What A Morning! The tomb is empty, except for some old grave-clothes and a stranger dressed in white asking a couple of bewildered women “why are you seeking the living amongst the dead?”
The skies turn black. An earthquake causes the temple curtains to rip in two exposing the holy-of-holies. Those that demanded death got what they wanted; “IT IS FINISHED!” What are we to do with Sunday?
Mark opens his gospel with a flourish, a gripping story of Jesus’ life, claiming it to be for the good of every living person, and then ends on a cliff-hanger with women running away from the empty tomb. What is this unfinished story trying to tell us?
“Please pass the salt, and while you’re about it, would you mind turning on the light?” These are not exactly life-changing requests. But, what if this has to do with our characteristics as Christians?
Imagine being told “You’re Blessed If You Have Nothing”. The modern world would scoff, loudly! And, if that’s not enough, added to it is “You’re Blessed If You Give Everything”. But what are the benefits listening to scoffs over the words of our Lord Jesus?
Many aspire toward a cushy lifestyle, which includes, of course, a cushy church. But Christ’s example in His ministry shows us an effective church is not cushy. Is it time to step out of the comfort zone?
ÔÇ£Lord, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evilÔÇØ. Can Christ’s example be the shining light we need to guide us on life’s road filled with an unending list of temptations?
(apologies for technical glitches resulting in a poor quality recording) The neighbouring books, Malachi and Matthew, is where Old and New Testaments divide. However, could the common theme of the closing verses of Malachi and this chapter of Matthew be the bridge to prepare us for crossing over from the promises of the Old to […]
One could be forgiven thinking Matthew 2 reads like a spy thriller. Joseph is having to move his young family, Mary and baby Jesus, so as to stay out of reach of the tyrant king Herod. But, is there possibly a less obvious message in this tax-collector-turned-Christian’s account of events?
The world is quick to scoff at the Christian faith. Matthew’s account of events shows Joseph’s life asking a vital question: When accepting Jesus Christ as saviour, are you brave enough to tick the little ‘checkbox’ alongside “I Accept The Terms & Conditions”, to accept the scandal, to take the risks, and be prepared to […]