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25/06/2019 - 1 Kings 21 – Naboth's vineyard

God had rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and enabled them to conquer and possess the land he had promised to give them. Under Joshua, the land was divided up between the various tribes and families. Each had its own allotted share in the inheritance of the land that God was giving to Israel. But the land remained God's land. He gifted his people the use and fruits of the land but the land itself always remained the property and possession of the Lord their God.

In Leviticus 25 we looked at the strange (to us) regulations regarding the seventh year Land Sabbath and the fiftieth year of jubilee. Those who had become impoverished could sell off the use of their family inheritance, for the years remaining until the jubilee when it would be restored to them free of charge. God tells his people "The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers" (Leviticus 25:23). Family land was the sacred inheritance of the people of God.

This is reflected in today's passage in which Ahab takes a fancy to Naboth's vineyard. Ahab makes Naboth a generous offer, "Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth" (v.2). With our western view of land as a transferable asset, we might think Naboth is well placed to cut himself a good deal. But this is not Naboth's view. He tells the king, "The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors" (v. 3).

This is not simply a dispute over land; it is a clash of cultures. Godly Naboth understands that his land represents his inheritance from the Lord. He holds it as a steward, seeking to enjoy God's gift to him and his family – his portion of the commonwealth of Israel. Ahab has very different views of the land and of his own rights as king. Encouraged no doubt by Jezebel his wife, he has adopted the views common among the kings of the nations. He believes he has a right to whatever part of the land he pleases. He felt, no doubt, that he had made a more than generous offer to Naboth.

Ahab returns sulking to his palace but is soon rebuked by his wife. She tells him that this is no way for a king over Israel to act. She encourages him to get back to his eating and drinking and enjoying the life of a king while she sorts out the little matter of getting Naboth's vineyard for him.

Jezebel has Naboth falsely accused of blasphemy and stoned to death. She then sends Ahab out to take possession of Naboth's vineyard. But what he meets in the vineyard is not the prospect of a vegetable garden but Elijah the prophet with a pronouncement of God's judgment: "This is what the Lord says: in the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood – yes, yours!" (v. 19). The Lord also declares that, "Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel" (v. 23).

What practical lessons can we take to ourselves from this passage?

There are still great differences between the practices that are taken as normal and acceptable in contemporary culture and the way God calls his redeemed people to live their lives. In Romans 12:1-2, Paul urges the Christians at Rome – and urges us:

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Christ calls us to follow him and to stand out from the culture of our age. Our lives are to be shaped by his word and Spirit rather than the behaviour of the world around us. It will probably not demand the shedding of our blood, but it does demand a lifestyle that breathes the life of Christ's kingdom.

Lord may our lives and words bear witness to the fact that we belong to the upside-down kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. May others see the beauty of your kingdom and bow the knee to our king.

24/06/2019 - 1 Kings 19 – Elijah on the run & call of Elisha

At Elijah's command, the prophets of Baal had been put to death. Jezebel, having heard of all that happened on Mount Carmel was determined to kill Elijah. Elijah fled for his life. He travelled south, all the way from the northern kingdom of Israel to the southernmost point of the southern kingdom of Judah. There, at Beersheba, he left his servant and travelled on alone into the wilderness until he was exhausted. Lying down under the shade of a broom bush he asked the Lord to take his life.

But if Elijah has given up on his ministry, God has not given up on Elijah, nor is he ready to take him to glory. First he enables Elijah to recover his strength through sleep. Later, when he is woken by an angel, he is provided with food and water sufficient to continue his journey south until he comes to Mount Horeb, or Sinai, the mountain on which Moses had met with God and received the law. Elijah was convinced that God would meet with him there. But first he finds a cave and lies down to sleep.

The following morning Elijah hears the Lord speaking to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (v. 9). Elijah has no answer except to explain why he has fled for his life. The Lord tells Elijah to go out of the cave and stand on the mountainside for the presence of the Lord is about to pass by. Elijah may have remembered how Moses was hidden in a cleft of the rock on this mountain while the glory of God passed before him. Maybe he is hoping for a similar appearance of God.

All of a sudden a powerful wind blasted the mountain shattering rocks. This was followed by a powerful earthquake and then by fire. These surely were signs of God's presence just as the mountain had shaken and blazed when God had met with Moses? But no, the Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. Then there was gentle whisper of a voice; this was the Lord, come to speak with Elijah.

Elijah must learn that God does not always come in the drama of earthquake and fire. Every day will not be like that day on Carmel when fire fell from heaven. Much of the time God is present without drama and fireworks; present in the gentle voice that speaks a word of challenge and encouragement into the heart of his fearful servant.

God's word addresses Elijah again with the question, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" Elijah repeats his sorry story only to learn that he has things out of perspective. God is still at work among his people – there are 7,000 in Israel who are faithful to him. Moreover, God still has work for Elijah to do. The Lord gently tells Elijah to complete the work to which he has been called, which includes training up one who will succeed him as the Lord's prophet to Israel.

We often feel that we could serve God more effectively if he would only send the fireworks. We long for the buildings in which we meet for prayer to be shaken as they were in the book of Acts. But we need to realise that the work of the kingdom often proceeds quietly and without drama – like seed growing in a field or yeast causing dough to rise. God calls us to live faithfully by his word in the strength and encouragement of his Spirit.

Elijah's presence before God on this mountain, recalling the appearance of God to Moses on the same mountain, points forward to another mountain and another revelation of God's character. When Jesus took Peter, James and John up a mountain in Galilee he was transformed before them. They saw something of the glory of God displayed in the Lord Jesus. There Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus, talking with him about the death he was soon to suffer in Jerusalem. God displays his glory not by the dramatic striking down of his enemies but through the suffering of his servant on the cross. 

Creator God, your word is powerful and effective, demolishing strongholds. Show me more of your glory in the face of the Lord Jesus and help me to be faithful to your calling upon my life whatever the day may bring.

23/06/2019 - Psalm 84 – God's lovely house

The heading of this psalm suggests that it was written by one of the temple singers who were known as "the Sons of Korah." This particular singer would seem to be far off from Jerusalem and unable to join in the praises of the people of God. His heart aches to be able to return to "the courts of the Lord" (vv. 1-2).

The temple courts were open to the sky and the eaves of the temple would have provided good sites for nesting birds. So the psalmist expresses his envy of sparrows who can so easily fly into the temple area and find refuge there, close to the altar of the Lord – almost as if he were singing, "O for the wings, the wings of a dove…".

He thinks with envy of those who are travelling up to Jerusalem in pilgrimage, travelling from their homes and villages for one of the major festivals as the child Jesus travelled with his family from Nazareth to Jerusalem for Passover. He thinks of the way in which they are willing to face all manner of hardships on the road; the valley of Baka (which may mean weeping) is turned into a place of springs or refreshment (v. 6). The picture is like that of Israel of old travelling through the wilderness and being provided with water by God. Despite the difficulties of the road "They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion" (v. 7). They anticipate arriving at Zion, the hill on which the temple was built, and this prospect gives them the strength to keep going. The psalmist longs that he could join these pilgrims.

Temple worship would have included prayer for Israel's king – the Lord's anointed. Though the psalmist is unable to join those worshiping God in the temple, he joins them in prayer for the king (vv. 8-9). In doing so, he may have looked beyond the imperfections of Israel's current king (whoever that may have been), and prayed for God to send his promised Messiah, his anointed king through whom he would restore his people and establish his kingdom throughout the world.

He ends by returning to his expression of longing for the courts of the Lord. He would rather be there than anywhere else. One day there is better than a thousand elsewhere. If he cannot be there as a temple singer he would be happy to be there as a doorkeeper. There is nowhere else he would rather be, for the Lord God is his "sun and his shield" (v.11), his light and his protection. God is the source of all that he longs for.

He ends with a word of testimony, "Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you" (v. 12).

The Temple was not like our church buildings; it was unique. It was a visible symbol of God's presence with his people and his covenant promises to them. We miss the passion and focus of this psalm if we liken it our longing to be in church.

This psalm, like psalms 42 and 43, expresses a longing for God himself – to be in his presence and to know his blessing. Meeting with other Christians in worship is an anticipation of the day when we shall be welcomed into God's presence, see his glory and worship him with the multitude of his redeemed and with crowds of angels. This psalm can encourage our longing for glory.

God answered the prayer of this psalmist and sent his Messiah into the world. Jesus has called us to follow him; he has made us pilgrims, travelling home to God. There may be hardships along the way but the prospect of glory turns our tears to joy and gives us strength to keep going as we fix our eyes fixed on Jesus, the first focus of our faith and the one who will bring us safely home.

Father God, we thank you that your Spirit has given us a longing for you. Thank you for Jesus your anointed one who has made us your children and has called us to follow him. Help us to do so with joy and with longing for the day when we shall enter the heavenly city and know the beauty of dwelling in your presence for all eternity. May our testimony be that of the psalmist, "blessed is the one who trusts in you."

22/06/2019 - 1 Kings 18:30-45 – Fire from heaven

The prophets of Baal have failed to get any response from their god, despite the frenzy of their activity and the noise they have made. Now it is Elijah's turn. He rebuilt the altar of the Lord that had been torn down. He rebuilt it using twelve large stones, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Then, as the prophets of Baal and the assembled people looked on, he dug a trench around the altar. Those watching him must have wondered what he was doing. Then Elijah placed the wood and slaughtered bull on the altar.

Three times Elijah then instructed those around him to fill four large jars with water and to empty them over the sacrifice, the wood and the altar, until the trench around the altar was full to overflowing. This in itself must have amazed the crowd. After three years of drought and with water now in short supply, why waste 12 large jars of water? But Elijah knows that rain will soon be on its way. Elijah is concerned to demonstrate the power of the living God. He does not have to make it easy for God by leaving the wood tinder-dry. The mighty creator of wood and of water can alone set fire to this sodden sacrifice.

Now Elijah turns to prayer. With him there is no desperate frenzy of dancing and shouting, nor does he cut himself with knives to seek to gain God's attention. Elijah calmly but confidently called upon the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, the God who had chosen these people to be his people, who had promised to bless them and make them a blessing. He calls on God to send down fire so that the people "'will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.' Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, 'The LORD – he is God! The LORD – he is God!'" (18:37-39).

At Elijah's command the false prophets are put to the sword. Then, again in answer to Elijah's persistent prayer, the rain fell on the dry ground.

It's a wonderfully dramatic story. The living God is the God who speaks and acts; he is not blind, dumb and inactive like the idol gods that others may worship. We delight in this story and in the power of our God.

But if we are honest, is not our experience more often like that of the prophets of Baal? We plead with God to send his power from heaven to heal our friends or to bring those whom we love to see that "The Lord is God", but nothing happens. We plead with God again and again until we are frantic but he does not answer. Is he asleep?

We deal here with mysteries – see Pete Greig's helpful and moving book, God on Mute. But we cannot forget that our God has shown us his power; he has heard and answered prayer. In the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, God has opened heaven and come down to act for us. Jesus laid down his own life as a sacrifice for our sins, and God raised him from the dead. The Lord is God. He has acted for our salvation and he will act for us. We can trust him.

More than that, the living God has poured out his Spirit upon us from heaven. He has set our hearts on fire with love for him and has filled us with a desire that others may come to know him. He also stirs up in our hearts a desire that he would send fire from heaven to revive his people and set them – set us – on fire for God and for his kingdom.

Father God, help me to focus my attention upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the one in whom you have acted to reveal your grace and power. Help me to trust you when you seem silent and inactive. Help me to know that there is nowhere else for me to turn; Jesus alone has the words and power that give eternal life. Fill me with your Spirit and keep me careful never to put out the Spirit's fire in myself or in others.

21/06/2019 - 1 Kings 18:1-29 – The prophets of Baal

After three years of drought, Elijah is told to tell Ahab that the Lord is about to send rain on the land.

The chapter provides us with a glimpse of a divided nation: Jezebel, Ahab's wife, is busy killing off the prophets of the Lord; Ahab is devoting his energies to seeking out Elijah to kill him; meanwhile Obadiah, Ahab's palace administrator, is working secretly to preserve the lives of many of the Lord's prophets. He has found a way to serve a cruel king and an idolatrous household while seeking to remain faithful to the living God and preserve the worship of Yahweh. It cannot have been an easy path to tread, but we can thank God for Obadiah. When Elijah is later discouraged and complains that he is the only one left who is faithful to the Lord, the Lord rebukes him by saying that he had seven thousand in Israel who had not bowed the knee to Baal. Obadiah doubtless played a vital role in preserving a faithful remnant among the people of God.

Ahab may not be able to find Elijah, but Elijah finds Ahab. Elijah meets with Obadiah who reluctantly returns with a message to tell Ahab where Elijah is waiting to meet with him. When Ahab sees Elijah he greets him with the words, "Is that you, you troubler of Israel?" (1 Kings 18:16). Elijah tells Ahab that he is the one who has brought trouble on Israel by abandoning the Lord. Ahab is to summon all the people, the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the female god Ashterah to meet Elijah on Mt Carmel. This is to be the scene of a decisive contest.

We are familiar with the dramatic story. Elijah challenges the nation to make a clear decision, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him" (18:21). The true God will demonstrate his power by sending fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice prepared for him. It will be a demonstration of the power of the living God and the powerlessness of idols and will show that the living God is a God who hears and answers prayer. The people all agree that the god who answers by fire will be their God.

Elijah allows the 450 prophets of Baal to go first. Wood and a slaughtered bull are laid out upon their altar; everything is just waiting for the fire. For half a day the prophets of Baal leapt around the altar, calling upon their god to answer them, but nothing happened. Elijah mocked them, suggesting that Baal may be asleep and perhaps if they shouted louder they would wake him up. In their desperation they slashed themselves with swords and spears until their blood flowed, hoping their fervour would gain the attention of their god. The passage records, "But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention" (v. 29).

Psalm 135:15-18 declares,

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
    nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them

Could there ever have been a more powerful demonstration of the powerlessness of idol-gods than there was there that day on Mount Carmel?

Father God, we praise you because you are the living God. When we were lost in sin and in danger of death and judgment you heard our cry and came to our aid in the person of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He gave himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sin and, by his resurrection, demonstrated that you are the living and life-giving God. Help us to show the world that you alone can hear and answer the cries of their hearts.

20/06/2019 - 1 Kings 16:29-17:24 – King Ahab

After Solomon died, his kingdom fell apart. The ten northern tribes, who continued to bear the name Israel, broke away from the rule of David's house and set up a kingdom of their own. The tribe of Judah, along with the smaller tribe of Benjamin, continued to be ruled by David's descendants from the capital city of Jerusalem. Today's reading therefore begins with a reference to Asa king of Judah and Ahab king of Israel.

Ahab was particularly notable for his wickedness. He abandoned the God of Israel and, encouraged by his Sidonian wife Jezebel, led Israel in the worship of the fertility god Baal. He, "did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him" (1 Kings 16:33) – and that took some doing.

Elijah was a prophet of the Lord – he knew the Lord and the Lord spoke through him. He was sent to tell Ahab that there would be no rain or dew for a number of years. The Lord wants Ahab to know that fertility and good harvests are not in the gift of Baal; they come from the hand of the Lord, the only true God who had revealed himself to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (a.k.a. Israel), and Moses. The Lord is able to give rain but he can equally withhold it; both are demonstrations of his power and the power of his word – the word through which the world was formed.

The power of the living God is displayed not only in months of drought but also in the way Elijah is sustained during the drought. Like Israel of old, Elijah is to live in a desert region where the Lord will provide him with water from the rock and with bread from heaven, this time delivered by ravens.

When even these waters dried up, the Lord sent Elijah to a widow living in Zarephath near Sidon – Jezebel's home country. The Lord planned to provide for Elijah through this foreigner. The widow is preparing a last meal for herself and her son from the meagre supplies of food she has left. After this, she expects that they will both starve to death. Elijah asks her to share her food with him, assuring her, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land’" (1 Kings 17:14). And that's just what happened; God provided not only for Elijah but also for this widow and her son when Baal, the god of the Sidonians, could do nothing. There is power in the word of the Lord.

Some time later, the widow's son fell ill and died. Elijah prayed earnestly to the Lord concerning the boy and he was restored to life. The Lord not only demonstrated his kindness and compassion, he also demonstrated that he had power to give life to the dead; he is the living God, the life-giving God.

Are there idols to which we devote our life in the expectation that they will deliver prosperity? We need to appreciate afresh that the God of Abraham is the living God, the God who gives life to the dead and who provides for all that he has made. He has shown us his power and goodness in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has demonstrated that he can give life to the dead by raising Jesus from the grave. Have we experienced the saving and life-giving power of God in the Lord Jesus Christ?

The God who has shown us his grace and power in the Lord Jesus is determined to bring his life and healing to places where he is not yet known, and he has chosen us to be his agents in bringing his life to a dying world. How might God use you to touch and transform the lives of those who do not yet know him?

Living God, you raised Jesus from the dead and you give life to all who come to you through him. Fill us with your Spirit that you might speak through our words and that your life might shine through our lives. May others come to know your transforming power through our words and actions.

19/06/2019 - Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14 – The end of it all

We have skipped to the end of Ecclesiastes to see what conclusions the Teacher has come to in his search to understand the meaning of life.

Firstly, he concludes that there is much in life to be enjoyed. Death may be coming and will reduce everything to vanity or meaninglessness (11:8), but that provides all the more reason to enjoy life while it lasts. In particular, the young should enjoy life while they have the ability to enjoy it.

But the Teacher is well aware that all life comes from God and that every human being remains accountable to God, so he counsels, "Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment." (11:9). So, secondly, the Teacher calls for young people to: "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come  and the years approach when you will say, 'I find no pleasure in them'" (12:1).

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 is a moving and poetic piece of writing about the increasing frailties of old age: one's vision begins to fail; arms tremble and legs become bowed; teeth fall out; one becomes housebound and incapable of working; hearing fails and one is filled with all manner of fears – justifiable and imagined; one's hair goes white – if you have any of it left; one can no longer take pleasure in anything. And all of this is just the precursor to death itself when, "the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it" (12:7).

This analysis of the brief span of human life concludes, "'Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher. 'Everything is meaningless!'" (12:8). The Teacher has ended his book just where he started it. His investigations have not helped him find any answer to the meaning of life.

But 12:8 is not quite the end; 12:9-14 form a kind of appendix to the book. It's a strange appendix, commending the Teacher for his wisdom while at the same time warning of the dangers of the multitude of books and of the wearisome nature of study. These verses then conclude:

Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil. (12:13-14)

There is much about the world, human life in general and your own life in particular which you may not understand. The best advice in such a situation is to "fear God and keep his commandments" – to trust and obey.

That was the best advice that Old Testament wisdom could come up with, but we have Christ. Ecclesiastes encourages us to feel the burden of a world that is not what it ought to be and prompts us to look with renewed longing for the day when our Lord Jesus shall return from heaven and our bodies, and this world, at present subject to vanity, corruption and death, shall at last be changed, renewed and decked with glory. Perhaps this is a longing we feel more keenly with the advance of old age and loss of the faculties we enjoyed in the years of our youth. We long for their return.

Father God, we thank you that the revelation of your redemptive purposes in the Lord Jesus exceeds all that human wisdom could imagine or the human heart desire. Your Spirit has taught our hearts to groan along with a groaning creation. Help us by your Spirit to tell others of the Lord Jesus, the answer to this world's longings and hope. Help us to serve you gladly until all our faculties fail and our breath ceases and then to serve you with renewed strength in glory.

18/06/2019 - Ecclesiastes 3 – A time for everything

Some of you may be old enough to remember a young Pete Seeger in 1962 singing, "To everything, turn! Turn! Turn! There is a season; turn! Turn! Turn! And a time to every purpose under heaven." The song became (for me) a memorable hit for Mary Hopkin in 1968. There are not many pop songs based on words from the book of Ecclesiastes!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is a beautiful piece of poetry, expressing thoughts with which we can readily identify. Our own lives are marked by changing circumstances. We tend to mark off periods of our lives by the most important of those changes: "This happened before I was married"; "That happened just after the second of our children was born"; "This happened when we lived in London"… In our minds and in our memory the different phases of our lives are marked out by the changing events of our lives. Life is full of changes and different seasons, each with its highlights.

But in these verses the author is not simply looking back on the various seasons of his life, he is perplexed by the way in which life seems to have no particular direction. People are born only at last to die. What is planted and flourishes for a while is later uprooted. What is constructed at great pains is later pulled down and destroyed. The work of one day is undone in the next. No wonder he concludes his beautiful poem with the words, "What do workers gain from their toil?" (v. 9)

In the following verses (10-11), the Teacher writes, "I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." The "seasons" of our lives and of human history may each have their own coherence and beauty, but the human mind and heart longs for something more. The word translated "eternity" in verse 11 really means "the whole". That is to say that we are not satisfied to enjoy each passing moment, we long to understand the bigger picture: "What is life all about?"; "Is human history going anywhere rather than just going round in circles?"; "What does it all mean?" We long to "fathom what God has done from beginning to end"; to understand the big picture and to make sense of it all.

It is God who placed this longing in our hearts. And it is God who has answered this longing with the revelation of his eternal purposes in the pages of Scripture and in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has shown us the big picture.

This is God's world which he created for his own glory and has committed to our care. But because of our rebellion against God and failure to care for his creation, we live in a world that is marked by futility (or, a world that has been subjected to vanity, Romans 8:20). Our lives, lived in this world, may seem to lack meaning and significance, but that is because neither we nor the world are as we were created to be.

Jesus entered our world to show us the greatness of God's love for a world gone wrong. He identified himself fully with us in the frustrations of a broken world. In his death upon the cross, that broken world is brought to judgment. By his resurrection from the dead a new creation has come to birth; we know that death is not the end. When Christ returns in glory all things will be made new.

Christ gives meaning to history and to our lives. History is not just going round in circles but will be brought to its fulfilment at the return of Christ. Our lives have meaning and direction as we look for, live for and work for that day. We have more to hope for than the enjoyment of the passing moment.

This is God's big story and we need to read all Scripture, including the book of Ecclesiastes, in the context of this big story which has its focus in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Loving Father, help us to tell your big story to a world longing for meaning and significance. May many come to find life, hope and direction in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Peter Misselbrook