Life Is_________ Review

Life is___ is Judah Smith’s follow-up to his debut book Jesus is____ and again it is a play on the ‘fill in the blank’ whereby he starts the conversation with a blank beside what life is all about but through the course of the book proceeds to offer his suggestion to what life is all…

Kingdom:Witness

[Matthew 10:16-20,27-28] “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops” Matthew 10:27 Jesus takes time to commission His disciples for the harvest labour of declaring the message of the Kingdom to all. They have spent time with Him, learning from Him, and now…

Kingdom: Work

“The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few” Matthew 9:37 Jesus begins moving through the region, preaching in synagogues along the way in all the surrounding cities and villages. The message of the Kingdom was spreading. And Jesus knew His time was limited. He knew the need was great. He knew where He was…

Kingdom: Focus

{Matthew 9:9-13} “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” Matthew 9:12 Jesus calls a tax collector Matthew to join Him in the Kingdom life. As a tax collector Matthew would have been ostracised. He was Jewish but collected money for the hated Roman Empire. And tax collectors…

Kingdom: Authority

{Matthew 8:23-27} “And the men marvelled, saying “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”” Matthew 8:27. The disciples and Jesus were on a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee when in the middle of the night a “great storm” hits. The disciples are petrified. They think this is it.…

The cake was never gay

Earlier this week we eventually had a verdict in the long drawn out “gay cake” court case that has dominated the media in Northern Ireland (and indeed around the world) ever since that fateful day almost a year ago when Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland declined to make a cake for the gay rights organisation…

Kingdom: Sacrifice

[Matthew 8:18-27, 10:38-39] “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” Matthew 10:38-39 After unpacking His Kingdom vision through the Sermon on the Mount and bringing Kingdom healing to many…

Kingdom: Healing

{Matthew 8:1-17, 9:1-8,18-34} “And he said to him, “I will come and heal him”” Matthew 8:7 We have made it past the Sermon on the Mount, and as Matthew continues his Gospel account of the life of Jesus and the establishment of the Kingdom he now takes time to share with us some of the…

Kingdom: Building

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall” Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus reaches the end of His Kingdom…

Kingdom: People

[Matthew 7:15-23] “Thus you will recognise them by their fruits” Matthew 7:20 Jesus is drawing to a close in the Sermon on the Mount. But before He wraps up He has several more truths to deliver about the Kingdom life. And the first of His closing thoughts focuses on who qualifies as Kingdom people. Because…