When we are born our knowledge of our parents is very limited, but over time we grow and begin to know them more. If we do not, something is wrong. The same is true when we are born again. We get to know our parents’ habits, vocabulary, and the sound of their voice when they […]

We live in turbulent times. Every time we watch the news on TV or read the newspapers, we are bombarded with bad news. Bad news about crime and violence. Bad news about the political situation. Bad news about the economy, health, education and so many other things. Yes, there is the occasional good news, but […]

As we welcomed in 2020, I found myself thinking about 20/20 vision. I used to have cataracts which gradually caused my vision to deteriorate over many years. It’s not something that you immediately notice as it is so gradual. My reduced vision meant that I had to give up golf because after I hit the […]

I have been focussed on saying the Lord’s Prayer recently but keep getting stuck on the word ‘hallowed’. The word means ‘made holy, consecrated, greatly revered and honoured. Also, to purify, sanctify and honour’.  We reverence his majesty; we don’t use his name in vain and we consider it precious and holy. We say words […]

Have you ever been in total darkness? It’s really disconcerting. I was once on the bridge of a boat that was travelling through the night. There were only a few dimly lit lights and I found it very unsettling to be in the middle of a vast ocean and not knowing what was out there […]

I am one of those people who is very squeamish about giving blood. There is something about having needles pushed into my body that I really don’t enjoy! But I accept that sometimes blood tests are necessary. It wasn’t until recent generations that doctors realised that you can tell a lot from someone’s blood. The […]

During an average life of 70 years, the heart will beat 2.6 billion times. What an amazing organ! If it misses just a few of those beats, then your life is over. When the Bible refers to the heart, it is not just talking about a pump or an organ. It is referring to the […]

John 15:16 talks about us bearing fruit that endures. In various translations it uses the words: abides, lasts and remains. In a sense, this is an oxymoron as fruit by its very nature decays and has a sell by date. Fruit has to be eaten fresh. Yet here Jesus is talking about fruit that endures […]

Nabeel Qureshi, a converted Muslim before coming to Christ, said that one of the reasons he struggled to accept Christianity was because, if Christians truly believed in heaven and hell, they must really hate him to not tell him the way of salvation. It may sound like an extreme statement, but if we do believe […]

I was recently in Vietnam and went to visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Min. It is a large building set in a very large park area in central Hanoi. The thing that struck me was how many Vietnamese people came to pay homage to their former leader. I had noticed the same thing previously […]