Doing What It Takes
8-10 Come close to God and he will come close to you. Realise that you have sinned and get your hands clean again. Realise that you have been disloyal and get your hearts made true once more. As you come close to God you should be deeply sorry, you should be grieved, you should even be in tears. Your laughter will have to become mourning, your high spirits will have to become heartfelt dejection. You will have to feel very small in the sight of God before he will
'Reflections of Fire
Luke has opened his volume, as we saw, with a greeting to Theophilus, with both the opening greeting and reference referring back to the first part of his work, his Gospel about Jesus Christ. Going forward, Luke is now writing about the Acts of Jesus Christ. The rejection by the Pharisees and the strife predicted were a present reality with Jesus, and will continue to be so as the chosen witnesses spread their witness about Jesus Christ. For our part, we saw
In an email to a friend last night, I found myself writing this:
Have you ever been put down so hard by the enemy that you can't seem to raise your head up so that when you say, "God help me!", the dirt your face is pressed into kicks up a cloud of dust around your head because you can't even take your face out of the dirt???
'The Beginning, and Before'
Imagine picking up a bible one day and starting at the fifth book of the New Testament, Romans. As you read through the letters you encounter people, places and events that seem so disconnected from the Gospels you have just read. For one thing, this 'Paul' character was not mentioned in the Gospels; where did he come from and why is he writing all these letters? Why is he running around to all these places and writing them letters of encouragement?