We are all at some point struck with the want to feel and be important, to look good in the eyes of other people. There is this basic sociological drive to impress others. If we are driven by the desire to always ‘look good’ and be more important in comparison to others, what does it say about us? What does Jesus speak into this desire of putting on a persona of ‘looking good’ and wanting ‘importance’ by other people. In Luke 14:7-11, Jesus mentions a parable on being humble. It is always interesting to note the specific context that triggers … Continue reading He must Increase and I must Decrease
There is so much to learn from the Miracle at Cana where Jesus turns water into wine (John 2:1-13). In today’s post I will only focus on two things that stood out to me the most as I dug into this passage of the first miracle that Jesus performed Mary, the mother of Jesus and The wedding guests. Jesus was at a wedding in Cana, His mother Mary, his brothers and some of His disciples were there too. The wedding celebrations of that time went on for nearly a week. As the festivities go on, at one point they run … Continue reading Miracle at Cana
What is the parable of the great banquet about? In Luke 14, Jesus is dining at a pharisees house with many prominent pharisees and Jewish leaders. Jesus had just healed a man on sabbath and talks about serving others. Jesus mentions to not reserve one’s hospitality to only those who can return so in kind but to extend it to others who cannot do so, like the poor, the disabled, the lame and the blind. And those who serve others “will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (v14).” In response, someone at the table remarks that “Blessed is … Continue reading Humbled and Grateful to be Invited
It is easy to praise God when we are winning at life, but what does it look like when things are not going our way? It is easy to see God in triumphant moments but not so much when we feel He is silent. As people of God we are called to honour Him, trust Him and praise Him in all circumstances. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God. —Psalm 42:11 The psalmist here instructs himself to hope in God and expresses an inner determination to keep praising … Continue reading Praising God in Trying Times
Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” I love a good long walk enjoying some sun, fresh air and the company of my dear pooch. I am not a runner … Continue reading Press on!
As we navigate through life, we have our days of highs and lows. Days when we are strong in our faith and days when we struggle to trust. Days we feel victorious and days we feel discouraged. Doubt in the midst of a trial is a stranger to no one. We all experience doubt at some point; will I get a job, will I be healed, will this relationship be restored, will I have enough to pay all the bills, will my loved one come to Christ? Doubt is defined as a lack of confidence or an uncertainty. Lack of … Continue reading Focused or Fuzzy?
1 Samuel 3:1-10 “The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One-night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So, he went and lay down. Again, the Lord called, “Samuel!” … Continue reading Tune in to God
This post is a continuation of the parable of the lost son, the first part of the parable can be found here. Today we will dig deeper into the father’s and brother’s response to the return of the prodigal son. The Heart of the father (Luke 15: 20-24) Verse 20 says “while the son was a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him, ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” 1. The father sees him from a distance – indicating that he watched and waited for his return … Continue reading A Father Celebrates and a Brother Grumbles
Found in the gospel of Luke 15:11-32, the Parable of the Lost son is a touching and well-remembered story of a father’s love for His wayward son. Jesus used parables to illustrate a spiritual point and this parable along with the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin was said in response to the question by the Pharisees, “Why does Jesus sit with sinners and tax collectors.” Jesus, here teaches us that God the father, loves each and every one of us and that HE longs to bring everyone into HIS kingdom. This parable teaches us that God … Continue reading It is Never too Late
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26) “One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralysed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles … Continue reading Encounter with Jesus