Over the next few weeks for many of us things will become very busy, which tends to mean we don’t have time to stop. If that is true, then it will not be easy finding space to think either. Yet, this is precisely what I want to invite you to do over this Christmas season because there is a lot to think about. You see, unlike the mad rush and the media frenzy to get us to spend more money, the good news of the Lord Jesus and the reason why he has come is something which lasts long after the dinner is eaten, the gifts forgotten and the tree is down. Continue reading
“It is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things”
“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory” (John 1:14)
One of the things which struck me most as we landed back in London on the 18th of December 2014 was the vast amount of things there were to see at this time of year. Commercial Christmas was everywhere to be seen in a way that it was not in Bangkok. Lights, trees, various decorations, seasonal drinks at Starbucks… It was all there and it was quite overwhelming. Continue reading
When I was a child one of my favourite things to do was to help plant trees, flowers and assorted growing things in the garden. This involved a lot of digging. You needed to prepare the ground ready to plant. The correct tools were essential. Finding the right place to start digging was another key factor (at age 5 I always had guidance). Digging was sometimes hard work, it was often messy but it was always rewarding.
Maybe its just me but sometimes I find it hard following Jesus. Let me make clear this is not the Lord’s fault, not at all. The problem resides closer to home for me and all Christians. My heart and mind are selfish, looking out only for me and what will make everything easier and better for me. Like a child in a sweet shop I just want what I want. Only the things which will satisfy my desires are what matter! Continue reading
It seems that so much of life is governed by the overarching framework of transiency. This is something which I’m sure we will all have had connection or experience of in life. Close relationships with friends which are no longer the same. Moving on from a place where we loved to live and have great memories of. The sorrow of death and the finality of losing someone we cared for. Simply getting older and noticing the aging process smiling back at us. Transiency colours the human experience. Continue reading