Willing spirit. Weak flesh

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.””(‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:38‬) Its interesting how quickly our minds often tend to think of our tendency towards sin when we consider this verse. But Jesus is just talking about the disciples failure to stay up and pray with him. He was talking about their natural tendency to sleep, and inability to fight against it. Jesus was here being kind and essentially saying… Read more

Worship that costs

“And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.”(‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:3‬) What some called a waste, Jesus honored in the highest possible terms. From Cape Town to Bejing, everywhere the gospel is preached, he said “tell of what this woman has done.” The one who for… Read more

Rejected by us. Raised up by God

  “Have you not read this Scripture: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?””‭‭(Mark‬ ‭12:10-11‬) Have you ever stopped to think about how remarkable certain Scriptures really are? Overfamiliarity numbs us to the stark surprising reality. Last night my son George who is just eight commented on the story of Judges. He said something like How could they say, you know how God rescued us… Read more

What have we done to Jesus’ Church?

“And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.””(‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:17‬) How quickly my indignation rose when I looked at these words. How easy it is to apply them to someone else. We can all point the finger. Think of ministries who are fleecing the flock of God. Remind ourselves of unhelpful teaching that turns… Read more

Jesus asks YOU today “what would you like me to do for you?”

    “And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.””‭(‭Mark‬ ‭10:51‬) If you are anything like me, then your prayer life leaves much to be desired. As I once wrote, I am learning but I still have a long way to go.  There are many challenges to us praying that come up.  Sometimes it’s our theology. We can tie ourselves in knots… Read more

Entering the Kingdom like a child

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.””‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ What matters at the begining of our walk with God also matters every step of the way. Each day as we come to God, how do we come? Do we come quietly confident that we have done enough to please him? Or do we come terrified that our ongoing sins have angered him against us? Or do we… Read more

‘Leader? Be a servant of all’ – Jesus

  And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Leadership is all about servanthood, or so the saying goes. Jesus encourages us to be first at being last. To put the needs of others before our own. To not use people but spend ourselves on their behalf. This means developing the people you are responsible for.  It means actually caring for them. It means loving them… Read more

Regarding faith: Lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater

‘All things are possible for one who believes’ (Mark 9:23) It is an ongoing scandal and provocation to the Almighty that certain preachers are getting rich from distorted and deceptive preaching on ‘faith.’  The idea that God can be turned into a slot machine, serving up ever increasing riches and health if we just do certain things, like send money to the preacher, is an abomination. However, we must not allow ourselves to reject or downplay genuine faith in our… Read more

See Jesus as he really is

“and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.”(‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬) When you hear the name Jesus what do you think of? The kindly but strong carpenter? The gentle healer? The teacher? The man on a cruel cross? He was all these things.  But in this remarkable moment some of the disciples got to glimpse him for who he really is.  No longer hidden. The glory revealed.  When we come to prayer if we… Read more

When God does half a miracle, dare to believe him for the rest 

“And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.””(‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:24‬) The account of Jesus healing a blind man in stages is remarkable. He could have healed him in one go, but chose to do it in stages. I’m sure this was because Jeuss wanted to draw out faith in the man.  Perhaps you have seen God begin to do something in your life. Maybe it’s something you’ve been asking for a long time. Now… Read more

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