165. The power of excellence

Greater, more, deeper – we walk on through Philippians. We talked about the character of the One who makes the promise,  the purpose of our decision to know God in the fullness of the resurrection of Jesus so that we could rise from the dead even in this life, and now we can talk about the power that…

164. The purpose – our trademark

We have to know the character of the God who makes the promise.  We also have to know why we get involved with him in the first place.  It is fine to say God is good, but why does He care about me and why should I respond to him at all. Religion is not…

163. The One who promises.

One has to know what the essence of life is. To know is to be enabled to trust. One cannot trust anybody or anything. Life is difficult as it is.  Crime and fraud are lurking in the shadows waiting to strike at our weakest moment to rob and cheat.  Could we trust anybody in this universe that we…

162. A Collection of Excellent Things

Welcome to a short series on the book of Philippians.  I hope our study together will be like a treasure hunt.  Philippians is truly full of word-jewels and powerful concepts that could change your life on a deep level.  May I be so bold as to say that if one could live Philippians, life could…

161. Let’s talk politics.

One of life’s most daring challenges today is insight and revelation knowledge.  We cannot afford to live in a superficial, tossed-about one dimensional life. Our existence on earth is so rich in beauty, rich in experiences, trials and potential, but also full of misery, destruction and disease.  Where is God in all this? When life overwhelms…

160. Back to the capstone.

Oh, I can bask in the wonder of the Word of God. Some scriptures are so miraculous in the powerful impact on my life that they are deep in my heart and easy on my tongue.  They become like dear friends, visited over and over again all the while discovering a new dimension and deeper dynamic….

159. Speak to the mountain!

I thought I knew what grace meant.  I have written about it.  I know the Scriptures; I know this particular text in Zachariah – it is one of my favourites.  I can just imagine the capstone; a beautiful stone-built arch with the miraculous word: grace carved out on it.  It has to be the logo…

158. Biblical Maths.

Well, Maths has never been my passion, but I do know something of the basic principles.  Life demands Mathematics, especially basic calculations with plus, minus, division and multiplication.  I can measure and fit, do my simple sewing jobs with a tape measure, check bank statements, make budgets and calculate prices to make better decisions.  I…

157. The sound of the trumpet

This time span before the Passion (traditionally called Easter, which we will refer to as The Passion) is important to find depth of meaning in a tradition spanning thousands of years.  A tradition of this kind runs the risk of becoming stale and clichéd, even if the significance of the event it commemorates reverberates over…

156. Fight the fortress.

They talk of conventional wisdom.  I know it is defined as traditional or customary wisdom.  I think the context often implies modern wisdom or current wisdom. I admit that wisdom changes with the accumulation of knowledge.  Medical science can attest to that, to name only one example.  If wise living changes with the times and advances…