Have you ever read the bible story where King David organises the moving of the ark of the Testimony and a man called Uzza ends up dead?
It’s one of those shocking stories that can leave you feeling particularly puzzled if you don’t read onto the following chapters or have forgotten the bible stories about the transportation of the ark of the covenant (or testimony) from earlier books of the Bible. I happened to read it recently and want to tell you what I have discovered. Continue reading
Which Bible version can I trust?
Is the King James Version of the Bible the only one we can trust as some contend?
This is becoming a serious concern for some Christians which can lead to anxiety in others. I find that as I read on the internet that one person says one version is best and then others state the opposite, that just leaves me feeling confused!!
You can go from the vehement King James Version Onlyists to the those who are happy with the Message
translation (per) version. Then there are hundreds of other versions too. Are some more trustworthy than others? Are any the “inerrant word of God,” as some claim? Are some actually dangerous to our faith, as others strongly contend?
I was a while ago, looking into the differing texts and methods that bible translators use. I was attempting to understand things that really felt rather complex. In order for me to satisfy myself that I could, at the very least, trust the Bible in my hands I ended up doing a parallel, line-by-line reading of my preferred version, a New King James Version Bible (NKJV) with a King James Version Bible (KJV). Continue reading
Today there are a plethora of voices and opinions crying out for our attention within Christian circles and we simply must take stock and decide who we will listen to, and whom we can trust.
Do we merely allow ourselves to be cowed into passive, submissive silence simply because someone else is shouting louder or behaving in an intimidating and controlling fashion? Or ought we instead to be listening out for the voice of our true Shepherd and acting in obedience to Him only and thus speaking up for His truth?
I am writing today to encourage you in the latter, as I share some of my own stories of my dealings with various “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” that have proved to be quite prolific in England, as I feel sure they are in your part of the world too.
Firstly, let’s go to the basics and look at what Jesus said about Himself being the Good Shepherd and compare that to the qualities of “the hireling” shepherds that He warned us of. Here it is in John 10:1-16. Continue reading
A few years ago, whilst joining with a few believers at an informal Christian meeting, as an elderly man spoke about the wise men bringing to Jesus, gold, frankincense & myrrh, the Lord suddenly and unexpectedly put into my heart the following meaning of these three things.
The gold signifies a person’s faith that is tried and tested and purified as gold.
The frankincense, which is a perfume or fragrance, signifies the prayers of the saints rising pleasingly before the throne of God.
The myrrh, also a perfume, but one used biblically during preparation for burial upon death. This signifies our process of dying to the flesh life and this world’s ways so that Christ can be formed in us to a greater measure.
I was overawed at this understanding of the “wise men’s” gifts to the infant Jesus as I understood that the Lord Jesus is still wanting such blessed gifts to His eternal glory from His followers today. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why we do Christmas the way we do? Have you ever wanted to do things differently? Are we Christians perhaps being “conformed to this world” without so much as a whimper of protest? If so, I will attempt to throw open for you the window on the world of Christmas customs once more.
I say, once more, as I wrote last winter on the matter. If you wish you can read that article entitled “Christmas – Of What Spirit Is It?” here.
Truth versus Lies.
Firstly however, I would like us to think about the very important issue of Truth versus Lies. There is such a mixture of customs and practices involved in Christmas that picking them apart to hold them up to scrutiny of the word of God can be a little confusing. In this article, I wish to tell you the tale of two fathers and consider the role of “Father Christmas” in our lives. Continue reading
Will you crack under the coming persecutions or feast frequently on the reality of your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? This is perhaps an egg-ceedingly important question in this day and age!
As one of my microwaved poached eggs has just exploded all over the interior of my microwave whilst the other egg besides it was cooked to perfection it got me thinking along these spiritual lines. Both eggs looked the same on the outside and both were exposed to the same pressures but one held its integrity and the other simply cracked up and went to pieces!
Just prior to this breakfast egg-splosion (lol – I may have to curtail that humour at this juncture, me thinks, as I have a serious subject matter ahead!) I had read a powerful blog article by Richard Wurmbrand on the horrific torture and persecution he, and many others, have endured simply for being a Christian. Continue reading
I wrote this poem some years ago when I first challenged some “church leaders” about Tithing being wrong for todays church. Their response, coupled with my broken-heart of my husband’s abandonment, caused me to outpour my anger and grief into the words that follow. Needless to say I forgave those that hurt me, as Jesus teaches us to do, but still it helped to pour out my feelings onto the page at the time.
Crushed and broken, rejected and bruised,
My heart is wounded and abused.
I lie alone and cry out in pain,
I weep and sob again and again.
On and on the days drag by.
I frequently just want to die.
To find the peace that eludes me here,
To be with my Jesus and have no fear.