A few years back, a friend of mine was interested in Christianity. I bought him a copy of A Case for Christ – a book that gives evidence that Jesus really rose from the dead.Read More
I stared down the valley at the endless sea of enemy soldiers and clenched my sweaty hands. There were thirty-two thousand men behind me. But they had so many more. What could we do? What could God do?Read More
On the first Palm Sunday, Jesus was worshipped as the long-awaited King of Israel.
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” cried the crowd.Read More
My head span with questions. How was I going to defeat the Midianites? The answer came in the night.Read More
She’s gone again.
Why does my wife keep prostituting herself? These men abuse and treat her so badly. It’s heart-breaking.Read More
I glanced above the crumbling wall. No Midianite soldiers in sight. They’d stolen our crops for years, but they weren’t getting this grain.
I shifted my heavy bag back onto my shoulder and ran towards the towering oak. I knew just the place to hide it: the winepress.
I started to separate the grains from the chaff in the pit, before looking up for enemy soldiers. I jumped. Sitting under the tree was a strange man.Read More
The must-watch home video: Baby Israel’s early years. Narrated by his Father.
Look closely because his story is our story too.
Rewind the tape.
The Father loved his son and rescued him from a horrific Egyptian regime (Hosea 11:1).Read More
It’s that age-old question: if we’re saved by grace alone through our faith in Jesus, why bother with doing good? Paul anticipated this question:
‘What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?’ Romans 6:1
Well, no. We know that being a Christian means changes to our life. But why?Read More
I’ve eaten nothing since yesterday morning.
In fact, recently I’ve noticed a worrying trend in my life: I’m missing more meals than before.Read More
I long for spiritual maturity. I long for a better understanding of the Bible, a deeper trust in our Father’s promises, and a more Jesus-reflecting love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
The Bible talks about it all the time: ‘grow up in your spiritual salvation’ (1 Peter 2:2). ‘Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2 Peter 3:18).
Grow, grow, grow.Read More
I was sixteen when I believed that Jesus came to save me from sin (1 Timothy 1:15) – my wilful rejection of a loving, holy and real creator.
I was told that those who’d receive him would receive life to the full (John 10:10) – both in this world and in the one to come. I received God’s gift of eternal life with a beaming smile. But life to the full here?
Well, I already had that covered.Read More
Last Autumn I spent a weekend in a secluded hut on the shores of a lake.
I woke up and sighed. It was 3am and silent. Waking up at random hours was a normal part of being six months pregnant.
I wrapped a soft blanket around myself and padded onto the veranda, overhanging the water. The night was still and clear. What I saw was breathtaking.Read More
It’s not how anyone wants to be described.
It’s someone who bets their savings on a football game – or who stores up cash without a thought for God or the life to come (Luke 12:18).
‘God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.”’ Luke 12:20
We don’t want to hear that verdict as we meet our Maker. So how do we avoid it?Read More
Are you sure God forgave you of that sin? It’s a pretty bad one. It’s not the first time you’ve done it either. Maybe you should confess it again? Just a few more times?
This is a typical conversation I have in my head – doubting God’s forgiveness and feeling guilty.
But some sins just seem too ugly for God to forgive straight away: adultery, shoplifting…surely they need extra big repentance?Read More
‘Go make disciples.’ Jesus used his last words on earth to give his disciples a job to do. Don’t miss what he’s saying: being disciples means making disciples. It means telling others about Jesus and helping them follow his commandments.Read More
‘James, can I ask you a question?’
It was Sunday night. And after our church’s evening service I bump into a friend who I haven’t seen for a while.Read More
Israel had lost God (1 Samuel 4:22). The Philistines had captured the ‘ark of the covenant’ – the symbol of God’s presence and glory.
But the Philistines’ mistreatment of the ark wrought havoc. God smashed their idols (1 Samuel 5:4) and brought the bubonic plague on its capturers (1 Samuel 5:6).
So the people of Ashdod passed the ark to the people of Gath. They passed it to the people of Ekron who didn’t want it either.Read More