Back to basics: the kingdom announced 1

2015-06.1 Matthew 4:17 Monday, February 8, 2015 The rule and order of love and justice and acceptance King Henry VIII by Hans Holbein the Younger. Under his rule, you worshipped as the king ordained, with Sunday attendance compulsory. We have a king and a kingdom whereby the capacity for bringing just order and transformation to…

Faith comes by hearing 4

2015-04.4 John 10:14 Thursday, January 29, 2015 How we recognise God’s voice Operation Chastise, popularly known as the Dambusters mission, was carried out in May 1943 and breached the Möhne and Edersee dams, causing flooding in the Ruhr valley. Pilots had to perform an ultra low level approach, and gauged this by means of spotlights…

Faith comes by hearing 3

2015-04.3 Ephesians 5:25-27 Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Why God speaks to us No mud or crud can resist this kind of ‘washing’. Ephesians 5:25“…cleansed … by the washing of water with the word… WE live in a world where spoken words come from all directions – the background chat show on the television, the radio,…

Faith comes by hearing 2

2015-04.2 Luke 7:7-8 Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Hearing the words of the kingdom   The centurion that approached Jesus was clearly rather more human and feeling than this one… Luke 7:7-8But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.  IF you were captured,…

Faith comes by hearing 1

2015-04.1 Proverbs 20:27 Monday, January 26, 2015 Real listening is conversing   Former missionary and scholar Rosalind Rinker challenged boring prayer meetings with this influential book, still in print 65 years after its first publication. Proverbs 20:27The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,Searching all the inner depths of his heart. I AM better at talking…

Hearing the still small voice 4

2015-03.4 Acts 16:6-10 Thursday, January 22, 2015 When God seems silent Paul and his companions never made it from yellow Mysia into the purple area of Bithynia. It was one of those confusing moments… and the basis of our common expression “One door closes and another opens”. God was in the circumstances and gave specific…

Hearing the still small voice 3

2015-03.3 Proverbs 16:18 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Be humble and God will speak to you We are all prone to overreach ourselves and take a tumble – but there are ways to prevent this Proverbs 16:18 The MessageFirst pride, then the crash – the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. I GREW UP in…