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…

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…

155. Binding bonds in your brain.

The world around us is made up of contracts. Formal and informal agreements rule our daily life.  Even friendship is an informal contract.  One does not go to a lawyer to draw up the terms of friendship, but certain silent conditions apply to the relationship we call friendship. Loyalty, love, support in difficult times, general back up…

154. Miracles – inside and out.

We cannot help but feeling powerless when we talk about miracles.  It is a mysterious realm outside our control.  We have no authority to command the exceptional. We are, in a sense, “prisoners” of the laws of nature and the ordinary scheme of things.  We cannot “break out” and fix things in an extraordinary and uncommon…

153. Supernatural and extraordinary – it is for me!

“He is not the soul of Nature, nor any part of Nature. He inhabits eternity: He dwells in a high and holy place: heaven is His throne, not his vehicle, earth is his footstool, not his vesture. One day he will dismantle both and make a new heaven and earth. He is not to be…

152. The arm of God.

“There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (man’s search for God) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?” C.S. Lewis, Miracles. It is a most miraculous moment if you want it.  The instant that time stands…