Why a raincoat could be bad for you

Not only had Jesus removed the disciples’ staff, bag, bread and money; he wants to leave them with nothing but the shirts on their backs.

How to live without money

Money is God’s number 1 competitor for your attention.
Whether we have money or not in this part of our journey, God wants us to look to him for everything.

Why you need to leave your bag at home

A bag on a journey has two uses:

To take provisions and essential items
To carry things you acquire on the way
And Jesus tells us not to bring a bag on our mission to share his Kingdom.

Why Jesus wants you to be irresponsible

Cancel your breakdown cover and throw the spare tyre out. Leave the spare keys at home and don’t take any money for the services on the way. And no bank cards.

You carry the authority of Jesus

Have you ever wished you could share your faith more easily? Do you ever long to see a proper, indisputable healing? Me too. I’m working on it all the time! Jesus sent out his 12 disciples in Luke 9 with 2 tasks: Preach the Kingdom Heal the sick Well, as I just read that, I…

5 Reasons I’m glad my daughter died

I had never felt so desperate. My 12 year old daughter was dying. The doctors had done all they could and the family had quietly began to gather. Then I heard Jesus was back in town. I knew he was my only hope. I forced my way through the crowds. Some people made way for me…

Jesus, the Devil and Pigs

Do you realise just how powerful Jesus is? Maybe in my day-to-day ordinary world I sometimes forget. The stories in Luke 8 are a great reminder. Not only does Jesus demonstrate his power over nature (calming the storm) but he then shows even greater power – complete control of the spirit world. Those poor disciples…

The Storm: Who is this man?

The saviour led me into a boat with words I soon forgot: Let’s go to the other side of the lake And then the saviour slept. The saviour slept as a swirling storm descended. I want you to see the contrast. I was sailing, striving and the saviour was sleeping, silent. Have you ever been there?…

Hearing and Persevering

The Christian life is all about hearing and persevering. In the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8) the good soil that produced the harvest represented those who heard, retained and persevered in God’s word. In the following Parable of the Lamp Jesus reminds us that what we listen to we illuminate. “Be careful how you listen.”…

Reaping a Harvest: 2 lessons from Jesus

Yesterday I read about the need for good seed, i.e. the Word of God as an antidote to worry, and the temptations of riches and pleasures (Luke 8 – Parable of the Sower). Jesus extends this thought in the next parable – the Parable of the Lamp. These are not two isolated stories. In the same…