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The Heart of God

Suffering Father

The Bible is filled with the testimony of suffering fathers. Think of the certain suffering of our first father – Adam – when his son Cain murdered his son Abel. Consider the suffering of Noah as he foresaw the destruction of his community and the then known world. Mediate on the suffering of Abraham as he longed and prayed for a child – only to have God demand that he give the child up to a premature, sacrificial death. Continue Reading

Life

Grieving

This morning at breakfast a verse from the bible came to my mind from apparently nowhere. It was written by a man whose faith was in danger of failing and who simply could not make sense of the unfairness of life and why the God he worshiped did not intervene. He was broken and confused – questioning the fairness and goodness of God. In fact he came to the point of regarding his faith as a waste of time and energy – and considered leaving it behind all together. Continue Reading

Life

Consumed By Fear

One of the things that the present crisis has revealed or, some might say, caused – is a massive increase in fear. We all know that there are both positive and negative aspects to fear – but the fear I want to address today is of the negative variety Continue Reading

Danger Zone

Deception

Have you ever been deceived? It can be a very painful and costly experience. I have known people who have been deceived financially and lost large sums of money. I have known others who have been deceived into disastrous marriages and are still paying the price – and yet others deceived by promises of success only to see failure. Continue Reading

Life

Hurting

I regularly meet people who have been deeply hurt by others. Being hurt, it appears, is part and parcel of living. Perhaps it goes without saying but hurts inflicted by a friend or friends are the most difficult to deal with and, I suspect, take the longest to heal – even if, on the rare occasion, confession and forgiveness is sought by the person who has caused the pain or offence. Continue Reading