The unfolding of your word brings light

A life that seeks God is a life that receives from God and gives to God. Any attempt to understand God will ultimately frustrate, yet God can be known in giving and receiving.

In my life I have found that when I listen, giving myself to receive from God I am transformed. I write here on this blog primarily because in doing so I listen more carefully, give more intentionally and hopefully encourage others to pause and listen.

Asleep On The Steps

A passion for pie

Some people dig a fork into the pie but are too lazy to raise it to their mouth. MSG Proverbs 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth. ESV I have read and discarded this verse many times. I can assure you that if there is pie to be…

Satisfied

Satisfied? Proverbs 13:25

An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked always wants more. Proverbs 13:25 MSG I have thought about appetites and desires quite a bit since reading a little about St Ignatius of Loyola and his practice of guiding people to discern between desires that lead towards God and those that lead away.  He taught that those…

Proverbs

12 Social Media (G+) Proverbs

These dozen proverbs are written as advice on how to live well in the digital world of Google + and other social media networks.  They are inspired by The Book of Proverbs chapter 18.   Enjoy! Any friend/follower/circle dude who is interested only in themselves is basically a ball of spit Loners who care only for themselves spit on the…

10 ways to stop being a donkey

“Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule that needs bit and bridle to stay on track.” God-defiers are always in trouble; God-affirmers find themselves loved every time they turn around. Celebrate God. Sing together—everyone! All you honest hearts, raise the roof!  Ps 32:9-11 MSG Don’t conspire to get your own way Stay on track because you love loving God and others…

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How do you read the Book of Proverbs?

So I’ve been reading the book of Proverbs for the last while and have noticed a tendency to read them in a certain way. Lets read a few proverbs from chapter 12 to illustrate what I have observed about myself.  Take a few moments, read each one carefully. 6- The words of the wicked kill; the speech of the upright…

Jesus Only (Part 2 of 2)

Glimpses of Infinity. ….Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there…

Jesus only (Part 1 of 2)

Picture the scene. John the Baptizer is dead.  Jesus with His team of disciples have been travelling in Galilee and surrounding areas, healing the sick, freeing those oppressed by evil spirits and teaching on subjects as varied as persecution, faith and repentance. Jesus has changed water to wine, walked on water and miraculously fed 5000 people. Before during and after…

W5-Who trumps what-where-when and why

In Belfast we have a wonderful science and discovery centre called W5, WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy – visit W5.  My sons aged 7 and 4 absolutely love it and we visit a few times each year. What? What should I do?  What do you want me to do?  What did you do? What is the best approach to this project?  What hope do I…

Up in Canada Larry Norman

When I was up in Canada, I didn’t have much money My shoes had holes and my toes were cold, My nose was kinda runny. (it wasn’t funny) I met a longhair on the street, He said, “Look, you look like you’d like to eat.” I said, “A glass of Coke and a hotdog’s fine,” He said, “Well, how ’bout…

A final message from the pastor

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 I find this combination of text and painting almost overwhelming. Perhaps it is the similarity between this young…