“Hello Rev’d Mason, this is BBC radio Bristol here, we wonder if you’d mind being interviewed…”

Sometimes I regret picking up the ‘phone…

“…Er, no, Er happy to do anything I can to help” I foolishly said.

“We would like to interview you about doubt…” the caller continued.

I could still back out, but something in felt I should respond positively… We had recently had a visit in Bristol from Archbishop Welby and he had spoken honestly on the Friday night about the fact that he does sometimes have to wrestle with confusing questions and doubts. He had cited the Psalms were the writer is wrestling with faith, and admitted that he could identify with these feelings.

I had a moment of panic, what would I say, as I silently prayed for inspiration, whilst gulping my coffee, spilling a load down my front –glad this was radio!

My mind raced to doubting Thomas first of all (John 20.24-28).

I think Thomas gets a raw deal in scripture and Church tradition labelled for all time as ‘Doubting Thomas’.

Yet, wouldn’t most of us have had doubts and questions if a friend had been brutally executed and suddenly a few days later some of our mates were saying that they had seen him alive and had met with him.

It seems too incredible to believe! He has questions and doubts and that is understandable; wouldn’t you have doubts and questions if you were in Thomas’ position?

True he doubts the resurrection, but he wasn’t there when the resurrected Christ appeared to them in the upper room.

Yet, when he met with the risen Christ and spoke with him, his doubts gave way to a realization of who Jesus was “My Lord and my God” (John 20.28) -a statement of faith, as great, arguable greater, than Simon Peter’s “you are the Christ the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16.16).

sometimes our questions and our wrestling actually can bring us to greater depth and spiritual maturity, God is big enough to cope with us and our complexities.

Yet I think Christianity is a faith strong enough for us to ask our questions of it and wrestle with it.

Christianity has been under attack for 2000 years and despite the best efforts of many it has remained standing in the face of an on-going attack.

When-ever I take an Alpha course, I talk about Christianity not being a religious where we have to turn our brains off and leave them by the door.

It is okay to ask questions, it is okay to feel full of faith on some occasions and other days struggle a bit, a God who never asks us to pretend or fake it, but a God who knows us and loves us and we can real and authentic with.

Too often I believe we confuse faith with certainty, as I believe they go together, can you imagine the butterflies going around Peter’s stomach when he stepped out of the boat on the water and began to walk towards Jesus?

One of my friends was talking about faith which she described as “do it scared” which meant allowing your faith to rise above your fear. It didn’t mean that doubts and questions are not in our heads and hearts but rather we are choosing to place our confidence, our life, our everything in the place of faith rather than putting our trust in our doubts that debilitate us and hold us back.

Steps of faith are scary, and we often can feel our knees knocking together, yet “God knows of what we are made” he understands our humanity, our hearts.
One of the most profound statements comes in a healing miracle of a man who says “I do believe, help my unbelief” (Mark 9:23).

Faith and doubt are two sides of the same coin, but we choose how we spend it, are we going to invest in being people of faith or people of doubt.

I believe that faith, like doubt, is a bit like a muscle, the more we use either the more we develop resilience and what Sports Scientists call “muscle memory” where certain behaviors become more habitual they come more naturally too us.

Another picture I find helpful is of the image of two dogs, one called ‘Doubt’ or ‘Fear’ and the other called “Faith”, which one wins – the one you feed the most!

The more we let either rule in our lives- the stronger one becomes and the weaker the other becomes.

Let’s learn afresh what it means to live by faith.


Hezekiah 1: Trust under temptation.

I had just stared working for a Church called St. Mike’s in York, and myself and my colleague Iesah were given the passwords for our computers, mine was “Brother” (easy enough to remember) and my friends was Hezekiah, which meant for the first 6 months we permanently had a Bible open at 2 Kings 18 so that we could spell the password correctly!

Hezekiah was a young leader, just 25 when he took the Throne, he succeeded his Father Ahaz, one of the worst Kings Judah had had, who had turned the nation from worshipping the one true God to idols.

He inherited a mess, a broken Kingdom, and a troubled land and a people far from God and entrenched in worshipping pagan Gods.

The scale of the task upon his shoulders was huge, and yet that did not deter him.

Indeed as Socrates would later say: “the secret of change is not to spend your time fighting the old but on building the new”.

Interestingly scripture credits Hezekiah as being ‘a Son of David’ (a King who God called ‘A Man after my own heart’) and just ignores Ahaz his biological Father and enemy of the Yahweh.

Hezekiah hit the ‘reset’ button, he destroyed the idols erected to other God’s, he cleared the temple and called the people back to worship the living God. He took drastic action, he didn’t try and flirt, compromise or do deals with the sinful practices of his time, but banished them.

Too often we become prisoners of the past when need to break free from it, to start again, to draw a line in the sand and say “No more. It stops here. We no longer worship Idols but the one true and living God”.

“Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. 6 He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. 7 And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook”

I think when we read passages like this we forget how deeply entrenched the peoples mindsets were, they feared that the ‘gods’ would be angry with them for knocking down their altars and their idols their superstitions would run riot. It took a lot of bravery of King Hezekiah to with-stand the pressure from the people to keep their beloved idols.

Indeed it was in during his Fathers’ reign that the prophet Elijah said “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21) A fickle people, in the past easily swayed by the temptation to return to the worship of false God.

Whilst he was busy tearing down idols Hezekiah saw Judah’s sister nation –Israel- fall to the Assyrian super-power because of their disobedience to Yahweh. Then the Assyrians invade the fortified parts of Judea and Jerusalem, and Sennacherib an official of the Assyrian King tries to encourage God’s people to give in and surrender and do a deal with them.

First their King, Sennacherib seeks to undermine the peoples faith in God’s ability to protect and look after them, suggesting that they should have trusted the God’s that Hezekiah had had torn down. Tempting them to doubt their decision to trust God rather than their idols.

‘On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have the counsel and the might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me?…If you say to me, “We are depending on the Lord our God”—isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, “You must worship before this altar in Jerusalem”?… Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria…“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me’.

It is divisive, sowing the seeds of mistrust for Hezekiah and causing the people to doubt the power of their God.

Humanly speaking it would have made sense to surrender to the Assyrians, they make the prospect sound quite appealing: “Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, 32 until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose life and not death!”

Yet these promises are lies, almost certainly exile would have been a place of slavery and forced labour, not new wine and feasts of grain. Sadly however, when we are tempted often we believe wrongly that the consequences of going our own way, going away from God, will be more pleasurable than holding close to Gods plan for our lives.

Indeed we can understand the peoples very real fear, this military super-power was literally camped in their backyard, defeat looked certain and inevitable and faith looked foolish and impossible.

Then they are threatened with the advance of a super-power that threatens to over-take his nation and blasphemes the power of his God.

Hezekiah goes away and prays, and wow what a prayer.

“When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the Lord” (2 Kings 19.1) the Lord sent Isaiah the prophet to encourage Hezekiah who prayed: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”

God affirms his promise by a prophetic word from Isaiah “therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria:

“‘He will not enter this city
or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield
or build a siege ramp against it.
By the way that he came he will return;
he will not enter this city,
declares the Lord.
I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.’” (2 Kings 19:32-34).

And God sent his Angel and killed one hundred and eighty five thousand, and King Sennacharib fled and was assassinated his his sons in the temple of the god he worship, a god that was unable to save him.

When I felt really got at in ministry as I sought to plant a Church in the most deprived area of my parish I came under attack from vociferous individuals and the Lord gave me this verse “the Lord himself will fight for you, you only have to be still!” (Exodus 14.14)

We forget that even in the face of a great army, “one person plus God is always in the majority” (John Knox).

It reminded me that God that honours his name, scripture tells us that “God honours those who honour him” (1 Samuel 2.30) which is what we see Hezekiah has done, and the Lord brings him vindication.

True. God’s vindication was very last minute with the enemy camped close by, but yet he kept his promise and his word was fulfilled.

As I read this passage I am reminded too of another verse: “’not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit’ says the Lord of hosts” (Zech.4:6).

A call to be faithful and to put our trust in God’s character of utter trustworthiness and faithfulness in all of his ways.

A challenge to not let anyone or anything undermine the foundations that we have in Christ.


“Did you laugh?”

God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.’

17 Abraham fell face down; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’

Genesis 18:

Where is your wife Sarah?’ they asked him.

‘There, in the tent,’ he said.

10 Then one of them said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.’

Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, ‘After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?’

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say, “Will I really have a child, now that I am old?” 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.’

15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, ‘I did not laugh.’

But he said, ‘Yes, you did laugh.’

Genesis 21

Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac[a] to the son Sarah bore him.

Get your head around the craziness of this story!

Imagine standing behind a very, very, old lady in the queue getting a pregnancy test?

You can see why they struggled to believe God would and could do such an amazing thing…

You can see why they laughed. In fact that’s what Isaac means.

But lets go back to the key verse in this text, “is anything too hard for God?” -Clearly the answer is “no” and yet clearly the theologically correct answer and the answer we truly believe can be different answers.

When we re-read the end of Job we see how mighty God is and how small in comparison we are as humans, God asks the friends of job the pompous theologians and smug superior spiritual types “were you there when I laid the earths foundations?”

The truth of God’s mightiness and great power -bigger than any situation we find ourselves in- is echoed through out scripture.

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” -asks the prophet Jeremiah 32.27.

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”” (Matthew 19.26).

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians” 4:13

Paul reminds us in his letter to the Church at Ephesus that “(God) can do more than we can ask or imagine!” (Eph.3.20)

God bringing life from a barren place, God moving in a situation that seemed impossible.

What of us?

Have we made our God too small?

Do we believe he can and does do miracles?

Are prepared for God to blow our minds? -or is our God safe and in a little comfortable and secure box?

Do we give up hoping?

Do we quit dreaming?

I’ll close, by suggesting lets not be like Abraham and Sarah, lets expect the unexpected, let us have a bigger and more crazy view of who God is and what he does?

Let us bring those huge problems and barren situations, those seemingly unclimbable obstacles, unreachable goals… and let us remember that God is powerful, mighty and miraculous!

Let us not be people who laugh and scoff at the power of the most high God


How do you measure success?

How do you measure success?

What does “success” look like?

Is this even the right word?

I was struck once by a twitter quote which said “we shouldn’t fear failure, but rather succeeding at the wrong things!”

As I wrestled with this question I came up with this definition of success “when the call of God is matched by my faithful obedience”, ultimately what is successful is defined by whether our achievements are in line with the desire, will and heartbeat of God… The ultimate accolade is “well done good and faithful servant” from the one who matters the most.

Mother Teresa once helpfully said “I don’t remember that the Lord ever spoke of success. He spoke of faithfulness and love. This is the only success that really counts.”

Faithfulness, doing what we are called to do. I once heard someone say “If you are called to be a Sunday School teacher, do not demean yourself by becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury”.

The problem we define ourselves often not by the audience of the one who ultimately matters, but by other peoples expectations of us, which can be reasonable and can be unreasonable.

The question is whether those who make expectations of us, are also listening to God or just the noise of the world?

We sometimes fall into the trap of defining success with grandeur and size, if it is big, spectacular and noisy then it is successful yet I have come to believe this is a really more measure of success, in fact God is God of the subversive often delighting in bypassing the noisy event to show up in a the small and seemingly insignificant.

Time and again God reminds us that “his ways are not our ways” and that it is “not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord of Hosts” who urges us to “not despise the day of small things”, after-all it is sometimes the smallest seeds that give birth to some of the biggest and most beautiful trees.

Yesterday I saw a friend of mine who is doing marriage prep with a girl, who used to go to a youth event I used to run and ended up talking about Jesus, no evident fruit at time, she was just another young person, but thirteen years later God used something from the past to draw her to himself.

Sometimes fruit takes a while to grow and to show, and we sometimes feel like we have failed, when in fact we have sewn seeds for eternity, they have just taken a longer time-frame to show forth than we wanted with our human eyes (we forget God is into building for eternity, we want/like plenty of encouragements along the way).

Another danger we sometimes fall into thinking is the lie of the “secular spiritual divide” (the secular spiritual divide was disproved by the incarnation of Christ) where we think the things we do inside Church matter more to God. Although I am great fan of John Wesley, and admire him as an evangelist and Church planter, from his writings he clearly was not a good husband or father, and yet God calls us to be faithful in ALL areas of our lives (Am I a good friend? Am I a good son? Am I a good grandson? Neighbour? Colleague?).

Just as with John Wesley the call to be an evangelist do not negate the call to family life, nor vice versa.

I think is a danger sometimes in some misguided Christian thinking which seems to want a cost and sacrifice free faithfulness (although normally a bit more dressed up in religious language than this).

To be faithful in all our callings will be costly and sacrificial, it is a call to walk a tightrope and we may fall on one or both sides of the rope.

It is a challenge as there will be areas where being faithful to God’s call is easier than others, and times and seasons when juggling both calls together is a challenge. Yet no one ever promised us the Christian life would be easy.

I have mentioned many times the line about a friend who believed God was calling him, and he said he “left the answerphone on”, and have suspicions that sometimes people see God’s call on their lives, and run for what they think will be an easier job (although if you don’t receive the call, do you receive the equipping?).

I worry that when I die and meet with God and I say “God I built this for you!” and God replied “but I really wanted you to dig that!”

Yet, as I have become a dad, I have realized that sometimes even the wrong thing with the right heart can be pleasing, and a I believe that our desire to serve, be faithful and obedient pleases him.

So success is following the Lordship of the one who calls, faithfully and obediently.

It is about building with gold, silver and costly stones that will last for eternity, and success I believe will only fully be realized the other side of eternity.


The King is Returning (Ascension Day message).

To day is Ascension Day, when Christians celebrate the return of Jesus into Heaven, yet for those disciples it must have felt more like a bereavement than a cause for celebration.

Here was their leader, who had risen from the dead, and now he was going, leaving them.

Jesus said that it was better for him to go because God was going to send the Holy Spirit, so rather than Jesus, God in human form, being in one place at one time, he could be everywhere all at once, which is great news for the whole world… but even so, it still must have felt like a bereavement.

Could this promise be true, that Jesus had said that “we will do greater things than him?”

Then they are told that Jesus will return one day, and one day everything will be put right as God’s Kingdom fully comes on earth as it is in heaven, where every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. In God’s Kingdom there will be not injustice for every wrong is righted, every prisoner liberated and the rule and reign of Christ Jesus is experienced by all.

They are told that “just as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you”, and told to wait in Jerusalem until God sends his promised Holy Spirit, yet they wait behind closed and lock doors, hidden away in an upstairs attic room.

I cannot imagine the fear of trying to fulfil the great commission of Christ without the empowering of his Holy Spirit, which is what must have been going through their minds in the between the Ascension and Pentecost.

Yet my worry, is that so often, this is how the Church feels, bereft but not empowered.

It see and feels the problems acutely but doesn’t realize that God has also given us his solution.

God is not a God who leaves us high and dry, calls us to something and then doesn’t give us the resources to manage it.

Christians post the Ascension are (to nick an illustration from Bishop Graham Tomlin) are like Robin Hood awaiting the return of good King Richard the Lionheart where as his evil brother King John had usurped the Kingdom and was a pretender on the throne. Robin and his men are loyal to Richard the true King, and are fighting against King John and his evil barons (such as the Sheriff of Nottingham) and reminding people that one day the true King, Richard, is coming back, bringing justice and peace to his land.

This is our mission, when it feels like other Kings rule us, and have the last word, and the ultimate control, the Ascension reminds us that Jesus will return.

Evil and sin will not have the last word.

Hate will not win.

The Victory is won by love.

The battle was actually won on Good Friday, when the King wore a different crown, not of Gold and Diamonds but of thorns.

The King who died for his subjects.

A King who pronounced peasants worth dying for.

You are worth dying for!

The resurrection and the Ascension, say that Jesus isn’t dead, nor is he gone forever, but the King who has returned to heaven, will come back, for his Church, for his followers, for those who love him… this good news for a world literally groaning (like in childbirth) for the rule and reign of Christ.

Let’s proclaim the King is not dead.

Let’s proclaim that the King, the true King, will return.

I’ll end with a quote from David White “I’ve read the end of the book, and guess what, the King Wins”.

The King who was victorious, returns and invites us to his party.


Fags and the Foodbank.

Recently I have lost two people who I loved very much. One was my friend Simon, a bit of an unconventional kind of guy, but one with a huge heart of compassion and justice. The other was Betty, who I used to work together at the foodbank. Both used to like a cigarette and I can imagine them standing outside the pearly gates lighting up and having a chat.

Simon when working at a homeless center told me about how he used to buy some of the homeless people alcohol as they arrived at his center ‘clucking’ –a term used for being desperate for a drink and the symptom of unwanted withdraw having a physical effect on their bodies-. Yes they were addicts, and the center had rules, but Simon looked past rules and saw a person in need, a person suffering and sought to bring relief a from suffering.

Betty too was brilliant, she was a bit of a foodbank maverick as she used to give clients fags and money (we weren’t supposed to) but used to think there was something amazingly Christ-like and gracious in this action. It was not just giving people food, not just meeting a need or necessity but showing love, going the extra-mile, and beautiful non judgementalism.

Indeed I worry that as Christians we have become too much like the Pharisees where we see people struggling and think “serves them right” rather than “there by the grace of God go I”.

I love the non-judgementalism of Jesus, who gently tackles the woman at the well’s shame with such love and grace. Jesus the only one who had committed no sin and challenged those with no sin to cast the first stone, and then ends the story by telling the woman that he doesn’t condemn her either, and inspiring her to go and lead a new life.

Giving people something they want rather than need, something of the extravagance of Jesus that at the feeding of the 5000 multiplied so much food that they had 12 baskets left over and when he turned water into wine there was gallons of the stuff.

In going the extra-mile we reflect a God who went the extra mile for us, giving up the glories of heaven, living as one of us in poverty and humility, dying upon the cross, rising in glory and dwelling with us by his Spirit, not just calling us slaves or servants but ‘friends’ and beloved children of God.

The extra mile is a phrase coming from Jesus’ ‘third way’ teaching saying is a solider makes you carry his baggage one mile, do it for two miles and shame him. Yet neither Betty or Simon went the extra-mile out of duty, indeed what ws glorious about them both is that they didn’t see it as a duty nor an extra mile it was just the instinctive Christ-like reaction of love for the other.

It made me ask do I do the right thing out of a begrudging duty (I once had a late night/early morning phone call from someone wanting me to take her dog to the vets, which I did but inside I was feeling very begrudging and unwilling, yet for some people doing the right thing seems far more instinctive, I want to be like that. That strikes me to be more Christ like.

As Christians –people freed from the law to live a life of grace- we seem very rule bound, recently when it had been snowing as Town Pastors we went out and bought every homeless person we could find a hot chocolate (technically we’re not supposed to, but in doing this it felt wonderfully Christ-like).

So, as I think of the loss of two wonderful mavericks of grace I want to learn to be more like them, to go the extra-mile without realizing that it is an extra mile, for my instinctive, first and natural reaction to be that of extravagant love.


Can These Bones Live?

Ezekiel 37: The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army”.

The valley of the dry bones is an image most of us can relate to, it is an image of helplessness and hopelessness, speaking of the finality of death. Death St. Paul refers to as “the last enemy”.

It is amid this barren and lifeless place that Ezekiel is asked “Son of Man, can these bones live?” –My answer would be “of course not, they’ve been dead centuries!” Yet Ezekiel answers with the eyes of faith and says @Lord, only you know” –he knows that God is a God of life, a God who breathed life into dirt and caused humanity to come alive, a God of resurrection for whom nothing is impossible.

Ezekiel knows there is nothing he can do in his human capacity to bring resuscitation to these bones, we sometimes try to minimize the severity of difficult situation and try to tinker around finding little bits of life.
Sometimes we need to come before God and amid that a death has happened and we are powerless to bring life on our own with our resources and capacities.
God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones, prophesy is an interesting word as it is more than just talking but instead has the idea of speaking God’s word into situations, the God who spoke into the darkness and created the light, choses to speak through mere mortals like you and me.

As Ezekiel begins to prophesy the bones and they become joined together, a picture of unity being an important foundation for new life, division and death are fruits of the enemies success, where restoration, togetherness and life are signs of the Kingdom of God.

The body becomes covered with tendons and skin, and looks like a living person, but there is no breath within them. Too often as Churches we are good at getting people to this stage of ‘sorted-ness’ as we feed them, clothe and educate, help them get jobs and housing but unless they hear about the salvation on offer through Jesus they remain dead.

We are called not just to ‘patch people up’ or ‘do a bit of repairs’ but to bring them life, eternal life, resurrection life, life in the Spirit.
Ezekiel keeps prophesying and the bodies receive breath and the life of God within them.

Too often we see people who look like they have it all together and we need to remember that unless they know Jesus then they are spiritually dead and need the life that only Christ Jesus can bring.

A wonderful picture of the people of Israel or the Church of Christ, that looks hopeless and can be written off as finished and dead but with the Lord of life it can be reassembled, restored and resurrected.

In the early days of the 24/7 prayer movement Pete Grieg coined the phrase “You see bones, I see an army” a challenge to the Church to crucify their defeatist mindset and see the world with the eyes of Christ, with him nothing is hopeless or helpless, no situation is to barren or dead for his new resurrection life to come and bring transformation.

What do you see bones or the power of God to bring life and transformation.