Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Thoughts From my Quiet Time

"Arise and attack a nation at ease, which lives in confidence," declares the LORD, "a nation that has neither gates nor bars; its people live alone.
Jeremiah 49:31

It is amazing how repetative history is - and how little humans learn fromt eh mistakes of the past. Nations go through times of expansion, consolidation, then ease and self-importance, and then downfall.

We often do as individuals as well. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall, as the Proverb says. How common it is for us to grow confident, especially in our walk with God, only to be attacked (all too often sucessfully) when we least expect it.

Jesus said that we are to watch and pray so that we will not fall into temptation. (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38, Luke 31:36) This means being self-aware rather than self-confident, and preparing ourselves for the battles that lie ahead, calling one and relying on God's strength rather than our own.

LORD, help me not to live in confidence in my own strength, but to rely on You, that I may stand in times of trial. In Jesus, name, Amen.

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