Saturday, 31 March 2018

New Life










Jesus longed to gather Israel under His wing just a hen gathers her chicks. But they were not willing. Luke 13:34. Israel’s loss is the gentiles gain and behold there is a new Israel just as God had promised Abraham. Gen 12. The book of Romans outlines how gentiles become children of Abraham in the house of faith, not by works or genealogy.

And so gentiles too partake in the Passover which has become the Lord’s Supper. Someone greater than Moses is here & He is Jesus, New Testament believers celebrate their deliverance from the oppression of sin and death and also the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) and patiently wait for the return of the Saviour king who will come again as these last days count down as the gospel of Jesus Christ is declared to a world that is so lost in sin with all its misery. The good news is that Jesus saves...Look to Him, run to Him.

This Life I Live (Michael Morrow) - Live




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Thursday, 29 March 2018

The art of forgiveness and grace












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The God who goes all the way.







Lots of people have a view about Jesus the Nazarene. They did too in Jesus day. Some said or thought he was John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets. But Peter declared he was the Messiah. Mark 8:27-30

If we think or assume that we can replicate love and compassion but don’t need Jesus redemption or truth then we become our own religion or philosophy and set ourselves against the living God.1 John 1:1-4. There is no neutral ground when it comes to Christ.



"Ride On, Ride On, in Majesty"
by Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868


1. Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry.
O Savior meek, pursue Thy road,
With palms and scattered garments strowed.


2. Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die.
O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin
O'er captive death and conquered sin.


3. Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
The angel armies of the sky
Look down with sad and wondering eyes
To see the approaching Sacrifice.


4. Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
The Father on His sapphire throne
Expects His own anointed Son.

5. Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die. 
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain.
Then take, O Christ, Thy power and reign.


The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #162 
Text: Matt.21:9
Author: Henry H. Milman, 1827, alt.
Tune: ÒWinchester NewÓ
1st Published in: _Musikalisches Handbuch_Ó
Town: Hamburg, 1690



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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The fox and the chicken





Luke 13:31-35

It is easy to point the finger at the villains in the Easter message but when all is said and done "we all like sheep have gone astray". Basically, there is no one that matches the righteous requirements of the law or who is not under the influence of sin. Rom 3:9-20.

This doesn't mean the other things don't matter, but in terms of our personal perspective in looking down on others which we tend to do exceptionally well. When we look to God we should fall silent or side with humility instead of ranting or mumbling above or below our breath as if we are the exception to the rule which belongs to Christ alone.

It is not a pretty picture to have our true self revealed and it is not a pretty picture to see what the power of Rome or politics, the power of religion corrupted or the power of humanity corrupted can do to God or our neighbour. Peel back the layers, peel back the years, peel back our heritage or ancestry and our natural tendency to hate or out do God becomes very apparent.



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Blood brother & Warrior servant







It was hard at first to realise the injustice of it all, and for Jesus to simply and solemnly stand silent on the issue seemed to make it all the worse (what was he thinking!). Pilate understood the farcical nature of the ‘crime’ but the religious leaders with some stirred up influence got their way (or so it would seem).Mark 15:1-32.

Like so many things in this world there is more going on than meets the eye and it’s only with a bit of insight or hindsight that we can begin to get a better grasp on things. One of the reasons for Jesus silence demonstrates His willingness to be led to the slaughter like an unblemished lamb being offered up to bear witness to atonement for sin (Praise the Lord).Isa 53:7-9.

It is not in hippy vans, beautiful music or a quiet landscape, a long weekend or yoga or stuff smoked through a pipe or piles of cash where we should find ultimate peace and harmony of body and soul. True peace comes from God. Isa 53:4-5. There is a satisfaction in Christ on the cross, a price that was payed in blood and in full. There was more going on than what appeared to be a madhouse full of corruption, deceit and injustice where only the mighty and powerful get their way. The King of the Jews was marching on to death to crush sin beyond recognition.1 Cor 15:55.



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Friday, 23 March 2018

On the wrong side of life and death.



Rom 6:23.



The Jews objected to Jesus proclaimed connectedness to God. John 6:41-42. As far as they were concerned this Jesus was just a biological or marital product of family and nothing more. So Jesus claiming He was greater than Moses must have sounded like a mad man to their limited world view.

Without the bread from heaven the Jews that were delivered out of Egypt would have perished. God proceeds to provide manna from heaven just as he provided a ram in the thicket for Abraham. Gen 22:1-19.

History is repeating itself and here stands Jesus smack bang in the middle of it all. God has actually come into their midst, up close and personal, clothed in human flesh, speaking the truth and they don’t see or hear the connection. Isaiah 53: 1-3. Blindsided by their own insight (or lack of it) & consensus they begin to divide and assume Jesus is into cannibalism or something like that. John 6:51.

The Jews understood the Passover symbolised in a meal but the institution of the Lord’s Supper which would supersede it was yet to take its place in God’s grand plan of redemption for a corrupted world helpless in its sin. The atonement in OT times was about to be fulfilled in the person of God. He was going to shed his blood and take away the sins of the world. John 1:29-34.

On the cross was a type of double play that goes back to the days of Esther. Haman is plotting to get rid of the Jews and all his scheming backfires and so it was with the Jews who were plotting to get rid of Jesus. The magnitude of the cross and its complexity, simplicity and sublime victory is of the highest order that should find us amazed at such a graceful and selfless act that still speaks to the history and orders of the world today which wander this way and that.




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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Footprints in the gate








The world would like to think that it has moved on from the Christian religion/faith yet it still operates by a faith and is yet to remove God from His throne. The so called freedoms that it practises in the name of empowerment are more about a powerlessness to overcome evil so it flips its morality and moves into public celebration mode (as has been done numerous times before).

It is in fact a false gospel that is short lived and short sighted but has a very wide gate with a high volume of traffic. Can so many be so wrong, and so few be right? According to God the answer is yes. Matt 7:13-14.

Cities and houses don’t seem to have as many gates and fences these days (where I live at least). Security has become more of an individual or mobile thing but that is not going to stop your heart or mind being robbed of the truth. 







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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

It matters who you listen to.









It was not superstition that compelled the fresh water fisherman of Gennesaret to express holy fear/reverence/awe when being confronted with the power of God over and above nature. Neither can there be a naturalistic explanation for Jesus, after all He is supernatural, Fully God and fully man, fully pure and fully obedient.

 Jesus calls His first disciples to be fishers of men. Luke 5:1-11. Peter’s life like his nets will begin to break but it is a good kind of breaking. Breaking away from what he had known, Jesus will reveal to Peter a portion of the height, depth & width of His covenant of Grace. Unlearned for his day yet schooled by Grace and God alone. 2 Pet 1:3-4.



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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Exclusive love that is meant to be







Woman was taken out of man, purpose built for a loving relationship. In marriage the two become one flesh. Gen 2:22-25. There is nothing accidental about this pairing, it is functional and practical on so many levels. It is a match and protocol made on earth by a heavenly God filled with design, function, form and beauty (wisdom profound).

Holy matrimony did not fall or climb out of a tree or an ocean as if it needed a brighter idea to survive and flourish. It was already there long ago in the mind and heart of God who alone does wondrous things beyond compare. And although marred by sin and distortion the beauty of holy marriage remains and survives intact by God’s preservation alone.




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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Opposites attract and repel.





The late great Stephen Hawking in earlier times as told/shared by his first wife Jane.




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Chocolate won't do that.





Sin has its primary and secondary laws or effects and try as we may, we cannot undo what has been done. It would seem the default position when it comes to sin is to hide things and cover it up one way or another. If that fails blame or bluff or run… what a big/huge problem sin is & it can be found in all manner of places and hierarchies and experts or nobles are not immune, nobody is. Sin is a stain and blemish and no chemical or amount of washing can get rid of it and coats of paint will only protect what lies hidden beneath.

Some say the world revolves around money but sin is easily up there. And this is the reason that God clothed himself in human flesh. He came to take on our estate and being. In a demonstration of humility and obedience in human frailty, He walked the walk to demonstrate what holiness really looks like and that is truly amazing. No marvel heroics as such (even though He possessed that power) it was a walk or profession that led to a brutal cross where every bit of human pain was experienced to the maximum.

But more than that it was a payment in blood that the Israelites where particularly aware of throughout their history as a nation. In the shedding of blood comes the forgiveness of sins or the passing over of judgement. This was not a theoretical lesson but one very real and pertinent and practical to everyday life and the need to be cleansed from our filth and muck.

Our inner self is in need of this cleansing even more that our outward appearance and only Jesus has what it takes to make us clean and pure. In Him there is a washing that is whiter than snow, even whiter than the whitest of snow. Ps 51:1-19.We may not get the Old Testament  ceremony but we get the idea of a bath and becoming clean and we get the idea of payment being completed or a declaration from a judge regarding innocence and that is what the cross signifies for all that look to Jesus for the forgiveness of all their sin.

There is no sleight of hand at the cross, they were pinned down with ancient nails hammered securely in place so that the Son of God may be lifted up for the entire world to see. There was no running or hiding or bluffing by Jesus.Col 1:15-23.







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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

An equation for great and small









3.146 etc vs John 3:16-17. etc




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Tracking God










God’s children live by faith and not by sight. I do not have to see heaven to know that it is there and that that this is where God’s promises will be fulfilled in a sense of finality & complete restoration for body and soul. 2 Cor 5:7. The expectation for complete healing is beyond human imagination yet is not alien to us for Christ has revealed God’s nature and power in human flesh. 1 Cor 2:9. God has revealed himself to us on our radar, in our time and in our space so that we may truly know a mystery beyond compare that spans the centuries and ages which reach into eternity. The paradigm shift of the Spirit transforms life and death as it is assumed to be known.




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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Yoohoo





Image from Rabbit Seasoning (Warner Brothers)


It is a good thing to celebrate women, women are wonderful and gifted with much, but is everything beautiful in its own way? In the big public push of secular conversion therapies to rebirth women into warriors rather than helpless princesses and fairies we are also expected to take the bait & be encouraged to conform to a bizarre rainbow ideology. It is a world that wants to achieve great heights of success but is lost in the rabbit hole of wonderland where the devil wears Prada & reality bites. Mirror, mirror on the wall.

Women can be and are kind, compassionate, wise, hard working, sacrificial and brave to name just a few things.But of course they are not all sugar and spice and all things nice.




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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Current affairs





Worlds collide, collide and collide, they don’t evolve. Things change, in the search for authenticity, integrity, truth and beauty a collision of wonderful things spiral through time with a clear and present evil like the seven deadly sins at war with the fruit of the spirit. Things are lost and found in language and music and only truth shall set us free. 

Not only do we bask in the vast ocean of culture but we must also cut through it for the danger that it can be. Such is our estate. Who be your captain, or a pirate maybe ? With Christ in my vessel I can smile at the storm.Only He can truly deliver & we know His hope does not disappoint as He guides us to yonder harbour and an endless age.











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Monday, 5 March 2018

Ninja Fossils







Hide & seek, a fun game when growing up & also fun for a few memes in the modern age. Champion hiders in the world of memes are portrayed as Anne Frank, Osama Bin Laden, Luke Skywalker & Bigfoot…God too (who isn’t really hiding. Rom 1:19-20.).


But what about all those alleged transitional fossils, surely they are a prime candidate and a winner for sure…https://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-chapter-8-argument-the-fossil-record-supports-evolution




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Binding








There was and still is an app for that. Rev 1:11.



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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Looking to Thee











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God's presentation.






God chooses the ordinary to do an extraordinary thing as He displays His mercy & love to a people in need of salvation, the need to be freed from the power of sin. God’s angelic messengers robed in brilliant light further declare the wonderful thing that God has done for a human race united in sin & misery despite our social economic circumstances.

In the midst of all the freedom movements from the past and present, in the midst of all the movements of reformation & righteousness, in God alone are we truly free and found from the lurking power of darkness and corruption. John 8:36.











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Friday, 2 March 2018

Not that big of a rocket










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You don’t really need a time machine to go back in history when it repeats itself often enough in the so called modern world. There truly is nothing new under the sun and all that glitters is not gold, when the glow sticks go dim & the sparklers burnout the vast wisdom of God burns ever bright and His love forever deep.





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