Honesty

I find it a difficult thing to know how honest I can be with God when I talk to him. Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that I want to tell him lies or try and pull the wool over his eyes (as if I could), but rather I just don't always know how... Continue Reading →

Are you getting the idea?

Due to our incredible denseness God speaks some things over and over and over again. Sometimes the symphony of sources that speak the same word is deafening but still we are not listening. I hear it and then dismiss it as just coincidence. I even rebel against the words of encouragement as if I don't... Continue Reading →

A mixed up king

Reading the account of Hezekiah over the last few days made me realise again how mixed he was. He finds himself under siege from the army of Sennacherib and does the thing that seems to natural and so right. Isaiah 37v14-17 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up... Continue Reading →

Fear Vs Terror

Last night we were asking the kids that come to one of our youth groups what they were afraid of. The answers were interesting: spiders (obviously), darkness, dying, adults shouting and so on and so forth. Interestingly when we got home our reading in Isaiah 33 had two verses that talked about fear but spoke... Continue Reading →

He gets my back up

Thinking yesterday evening about the comments in John 15 from Jesus about why people hate him got me thinking about the type of things that Jesus said that got people annoyed. John 15v22-23 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse... Continue Reading →

Renewed Attitudes

Reading Isaiah again last night and I found myself challenged by the words that he spoke about a change that would happen with Gods people. Isaiah 29:23-24 ESV 23 For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of... Continue Reading →

Terrifying

Last night we were reading through Isaiah 13 in our read through the Bible in a year plan and I have to say it was a sobering experience. The section is all about God's judgement on Babylon but as with so much of Isaiah it looks forward to a greater fulfilment in our time. What... Continue Reading →

Dont be too good…

Claire and I are reading through Ecclesiaties at the moment and last night we came across a verse that made us both laugh out loud. "Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise--why destroy yourself?" Ecc 7:16 NIV It seems a bit out of place doesn't it? Is the Bible really saying we shouldn't be serious... Continue Reading →

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