Kingdom: Forgiveness

{Matthew 18:21-35} “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times” Matthew 18:22 Peter comes to Jesus with a question about how many times he should forgive someone who sins against him. Peter thought he was being all good and holy suggesting as many as seven times. Seven after all was the perfect…

Kingdom: Greatness

{Matthew 18:1-6} “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” Matthew 18:4 In Matthew 18 the disciples come to Jesus with a question “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom?” (Matthew 18:1). The heart of the question for them was really “How great will I be? What will be…

Glad tidings of great joy (Dec 25)

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring…

We have a problem (Dec 23)

We have a problem, you and me See we’ve all rebelled against holy God You can argue your innocence But death is the proof Our rebellion is sin and sin leads to death So we have a problem, you and me For we all break God’s laws We all fall short of His standards Our…

Wait and rejoice (Dec 22)

“It will be said on that day,     “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.     This is the Lord; we have waited for him;     let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”” Isaiah 25:9 Advent is a time of waiting. A time for remembering that first wait…

Waiting – thoughts from Bonhoeffer (Dec 21)

Today, as we wait eagerly for Christmas which is so close now, I wanted to share some thoughts on waiting from Bonhoeffer, taken from his advent reflections book God is in the Manger: “Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly…

I give my heart (Dec 20)

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 I was struck recently by the lyrics of the last verse of the carol In the Bleak mid-winter: “What can I give him, poor as…

Ever adoring (Dec 19)

There is a slogan “A dog is for life not just for Christmas” and I think as Christians we can get caught in the trap of thinking celebrating the birth of Jesus is just for Christmas. We put lots of energy and effort into Christmas services. We have all the carols and festive Bible readings.…

Let every heart prepare Him room (Dec 18)

 “but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy” 1 Peter 3:15 There is section in the classic carol Joy to the World that goes “let every heart prepare Him room” that I think is an important reminder reminder for us as we approach Christ. We need to remember to honour Christ the Lord…