Leicester City 1 Real Madrid 2

The title tells it all – no sadness though as many teams would be happy to lose to Real by one goal – next stop Coventry in what promises to be an epic season of escape from the Championship and back to the Premier League. For a full report go here. Looking at the photos and wondering why there appear to be 4 teams playing? Leicester played in their traditional blue in the first half and then the new away kit of all white in the second, Real all white in the first and all black in the second.

 

The law always condemns

Terry Virgo is great here on living in grace not law. If we can take hold of the grace of God and live for him in that, then we shall cease to lead stop-start crisis affected Christian lives and really reign in righteousness. In simplicity – when we try to live by the law we live in our failure to fulfil the law (we fail by the law) – when we live by grace we live in God’s empowering.

All evangelicals know that they can never be justified by the law, but what they often fail to realise is that they cannot be sanctified [made holy] by it either. The law always condemns. Its purpose is to bring us to Christ (Gal 3:24). The tragedy for many believers is that they get caught in a trap. They reach a crisis when they feel deeply challenged by a word from God regarding their sanctification and they deplore their recent history. With new-found zeal they resolve to do better in the future. But at that very moment they make the fatal error that will lead them to certain failure and distress. At the time when they most need to break the snare, they choose the wrong course. They begin to impose certain laws upon themselves to help them reign in life. They perhaps adjust the alarm clock for half an hour earlier. They determine to read the whole Bible in the coming year and so on. These steps may have a real worth in and of themselves, but they do not provide us with the keys to “reign in life”. The mistake is in thinking that to reign in life we must do something, while the New Testament does not teach that. It says that we reign in life by receiving of the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness. (Rom 5:17)

Terry Virgo, The Spirit-Filled Church

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Rom 5:17 (NLT)

Keep your distance

I want an iPad – really I do, and I believe it will help me to work better! However, I can’t help wondering if it will simplify my life or make it more complicated – will it help me engage more with God, love him and serve him more – or will it distance me from him? The same might be asked of my family, the students and people I serve etc.

One frustrating and yet joyful experiences we have as a family is to watch a nature show on tv. We don’t really watch – all we have is an unending stream of questions (usually directed towards dad), like those from last night, “why do crocodiles do that…are those eggs soft or hard…why are the eggs soft…what is the difference between an alligator and crocodile…why do crocodiles do that…?”

I like to think an iPad would help me do the same and engage even more with God.