Luke tells the story of Jesus walking through a crowd. By all accounts there is a lot of pushing and shoving (social distancing had not been invented!). There was one woman who particularly wanted a touch. She had a bleed over many years, and was at her wits end. All treatments had been tried and exhausted.
Sunday, 20 June 2021
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Today's verses from Jude (verse 5 to 7) are hard to get our heads round. To understand them it is best to think in terms of warnings. In life we have warning or danger signs, in sport we have the referee's red or yellow cards - all telling us to be careful and consider our ways.
Sunday, 6 June 2021
The story of the Good Samaritan is well known to us. Jesus responds to the expert in the law - who presses with the question 'Who is my neighbour' - with this story (see Luke 10). Of course the story shocks the hearers - it is the 'no good Samaritan' who is the one who shows mercy and proved to be the "neighbour" of the unfortunate traveller.
Sunday, 30 May 2021
We are looking at the short letter of Jude. In the introduction we saw how encouraging it is from the start. It talks of our calling, being kept for Jesus, a shower of mercy, peace and love, the salvation we share. It encourages us to contend for the faith - a faith once for all entrusted to us.
Sunday, 9 May 2021
We are taking a look at the short letter of Jude. We don't know for sure who Jude was, or who he was writing to. Yet he is obviously writing to believers, both to encourage them and also to warn them. For us there is rich encouragement from just the first three verses.
Challenge: Live up to your calling - show Christ's blessing in big ways and small
Sunday, 25 April 2021
We now jump to the end of the Acts story to conclude this series. We skip alot, but the result is that Paul ends up in Rome. This is good - he wanted to get there! What is not so good is that he is under house-arrest - literally bound with a chain. Yet even under house-arrest he continues to tell people about Jesus - they just have to come to his house!
Sunday, 4 April 2021
It has been a tough year - we have all been knocked about by the pandemic. In the past 10 days we marked the one year anniversary - a time of genuine lament and recognition of the loss. Yet for those of us with faith in Jesus, the bad news is not the only news - for we also live by much bigger news.
Sunday, 28 March 2021
In Acts 16 we catch up with Paul again in Lystra. We have heard alot in Acts about scattering outwards, but here Paul is actually re-visiting places he had already been (see Acts 14). So this is a phase of consolidation, a period in which he can check on the health of the spreading movement.
Sunday, 14 March 2021
Launching out in many small mission initiatives can be likened to deploying ourselves as small lifeboats. Leaving behind the luxury of the big ship we take the risk on the choppy seas in small boats as a way of more effectively reaching people in the community who need saving.