and to completely transform her life, not just bring physical healing. … More All Age Talk -The Woman in the Crowd
John Wesley – great man, yes? I certainly can’t fault his enthusiasm, and his bro wrote some cracking hymns but (at this point I turn my back to the camera to protect my identity) … whispering … I’m not sure I’d have liked him that much. Is that a dreadful admission? … More Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Instead of a Friday activity, a ‘doing’ post, I am going to make a short series of ‘being’ posts. If you are anything like me, you have far too much ‘doing’ in your Christian life. Sit with me for a while and step outside of all the doing , and into a garden of just being. … More Being -Three Visitors
The differences in their lives are clear, but the differences in their deaths even more so.
Lazarus dies and is carried by angels to Abraham’s side.
Dives dies and is buried. … More Luke 16:19-31