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God’s requirement(s)

Micah 6:8 TM But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously. Micah 6:8 NIV He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. This is a famous verse from the Old Testament. I think it’s well known because it sums up the ‘duty of man’. In this passage, Micah the prophet, is challenging a religious mindset. He’s helping the Jews (and us) understand that God doesn’t so much want sacrifice and offerings from us. He wants our hearts to be his and as a result he wants our lives to become like his. It’s so important to remember that Micah is preaching these requirements pre Jesus. The Hebrew word ‘darash’ actually means ‘to resort …

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A new style of leadership to trial at home, work and at church

John 10:2-3 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. In this passage, Jesus is teaching on shepherding – the biblical picture (term) for what we refer to as ‘leadership’ today. With leadership bring such a buzz word I thought we could be inspired by what the master had to say. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd There are many ways to lead in the church, in your family and in your business. But it seems to me that if we want to lead like Jesus does, we need to do something unique. We actually need to adopt a completely new style of leadership called: ‘shepherding’. The first thing Jesus tells us about leading in this way is that we need to enter by the the gate. This makes a lot of sense when we think of the an olden day …

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How to lead with legitimacy

John 10:1 – 2 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. In this dialogue, Jesus is teaching the Pharisees something legitimate. The thing is, that the ruling religious Pharisee sect was regarded as the strict authority on spiritual things. But Jesus essentially tells them that they are thieves and robbers. This is a ‘turning the tables’ type event. It’s a massive thing to say… Let’s investigate more: very truly I tell you This phrase always gets me. Surely everything Jesus said was true – so why does he insist he is speaking truth by saying: “Very truly…” I think the easy answer is that it was a common phrase at the time. And a phrase which the Pharisees probably used a lot to substantiate their claims to veracity. Jesus caught their attention by using it. anyone who does not …

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What Jesus’ tattoo says about you

Isaiah 49:16a See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands… This is a wonderful clause, part of a longer prophetic word which Isaiah delivered to the people of Israel during the time of the first exile. Although the word is directed to those people at that time of great distress, the verse overflows into our lives because God’s great love for his people never changes. And we are His people! This passage in Isaiah 49 is a reminder to God’s people that even in a time of struggle, difficulty or distress that he still cares for and loves them. Isaiah reminds the people in verse 15 that God will never forget them: Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! The following verse is our study for today. See When we are going through a hard time our vision is usually and temporarily fixated on the mountain looming before us. It’s natural …

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When I have a toddler tantrum

1 John 2:2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. John, the disciple Jesus loved, a man who knew loved and carried the Father’s heart addresses his audience, the believers, as “My dear children”. Being a young dad now, I can understand his affection. I write… so that you will not sin. Kids are little humans who although made in God’s amazing image also carry a sinful nature. They glow one moment and a few seconds later you get a toddler tantrum. This is the likely context from which John is writing to his dear spiritual children. He loves them. He knows them. He knows they glow and he knows they will sin. So he writes to them so that they will NOT sin or live according to their …

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Be a man who walks with God

Genesis 5:21 – 24 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. My first response to this verse is Wow! It’s a wow because “it’s impossible to see God” and and yet an Old Testament character walked with Him. Enoch, like Adam, had a personal daily audience with God – the magnificent personality of the Universe. Today we can ‘follow’ famous people on Twitter and Facebook – we sort of get to know them by what they post. But Enoch walked with, talked with and connected in person with God himself. Wow. Enoch walked faithfully with God There are other personalities I know about in he Bible who did this too. Adam met with God daily in the cool of the day. Abraham, the father …

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The hourglass effect

Romans 5:12 and 17 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! These two verses eloquently explain both the predicament and privilege of mankind. To me it’s like an hourglass. Sin entered through one man and therefore all die. But as we pass through the hourglass, one man (Jesus) died so that all could live. This is the good news of the gospel. These two verses are so rich not only in the theology but in the way they reveal the very heart of the matter: sin is a problem. But our Saviour is the solution. It is nothing less than stunning and beautiful. Let’s look further at the key phrases. sin entered the …

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Saint “insert your name”

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints… This is the opening of the great ‘first letter’ to the Corinthians. The remarkable thing here is that the letter is addressed to us too: …together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… Let’s look at the two other wonderful descriptions (God’s view of us) of Gods people, relating to both the church in Corinth 2000 years ago or you and I today. those sanctified in Christ Jesus Firstly we are sanctified in Christ Jesus. This means that despite what we have done or do or think – that the Father sees us as holy, pure, innocent and pleasing… in Christ Jesus. Being in Christ is sometimes hard to understand. I like to remind myself that when I was baptised I was washed clean of my old life. I entered into the water and into the covering of Jesus. Another way of thinking about …

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One of Jesus’ most challenging comments

Matthew 5:38 – 42 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. This is one of Jesus most challenging instructions to those who follow him. In fact, it shocks us to the core because it is so different to our intrenched sinful nature. When everyone is screaming “retaliate”, Jesus is whispering “do not resist”. Again this is stunning because retaliation seems just and natural but turning the other cheeks exemplifies love and is grounded in the faith stance that God is just. Jesus …

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Formed perfectly to bring and to gather

Isaiah 49:5 NIV And now the Lord says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honoured in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength… he who formed me in the womb to be his servant The lord formed you and I in the womb. He determined the cells which would meet and connect and he formed our DNA. He chose each part of my DNA to build me from within to become a perfect human son. His intention, in his meticulous attention to each cell, chemical process and stage of growth was to prepare me for the privilege of serving him. I need to get this. Despite sin, sickness, and satan, the Lord still works actively to form my body, soul and mind for service. I am made to serve him. I am designed to worship him and to love him. Every single part of my being has been intricately designed for …

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But I tell you

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Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. I’ve always struggled with the justice of this passage. If someone injures me, my family or takes my stuff, do I really ignore the misdemeanour? Does this mean I don’t defend myself or my loved ones from dangerous people or insure my car? Do I not go to war to defend my country? I think Oswald Chambers sums this up well: In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he is a coward. But in the spiritual realm, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in him if he does not hit back. I tell you Quite simply Jesus has a different way to what is the natural default. This is highlighted in the verse above. The natural response to stand your ground and fight back physically (in a fight), emotionally (in an argument) or legally (in a courtroom) …

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Rhythm post 2

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If we will surrender, submitting to His conviction of that particular sin, He will lead us down to where He can reveal the vast underlying nature of sin. That is the way God always deals with us when we are consciously aware of His presence. This experience of our attention being directed to our concentration of personal sin is true in everyone’s life, from the greatest of saints to the worst of sinners. When a person first begins climbing the ladder of experience, he might say, “I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong,” but the Spirit of God will point out some definite and specific thing to him. The effect of Isaiah’sFiled under: Rhythm Tagged: rhythm

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The two things you want around your neck

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Proverbs 3:3 – 4 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs chapter 2 and 3 to this point are about the father exhorting the son to listen to his voice. The first ‘advice’ he gives is found in these two verses. love and faithfulness There are two qualities that stand head and shoulder above the rest. Once I’ve deeply committed to a life of devotion to the Fathers voice above all others, I need to hold on two these two things. The first is love and the second is faithfulness. I don’t need to develop love or faithfulness because they are a natural response to devotion. When I love God these are deposited into my heart and soul. My job is to bind them around my neck. It is to value them so highly that they never leave me because I’ve tattooed them …

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The value of one voice

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Proverbs 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. do not forget my teaching Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Proverbs all begin with this same encouragement: don’t forget my teaching. This is the big thing here: teach ability which is Humility. Especially as the son grows into manhood, which is the growing responsibility of leading himself and then others. Stay in the place where your Father has direct I put into your heart – not just your ears and intellect. My job as a son, husband and leader is to maintain a deep openness to God, his word and his presence in my heart. His voice must always be honoured first. The challenge in a busy, loud, and selfish world is to let voices of independence and ??? In. keep my commands in your heart The message here is to keep the fathers perspective foremost in my heart. It’s not just mind, …

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The hourglass effect

Romans 5:12 and 17 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! These two verses eloquently explain both the predicament and privilege of mankind. To me it’s like an hourglass. Sin entered through one man and therefore all die. But as we pass through the hourglass, one man (Jesus) died so that all could live. This is the good news of the gospel. These two verses are so rich not only in the theology but in the way they reveal the very heart of the matter: sin is a problem. But our Saviour is the solution. It is nothing less than stunning and beautiful. Let’s look further at the key phrases. sin entered the …

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Good leaders give us space to follow

John 14:15 – 16 If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— This verse is an exceptional summary encapsulating the heart of Jesus leadership. The context is that Jesus is answering two questions from two of he men he led: one from Thomas and the other from Philip. Let’s take a deeper look: John 14:5, 8 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” To Thomas Jesus answers: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” To Philip Jesus answers: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” In both of these moments Jesus is revealing his identity as the Almighty Son of God, ie. totally one with God and therefore God himself. To this everyone in the group was …

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How to lead with legitimacy

John 10:1 – 2 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. In this dialogue, Jesus is teaching the Pharisees something legitimate. The thing is, that the ruling religious Pharisee sect was regarded as the strict authority on spiritual things. But Jesus essentially tells them that they are thieves and robbers. This is a ‘turning the tables’ type event. It’s a massive thing to say… Let’s investigate more: very truly I tell you This phrase always gets me. Surely everything Jesus said was true – so why does he insist he is speaking truth by saying: “Very truly…” I think the easy answer is that it was a common phrase at the time. And a phrase which the Pharisees probably used a lot to substantiate their claims to veracity. Jesus caught their attention by using it. anyone who does not …

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God’s requirement(s)

Micah 6:8 TM But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously. Micah 6:8 NIV He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. This is a famous verse from the Old Testament. I think it’s well known because it sums up the ‘duty of man’. In this passage, Micah the prophet, is challenging a religious mindset. He’s helping the Jews (and us) understand that God doesn’t so much want sacrifice and offerings from us. He wants our hearts to be his and as a result he wants our lives to become like his. It’s so important to remember that Micah is preaching these requirements pre Jesus. The Hebrew word ‘darash’ actually means ‘to resort …

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When I have a toddler tantrum

1 John 2:2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. John, the disciple Jesus loved, a man who knew loved and carried the Father’s heart addresses his audience, the believers, as “My dear children”. Being a young dad now, I can understand his affection. I write… so that you will not sin. Kids are little humans who although made in God’s amazing image also carry a sinful nature. They glow one moment and a few seconds later you get a toddler tantrum. This is the likely context from which John is writing to his dear spiritual children. He loves them. He knows them. He knows they glow and he knows they will sin. So he writes to them so that they will NOT sin or live according to their …

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How to become wise with words

Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The book of Proverbs is a library of truth bytes condensed into short sentences. Traditional Hebrew proverbs take the form of the same thought expressed two ways. You get the positive and to further drive the point home you get the opposite side of the story. Today we are looking at two proverbs relating to our words – the audible extension of our souls. reckless (words) pierce like swords / harsh words stir up There are some words that when spoken pierce the listener. A piercing is a wound from a sharp instrument like a sword. The context is that of a battle. Soul wounds from piercing words although not visible are real injuries that take time to heal. The Bible describes the one who speaks words that pierce or wound as one who is reckless. The second proverb (15:1) above puts …

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The hourglass effect

Romans 5:12 and 17 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! These two verses eloquently explain both the predicament and privilege of mankind. To me it’s like an hourglass. Sin entered through one man and therefore all die. But as we pass through the hourglass, one man (Jesus) died so that all could live. This is the good news of the gospel. These two verses are so rich not only in the theology but in the way they reveal the very heart of the matter: sin is a problem. But our Saviour is the solution. It is nothing less than stunning and beautiful. Let’s look further at the key phrases. sin entered the …

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How to get a better view of Jesus

Mark 9:2a & 7 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone… 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” If I may contextualise this verse for us: after a time of busyness and intensive ministry (likened to 6 full days of modern life), Jesus intentionally removed himself from the public into the company of Peter, James and John (His fledgling ‘church’). Let’s look at this in some more detail. led them up a high mountain… they were all alone… Jesus took Peter, James and John up what is now known as Mt. Transfiguration or Mt. Tabor. It’s a distinctive peak in view of Jesus boyhood town of Nazareth. I have a theory that Jesus may have adventured up to the summit many times as a boy. It was on this mountain, away from the noise of life that, in the company of …

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One of Jesus’ most challenging comments

Matthew 5:38 – 42 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. This is one of Jesus most challenging instructions to those who follow him. In fact, it shocks us to the core because it is so different to our intrenched sinful nature. When everyone is screaming “retaliate”, Jesus is whispering “do not resist”. Again this is stunning because retaliation seems just and natural but turning the other cheeks exemplifies love and is grounded in the faith stance that God is just. Jesus …

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Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. https://www.periscope.tv/w/aKeJqzY2ODg5MDB8NjY2NjU5NzV-N0rFpkv_V77kqJOYkU2r94rpEObKVeiBYAkHJovDAw== I’ve always struggled with the justice of this passage. If someone injures me, my family or takes my stuff, do I really ignore the misdemeanour? Does this mean I don’t defend myself or my loved ones from dangerous people or insure my car? Do I not go to war to defend my country? I think Oswald Chambers sums this up well: In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he is a coward. But in the spiritual realm, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in him if he does not hit back. I tell you Quite simply Jesus has a different way to what is the natural default. This is highlighted in the verse above. The natural response to stand your ground and fight back physically (in a fight), emotionally (in an argument) or legally (in a …

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Trust in the Lord with all

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Proverbs 3:5 – 6 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. In the journey of life we need a compass. And this passage is the compass! Three things are highlighted: two things to embrace and one to distance ourselves from. When we use the compass correctly, the Lord in response does an amazing thing: He ensures that we walk straight. I.e. We get to the destination! Trust… with all The first aspect of using the compass is to trust or believe the Lord. This is the crux of our walk with the Him. Baktah means to ‘cling to’ and so holds the meaning ‘to set one’s confidence in’. I am to set my confidence in the Lord with all my thinking, decisions and perspectives. Not just in some areas: in all of them, all the time. Therefore I need to know what He is saying about each area of my life …

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Rhythm post 1

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If we will surrender, submitting to His conviction of that particular sin, He will lead us down to where He can reveal the vast underlying nature of sin. That is the way God always deals with us when we are consciously aware of His presence. This experience of our attention being directed to our concentration of personal sin is true in everyone’s life, from the greatest of saints to the worst of sinners. When a person first begins climbing the ladder of experience, he might say, “I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong,” but the Spirit of God will point out some definite and specific thing to him. The effect of Isaiah’sFiled under: !Podcast Tagged: rhythm

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The two things you want around your neck

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Proverbs 3:3 – 4 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs chapter 2 and 3 to this point are about the father exhorting the son to listen to his voice. The first ‘advice’ he gives is found in these two verses. love and faithfulness There are two qualities that stand head and shoulder above the rest. Once I’ve deeply committed to a life of devotion to the Fathers voice above all others, I need to hold on two these two things. The first is love and the second is faithfulness. I don’t need to develop love or faithfulness because they are a natural response to devotion. When I love God these are deposited into my heart and soul. My job is to bind them around my neck. It is to value them so highly that they never leave me because I’ve tattooed them …

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A new style of leadership to trial at home, work and at church

John 10:2-3 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. In this passage, Jesus is teaching on shepherding – the biblical picture (term) for what we refer to as ‘leadership’ today. With leadership bring such a buzz word I thought we could be inspired by what the master had to say. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd There are many ways to lead in the church, in your family and in your business. But it seems to me that if we want to lead like Jesus does, we need to do something unique. We actually need to adopt a completely new style of leadership called: ‘shepherding’. The first thing Jesus tells us about leading in this way is that we need to enter by the the gate. This makes a lot of sense when we think of the an olden day …

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Good leaders give us space to follow

John 14:15 – 16 If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— This verse is an exceptional summary encapsulating the heart of Jesus leadership. The context is that Jesus is answering two questions from two of he men he led: one from Thomas and the other from Philip. Let’s take a deeper look: John 14:5, 8 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” To Thomas Jesus answers: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” To Philip Jesus answers: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” In both of these moments Jesus is revealing his identity as the Almighty Son of God, ie. totally one with God and therefore God himself. To this everyone in the group was …

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What Jesus’ tattoo says about you

Isaiah 49:16a See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands… This is a wonderful clause, part of a longer prophetic word which Isaiah delivered to the people of Israel during the time of the first exile. Although the word is directed to those people at that time of great distress, the verse overflows into our lives because God’s great love for his people never changes. And we are His people! This passage in Isaiah 49 is a reminder to God’s people that even in a time of struggle, difficulty or distress that he still cares for and loves them. Isaiah reminds the people in verse 15 that God will never forget them: Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! The following verse is our study for today. See When we are going through a hard time our vision is usually and temporarily fixated on the mountain looming before us. It’s natural …

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God’s requirement(s)

Micah 6:8 TM But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously. Micah 6:8 NIV He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. This is a famous verse from the Old Testament. I think it’s well known because it sums up the ‘duty of man’. In this passage, Micah the prophet, is challenging a religious mindset. He’s helping the Jews (and us) understand that God doesn’t so much want sacrifice and offerings from us. He wants our hearts to be his and as a result he wants our lives to become like his. It’s so important to remember that Micah is preaching these requirements pre Jesus. The Hebrew word ‘darash’ actually means ‘to resort …

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Be a man who walks with God

Genesis 5:21 – 24 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. My first response to this verse is Wow! It’s a wow because “it’s impossible to see God” and and yet an Old Testament character walked with Him. Enoch, like Adam, had a personal daily audience with God – the magnificent personality of the Universe. Today we can ‘follow’ famous people on Twitter and Facebook – we sort of get to know them by what they post. But Enoch walked with, talked with and connected in person with God himself. Wow. Enoch walked faithfully with God There are other personalities I know about in he Bible who did this too. Adam met with God daily in the cool of the day. Abraham, the father …

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How to become wise with words

Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The book of Proverbs is a library of truth bytes condensed into short sentences. Traditional Hebrew proverbs take the form of the same thought expressed two ways. You get the positive and to further drive the point home you get the opposite side of the story. Today we are looking at two proverbs relating to our words – the audible extension of our souls. reckless (words) pierce like swords / harsh words stir up There are some words that when spoken pierce the listener. A piercing is a wound from a sharp instrument like a sword. The context is that of a battle. Soul wounds from piercing words although not visible are real injuries that take time to heal. The Bible describes the one who speaks words that pierce or wound as one who is reckless. The second proverb (15:1) above puts …

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Saint “insert your name”

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints… This is the opening of the great ‘first letter’ to the Corinthians. The remarkable thing here is that the letter is addressed to us too: …together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… Let’s look at the two other wonderful descriptions (God’s view of us) of Gods people, relating to both the church in Corinth 2000 years ago or you and I today. those sanctified in Christ Jesus Firstly we are sanctified in Christ Jesus. This means that despite what we have done or do or think – that the Father sees us as holy, pure, innocent and pleasing… in Christ Jesus. Being in Christ is sometimes hard to understand. I like to remind myself that when I was baptised I was washed clean of my old life. I entered into the water and into the covering of Jesus. Another way of thinking about …

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How to get a better view of Jesus

Mark 9:2a & 7 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone… 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” If I may contextualise this verse for us: after a time of busyness and intensive ministry (likened to 6 full days of modern life), Jesus intentionally removed himself from the public into the company of Peter, James and John (His fledgling ‘church’). Let’s look at this in some more detail. led them up a high mountain… they were all alone… Jesus took Peter, James and John up what is now known as Mt. Transfiguration or Mt. Tabor. It’s a distinctive peak in view of Jesus boyhood town of Nazareth. I have a theory that Jesus may have adventured up to the summit many times as a boy. It was on this mountain, away from the noise of life that, in the company of …

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What do you lack?

Jesus…said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor…and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” —Mark 10:21 Filed under: Building altars

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But I tell you

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Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. I’ve always struggled with the justice of this passage. If someone injures me, my family or takes my stuff, do I really ignore the misdemeanour? Does this mean I don’t defend myself or my loved ones from dangerous people or insure my car? Do I not go to war to defend my country? I think Oswald Chambers sums this up well: In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he is a coward. But in the spiritual realm, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in him if he does not hit back. I tell you Quite simply Jesus has a different way to what is the natural default. This is highlighted in the verse above. The natural response to stand your ground and fight back physically (in a fight), emotionally (in an argument) or legally (in a courtroom) …

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Rhythm post 2

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If we will surrender, submitting to His conviction of that particular sin, He will lead us down to where He can reveal the vast underlying nature of sin. That is the way God always deals with us when we are consciously aware of His presence. This experience of our attention being directed to our concentration of personal sin is true in everyone’s life, from the greatest of saints to the worst of sinners. When a person first begins climbing the ladder of experience, he might say, “I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong,” but the Spirit of God will point out some definite and specific thing to him. The effect of Isaiah’sFiled under: !Podcast Tagged: rhythm

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Rhythm post 1

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If we will surrender, submitting to His conviction of that particular sin, He will lead us down to where He can reveal the vast underlying nature of sin. That is the way God always deals with us when we are consciously aware of His presence. This experience of our attention being directed to our concentration of personal sin is true in everyone’s life, from the greatest of saints to the worst of sinners. When a person first begins climbing the ladder of experience, he might say, “I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong,” but the Spirit of God will point out some definite and specific thing to him. The effect of Isaiah’sFiled under: Rhythm Tagged: rhythm

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To see God sometimes, something must die

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Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah was the prophet and personal advisor to the king of Israel. He lived at court and did life with the royals, advisors and leaders of the land. Isaiah’s job was to hear the Lord for the king and his people and to encourage them to follow. Having said this, it took something remarkable for him to see the Lord clearly. King Uzziah died The King, Isaiah’s friend and leader died. And then Isaiah saw God. Sometimes it takes a radical shift of perspective or a major happening in life to wake up to seeing the Lord more clearly. Isaiah had to stop seeing the king so that he could see THE KING. I’ve never read this verse like this before. I’ve always seen it as a simple historical statement. But there is a prophetic truth in this history: Sometimes something has to die in our …

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The value of one voice

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Proverbs 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. do not forget my teaching Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Proverbs all begin with this same encouragement: don’t forget my teaching. This is the big thing here: teach ability which is Humility. Especially as the son grows into manhood, which is the growing responsibility of leading himself and then others. Stay in the place where your Father has direct I put into your heart – not just your ears and intellect. My job as a son, husband and leader is to maintain a deep openness to God, his word and his presence in my heart. His voice must always be honoured first. The challenge in a busy, loud, and selfish world is to let voices of independence and ??? In. keep my commands in your heart The message here is to keep the fathers perspective foremost in my heart. It’s not just mind, …

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