He is risen

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6   What a morning! What a sight! That first Easter Sunday as…

Silence

Silence. No verses. Not a single recorded word. The body had been sealed in Joseph’s tomb at the end of the darkest of days. The disciple’s hopes had been crushed. The Messiah was gone. The revolution they longed for was over. The new kingdom they had expected had, in the space of a few short…

Father, forgive them

“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”” Luke 23:34 From the cross on the hill of Golgotha Jesus cried out “Father, forgive them”. He wasn’t just addressing the Roman soldiers who have whipped Him, beaten Him, left Him bloodied and scarred before parading him to the outskirts of town…

Not as I will

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”” Matthew 26:39 In the garden of Gethsemane, just before He was betrayed Jesus took time to pray. He could have taken…

James 1v19-21

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:19-21 James…

James 1v12-15 – Steadfast under trails

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he…

James 1v9-11 – Forget temporary treasures

“ Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the…

James 1v6-8 Pray in faith

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8…

James 1v5 – Seek wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 God is a generous giver, especially when we ask for things with selfless motives. If our desire is to use what God gives us to bless others God does not…