OMF June 2018: First & Last

“The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life” (Rev 2:8)

If we are honest, we don’t really understand what this means. Why do I say that? Well it is not to do with our cognitive abilities, because it is quite straight forward in that regard. No, the issue is our context, our horizons. Most of us reading this will be from a predominantly western background and in reality don’t have much experience of suffering for the gospel, if any.   Continue reading

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A heart of repentance? OMF April 2018

“I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed…. return to me and I will return to you, says the Lord Almighty”  (Malachi 3:6-7)

I have yet to come across anyone in life that likes duplicity. Or to put it another way, people just don’t like to be on the receiving end of this sort of unfaithful behaviour. It leaves us hurting and has the potential to embed a deep brokenness into many of our relationships. What we know for sure about the character of God though is this; he is no deceiver. Continue reading

How is our Worship? OMF March 2018

“From the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord Almighty” (Malachi 1:11)

Some pictures take our breaths away. Their beauty, their skill, the detail, the emotions, everything combines and our senses are lit up. At a time of confusion in the life of the people of God the message they receive is intended to bring this sort of stimulation. Instead of whole hearted devotion to God, the one who has brought them back to the land, there is apathy coupled with sterile religious obligation. Continue reading

More Than A Simple Formula: OMF February 2018

“And God said ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it’” (Gen 1:28)

We all tend to get caught up in on our own areas of interest or focus in on our own situations, and this is understandable, right? After all it is not bad to have things which we enjoy or to put time and effort into our personal life. It is honouring before God that we take time to spend with family and friends, it is good for us as people to have things we like to do adding to the wholeness of life. Continue reading

When Grace Gets Awkward: OMF October 2017

“Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:50)

As a society the UK is one of the most awkward in the world. Let me explain. We have all been there; someone goes to shake your hand and the other aims with the hug. This is when things get awkward and that is the type of awkwardness I’m talking about. Part of our human experience is being awkward people living out life with other awkward people. But have you ever been in a situation where you begin to feel uncomfortable because someone is standing up for what is good and God honouring. Continue reading