Entries by suzie

Saturday 21 September, 2019

I find myself challenged by the single mindedness of John. No matter what people thought about him, good or bad, he stayed on mission. I wonder if he was ever tempted by the crowds?  The crowds loved him. They even thought that he could have been the Messiah that they were expecting to come. Surely, […]

Friday 20 September, 2019

The crowds start coming to John and he wonders who encouraged them to seek God. Are they just wanting to escape God’s wrath or are they true God seekers. So he asks them to prove they are true God seekers, that they have truly repented. John goes further by attacking the long held belief that […]

Thursday 19 September, 2019

What a fascinating way Luke has chosen to write this portion of his account of Jesus. It is as if he starts with a long shot to establish the setting and then zooms in closer and closer until he reaches the extreme close up. Luke starts with the highest ranking leader in the Roman Empire, Tiberius […]

Wednesday 18 September, 2019

In this passage, we read that every year Mary and Joseph go to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, “as was their custom.” I am not sure if Jesus and the rest of the family joined them previously, but this year Jesus does. Today, these “customs” (or “traditions”) would be prayer, bible reading, giving […]

Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Lately I’ve been thinking about the human tendency to categorise life’s circumstances as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. In the case of the story of Anna here, she lost her husband after only 7 years of marriage and then lived as a widow for many years afterwards. That’s ‘bad’, right? But look at what this enabled […]

Monday 16 September, 2019

Today’s passage says that the spirit gave Simeon a revelation and led him to have an encounter with the living Christ. Even though the way that the bible has recorded events, may seem to lack relevance to the culture I am ministering to and the events recorded happened over 2000 years ago, I can take […]

Sunday 15 September, 2019

Jesus is circumcised, named and presented to the Lord. While circumcision is a parental decision not a religious decision nowadays, although we are to be circumcised in heart, naming and presenting/dedicating our children is very important. Naming speaks to the character, personality and nature of a child. God commonly changed the name of someone after […]

Saturday 14 September, 2019

This passage is part of the traditional Christmas nativity story however, it is v19 that caught my attention on this reading. ‘Mary kept all these things like secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over’. As Christians it’s important to ask the questions of ourselves ‘what do I value’ and ‘what […]

Friday 13 September, 2019

7 verses, simple everyday details- a girl, a boy and a baby. And yet these 7 verses describe the beginnings of events that have changed the world. To an onlooker, the events in these verses would have seemed unremarkable, but it makes me wonder how many times over the course of history has God taken […]

Thursday 12 September, 2019

Verse 66 poses a question. Zachariah answers that in his prophetic song. His son John is to be a prophet of the Most High to prepare the way for the Lord. I love that Zachariah prophesied over his new born son, that he was involved in proclaiming his destiny. I am grateful for how intimately […]