Our gifts to a king 4

2015-01.4 John 4:22-23 Thursday, December 8, 2015 Frankincense – Jesus wants our worship     The Adoration of the Magi, on a panel in Budapest, circa 1410, by the Master of the Vienna Adoration  John 4: 22-23You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.Yet a…

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…

People who head from God 2

2014-50.2 Genesis 12:1 Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Journey of faith and guidance We none of us like change and a move from the familiar and known, into a different culture and environment, is a scary prospect – unless God is clearly speaking and marking out the route and the prospects. How do we position ourselves…

The revelation that compels praise 2

2014-30.2 Psalm 134:2 Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Praising God, not our way but His  Arms raised in surrender and affection – we are told to do this I HAVE SOME early memories of my father coming home, and every one was an exciting moment! This was not home from work in the evening – his…

Early Church – A Relational Household of Prayer 6

2014-28.4 Acts 2:42-47 Thursday, July 10, 2014 Doable! Not at all like that first Jerusalem church – although I used to imagine it was a bit like this image of Occupy London clustered around St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011-12Acts 2:42-47And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching [didache] and the fellowship [koinonia], to the breaking…

Covenant consciousness 1

2013-50.1 Nehemiah 8 Monday, December 9, 2013 After the walls – the real campaign    Nehemiah’s deeper purpose I AM fascinated by the implications of this part of Nehemiah’s story. The walls have been completed, despite political interference and threats from outside, corruption and some unholy alliances inside. Nehemiah has prayerfully battled through all of…

New Wine 2013: Deeper

2013-37.2 Matthew 14:23 [Following the Feeding of the Five Thousand] After Jesus had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone… John 5:16 and 19-20 Because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. Jesus said to them, “My Father…