Finished // No more striving

“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him…When Jesus had received the sour wine,  he said “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:16-18,30 As…

By His Wounds

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 It started in the garden with a tree. It ended on a hill on a tree. As Adam and Eve ate the fruit from…

Comma (This changes everything)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 Sin. It is a problem that affects us all. One way or another, big or small, all of us are masters at finding ways of breaking God’s standards and rebelling against Him.…

No neutral zone

Pilate was a key player in the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. And yet unlike the high priests who were strongly in opposition to Jesus, Pilate wanted to take a position of neutrality. He didn’t want to make a decision as to where he stood on Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah.…

But God

All is hopeless. Because of our pride and rebellion we are cut off from God. We were created for eternity but because we think we know best and turn from God’s laws each of us dies. This was not the way it was supposed to be. We were meant to be in the paradise of…

Kingdom: Victory

[Matthew 27:32-56} “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit” Matthew 27:50 So much of the Kingdom life goes against what makes sense to us. This is the Kingdom where the least become the first, where the hurting become healed, where sinners are welcomed by grace and where we…

Victory!

It looked like the end. It seemed like defeat. The story paused on Friday with Jesus dead, buried in a tomb. The light of the world slain for us Hanging on the cross He died for us But the story doesn’t end there For death could not hold him down The grave could not contain…

It should have been me

The story of man began in a garden A garden where God and man dwelt together A garden where all was good But all did not remain good For we were made with free will, the freedom to chose And we chose to rebel We chose to ignore God’s commands and go our own way…

#WeAreGomer

There is a story in the Old Testament of a prophet called Hosea. (Handily it is found in the book of Hosea). He received a somewhat strange message from God. God told him to go and get a wife. But not just any wife. Hosea was commanded to take “a wife of whoredom” Hosea 1:2.…

Save us

“One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”” Luke 23:39 As they crucified Jesus there were two criminals being executed beside him. Two men who had broken laws and were facing the consequences of their actions. And in…