Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
Straightaway he replies, “Here I am”, and that begins a conversation with God which ends up with him choosing to abandon his comfortable lifestyle and to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.
In Western Europe today the majority of the church is made up of the relatively wealthy middle classes.
How can we be more aware of God’s constant presence with us and of the pattern of his working in the spheres in which we live our life?
A couple of years ago a Syrian pastor from Damascus preached at my church and told us a story that I will never forget.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
The Bible gives us extensive guidance on how his heart functions, but there are many situations where we will also need that extra dimension of Spirit leading to help us apply the Bible to our current situation.
There is a slavery that is all the more insidious for being largely hidden and undetected: the slavery of sin.
There is always much more going on in the heavenly realms than we are aware of here on earth.
Do we have any long-term vision for our own lives, for our family, for our church, for our city, for our country?
Peter tells us that we have been called to blessing, in order to inherit a blessing.
When the Lord gives us a word to guide our lives, he only reveals to us as much as we need to know at that time.
The Bible gives us some very interesting insight into the minds of those who have committed a serious crime.
As Paul says, people ought to regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1).
Are we prepared to simplify our lives for the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord?
Donald Trump is the President of the most powerful country in the world; and no doubt before entering into office he thought that all he had to do was give the orders and they would be carried out.
Compassion should always be our over-riding motivation, and we should always offer people a way out of their situation; otherwise our words are only condemnation.
Who are the people who have made a positive difference to our lives along the way? And have we remembered them?
God wants us to tell him our desires and dialogue with us over them; but most of all he wants us to delight ourselves in him.
The captain of Pharaoh’s guard, was a person who benefitted from the blessing of God on his household through the presence of a believer.
Do you have the courage now to ask your teenage children, your spouse or a trusted friend if you have any double standards?
Tamar knew what it was to be blamed for something that was not at all her fault; and that blame determined the course of her whole life.
God did not look at the arrogant young Joseph and say, ‘That’s it. He’s blown it. I can’t do anything with him.’ Not at all.
The Bible is not like our Western society. It does not glorify sex. But it certainly does not avoid it.
Simeon and Levi are lessons to us when we are tempted to use violence - physical or verbal – to bring about what we desire (or, worse still, what we think God desires).