Archive for February, 2011

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Joel – The prophet they listened to

Joel preached during a devastating plague of locusts. This time the people listened and changed. How do you respond to the difficulties and pain the LORD brings into your life?

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The disciples without Jesus (9:1-)

The twelve had learned and worked under Jesus’s eye. But there came a day when Jesus sent them out for the first time on their own. How would they handle the impossible tasks Jesus sent them to do? How do we face the impossible tasks Jesus gives us to do? We trust and obey.

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Illness

I’m sitting in bed, off sick from work with a cough and cold on my chest (no need for sympathy – I wrote this a couple of months back now). And it’s making me think about illness. Some of us have a continuous struggle with illness every day of our lives. Most of us are ill at some time or another, although you occasionally meet hardy specimens who haven’t missed a day’s work in 20 years.

Yet, even for those folk, the day may well come when they are struck down with flu, …

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Habakkuk – A man shaped by God

Habakkuk is a man struggling with doubts and questions – like so many of us. This book shows us to handle such doubts – changing us in the process.

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When differences don’t matter (8:40-56)

A rich and respectable synagogue ruler; an outcast and destitute woman… they could not have been more different.  But at the feet of Jesus, they became equals: equally needy, equally blessed.

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