How would you finish this sentence: "What the world needs right now is..." Would you say: more peace. more civility. more tolerance. more forgiveness. better leadership. It's certainly a conversation allot of people are having right now. And everyone seems to have an opinion. For us who follow Jesus, the most crucial question to ask is - how would Jesus end this statement? What's In A Name? We're preparing our hearts to celebrate Christmas - particularly the birth of Christ.
"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world." [Luke 2:1] You may be perplexed as to why I've quoted the verse above. Who cares about a census recorded by a long dead Roman Emperor. That's neither inspiring nor helpful to my life! I beg to differ, and I'd like to show you why. And it has allot to do with God calling us to lean into the doubts we have about Him. To clear out the clutter that doubt creates in our heart t
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” [Revelation 21:5] Pain is a reality of life Ever experienced the unpleasant feeling of an exam result that was not what you wanted or expected? Or the upsetting news that someone you love is quite sick or needs time away from you at the moment? These are real experiences for all of us, and they are not isolated incidents in
"...as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us." [Ps 103:12] Ever missed the mark on your plans or intentions? Ever fallen short of a standard you've set yourself, or others have set you? Truth is, everyone is saying ‘yes’ right now. It's the unfortunate but universal human experience. The bible describes this human experience as sin, especially with respect to our plans before God and His standards for our lives (see Romans 3:23). As a word,
Vlog Blog Sometimes I find prayer quite difficult! It's not that I don't want to pray, although sometimes I lack strong desire. It's not that I don't know the power of prayer, for I've certainly had plenty of times where God has deeply encouraged me both in prayer and through His answers to my prayers. It's that, quite simply, I sometimes find myself frustratingly distracted as I start in prayer. Why? Because my inner world is, in a word, cluttered. I look at this picture of
These boys are poised below the basket, waiting either for the ball to drop through the hoop or rebound to one of them! #5 has got a mixture of lazer-focus and excited anticipation on his face. Is that how you come before God in prayer? As we prepare for Christmas this year, I've been doing a series of short encouragements for us to go to prayer in preparation. You may think that the above contrast with prayer is a little bit of a long bow. But it gets you thinking - what is
Last week, I encouraged us to pray in preparation for encountering Jesus afresh this Christmas, and helping others to do likewise. But you may or may not have found that a particularly exciting or easy prospect. The truth is, prayer can be quite difficult to practice with confidence and meaning, especially on our own. This is why I love getting together with others to pray! But as I noted last week, Jesus modeled a life of personal prayer, and took time to be with the Father