Category Archives: Listening

ROLL-CALL: Bill Johnson

  Hebrews 11 has been called the “Roll-call of Faith.” The writer takes a whistle-stop tour through the Old Testament, pointing out some of the truly amazing people in Jewish history who exemplified what faith in God really looked like. … Continue reading

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Jesus & What Prayer is NOT

Jesus’ intent was not to entertain: he had important information to pass on and he wanted his listeners to be alert and attentive to what he said. But even the serious discussion was often accompanied by wry remarks and comical … Continue reading

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Kingdom, Power, Glory

Each clause in the Lord’s Prayer comes with the additive  “As above, so below.” That is to say, we are praying for the life of heaven to be seen and experienced on earth. Everything we long for -whether or not … Continue reading

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“When he was criticised, he did not criticise in return…”

  Jesus knew all about criticism. The Bible tells us of a constant sniping that went on. His words were taken out of context, and his actions misrepresented and misunderstood;  but how did he respond? In 1 Peter 2:23 there’s an indication … Continue reading

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“Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11)

Perhaps it is not so strange that the Bible doesn’t contain the request “Teach us to preach” or “Teach us to perform well.” Only “Teach us to pray.” For the truth is that if we can do the last thing, … Continue reading

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Tenderhearted (Eph 4)

There’s an interesting addition in Ephesians 4:32. It’s an adjective: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted…” We may easily gloss over it without really reflecting on its importance. Here’s the thing: it’s quite possible to be professionally kind,  calm cool … Continue reading

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Forgiveness and Healing (Luke 5)

“One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal those … Continue reading

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