When you go through difficult times, what do you find yourself thinking? Paul’s message to the Corinthian Christians and us is that great grace and privilege often go hand in hand with suffering. How does God use sickness, trials and suffering? We will learn Paul’s secret. Sometimes God has to empty us of ourselves to
The Christian life is a transformed life, starting with a renewed mind. Christ’s priorities become our priorities as our mind is more aligned with Christ’s. We are also a work in progress, under construction. When Christ, to whom we are connected by faith, returns, we will be like Jesus and have a glorious, Christ-like resurrection
This Mother’s Day we will focus on an aspect of living well in God’s world. Mums need a wise temperament in raising a family, juggling dozens of responsibilities. Whether we are younger or older, single or married, male or female, a wise temperament is good for us and the people around us. Temperament is a
As a church, we have said that Gathering people to Christ is a central part of who we are and what we do as a Church. But why? Why can’t we just stream Jim’s message from the comfort of your homes? Why do we have to gather together as a church? In a modern society
How bold are your prayers? Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. We think of speaking softly to God, humbling ourselves before God, or having a chat with God … but agonizing before God? Storming Heaven with prayers? Pounding on the door of the Most High? Wrestling with God? Isn’t such prayer irreverent?
The priests, teachers of the law, and elders fail to catch Jesus in his words, so they send their partners in crime to do their dirty work. On this particular day, Jesus is asked about the poll tax in an attempt to catch Jesus in his words. A ‘no’ answer would be seen as rebellion
We have witnessed two great sporting events this year, the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Maybe you’ve been excited and amazed at the achievements of all the athletes and marvelled at the amount of time and practice required to reach Games standards. The modern Olympics were inspired by ancient games held in Olympia, Greece,
Today, the story is simple. A man has a vineyard and he rents it to some farmers. They misuse his property and want to keep it for themselves. When he sends messengers to collect what is rightfully his, the farmers beat them and kill them. Eventually he sends his son and they kill him, too.
Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem and
We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and done
We are looking further into Spiritual Gifts this Sunday and run into the question, ‘What is the purpose of Spiritual gifts?’ In Romans 1:11-12 Paul writes, ‘I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong- that is that you and I may be mutually encouraged byRead More +
A farmer once employed people to work in his vineyard at various stages of the day – some started very early and some very, very late in the day. Striking is the thought then, when, at the end of the day the farmer pays all the workers exactlythe same amount! What do we make ofRead More +
When you study Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, you will learn the importance of pursuing understanding and receiving grace. Those who understand the blessings we have in Christ and have received the grace to proclaim Him, possess Him, and present Him to a lost and desperate world, are invited to live on another level. LivingRead More +