"Waiting"

God’s been speaking to me about waiting recently – both waiting on Him and spending time with Him, but also what goes on when we wait. Interestingly, I’m speaking at church tomorrow on Acts 1:15-23, which is about the believers waiting in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to fall. It’s actually amazing how much waiting there is in the bible when you get down to it! Being a good evangelical, I came up with with 4 “T”s as to what a period of waiting might be about: Telling Is God trying to tell us something? Perhaps about unconfessed sin or […]

"Ikea"

Had a trip to Ikea on Wednesday, to buy up some bits and pieces for the house. By three-quarters of the way round I’d decided I’d become a zen master of self-control, as I hadn’t got anything which wasn’t on my list… … ’till a pot-plant leapt out at me that was just perfect for the spare room. Sigh. Actually I still felt pretty good, because the plant was nearly on the list anyway (we knew we needed one, but hadn’t planned on getting it from Ikea) – plus they didn’t have one of the other items that was on […]

"Teenage lives"

Been listening to our Eurovision Song entry for this year – catchy little number, isn’t it? I’ve not caught all the lyrics yet, but it would appear to be sung by a bunch of school-kids complaining about the teachers not being in a good position to teach them because “it’s a long time since they’ve had a teenage life” (more or less). At first glance this is a very appealing argument – “you’ve got no idea what we’re going through – it’s so easy for you to stand at the front and spout out stuff.” It seems to me that […]

"Bird Flu?"

For some reason, Morning Prayer has jumped across to Numbers – but is there the first reported case of Bird Flu here? Then a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quails from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, about two cubits deep on the ground. So the people worked all that day and night and all the next day, gathering the quails; the least anyone gathered was ten homers; and they spread them out for […]

This morning’s OT reading was from Exodus, all about the people offering bits and pieces for the building of the tent of meeting. The bit that really struck me was about Bezalel, and what an extraordinary chap he must have been… See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; he has filled him with divine spirit, with skill, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind […]

"Scripture"

Last night’s T.I.D.E. was all about the scripture. While I didn’t agree with absolutely everything that was said, one thing that did strike me was when the speaker said that she never reads the Bible without her notebook open beside her. She was once told “Why do you expect the Almighty God to speak to you if you’re not even prepared to write it down.” This I found quite a challenge on a number of fronts – do I really expect God to speak everytime I open the bible? Do I always read scripture in such a way that I […]

"Zero tolerance for sin"

In our house group at the moment we’re watching a video of the TIDE course (Training In Discipleship and Evangelism) that is really really good. We’re only the second session, but already we feel that God has spoken to us and challenged us through it. In particulary, session 2 was about holiness, and transparency, and I felt God saying that He wants us to have a “zero tolerance” approach to our own sin. It’s easy to adopt lots of little compromises, or think that historical sins can just be forgotten – but God rather wants his people to be absolutely […]

W Wordpress