Golgotha’s battle

Two armies faced off, each from opposing camps. One army struggled, feeling like victory was quickly slipping away from them, as their Commander became weaker and weaker before their eyes. They experienced uncertainty about whether the strategy of absolute non-interference was viable. But their General had insisted, and so they maintained a high-energy state of…

Black Saturday

This day lies between Good Friday and the glory of Easter Sunday, and is called either Holy Saturday, or more commonly, Black Saturday. Whilst often completely bypassed by many Protestant church traditions, as simply a period of waiting until “The Big Day”, I have been struck this week meditating on this Day-In-The-Middle of Easter weekend.…

The Choice at Gethsemane

  Last night our Senior Pastor, Keith Jackson, taught us beautifully about the Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. It resonated so much with me, as much of my quiet time this week has centred on Luke’s moving and detailed account of this stress-filled night. Luke, a Doctor, is the only gospel writer…

Plan A or Plan B?

Been challenged recently on how often we stray from God’s best plans for our lives. We hope that God will reveal His plans and purposes to us very clearly – and sometimes He does. Sometimes God is abundantly precise in what our future holds, but we run away from that plan. We may assume that…

Strengthen my hand

Discouragement is often personal. Unfortunately we are hot-wired to remember those slights, those moments when a harsh, or even a slightly misguided comment or action can bring us emotionally to our knees. Forget the many times you have been encouraged; discouragement is extremely buoyant, having the power to float to the surface of our minds…

Bringing the Storm “To heel”

A few days ago, the Crufts Dog Show, billed as The Largest Dog Show in the World, awarded a Westie the title of Best in Show. But I like to watch the obedience classes, and especially the heelwork demonstrations (. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-1OQ0GTMRE&index=5&list=PLq-moO5LC2-mKEeV7YF_irfvQpdjgL43_) This is where skilled dog trainers show off the talents of their faithful canine…

When Doubt, like an Airbag…

“When Doubt, like an airbag, attendeth my way…” I know that this should read “When PEACE, like a river attendeth my way…” But there are some days, and some moments, when peace seems far way. Out of the blue, someone says something totally innocuous, and you know in your heart of hearts that it was…