214.  Swing the atmosphere

It is the end of November – again!  The year called 2021 is gearing up for that usual spectacular Christian feast – Christmas.  It happens in the usual ways – lights, balls, bells, shopping the sales and herding the family.   We are tugged and tossed by the fast passage of time – unrelenting and rigidly just –…

212. A crooked and perverse generation

The Bible has it all.  A signpost in the dark, shining bright light over every obscure and uncertain path of life.  It is and was the same in every generation of the existence of mankind.  A book that grew out of the mysteries of ancient history; a time where only the archeologists can be consulted.   It consists of…

187. Readiness for revival

Revival is a word that fills me with joy and expectation.  It could be a word that brings discomfort and even aversion to some people.  Church history is full of testimonies of the “touch of fire” that we associate with a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Such a time marked by the spiritual flow…

129. Revelation of truth.

[John 16] It might have happened to you too. Somebody would say: don’t worry, this is the better way and you would gasp in exasperation and confusion as to how on earth this could be better. Maybe it happens to children more often, when they just cannot grasp the full extent of circumstances and adult…

126. Oh the wonder of the breath of God.

[John 14] First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.  (Genesis 1:1,2, The Message) He always was and always will be – this third person in the…

125. Legacy of love.

[John 14] It is almost impossible to express the beauty, power and love of the words of Jesus in Chapters 14-17 of John. There is not enough time in the life of any man to fully grasp and live the legacy Jesus left us in these passages. We know that this Gospel was not written…

122. Seeking a saviour.

[John12] Do we really know what darkness is? When there is no hope of intervention or outcome in any way. I wonder whether our modern western world, in which Christianity and the doctrine of an almighty God is such an integral part of our culture that it is “to be had” even if a person…

114. True and free – only under God.

How many wars have been fought for freedom? History is full of causes and crazes. People died and people gave up normal living all for the truth they perceived to bring them their desired outcome. Many times a whole new era was introduced as we see in the French, American and Russian revolutions (there are…

110. Know that you know – no doubt.

Many times when I read about Jesus’ walk on earth, I try to imagine how it might have been for the ordinary folk. Caught in the political strife of the day, they struggled to make sense of the Roman government and taxes, being hassled and mistreated as an outpost of a vast empire very impatient…

109. And you? What do you have to say?

Talk is cheap, says the old saying. I know it refers to promises made in words and not kept in deeds. For me, it also implies the gossipy chatter about something or someone in the public domain; the safe talk of anonymity that could never commit any person to an opinion that might be quoted…