Back to basics: the kingdom 5

2015-06.5 Matthew 5:9-10 Friday, February 13, 2015 We’re called to be peacemakers. That’s our job. Beechmount Avenue, off the Falls Road, Belfast – once nicknamed RPG Avenue – where the artwork proclaims a political message about the four provinces of Ireland. This is a picture of bitter disagreement that has claimed many lives on all sides…

The revelation that compels praise 4

2014-30.4 Acts 16:23-25 Thursday, July 24, 2014 Who are you agreeing with? Silas and Paul are in agreement with God and His good purposes, even in the prison, and the jailer is getting there fast. PRAISE doesn’t depend on feelings, or even what God appears to have done, or not done. Praise is about who…

All kinds of prayers and requests 3

2014-29.3 Psalm 133:1-2; Matthew 18:19 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 The mature skill of followership Ready to follow suit… PUTTING ourselves on hold and catching God’s heart first – it’s a good starting place. This is the prayer before the prayer time. It’s a bit like watching the dance and letting the music become familiar before…

All kinds of prayers and requests 2

2014-29.2 Psalm 46:10 Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Je le regarde, Il me regarde  Sarlat Cathedral in the Dordogne, France – a still place with people pushing their way to and fro to a busy market in the square right outside. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among…

All kinds of prayers and requests 1

2014-29.1 Ephesians 6:18 Monday, July 14, 2014 Learning the dance Speen School headteacher Mrs Nayna shepherding her charges into place to carry out their dance moves at the Speen Fete on Saturday   Eph. 6:18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert…

A Level of Prayer That Brings Change 3

2014-22.3 Psalm 133; Matthew 18:19-20 Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Use it or lose it – unity explained very simply Photocopier – a lot of parts whirring away together and feeding each sheet through. If one part is out of sync, a jam occurs! Matthew 18:19-20Again I say to you, if two of you agree on…

A Level of Prayer That Brings Change 2

2014-22.2 Matthew 6:7-13 Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Hands on and steering as necessary The Rolls Royce I remember from childhood was of this era, but not pristine like this superb example! Matthew 6:7-13“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.…