Like a thief in the night – local lockdowns and something of far greater importance

If you live in Greater Manchester or West Yorkshire, new localised lockdown measures were introduced at midnight yesterday. This news was released at 930pm.  There have been a lot of complaints since about the lack of notice. This has been presented as bad communication. My personal view is that the objections have been overplayed andContinue reading “Like a thief in the night – local lockdowns and something of far greater importance”

#SummerIsHere

I started lockdown with a twitter hashtag #SummerIsComing. It was my way of reminding myself and perhaps others that although we were entering a dark period like winter when we would be locked away, huddled at home, these dark times would eventually pass.  We could look forward to summer coming. I said at the timeContinue reading “#SummerIsHere”

Wedding Day (Revelation 22)

Power has won another roundFreedom’s shaking, gagged and boundBut we’re not so far awayAnd all these mighty little menProclaiming dollars, sterling, yenBut we’re saving for the day These are days of selfish dreamsTroubled Kings and beauty QueensSo far awayFrom all those decomposing townsWhere starving hands claw the groundStraining for the day I hear the oceanContinue reading “Wedding Day (Revelation 22)”

Tomorrow’s World (Revelation 20:1-22:6)

We’ve been thinking about how we can live faithfully now in a world full of evil, suffering and temptation. How can we continue to trust God through trials and troubles? How can we resist temptation? How can we keep going? Revelation 19-20 points us forward to the great victory there will be at the endContinue reading “Tomorrow’s World (Revelation 20:1-22:6)”

Victory (Revelation 19 – 20)

“Come away from her my people, do not take part in her sins?” (Revelation 18:4).  This verse is a call to God’s people to be separate from “Babylon” the code name representing this World’s opposition to God and his people. When we look back at Revelation 17-18 it shows us something of the horror ofContinue reading “Victory (Revelation 19 – 20)”

The Enemy of God’s People (Revelation 17-18)

If the world at times seems cruel, unjust and ungodly, it’s not a new phenomenon.   If Governments seem to legislate against God’s Law and the markets encourage greed and selfishness then there is nothing new under The Sun. If our culture encourages sexual immorality, the objectivization of women and the sexualisation of youngsters then itsContinue reading “The Enemy of God’s People (Revelation 17-18)”

Plagues (Revelation 15-16)

The crowd are singing noisily “Going up, going up, going up.” Then against the break of play, the opposition striker gets through, one on one against the keeper, he calmly slots the ball into the bottom left corner.” Silence falls on the ground. Then the away fans begin to chant “You’re not singing anymore” andContinue reading “Plagues (Revelation 15-16)”

Harvest Time (Revelation 14)

What is going to keep you going through tough times?  What gives you hope in the middle of lockdown. I suspect that for many of us, we look forward to future or postponed celebrations. Perhaps when the time comes we will roll together all of the celebrations we have missed or are likely to missContinue reading “Harvest Time (Revelation 14)”

Beasts and Dragons (Revelation 12-13)

We normally run a teens discussion group alongside our 11:15 preaching and when we started studying Revelation a few years back, my wife asked the teens what they knew about the book. One teen responded “It’s full of beasts and dragons and other cool stuff like that.” I like that summing up and it’s greatContinue reading “Beasts and Dragons (Revelation 12-13)”

Terror (Revelation 8-9)

“Change course” came the signal to the bridge. “No! We advise that you change course” was the response Again: “We strongly advise that you change course.” The officer on duty signalled a reply “This is a US Navy cruiser. We strongly advise that you change course.” After a short pause, the reply came back, “ThisContinue reading “Terror (Revelation 8-9)”