Paul and his companions were stuck because of circumstances and they changed their plans because of that and a vision.
How do we know how to make sense of the circumstances we find ourselves in?
When should we press on regardless of roadblocks and when should we take stock?
Prophecy is for the sake of others. It’s a clear reminder that we listen to God because we are part of a community that we care for.
Hearing from God is not a personal luxury – it’s a church necessity.
Angels, visions, unexpected meetings, dramatic turns. If angels only turned up once in the Bible it would be easy to overlook them. But they are everywhere!
How do we make sense of that today in a society that sees itself as far too sophisticated to believe this?
We believe that reading the Bible is one of the foundational ways to hear God speak to us. But how do we hear a word that we might find difficult to understand? How do we read well so we can hear well?
The promise of Jesus was that God would speak to his people because we are his friends. We would increasingly grow to recognise his voice.
Of course, the challenge is: do we want to hear? Are we prepared to listen? Are we ready to respond if we do hear his voice?
A young out-of-town couple in a whirl, an old couple, part of the furniture in the Temple, easily overlooked. And a baby.
Luke loves these sorts of people, because he knows that Jesus loves to spend time with them. And it's the way the salvation story unfolds.
It did then, it still does now. As another uncertain new year begins for us.