I recently watched an excellent Chinese TV fantasy drama called Love Between Fairy and Devil, or Cang Lan Jue (‘Separation of Cang and Orchid’). If you haven’t heard of it – it’s hugely popular in China and very popular overseas, airing back in August – it’s a truly beautiful, wonderfully-produced show with a great story, … Continue reading What are we here for?
God’s work is bringing us to eternal life, or in other words, fulfillment of our complete potential; elevation to a higher existence. (See, for example, Moses 1:35). When we dedicate – consecrate – our whole selves to Him, we take on this work. And it’s an involved, intensive work: Him working with us, and us … Continue reading Dedicating ourselves to God’s work
I want the Lord to solve my problems and save me from the worst things I suffer. I know it’s up to me to work for these things, too; I’m trying – sometimes very hard – to do that. And yet, He does not save me from them; not in the way I think I … Continue reading What God really saves me from
I wrote this in November last year – and don’t know why I never published it! Obviously it was just waiting for now. I’m now two weeks behind in Sunday School readings – sometimes, there are things to linger over. Thoughts and insights and connecting connections… I’ve just finished Hebrews, and took a long time … Continue reading Faith: ‘Looking for a city with firm foundations’
Luke 6:20 – 38 I like Luke’s account of the “Sermon on the Mount” (which he says actually occurred on a plain). There’s less in it, but sometimes it makes easier sense and is just a little simpler. Here’s a sort of expanded version of the Beatitudes, especially as Luke shares them (which is a … Continue reading Poor, hungry, and rejected: the Sermon on the Mount-Plain (Luke 6 version)