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…

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…

A better narrative

The world is full of godlessness – culture is living in error. Society has turned its back on God’s story and said that we can create a better story. But life lived in error is a narrative heading to a bad ending. All around us we can see the result of society rejecting God’s story,…

Kingdom: Citizens

[Matthew 21:31-32, 42-44] “Truly I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the Kingdom of God before you” Matthew 21:31 Jesus has reached Jerusalem for the final time. The end of His earthly ministry is approaching. But He still has lessons to teach about the Kingdom. He has angered the religious…

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: 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…

All in

This is the start of a new year. A time when we get all reflective and think of what we want to change from years gone past, what we want to achieve in the months to come and how we will go about it. And I have been thinking too. I don’t think there is…