Monthly archive for January 2011

Clinging to the rock

I disappoint myself at how easily I will be swayed here and there by situations that I face. Though i know the truth, and it is not matters of truth that sway me, it is the situations that make me feel like I am drowning, the situations that crash like waves over my head and the sudden shock of cold hits me and make me feel I am not sure if I can continue (for that moment). But I do, and it is the truth that holds me , but more than that. It is the one who is truth.Read more

Fighting fires

Have You ever felt like you are constantly fighting fires? As soon as you finish one there is another demanding your attention, and if you pause to look around you can see that there are many fires to be fought. Fighting fires leads to anxiety and a sense of never progressing, a sense of treading water never actually moving forwards, just maintaining. This maintenance mode is a dangerous place to be. Staying there may make you excellent at fighting the fires, maintaining the the current situation, spinning the plates but anxiety sets inn and you become frantic – what about

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How lovely is your dwelling place

Can you say with the. Psalmist, how lovely is your dwelling place, oh lord almighty.This is a place he wants us to go, this is a place he wants us to find, to experience, to look for the paths that will take us there, to listen to the wisdom of those who have created well worn paths and push into him. There is a way that will take you into the presence of the most high. You will know if you have found it for the joy will overflow in your heart. You may be struggling in your heart saying

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The chosen prognosis

Chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. The Saints that Peter is addressing have been scattered into various regions and he goes onto say that they are chose according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. Now to be chosen is to be picked out, to be selected and it is pre-arranged, for that is foreknowlede (the Greek word for foreknowledge is prognosis from which we get the word- prognosis!). We have been selected before the world began, we have been chosen. It seems so much to get our heads around, and in fact I don’t think we

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Aliens have landed

As Peter introduces his letter, he addresses it to those who reside as aliens. In some translations it says strangers. An alien is a foreigner: a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country. And so we owe no allegiance to the nations that we are in for we are part of a heavenly nation, we are part of a city that is from above. In part of the Greek for alien it says we are sojourning in a strange place. That is, we are temporary residents, this is not our home.

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Take away the stone

Take away the stone…so they took away the stone How sensitive are you to bad smells? I personally am not over keen but travel to Africa has certainly enlarged by idea of how bad smells can get. But no smell i have come across is close to the smell of a body that has been decomposing for four days. They say that because of the preservatives that are in our food, if we were to die the preservatives would keep us for a lot longer than we would previously. In jesus’ day there were no preservatives (apart from salt, and

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Father I thank you that you have heard me

Father I thank you that you have heard me. How many times do we pray and we do not even consider whether God has heard us, and actually come away in doubt ore than faith that he has heard us. Why does it seem so difficult to trust and believe you? Lord help our unbelief that we ask in confidence, knowing that if we ask according to our will you will hear us. He is a good father and cannot give bad gifts to his children, he delights to answer our prayers and give us the desires of our heart.

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