Category: Bible Books

He knows you, and delights in you

He knows you, and delights in you

Where is God in the turmoil of abuse, or other trauma? Over and over again, we see people in the Bible asking this question. If you’ve been following this series, we grappled with it in the story of Lazarus. But what about us, now? One of the last things Jesus did...

The Paraclete

The Paraclete

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from?” Two of the most powerful tools of abusers are to isolate, and to confuse. Or, really, to disrupt our capacity to hear from others, from our innermost self, and from God....

Is Jesus safe to allow in?

Is Jesus safe to allow in?

We have been looking at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus. To remind ourselves of Lazarus’s perspective: he believed Jesus could heal him. He counted Jesus as a friend. His family had asked Jesus to come and help. Yet Jesus did not arrive, and Lazarus died...

Why didn’t Jesus help Lazarus sooner?

Why didn’t Jesus help Lazarus sooner?

We have been looking over the last few days at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus. If you haven’t seen the previous two days, you might like to catch up. So far, the focus has largely been on what’s happening for Martha and Mary, and for Lazarus before he...

Jesus: Respecter of boundaries

Jesus: Respecter of boundaries

Yesterday we started looking at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus, and got as far as Lazarus’s death, and Jesus’ failure to arrive. You might like to read that one first, if you haven’t seen it already. Meanwhile – the story continues: Back in Bethany, by...

Closer than a brother

Closer than a brother

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”

It is a completely normal response to suffering to wonder if God cares.

Honestly, he has a whole world to manage. A whole universe. And in that world are literally billions of people. Billions are, in fact, suffering. Plus he is working out plans that affect the whole human race, and those plans affect everybody’s eternal well-being.

Longing for God to turn up

Longing for God to turn up

We are taking a break from the Songs of Ascents today in the light of George Pell’s appeal. To those who are suffering, please know we care deeply. We long to do more to help. When the Israelites were suffering injustice, they expressed their longing for God to turn...

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