Life with a Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3-7 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds … Continue reading Life with a Living Hope

Faith without Prejudice

At a time when we see an uproar calling for respect, fairness and equality for all, it is a good time to also reflect and think about prejudices we as followers of Christ can have which can bleed through in a subtle manner in our everyday behaviour. As I read Acts 10, I was drawn to reflect on subtle prejudices we can harbour that may come out to people who have a different faith, who worship differently than us, who grew up in a different culture or those who make lifestyle choices that go against our grain of faith. In … Continue reading Faith without Prejudice

‘If’ and ‘Any’

Philippians 2:1 “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion” That verse although an incomplete sentence is exactly where I to focus on today. But as we delve deep into that one verse it is important to read further and get some context of what Paul was talking about. In verses 2-5 Paul goes on to say that if we have any of those things, then we should be like minded, having the same love, be one in spirit and purpose. … Continue reading ‘If’ and ‘Any’

Soul over Stuff

“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) This profound statement made by Jesus was said when he taught about the Parable of the Rich Fool and can be read here Luke 12:13-21.  This is not a story about whether having riches is good or bad, or if having them makes one a fool or not. Jesus wants us to understand what truly matters in life. Hoarding possessions and trying to find happiness and security in them is as futile as building your house without a foundation. Let’s look at this passage and see … Continue reading Soul over Stuff

What defines your Identity and Service?

The book of Philippians is a letter written by Paul to the church of Philippi .When he was imprisoned (Philippians 1:13-14) – a sort of house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:14-31), the church of Philippi sends Epaphroditus bearing some gifts to Paul and he sends this letter back with Epaphroditus to be read to all at the church of Philippi. As I read Philippians 1:1-11, I am always struck by Paul’s attitude while he was not allowed freedom of movement outside his present home. Does this feel familiar to us at this time. We all might be at different levels … Continue reading What defines your Identity and Service?

Lord, Realign my Perspective

During these challenging days I realise that I have good days and not so good ones and on the not so good days I have to be intentional about realigning my perspective. Consider your perspective and the difference it can make in how you feel about things that happen in your life. Perspective can be a powerful thing isn’t it. The power of one’s perspective changes how we feel, think, see things and as a consequence how we behave. Luke 24:13-35 is one such story where the perspective of two people was drastically changed. The story happens on resurrection Sunday. … Continue reading Lord, Realign my Perspective

An encounter with Jesus

Jesus is the revealer and the renewer of life. How does He bring about this renewal? Jesus meeting a person or having an interaction with a person often led to a radically changed trajectory of their life path. If we look at the encounters of Jesus in the new testament there are either some physical, emotional, social or soul changes. An encounter with Jesus should reflect a change in one’s life and it is not a one and done thing, we all know that it results in a life process of continuous renewal, refining and growth. One such encounter we … Continue reading An encounter with Jesus

Storms

I am not very fond of storms; it does freak me out a little bit. As summer came to an end in Perth, we do get some thunderstorms at this time of the year and being on the coast, it gets extremely windy. In the safety of your home a thunderstorm can seems very different to experiencing one when you are out on the water in a small boat. Well the disciples found themselves in this very situation as we read in Mark 4:35-41. Mark 4:35-41 “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to … Continue reading Storms

Purpose, Contentment and Complacency

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” As I read this verse it made me think about ‘Purpose’. God created us to do good things that He has already prepared in advance for us. Works do not save, but the saved person works for God and glorifies Him. The world emphasises the importance and need to have purpose in life. Purpose enables us to live a meaningful and full life. As people we have a search for purpose. The desire to live a … Continue reading Purpose, Contentment and Complacency

Wise Men

Over the weekend, I tried to get some Christmas shopping done. Went to the shops on Saturday and it was absolutely hectic in there with the crowd. I don’t do very well with crowded spaces and neither do I enjoy shopping very much so I was looking forward to finishing my task and getting home. As I was sorting out what I had bought for my Nephews and gift wrapping them later, I was mentally picturing the eagerness with which they would rip open their gifts and the joy I would feel just watching them do that. We all look … Continue reading Wise Men