As Jesus works through the synagogues of Galilee, he meets an ‘unclean’ man. The man has a skin disease which is not only unpleasant but also blocks him out from Israel’s worship. With a single touch, Jesus transforms the man.
Certain words, phrases or ideas can get us excited. Public speakers know this and make use of the trait. With a weak speaker that may be their way of masking the poverty of their words. The trait can also be
Christians have received grace from God. This means we have been given a gift by God which is the very opposite of what we deserve. We deserve death; He has given us life. And this gift is hugely expensive: His
If Jesus came to build God’s kingdom (Lk 4:43) and bring people into unity (Co 3:11), why have Christians formed so many different types of churches? Has something gone wrong? Our verses provide part of the answer, as they give
All of us are affected by what’s around us. Ideas, beliefs, people, environment – all these, and other things besides, can shape our behaviour. But if we ask what leads to all the wrong we do, then the core of
Peter, in Acts 10, learns an important lesson as Jesus prepares him to meet with a Gentile. But what does the apostle mean when he says he no longer regards anyone as ‘unclean’ (v28)? To start to get into his
There are things we cannot do. Some are physically or mentally beyond us. But others we simply cannot face because of what they stir up within us: they are utterly off-putting. Yet, at times, we may have to do them