Time to Suit Up

In Ephesians 6, Paul is finishing up a letter to the church at Ephesus. He’s already covered how amazing it is to be one of God’s children, what a difference it makes to our life and how it transforms our relationships with each other. He wants them to experience it more and gives them advice []
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Hold Firm to the Truth

‘Hold firmly to the trustworthy message … so that (you) can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.’ (Titus 1:9) My first reaction to this is that it sounds quite confrontational. I like to know what I believe, and have confidence in it, but I also like hearing and playing with []
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Rage Hard

It was a long time ago, and it feels almost like I was a different person, but I remember clearly standing alone, in the rain, at night, in the middle of a dark car park, shouting at God at the top of my voice.   My family, after years of conflict, was coming apart at []
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Day 93 – Live as God’s Chosen People

1 Peter 1 – 2 ‘What a great passage! This’ll be easy to turn into a relevant and helpful blog entry . . .’ . . . is not what I thought when I read the passage today! At first reading (and second and third, to be quite honest about it) it seemed long. The []
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Day 83 – Time to Suit Up

Ephesians 6 So Paul is finishing up a letter to the church at Ephesus. He’s already covered how amazing it is to be one of God’s children, what a difference it makes to our life and how it transforms our relationships with each other. He wants them to experience it more and gives them advice []
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Day 73 – Revision Time

Acts 10 – 11 Trouble comes – it always does.   God is with Stephen, and so he is doing great things, and collects enemies as he does. They argue with him, but he can argue better than they can and so they concoct charges against him and have him arrested. When they give him []
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Day 53 – Oh, the pressure!

Luke 2 I get the reading where Jesus is born. And 2 weeks before Christmas, too. Better not fluff it! So Jesus is born, a defenceless baby, in a manger, in a small town during a census, when everyone is traveling and trying to count each other. It must have been chaos.   God, the []
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Day 43 – Praise The Lord!

Psalm 103 ‘Praise the Lord!’ begins this morning’s reading, or ‘Bless the Lord’ in another version of the bible, and it continues in a great song, describing how great God is. But back up a minute, why praise the Lord? And why is it described as ‘blessing’ the Lord?   ‘Blessing’ someone is not a concept []
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Day 23 – Be what?

Joshua 1 I’m sitting in an airport lounge waiting to go to somewhere I have never been before. You would think maybe this would help me relate to Joshua, but no. It’s not helping. He’s been here once before, saw the land they are going to, thought it was a great place, and was denied []
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