Putting the dragon back into the Nativity

What if I told you one of the characters from the Nativity has been left out for many years? What if I told you a creature present at Jesus’ birth doesn’t get a single mention in any carols? What if I told you for too long we had been leaving the dragon out of the…

Bethel Live – For the Sake of the World

On monday we had a post about laying down our crowns and giving control to God and this week’s worship song is all about surrendering to God as we await the revelation of His glory to all the earth, and includes a powerfully prayer plea that God would set our hearts on fire with a…

Throw your crowns down

In Revelation the apostle John gets a vision of heaven. And in Chapter 4 he tells of about 24 elders who sit around the throne Of God, worshipping Him continually. “Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night…

Rend Collective – You Bled

In anticipation of our upcoming exclusive interview with Rend Collective Experiment (coming as soon as I get around to typing up the recorded conversation…) this week’s worship song is a reminder of why Jesus came that first Christmas – to sacrificially show his love for us by bleeding for us on the cross. It is…

YOLO

“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” ~ Marshall Bruce Mathers III The philosopher Drake has this year popularised the life motto YOLO (You Only Live Once for those of you who are neither in the world nor of it). The most common way for people…

Purity, sex and buttons

A while back I was talking to a friend of mine, we’ll call her Taylor, and the subject of our future wedding nights came up. She was saying how she wanted a wedding dress with lots of buttons down the back. She had always had two romantic notions about her wedding night; one that she…

Beautiful Things

God is in the habit of creating beauty out of our screw-ups, mistakes in failures. Through faith we are being transformed into new creations, becoming more and more like Jesus. When you are tempted to despair, know that you are loved by the King of Kings. Know that He loves you as you are, but…

Spiritual Maturity Bible Study

Something slightly different today, you are going to have to engage the brain a little and think about the answers to some questions about spiritual maturity. Read Hebrews 5:11-6:3 “There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem…

Thanksgiving

In Luke 17 we are told of how Jesus heals ten lepers. Of these ten only one, a Samaritan, returns and “fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done” (Luke 17:16). The other nine are missing, causing Jesus to ask ““Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other…