Splinters

Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. Mark 3:25 NLT So much of the world is in turmoil today because of sectarian or tribal strife. Such strife wrought havoc in Europe during and after the Reformation and I saw so much trouble in my childhood and youth, just because of Protestant and Catholic…

Faith, hope and wishful thinking

When all the Israelites saw the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord coming into the camp, their shout of joy was so loud it made the ground shake! 1 Samuel 4:5 NLT Eli was waiting beside the road to hear the news of the battle, for his heart trembled for the safety of the…

Now I see it!

And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” Mark 2:12 NLT The people were all amazed because they had seen Jesus perform a miracle. They had never seen anything like it, but now…

Ever so humble

“Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance! For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done; he will judge your actions. 1 Samuel 2:3 NLT When the New Year honours list was announced, I found it odd that so many of the people who had been honoured day…

Needs must

As she was praying to the Lord , Eli watched her. Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!” “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and…