Painful memories can often be an incentive for achieving a better future. And there has been much in Zechariah’s words to the people of Jerusalem and Judah to motivate them to change by reminding them of their difficult past. But now Zechariah adds a new note to his sermon: it is a glimpse of the future God has in store for them.Read More
Before we unpack this text we should recognize that sometimes chapter divisions fragment the flow and integrated nature of the Scriptures. That’s certainly true with today’s text – it follows on from what it means to “Honour Christ and put others first” Ephesians 5:21.Read More Christian home, priorities
After what seems like a pause in thought between verses 9 and 10, Paul concludes the Ephesian message with an urgent reminder of the serious conditions under which we pursue a life of faith in Christ.
Christians are both servants and soldiers.Read More God our Deliverer, mighty strength of the Lord
She has just finished an Alpha course when her company relocates her to the other end of the country. International students in your outreach café become Christians in the final months of study and return home to Iran and France and Mexico. Your cousin, a believer, works 12 hour shifts offshore two weeks a month.Read More discipleship, joy, letter writing, prayer
Gauguin’s ‘The Vision after the Sermon’ (1888) depicts a group of meditating Breton peasants in white bonnets. On the right, the address they have just heard is portrayed by Jacob wrestling with an angel. The contemplative domesticity contrasts with the violent, mysterious, elusive struggle of the deeply flawed patriarch.Read More discernment, moral dilemmas, wisdom
The best is yet to come! A positive outlook to have and one full of faith. It’s living with the confidence of what we hope for and the assurance of what we don’t yet see, mentioned at the beginning of Hebrews.
In psalm 60 David’s kingdom and reign are established and secure, as they had not been up until this point.Read More confidence, faith, hope