God breathes out, we breathe in

“God formed a man from the dust of the ground, and the Lord breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living being.” Genesis2:7 We are made of dust. We are of the earth, limited in time and space. But dust alone is not enough to make a human, no matter how well it’s crafted. What makes …

Inviting feedback

A friend recently told me he regularly prays Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” To say this to God and mean it takes courage. I reflected that inviting feedback, however helpful, is …

Entangled in Our Story

The fall of Adam and Eve was a painful moment, and that pain spread like wildfire. By Genesis chapter 6 the default mode of everyone was to endlessly do wrong. These distorted and corrupted humans were spiralling out of control, affecting everyone and everything they touched. God regretted that he’d made people. His heart was grieved as he brought about …

Buoyed by Prayer

I returned from a trip to Canada and the US this week. During the 17 days I experienced significant help from God. I had wonderful opportunities to talk about Jesus and rich times of mutual encouragement with many fellow Navigators. A few key things worked together to create this. The first was being buoyed along by the prayers of others. It seems to me …

He is already there

The Lord goes with me – anywhere, anytime. His presence is reassuring, especially if I’m going into a challenging situation. But too often I forget that as well as going with me, the Lord also goes ahead of me. He doesn’t just arrive when I do; He was already at my destination well before I got there. This was true for Ananias …

Connecting with God

‘Connecting with God’ is the first trait in a booklet I am reading called ‘The five traits of a Christ-follower’. I like how one of the authors describe Jesus visiting Martha and Mary, “Mary and Martha and Jesus were all in the same place, but only Mary was with Jesus.” I discovered something new about connecting with God recently from …

He welcomes the failing humble

There is a small number of things that I stake my life on. One of these is the immense capacity of the Lord to forgive people – even really bad people. King Manasseh of Judah is one example. He was evil. He walked away from God and experimented with anything and everything, including sacrificing his own children in the fire. …

What are you storing up?

When people ask me what fruit trees we have on our property I talk about our little Beurre bosc pear tree that produces a bumper crop each year. We have been harvesting beautiful fruit from this tree for over a month! Jesus draws a comparison between good trees producing good fruit, and good things coming from the good stored in peoples …

Driving on the Right Road

The invisible powers of our western world move us on, like cars driving to the city in the morning commute. Our thinking, our efforts, our desires are steered towards seeking things like: Financial security and wealth. A house in a ‘good’ neighbourhood. On-trend labelled clothes. The latest phone. ‘Good’ education. Overseas holidays. A ‘top of the range’ car. Many ‘likes’ …

How deep are your foundations?

Several years ago I built a small building to house a composting toilet. My abiding memory of this experience is the effort to establish the foundation. The above ground building grew more quickly and with less effort than the foundation. Jesus uses this analogy to urge us to build strong, deep faith foundations. Foundation building takes time and effort. Jesus …