On Sunday evening I flew back from Delhi to Colombo arriving at Colombo airport at about 10 o’clock at night. There are a few minor hassles along the way but because the plane was half an hour early, Leslie had not yet arrived at the airport to pick me up. Flights make you thirsty and I was desperate for a drink of water so I went to the cafe in the arrivals area and bought a bottle of water.That was the last time I remember seeing my wallet. Continue reading “The parable of the lost wallet”
Author: George Dowdell
You will always have the poor among you?
Jesus was in the home of Simon the leper. A woman came with a jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head. Judas Iscariot objected and said the perfume, worth a years wages, could have been sold and the money given to the poor.
Jesus replied with a verse that is often misquoted, or quoted out of context.
“You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me”
(John 12 verse 8) Continue reading “You will always have the poor among you?”
Defining influences in my life.
I have been thinking about the moments, events and influences in my life that define who I am and have shaped my past, my present and my future.
One particular influence on my life was my religious knowledge teacher at secondary school, Mr. J. My family were always churchgoers. Continue reading “Defining influences in my life.”
Your Kingdom Come
We are all familiar with the words from the Lord’s Prayer that says, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
These words are some of the most powerful words ever spoken and affect the whole world, and have an effect upon the whole of human history, past, present and future. The Kingdom of God as proclaimed in Matthew’s gospel has often been a mystery. Continue reading “Your Kingdom Come”
Freedom from Poverty
It is my contention that the whole world needs freedom from poverty. It is not just the desperately poor who need that freedom. In tolerating a situation in which two billion people survive on £9 a week, we are all implicated and all need setting free from the slavery of poverty.
This article explores this freedom, and the casual, underlying and root causes of poverty. Continue reading “Freedom from Poverty”
Love and Justice
“Love without justice is sentimentality,
Justice without love is legalism.”
God’s love in Action…
For many years the strap line for Kingscare has been, “God’s love in action”. Love is voluntary, and is an excellent motive for giving.
- We need to be sure that our love is not condescending.
- It needs to be more than just sympathy.
- It must not be out of a sense of superiority.
We can stand alongside the Continue reading “Love and Justice”
I dream of a day…
- A Day when all the people of the earth will have a chance to flourish. When all, regardless of their background, will have the opportunity, through education and hard work, to enjoy the fruit of their labour. But I dream also of a day when those who are ungifted or disadvantaged will be provided for.
- A day when the scourge of natural disaster, disease and famine will be mitigated by caring acts from of the rest of humanity. Continue reading “My Dream”
The kingdom of God is at hand.
We look around us and see a world in great need, and we look forward to a day when King Jesus rules over everything. We ask, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.
The question is, “when is this going to true in reality, and are we meant to wait passively for it?”
But the reality can be here and now. The kingdom of God is AT HAND. It is for now. It is amongst us. The complete fulfilment may be yet to come but it has already started. Continue reading “The kingdom of God is at hand.”