Our King

Mark 15:26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “Our King.” [paraphrase] A friend of mine by the name of Wayne once told me it is impolite to ask “What did you do that landed you in prison?” The proper social tact is to ask, “What did they accuse you of doing?” Obviously […]

Determination

Isaiah 50:7    But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. Luke 9:51   When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to […]

I Have Come

Matt 5:17 Do not suppose that I have come to destroy the law and the prophets. I did not come to destroy, rather to bring to its desired completion. (author’s translation) I have come is a declaration of purpose. Though more ink has been spilled by commentators focusing on Jesus’ relation to the Torah and Matthew’s understanding of Jesus […]

For Such a Time as This

Today around the world many will celebrate Purim. This is a celebration that thousands of years ago God delivered the Jewish people from near certain death. When the writer of the book of Esther chose to tell the story, their method of telling the story was very strange. For centuries Esther has baffled commentators and Bible scholars. […]

Conditions Are Perfect

Setting the scene is a vital part of a splendidly crafted play. This universe is the masterpiece play of God. The scene is set, conditions are perfect. Now enters our hero. Conditions are such that there is no other way than a majestic rescue. Paul uses an amazing term when explaining the Gospel. He says, “it […]

Old Friends

Psalm 44:24 Why do you hide your face?      Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? Recently I travelled to London to catch up with an old friend. We had not seen each other in quite while. The busyness of our lives, the pace of work makes it hard for us to meet […]

Hear the Sustain

2Sam. 22:37 You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip; Hiking on the Appalachian trail over a decade ago my foot slipped. I knew something had gone terribly wrong in my body. I felt intense pain. My ankle had broken. The Appalachian Trail is a 2160-mile footpath that extends […]

Days of Awe

Gen. 2:7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the […]

The Enemy is Within

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” This perfectly sums up the attitude of Nehemiah and his friends. He is now weeks into his building project. He is no longer mustering builders, inspiring ideas or repelling external threats. He has discovered that he is his own worst enemy. Neh. 5:1 Now there arose a great outcry of […]

Forget You

The bags were packed, there I was sitting in front of the ticket counter of Iberia Airlines. But smile as I may, charm as I may there was no way I would make my flight. Why? Forgetfulness. Did ever forget something on a trip that made your trip difficult? Nearly 20 years ago I left […]