First Love: OMF May 2018

“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance…Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love” (Revelation 2:2,4)

 

Do you not love it when people tell you that you have done a good job? All of that hard work, all of that effort and now people can see the result and they praise you for it. You may be too modest to admit to this, but it is something we all like and it is not something which is totally wrong. As Jesus speaks to his people across Asia, he wants them to know that it pleases him to see their growth as disciples. 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

Though you do not see him: OMF April 2017

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible” (1 Peter 1:8)

As Peter writes to the believers scattered across the Roman empire in the first century he is well aware of the challenges that they face. For many the pressure to conform would have been immense and the risk of identifying as a believer in the crucified Messiah would have been high. Continue reading