Jan 13 2017
Ten lepers were healed, one returned to give thanks. If we get the benefit, God should get the glory.
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Jun 14 2015
Jesus said ‘No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins’ (Mark 2:22).
What is Jesus talking about? Well, new wine has more fermenting to do so it requires a flexible container. In Jesus’ day containers were made of animal skin. Old skins were hard and brittle and would burst as the new wine expanded during fermentation. So new wine had to be put into a new skin that was soft and would expand as the wine fermented.
Spiritually speaking, God is always pouring out his new wine and that new wine always challenges our religious structures. If we are going to keep in step with God we will need to keep changing those structures to accomodate the new wine.
The Vineyard in Mombasa aims to be a new structure, a new wineskin, something more effective for what God is doing in our city at this time.
Mar 26 2015
In 1715 Louis XIV of France died. He called himself ‘the Great.’ He was famous for saying ‘I am the state.’ He had the most magnificent courts in all Europe and his funeral was spectacular. His body was laid in a gold coffin, and by his orders the cathedral was dimly lit except for one bright candle placed over the coffin so everyone’s attention would be drawn to where he lay. As thousands of people waited in hushed silence, Bishop Massilon began to speak, and as he did so he slowly reached over to the candle snuffing it out, and said ‘Only God is great.’
God‘s glory is quite different from man’s. Man has to work hard for the little glory he can muster, but God’s glory is intrinsic, it’s who he is, he can’t help being glorious, and it has been this way for all eternity. More