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Living with the Word

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This blog shares thoughts about a Bible passage each week

Keep seeking

Mercy Triumphs Over JudgementPosted by Tim J Tue, October 11, 2016 08:33:47

Read Isaiah 58:1-12

For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways.

Is it possible we keep seeking God to find out his ways – hoping that he will come up with a different answer than he has already given?

It has been said that the most challenging aspects of the Bible are not the verses we don't understand but those we do i.e love you neighbour, encourage one another, no gossiping etc.

However, it seems sometimes we think if we are really religious and get to know God better - there might be an easier way! We think that somehow the demands to care about one another and the community in which we live will go away - God will have some other plan.

We are often challenged to get to know God more - but sometimes it is simply obeying God more.

The other day I was listening to Rick Warren. He said "You love Jesus as much as the person you love the least". Now that is challenging.



Be still

ExodusPosted by Tim J Mon, August 08, 2016 07:38:51

Read Exodus 14:10-14

Are you someone who is quick to question God when times are hard? Be reminded that we should not be afraid because we have a God who fights for us!

When the going gets tough - the tough ........ be still!

That's the amazing words of verse 14- "The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still".

How easy is it to 'be still' when in the desert and confronted with an army? How easy is it to 'be still' with all that life throws at us? Is it a physical 'being still' - taking some time to be quiet and being aware of God's presence. Yes we need to do that.

But also it is an attitude of heart and mind - a quiet confidence and trust in God.

Isaiah 30:15

In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,



On the spot

RevolutionPosted by Tim J Mon, July 11, 2016 08:04:36

Read Matthew 21:23-32

On the spot!

Jesus puts the ‘religious elite’ on the spot.

Was John the Baptist a ‘kairos’ moment? Was he and his ministry of God?

It would seem that the religious leaders hadn’t responded to John’s message. Why?


A passage in Luke 19 comes to mind when Jesus comes into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.’

How come 'religious' people missed out on God's coming to them? I suppose their expectations of what it would look like were different. Perhaps they thought it would be centred on them and channelled through them. They thought it would be centred on Jerusalem - not someone from Galilee.

At Christmas which watch a short nativity film created by some kids - wit the repeated line "they won't be expecting that".

When it comes to God and his kingdom - expect the unexpected. Look fo grace in the unexpected - and you will find it! God's kingdom is here.



On the spot

RevolutionPosted by Tim J Mon, July 11, 2016 08:04:29

Read Matthew 21:23-32

On the spot!

Jesus puts the ‘religious elite’ on the spot.

Was John the Baptist a ‘kairos’ moment? Was he and his ministry of God?

It would seem that the religious leaders hadn’t responded to John’s message. Why?


A passage in Luke 19 comes to mind when Jesus comes into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.’

How come 'religious' people missed out on God's coming to them? I suppose their expectations of what it would look like were different. Perhaps they thought it would be centred on them and channelled through them. They thought it would be centred on Jerusalem - not someone from Galilee.

At Christmas which watch a short nativity film created by some kids - wit the repeated line "they won't be expecting that".

When it comes to God and his kingdom - expect the unexpected. Look fo grace in the unexpected - and you will find it! God's kingdom is here.



On the spot

RevolutionPosted by Tim J Mon, July 11, 2016 08:04:14

Read Matthew 21:23-32

On the spot!

Jesus puts the ‘religious elite’ on the spot.

Was John the Baptist a ‘kairos’ moment? Was he and his ministry of God?

It would seem that the religious leaders hadn’t responded to John’s message. Why?

A passage in Luke 19 comes to mind when Jesus comes into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.’

How come 'religious' people missed out on God's coming to them? I suppose their expectations of what it would look like were different. Perhaps they thought it would be centred on them and channelled through them. They thought it would be centred on Jerusalem - not someone from Galilee.

At Christmas we watched a short nativity film created by some kids - with the repeated line "they won't be expecting that".

When it comes to God and his kingdom - expect the unexpected. Look for grace in the unexpected - and you will find it! God's kingdom is here.





On the spot

RevolutionPosted by Tim J Mon, July 11, 2016 08:04:05

Read Matthew 21:23-32

On the spot!

Jesus puts the ‘religious elite’ on the spot.

Was John the Baptist a ‘kairos’ moment? Was he and his ministry of God?

It would seem that the religious leaders hadn’t responded to John’s message. Why?


A passage in Luke 19 comes to mind when Jesus comes into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.’

How come 'religious' people missed out on God's coming to them? I suppose their expectations of what it would look like were different. Perhaps they thought it would be centred on them and channelled through them. They thought it would be centred on Jerusalem - not someone from Galilee.

At Christmas which watch a short nativity film created by some kids - wit the repeated line "they won't be expecting that".

When it comes to God and his kingdom - expect the unexpected. Look fo grace in the unexpected - and you will find it! God's kingdom is here.



On the spot

RevolutionPosted by Tim J Mon, July 11, 2016 08:03:33

Read Matthew 21:23-32

On the spot!

Jesus puts the ‘religious elite’ on the spot.

Was John the Baptist a ‘kairos’ moment? Was he and his ministry of God?

It would seem that the religious leaders hadn’t responded to John’s message. Why?


A passage in Luke 19 comes to mind when Jesus comes into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.’

How come 'religious' people missed out on God's coming to them? I suppose their expectations of what it would look like were different. Perhaps they thought it would be centred on them and channelled through them. They thought it would be centred on Jerusalem - not someone from Galilee.

At Christmas which watch a short nativity film created by some kids - wit the repeated line "they won't be expecting that".

When it comes to God and his kingdom - expect the unexpected. Look fo grace in the unexpected - and you will find it! God's kingdom is here.



I am the greatest

RevolutionPosted by Tim J Mon, July 04, 2016 08:26:58

Read Mark 9:30-37

Make a list, off the top of your head, of three people you would consider ‘great’.

Then take time to think what made them great.

Off the top of my head - Mother Teresa, Jackie Pullinger, the apostle Paul.

What made Mother Teresa great was not only her life of service - but the love and joy that went with it. It wasn't miserable service. She came up with a few good quotes too!

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

And hundreds more



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