May 31, 2018

Love Your Church (1)

‘Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.’ Ephesians 5:25 NKJV Before you criticise your church, remember ‘Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.’ He hasn’t given up on His church, so don’t you give up on it! And stop talking so much about what you don’t like. If your church was perfect, you’d be out of place! Noah didn’t sail on the Queen Mary; he sailed on a glorified cattle boat. Can you imagine the noise, the confusion, and the violent tossing of a ship in a storm big enough to destroy the world? […]
May 30, 2018

It’s Time To Move On!

‘Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.’ Hebrews 6:1 NLT Is what worked in the past not working for you now? Maybe it’s a job you’ve outgrown, or a relationship you need to re-examine, or a method you need to change. Regardless of what it is, don’t become so settled that you can’t let go and move on when you need to. They say the hermit crab looks for a shell that fits him, and lives there until he outgrows it. At that point he has to scurry along the ocean floor and find a bigger one—a […]
May 29, 2018

The resurrection—you can believe it!

‘He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs.’ Acts 1:3 NKJV Evidence of Christ’s resurrection has been examined more carefully than evidence of any other fact in history! It has been weighed and considered by some of the greatest scholars, among them Simon Greenleaf, who held first the Royall, and then the Dane, professorships of law at Harvard University from 1833 to 1848. He helped bring Harvard Law School to prominence, and is viewed as one of the greatest authorities on legal evidence in the history of the world. When Greenleaf turned his mind to the […]
May 28, 2018

Today, Act With Compassion

‘He was moved with compassion for them.’ Matthew 9:36 NKJV The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines ‘compassion’ as being moved in one’s bowels (the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity). It shares a root with the word ‘splanchnology’, the study of the visceral [inner] parts of the body. Compassion, then, is a reaction from deep within—a kick in the gut, if you will. Perhaps that’s why we turn away when we see news reports of children starving in refugee camps, and hear about the 1.7 billion people who live on less than $1.65 a day […]
May 27, 2018

S.O.S. Prayers

‘God is our mighty fortress, always ready to help in times of trouble. And so, we won’t be afraid!’ Psalm 46:1–2 CEV One day a woman was driving through the countryside when she saw a tornado approaching, so she hid behind her car and watched as it demolished a nearby house. Running over to what was now a hole in the ground, she saw a man hunkered down with his eyes closed. ‘Are you ok? Is there anybody down there with you?’ she asked. ‘No,’ he replied. ‘Just me and God having an urgent conversation!’ Nothing fuels prayer like real […]
May 26, 2018

Life Is What You Make It

‘For the happy heart, life is a continual feast.’ Proverbs 15:15 NLT The story’s told of a wise old man. Every day he and his granddaughter would sit outside his petrol station in rocking chairs, waiting to greet tourists as they passed through their small town. One day a tall man with the appearance of a tourist started looking around like he was checking out the area for a place to live. ‘So what kind of town is this anyway?’ he asked. The old man replied, ‘Well, what kind of town are you from?’ The man replied, ‘One where the […]
May 25, 2018

How To Help People (4)

‘Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.’ Acts 3:3 NKJV Peter and John were willing to let the lame man at the temple gate interrupt their plans, and maybe make them late for ‘the hour of prayer’—which raises an important point. Is it possible to be so busy with religious activities that you don’t take time for people who are hurting? Selfishness is one of the easiest sins to commit, because when you’re busy, you’re unaware of committing it. Paul describes Jesus as ‘the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself […]
May 24, 2018

How To Help People (3)

‘He gave them his attention, expecting to receive.’ Acts 3:5 NKJV You can’t help someone until they’re ready. That calls for knowing the difference between those who are looking for solutions, and those who may just be looking for sympathy. Before the lame man at the temple gate received his healing, ‘he gave Peter and John his attention, expecting to receive something from them.’ Note two important words: (1) ‘Attention.’ Have you got the other person’s attention? Are they really hearing what you say, or are they so blinded by circumstances and emotion that they can’t see a way out, […]