Thursday, 31 December 2015


Todays REAP Reading: Rev 19-22

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” {Rev 21:1-4}

"God is unfathomable, yet personal"

Cup of tea in hand I'm flicking through my REAP Journal for 2015 reflecting on some of my notes from the year just passed when I stumbled upon my notes from the 1st January 2015...

The key passages that stood out last year on that day was;

"Let the land produce vegetation: seed bearing plants and trees on land that bear fruit with seed" (Gen 1:11)
"For no word from God will ever fail" (Luke 1:37)

Thinking about the year just passed, 2015 has been fruitful in so many ways. My knowledge of God and his ways have deepened, though I still find him "unfathomable".

Reading the Bible regularly has helped me to appreciate our God. His detail, His desire to be an intricate part of my life and the way He has strengthened me during times when ministry just appeared humanly impossible.

He has given me peace, beyond understanding...

I could give you 10 reasons to read the Bible in 2016 but really I shouldn't have to...

God's chosen people will be drawn to it, it's our food, it's our daily encouragement and reminder of God's faithfulness to His people. The faithful will continue to draw on His strength through prayer, meditating on His Word, and being part of a Gospel centred church family so that we can grow and learn to serve our God and His people, until He returns.

I'm not going to pressure you, hound you, lump tonnes of burden upon your shoulders to read the Bible daily. Nope I don't have too...

But if you belong to Jesus, he will pinch you, poke you, nudge you and urge you to come and listen for a while to his life giving message, so that you may gain eternal life and be powered up to live a life pleasing to Him!

Come and join us for #Reap2016


Thursday, 17 September 2015

He is coming back...

"Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever" {Re 22:1-5}

The recent REAP readings in Ezekiel and Revelation have been heavy and any newcomer to reading the Bible would find it pretty tough going. But the beauty of this Bible reading plan is that we get to read the whole of God's word not just the bits we like but the tough gritty bits that weigh our thoughts down and grow us in our knowledge and love of God.

Which is what I love! I love how the Scriptures challenge us, I love how they cut deep into our soul revealing the murky bits ( Even just now as I complain to my family how I never have any "blogging" time after realising I hadn't shared my journal thoughts since May...)

BUT I have been reaping and it's getting a lot easier as my own spiritual life is becoming more robust and mature (though I still have a very long way to go!). The last few months have been challenging but daily I'm reminded that we are indeed living in a broken world. And when I'm tempted to think that everyone else has it all together, except me. God challenges me by throwing me into another relationship where a marriage is breaking down, or a friend is fighting depression or various addictions and I'm given another chance to share my love of Jesus and their need for Him too.

These two books of the Bible full of amazing imagery, in fact downright scary imagery at times are thrilling to me because it should wake us up to the reality that judgement is coming, for all of us. We will all be accountable for the way we have led our lives. We will get what is coming for us and a part of me (the sinful part) rejoices at the fact they every person that has caused pain in my life will be held accountable. But then the Spirit within me who longs to be reconciled to his people cries out for those that are lost and it's then that I feel immense sorrow for those that have rejected the one that can save them on that day of judgement.

In the Ezekiel readings I'm reminded that God's people have stuffed up BIG time. They have turned their backs on a good loving God for their own desires. Yet in God's mercy and because of his promise to remain faithful, He promises to search for the lost.

"I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice" {Ez 34:16}

In the book of Revelation we see the suffering servant of the Gospels become the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The one that is coming back to rule forever and forever. Who will deliver justice to the nations and claim what is his, His chosen people. The Great Shepherd who will shepherd the flock with justice.
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And I'm just in awe that He chose me, undeserving, quite ordinary, me. He promises to find me! And I love that I'm reminded of this every single morning as I open his word and delight in it.

Today, as I listened to a friend explain how good walking is in the morning for her mental health. I was able to share with her that reading my Bible and praying in the morning is the best thing for my mental and spiritual health. It prepares my soul for what could be the day that my Lord and Saviour returns to take me home.

Come soon Lord Jesus, Come soon...