Author Archives: David Cartledge

A Human in the Father’s Presence

The Father sent his Son to us in our human flesh. The Son went back to his Father still wearing our human flesh. The ascension is not the story of escape from the body, but the entry of a human … Continue reading

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The New Human in God’s Presence For Us

The Father’s Son came to us as human. He came, as human, to rescue and restore us as humans. He came, as the TRUE human, living in complete faithfulness to God on our behalf. In faithfulness, this true human, went … Continue reading

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Grace Abounding to the Worst of Sinners

Jesus encountered Paul speaking to him personally. What did Paul do to merit this revelation of Jesus? Was God pleased with Paul because he was such a good person? Paul says he actually did things to disqualify him from God’s … Continue reading

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The Giving Gift

For Tom Smail, the Holy Spirit in Person is “The Giving Gift”. For sure, The Spirit really is the free gift that goes on and on giving all that is ours in Jesus. The Spirit brings Jesus to us. And … Continue reading

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Sure of constant blessing

Luke tells us that while Jesus was blessing his disciples, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven” (Lk 24:51). As Jesus blesses them, I wonder if he was saying the words of blessing that God gave to … Continue reading

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Meeting with Failures

When the risen Jesus came to his disciples, they were full of disappointment, doubt, dread and despair. So he first showed them his nailed pierced hands and then said, Peace be with you (John 20:19). He didn’t say a word … Continue reading

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A Message to Failures

On the night that Jesus was betrayed, his disciples fled leaving him to face his ordeal alone.  Peter flatly denied that he ever knew Jesus with oaths and curses.  So, when Jesus arose from death what message did he first … Continue reading

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What is Jesus praying for?

Jesus is now in heaven with his heart open in love towards his Father. Nevertheless, his heart remains open in love towards us. For in the presence of his Father he constantly prays for us (Romans 8: 34). What sort … Continue reading

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Can we really believe this is true?

Just before Jesus died, he told his friends some astonishing things about his love for them and for us. For example, he says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you (John 15:9). The Father’s love for … Continue reading

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Knowing the Heart of Jesus

The Ascended Jesus is present with us where we are. However, he is present as the absent One. He is absent because he has left this world to be with his Father. He is now at the very centre of … Continue reading

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