At the great reckoning, many who trusted in ministry will be shocked to see people less gifted or fruitful honoured for their wholehearted devotion to God. Afflicted and in pain— may your salvation, God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an … More Value of sacrifice
There are situations that leave us certain we will be consumed. We have a balance of resources, those available must be greater than those required, if not we will falter. Yet in this we forget God. We forget that the Lord’s great love stretches beyond the obvious circumstances. Because of the LORD’s great love we … More Not Consumed
We imagine those who are deeply spiritual and those who are effective in ministry ascending into heaven to be with Jesus. But the righteousness that is by faith says: ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”’ (that is, to bring Christ down) (Romans 10:6NIV) The drawback of having a sliding scale … More Salvation the great leveller
For many who acknowledge Jesus, the term ‘Jesus is Lord’ is their ticket to heaven. After all the Bible says, If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9NIV) Yet the declaration “Jesus is Lord” is about … More What does Jesus is Lord mean?
Can I legitimately participate in an activity or eat something? The question takes me down a line of law. Paul however turns the attention to our attitude towards God for it. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know … More Suspect activities
Crises ask, ‘Do I believe God for his goodness and power?’ Feeling powerless challenges my attitudes both to God and to what I want from him. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter … More God’s power
When I am in need and I see people having the resources then I am tempted to speak in a way that will ‘help them’ answer my need. Some of this is right, the Lord often brings together those with need and those with resources, but what of the attitude – Neighbors lie to each … More Asking out of need
When faith is tested we like immediate vindication. Sometimes faith leads into a lifelong process. Take Noah, he was given a significant challenge – “Build a large boat from cypress wood … Make the boat 450 feet long…” (Genesis 6:14-15NLT) This was to be the world’s largest ship till Brunel built the SS Great Eastern in 1858! When … More Faith for long haul
“It’s all about you Jesus …” It is easy to sing the song, but how real is this for us? Jesus presents the issue in terms of a choice between loving him and loving ourselves. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it … More All about Jesus?