The basics: Living the kingdom 4

2015-09.4 Matt. 6:16-18 Thursday, March 5, 2015 Insincere words, insincere works Father Ted (Channel 4) is a popular and BAFTA award-winning comedy which parodies a particular Irish flavour of religious insincerity   Matt. 6:16-18Jesus said: “When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they…

Our gifts to a king 5

2015-01.5 Matthew 6:33 Friday, January 9, 2015 Myrrh – Dying to self is being available to Him Matthew 6:33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ONE reason not everyone buys into this Christian life is because it can seem rather theoretical. It can…

Our gifts to a king 3

2015-01.3 Mark 16:19 Wednesday, December 7, 2015 Why Jesus wants us to trust Him   Mark 16:19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. JESUS simply wants us to come to the place where we willingly give…

Our gifts to a king 2

2015-01.2 Matthew 2:11 Tuesday, January 6, 2015 What does Jesus want from us? A depiction of the traditional gold, frankincense and myrrh as a gift set. What Jesus wants from us doesn’t come packaged and is even more costly – and more honouring. Christina Rosetti was a poet of the Victorian era who wrote In…

Our gifts to a king 1

2015-01.1 Matthew 2:11 Monday, January 5, 2015 “What can I give Him…?”   A European artist’s “bleak midwinter” scene which, however, depicts a season of adversity with nothing evident to give – a good starting point. Matthew 2:11 (NIV)“…They saw the child with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures…

Guidelines for hearing from God 3

2014-49.3 1 Kings 19:3-4 Wednesday, December 3, 2014 God speaks to those who, like us, are just human One of the best-known stories in the Bible, Elijah’s triumph over the prophets of Baal when God sent fire from heaven to burn up the sacrifice is the subject of 1 Kings 18. However immediately afterwards Elijah…

Staying friends with sinners 1

2014-47.2 Luke 5:29-31 Tuesday, November 19, 2014 Matthew’s party Contemporary art with more than a nod toward the account of Matthew Levi’s party for tax collectors and others of ill repute HAVE you ever thought what it was like for Matthew? Here was a man of some education and standing – except that he was…