Hearing from God


I tried ringing someone recently and they didn't answer but a few minutes later I got a text message. They had lost their voice and texting was the next best way of communicating.

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Lean into the Future



One of the verses that seem amazing to me comes in Luke 9. It is referring to the life and ministry of Jesus. I remember it as 'he sets his face towards Jerusalem'. It was an intentional decision to face a future which would be more challenging and more painful than any other thing he could have chosen to do at that point. We know the story as none of the details are a mystery to us. How much detail Jesus knew I cannot be sure, but it was certainly a mystery for his followers. But they continued to follow, at times tentative, at other times despairing and even at times giving up. At such a time Jesus continued to encourage them and empower them to keep going. Read More...

Being thankful: a matter of the heart



This year I have been using a Bible reading guide that has been suggesting readings from Leviticus, and then a short passage from John's gospel. There have been some days when Leviticus hasn't inspired. But this week I read how the Jewish people needed to make an offering to God every time they killed an animal to eat. As I reflected on this, I realised they were being told you have to be thankful. Eating meat was probably a bit of a luxury. So when they had 'meat this week' they had to be thankful. The punishment for not being thankful was serious - they were to be cast out of the city. That is motivation for compliance, not sure whether it made them thankful. Read More...

What brings satisfaction?



When companies first started selling bottled water a few years ago people said it wouldn't work. Why would people buy water in a bottle when it comes from the tap for free? Today the business is worth $500 million dollars in Australia. In Isaiah 55, there is reference to water and food that comes for free. It is referring to the offer of relationship with God. Read More...

God's Perspective

I often think - if only I could see things from God's perspective. It is one of the most important challenges of our Christian faith. We will have a default position when we cannot see God's perspective. We may give up. We may resolve that we are on our own and plod on in survival mode. If action is required, we will do what seems best which inevitably will be about security and comfort. Read More...