No risks in Judea

“So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus…

To Bethany

{This is the start of a series of articles looking at the death of Lazarus} “Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha” John 11:1 Bethany is a town that Jesus visits several times in scriptures. It is here that Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with oil.…

Prayer for America

Today America goes to the polls in one of the most divisive and bitter election campaigns in recent history. This is an election that impacts not just on America, but the world as a whole given the global influence of the United States. And when looking at the two main candidates many have reached the…

Water at Midday

““Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”” John 4:6-7 At the well in the heat of the day (the sixth hour being…

Living water

“So he [Jesus] came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field ehat Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus…

Live surrendered

It is time to start taking risks. When the way we live our life doesn’t require the Holy Spirit to come through for us something is drastically wrong. Often we play it safe. We don’t take risks. We hear the stories in Sunday School of Bible characters who did bold things in faith, like Daniel…

Rejecting Mudpies

““‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”” Revelation 3:15 It is easy to slip into what is safe and comfortable. To settle into routines and patterns that enable…

Clean hands, pure hearts, seek God

How can we be authentic in living out our faith, not lukewarm but on fire with passion for God? How can we live in such a way as to make the Christian faith attractive to those around us, to make them want what we have? I think the answer can be found in the words…

The Problem

Often the problem is us. As Ghandi once said ‘I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.’ Often it is how we get on that puts people off the idea of Christianity. In 2 Corinthians 5:20 Paul tells us that “We are Christ’s ambassadors”. We represent…

The story of grace

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”” John 8:3-5 So there…