Friday, 29 October 2010

Ordinary Holiness

"There are religions in which holiness involves unusual conditions and special diet. Some forms of mysticism seem to be incompatible with married life. But the type of holiness which Jesus teaches can be achieved with an ordinary diet and a wife and five children."
(from The Jesus of History, by T.R. Glover)

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


The Eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)

My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (1 Corinthians 2:12)

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:30)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Where else can we find a God for the weary? Every religion the world has been able to craft has a god or a creed that advises us to be strong; to do something; to be something. Some give detailed instructions about what we must do, and how we must do it. Nowhere except the Bible can we find a God who calls out to the weak. He alone has something to give, rather than merely a set of requirements. He alone offers rest and strength to the broken. He alone calls the empty and worn to his side without mocking, without reproach.

Oh, so thankful today for the Eternal God, who gives his strength when I've reached the end of my own, who bids me hold out my empty hands to receive before he asks me to give. He is a God worth worshipping. I may lay my whole heart in his arms.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Accounting Principles

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

(Matthew 16:24-26)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28)

[Words of Jesus]

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Without Excuse

To know what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage.