Jesus taught us to begin our prayer with praise – “Hallowed be Thy Name.” Praise psalms like this one inspire us to higher levels of praise.
It is easy to neglect praise.Read More
The apple orchards along the roads I run are laden heavy with a harvest of new fruit right now. It will soon be time to gather them in and enjoy this year’s crop. Psalm 67 was written to be sung at a time like this during worship at the harvest feasts. It’s an all encapsulating chorus praising God for blessing the whole community.Read More worship, harvest
I simply love photos of beautiful landscapes. A beautiful landscape picture draws me. I want to be there. And a stunning photograph is the next best thing to being there. But make no mistake; a photograph of Lake Louise is a poor substitute for actually being present to behold the Rocky Mountain grandeur of Lake Louise.Read More worship, access to God, holy place, old covenant, Jesus' presence
Have you ever listened to a commencement speech wondering if it had a coherent message or was it more of a random list of impossible attainments for a well-lived life? Maybe it was the one you heard when you graduated from university. This next section of chapter 13 appears to be a list of disjointed thoughts.Read More grace, worship, glorifying God, sharing with others
In the previous chapter, on the first day of that same month the people had celebrated because they understood the Word of God, which strengthened them to obey that Word. Now as the month drew to a close, the time had come for a further action in response to understanding God’s Word: confessing their sins.Read More worship, praise, forgiveness, confession, Creator
We are on a ten day journey together through part of the book of Revelation. Many Bible readers avoid this book, finding it impenetrable, even scary. It is mysterious, but it is also beautiful and, above all, utterly relevant for Christian living. So, don’t be afraid. We will, I trust, discover some amazing truths together!Read More worship, throne, rainbow
In Genesis 1-2 paradise is revealed. In Revelation 21-22 paradise is restored. The “tree of life” is once again accessible. And because sin has been defeated, Jesus is once again at the centre. In dramatic fashion the whole story has been leading up to this climax when the Creator’s original intention for his creation is finally realized.Read More life, worship, service, curse, paradise, tree of life