The basics: Living the kingdom 5

2015-09.5 Matthew 6:14-15 Friday, March 6, 2015 Don’t withhold what you were freely given! Wartime meat rationing started in 1940 and coupons were still needed for some shopping basket items ten years later. Where we have felt deprived, we may hold firmly on to what we feel we have, and this happens with love and…

The Gospel Bridge 2

2014-44.2 Ephesians 2:8 Tuesday, October 28, 2014 What the Gospel isn’t The Mackinac Straits bridge that links Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas across five miles of water. Ephesians 2:8 NIVFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…  YESTERDAY we explored why the relatively…

Sin, Darkness and the Victory of the Cross 2

2014-14.2 Romans 3:6-24 Tuesday, April 8, 2014 We are created conscious of sin, but grow up wary of grace Contemporary breakdown of world religions. Atheists are a tiny minority and those who stand for secular humanism, too small to show on the diagram at well under 0.1% Sin and grace in Romans 3 here excerpted…

Leading the Way of Community 4

2014-10.4 1 John 4:11 Thursday, March 6, 2014 How Heaven’s standard for relationships can be brought to earth   Extract from the Magistrates Court Sentencing Guidelines setting out for ‘offenders’ precise penalties for each level of an offence. Heaven’s way would be attentive to what lay behind the transgression, and the driver’s responsibility in recognising…

Leading the Way of Community 3

2014-10.3 Galatians 4:30 and 5:1 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Which covenant are you choosing today? A lot of rules to remember – and we know the penalties that apply if we break any of them! WE DISCUSSED yesterday an environment that is uncommon on earth today, that attracts and hosts the presence of God: a…

Covenant Consciousness 3

2013-50.3 Nehemiah 9:8 and 32 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Covenant – how to find traction in a slippery world   Extra traction – engage four-wheel-drive WE SAW in the previous post how the praise prayer of the Levites, who were assisting Ezra the priest, used a particular kind of language – and understanding what this…

Biblical Foundations of Blessing: 1

2013-40.1 Ephesians 1:3-8 Monday, September 30, 2013 God blesses us THE STORY of blessing is behind the story of everything. God’s heart is to bless us (personalise this – say “God’s heart is to bless me!”) and through His grace and His words and His promises He has blessed us. Ultimately He has blessed us…