In a context of confusion and flashy journalism, rigour becomes a precious value.
I vaguely remember hearing stories about the Lord from my grandmother. He was the one who helped our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when they were in really tough spots.
Exodus 4:24-26: Those three short verses are the only place in the biblical narrative where Zipporah is recorded as having done anything, but how important was her contribution!
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.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
There is a slavery that is all the more insidious for being largely hidden and undetected: the slavery of sin.
Peter tells us that we have been called to blessing, in order to inherit a blessing.
The Bible gives us some very interesting insight into the minds of those who have committed a serious crime.
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.
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).
Sexual immorality really does open a doorway for the devil, not only in one’s own life, but in the whole community.
How many people have I seen over the years whose faith has been diluted, even extinguished, say, by a spouse who was not a believer, or by a business partner who did not share the same Christian values.
Ever since Adam and Eve fell and God told her in the Garden of Eden, “Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you”, far too many men throughout history have used this as an opportunity to dominate, exploit and use the bodies of women.
We can have a great marriage, a wonderful husband or wife and still be fundamentally unhappy. Rachel is an example of this.
Being in a relational situation where you are unloved can feel very oppressive. But the Lord sees your situation. He says, “I will show my love to the person who is not loved” (Hosea 2:23).
Cheating and deceit may benefit us in the short term, but in the longer term they will take us away from God’s presence and from his purpose.
The challenge for us is to set aside time to worship the Lord and seek specific prophetic blessings for our children and grandchildren – and for our spiritual children.