Get lots of loving in 2018
My daughter’s jet black, pint sized Labrador (runt of the litter), although with issues, is a real character. Periodically she comes to my chair with her suckling cloth and jumps up with her front paws. “Have you come for some loving?” I ask her – and she has.
The Essence of True Faith
The essence of true faith is to believe without seeing or receiving. After his resurrection, Jesus said to Thomas “Because you have seen me you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
After the list of faith heroes
Legacy of the Reformation
The end of October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Europe, an event and movement that radically changed the face and conduct of Christianity forever. At the centre was a German monk, Martin Luther who confronted the decline and corruption in the Roman Catholic Church at that time. He is reported to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg and declared “Here I stand so help me God; I can do no other.”
In his significant book “Behold my Servant” dealing with the Servant songs of Isaiah, Brian Russell writes these challenging words:
“It is imperative to see the complicity of all human kind in the sufferings and death of the messianic Servant. We need to see ourselves, not as spectators only, but as guilty participants in what happened at Calvary. There is blood on our hands. For it was our sins that nailed Jesus to the cross. So before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we must see it as something done by us.”
God cannot be bribed!
There are many people in business and politics whose lives are characterised by the giving and receiving of bribes. Their sick minds believe that “Everyone has his or her price.”
The Bible teaches the doctrine of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father is the first person of the Trinity, and the Father nature of God comes out throughout the Bible. God is called the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus constantly referred to God as his Father whom he could call on for strength and guidance. In the model prayer which he gave His followers, it begins with ‘Our Father, in heaven…”and after praising Him and praying for His Kingdom, we are to ask Him for our daily bread and other needs
The Prodigal - lost and found
The lost and found story of the Prodigal son inLuke 15:11-32 (one of three parables about lost things) is a fascinating slide show of stages in the life of the younger son as well as the father and the older son.
In one of his earlier books, “Finding God in Unexpected Places”, Philip Yancey points out that American churches have moved from seeking idealism and perfection (which tends to lead to perfectionism and spiritual pride), to an acceptance of fallibility and imperfection (which tends to lead to freedom, licence and abuse).
After Valentine’s Day last year, I was musing over the various Christian responses to it. Some ignore it and dismiss it as pagan, some laud it without reserve and some spiritualize it.
There were several people named Valentine (Valentinus) in history, one of whom was involved in Christian ministry to soldiers and prison inmates.
The Magic of Christmas
I have seen these words “The Magic of Christmas” in so many adverts and shop displays. They seem to suggest that the magic is in gifts, food, drink and parties. Now, if some visionary had started Christmas on the basis of “happy holidays” only, that sentiment would be fair enough. But we know that this is not the origin of Christmas, it is rather in the very name; a time to celebrate God the Creator’s greatest gift to needy humanity – the birth of his son on this earth. Christmas has of course been hijacked