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 God into a slot machine. And in doing so as I mentioned a few days ag … [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 over Gods sovereignty and essentially come to the conclusion that b … [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 ‭ESV‬‬What 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 simply come trusting he is our Father, we are his children, and that our sins or lack of them … [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 more than you love yourself.  Of course the greatest example o … [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 concern to reject the false … [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 see Jesus in our minds eye like this, 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 you feel a bit like the blind man: something has definitely changed but no … [Read more...]

If you will spend yourself on behalf of others God will make your resources miraculously extend

““I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.”(‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:2‬)It is vital for us to note the passion that lay behind Jesus many miracles. It wasn't for immediate glory. In fact Jesus urged people not to say what he had done often. Jesus did his miracles because he has compassion on others. And in the one in front of us today, the miracle was he took the limited resources the disciples could find and multiplied them. They co … [Read more...]

“Donald Trump, you’re fired!” UK parliament debates banning controversial candidate

The silence of American evangelicals concerning Trump has been deafening, with some notable exceptions. It is in my view time that Christians spoke with one voice: this man does not speak for us. Yesterday, following a record breaking petition which I was only too happy to personally sign, an unprecedented debate occurred under the watchful gaze of Big Ben.Now admittedly the said debate was not binding on the UK government, and there was no vote at the end. But I can think of no other … [Read more...]

Christian, worry more about what is in your heart than what you put into it

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”(Mark 7:20-23) This verse in context reminds me of a passage from Paul which makes a similar point: If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were s … [Read more...]

To truly succeed with the crowd we must learn to also withdraw to the quiet place 

“And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.”‭‭(Mark‬ ‭6:46‬) Yesterday we spoke about Jesus' love for the crowds. But Jesus also often withdrew from the crowds. Some of us, myself definitely included, often forget the vital place of such withdrawal from the business of life, not always just to enjoy recreation, but to reconnect with the source of all power through prayer.  Lord, teach me to pray!  … [Read more...]

How do you feel about crowds? Jesus loved them.

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭6:34‬) When you see a crowd how do you feel? Some of us find large numbers of people overwhelming. some feel afraid when they are surrounded by  them. Others are just exhausted by crowds. When we are traveling on a busy train we certainly dont want to talk to anyone. We see the crowd as a unit. Almost as though it is is one … [Read more...]


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