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…

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…

94. Tabernacles, Temples, Cathedrals and Churches.

A trademark of life on earth is worship. Just think for a moment. All through history and all over the globe, places of worship are central to the culture and history of every nation on the face of the earth. Since ancient times, elaborate buildings and even natural wonders have been dedicated to gods and…

93. In the thick of things – a corrupted people.

In the second chapter of John, following the joyful miracle at the wedding in Cana, the scene is set for a dramatic confrontation at the core of Judaism (John 2:12 – 16). It is the Passover feast in Jerusalem. In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes frequent visits to the Temple and to Jerusalem. Jesus…

61. The woman rules the mountains

We hear a great deal about women in our society today. Rightly so. I look back in history and understand the obsession with equality. Since the earliest times and over many centuries women have been treated appallingly, oppressed and abused. Although Eve was made for Adam as a wife and the other half of mankind,…

58. Come to the mountain!

It is one of the most powerful metaphors in the whole Bible. God chose a mountain for the Israelites to meet with Him. Moses went up the mountain to receive the Law in the presence of the Most High. When the Israelites were slaves they worked in the pits of Egypt making bricks for the…

56. A baby and a dragon – really?

We live in the age of fantasy stories. I sometimes get the impression the filmmakers are enjoying themselves even more than their audiences, who travel into magical and mysterious worlds with life-like characters appearing real. The discussions around the latest idiosyncrasies of authors and directors, sound bizarre and outlandish. It is a weird world created…

46. Your name is written.

Man exists in community. Other people know your name. Your name brings either vague memories of a fleeting meeting, or clear impressions of laughter, love and friendship. In other relationships you meet people to broaden your education at school and college, or to learn from in church or mentoring, formally or informally, however you choose….

45. Do you hear what I hear?

Digging into the detail of this magnificent piece of literature, could become overwhelming. Amongst the dragons, devils, names and numbers, struggling to make sense of the seals, trumpets and bowls full of disaster and disease, the author chants the refrain:  “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the…

44. And they are Mine, says the Lord.

“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” (Malachi 3:17) The letters to the churches are written on a high standard of literary craftsmanship. It is an artistic whole and…