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“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes…

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.…

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 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…

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…

#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.…

Foundational Love

“ Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes… He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with…

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

I watched a movie recently called Forgiving Dr. Mengele. For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Mengele was a sadistic Nazi who experimented on twins, during the Holocaust. The movie starred Eva Kor; a survivor of Dr. Mengele’s experiments. Her twin sister wasn’t as lucky, and died from complications due to Dr. Mengele’s experimentation.…

The Other Son

The story of the prodigal son (Luke 15) is quite familiar. Many sermons have been preached and many devotions have been written about the son who went astray but came home to a warm welcome of grace from his father. But there is another, often overlooked, member of the family. The other son. The one…

Prodigal

“It seems that all my bridges have been burned, But you say that’s exactly how this grace thing works It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart, But the welcome I receive with the restart ” {Mumford & Sons – Roll away your stone} In Luke 15 Jesus tells a story about a…