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 priorities, Christian home
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 mighty strength of the Lord, God our Deliverer
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 prayer, joy, discipleship, letter writing
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 wisdom, discernment, moral dilemmas
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 hope, faith, confidence
The writer of this proverb repeats his admonition to his son to “be wise and learn good sense.” He charges him to remember the advice and act upon it. Perhaps the father is imagining those times when his son will face challenges in his life and be tempted to follow a path that is not wise.Read More wisdom