Beauty is Everything

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”—Jonah 2:8 (NIV)  Have you seen that quote attributed to Robert Mugabe? Lately, it has been all over social media. It goes [something] like this: “Don’t tell me that beauty lies inside; no one walks around with x-rays.” That there, says a lot

The Goodness God Accepts.

“And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”—Luke 19:8 (ESV). In Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s classic tale La Belle et la Bête or (The Beauty and the Beast), Beauty falls in love

The Curse of Goodness

“But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him…”—Luke 15:28 (ESV) Goodness is the mother of all addictions. From the day we drop onto the red dusty soils that cover this planet, as we huff and puff through the trenches of life with sweat streaming down our faces,

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Prayer is Submitting to God

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”—James 4:7 (ESV). James opens the fourth chapter of his epistle with a question, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? He then shoots us a no-nonsense, between-the-eyes response: “Is it not this, that your passions are at war within

Prayer is not a Monologue

“Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”—James 1:18 (ESV) Matthew George Easton (1823-1894) was a smart guy who not only spoke to God directly, but also wrote a bible dictionary. In it, he defined prayer as a “converse

The Stripping Away

“My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”—Psalm 22:1 (ESV).   I must confess, I have of late developed a glaring dislike for prayer meetings, praise and worship sessions and overnight prayers. The dishonesty that goes on in those ‘religious

Down into my Mess…

“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”—1 Corinthians 10:13b (ESV). On a sunny day when I was four years old, I was sent to an afternoon nap. It

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Spiritual Super Heroism

“He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?””—John 9:36 (ESV) The Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther said that we need to hear the gospel every day because we forget it every day. One thing Luther got that all of us miss is where faith comes from. We do all sorts of

But You….

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light—1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)” Peter opens this verse with the word ‘but’ to signal a turn of events. From verse four

Truly, Truly, You will Die

Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”—John 8:51 (ESV) The Law kills. That is what it is intended to do. And John 8:51 does just that. “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death (ESV)”. Identical to those