Churches Evidence of growth should be based on a spiritual (not material) increase. Support or join another church activity or movement rather than duplicate. Take risks with new ventures. Know when something has served its purpose. Protect the children and vulnerable. Care for them in a way that best suits their needs. Christians Foremost in … Continue reading MEASURING UP
People have spent a lifetime trying to elaborate the salvation message. The gospel itself is simple, yet takes a lifetime to practice.Without it, we are the guilty judging the guilty. Success is an extremely dangerous temptation to Christians. It's always one step away from hypocrisy. There is no higher class Christianity.There is no perfect Christian … Continue reading SUCCESS
One day as Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!” This well-wisher was bestowing a blessing in true Jewish fashion. Luke records the event just after the Pharisees had been challenging Jesus. 1 This blessing holds significant … Continue reading MOTHERS BLESSING
If you hear of a new Christian movement or someone claiming God has spoken to them, what is your reaction? Personally, I tend to be sceptical. I can understand the response of the first people who observed the actions of Jesus. Having the authority to cast out evil spirits can't have been commonplace. The Bible tells us people … Continue reading WHOSE AUTHORITY?
The account of Mary and Martha is commonly divided into the traditions of the day and the women's character traits. It highlights how Jesus was challenging the status quo of gender equality. There is a lesson to be found in the conflicting attitudes of Mary and Martha. For followers of Jesus, it's also about living a … Continue reading BALANCE
Leaving His local area of Galilee, Jesus progressed South. The capital city of Jerusalem was God’s chosen place for the offering of sacrifices. Every step took Jesus closer to His decision. To offer Himself as a sacrifice for sin. This would mean going through Samaria. The Jews avoided the Samaritans because of their bitter history. Just … Continue reading SAMARITANS
A crowd had gathered around a boy possessed by a particularly disruptive spirit.1 At the start of the chapter, the disciples had been given authority to drive out all evil spirits.2 But the demon causing the child's violent convulsions was more than a match for the disciple's faith. It challenged their focus and spiritual authority, it shifted … Continue reading SPIRITUAL FOCUS