Throughout scripture you see miracles that only occur after it has become absolutely impossible without God. Sometimes God allows the greatest defeats before He raises us from the ashes of despair. If God bails us out of trouble, we glorify Him a little, but if God redeems us from the ashes of despair we praise Him with all of our being. All too often we see that it is through the delay in His promise that our faith is established. It takes very little, if any, faith to demand immediate relief of fulfilment, but it takes a lifestyle of faith and a heart that truly finds its hope in God to remain faithful when the promises seem impossible.
Christy shares her testimony of what God is doing in her and her husband Nick's life and testifies of His faithfulness every step of the way.
It is good to come to the end of ourselves and realise our weakness, and give into God. It's then that we realise we can't do anything on our own anyway, so we ask Him to completely take over. We stop trying to make things happen and let Him have his way. To receive God's guidance, King Solomon said we must acknowledge God in all our ways. To acknowledge is to honour and obey.
In his first recorded letter, the apostle Peter writes to a church that was under escalating persecution. He writes to encourage the church and help remind them of their status in God, a royal priesthood in whom the Spirit of God dwells. Persecution exists today and is also escalating with no end in sight. Peter's principles for dealing with persecution can help us even today.
Jesus calls us out of the crowd and into discipleship, but in order to become a disciple we must do something. We must cross over with Jesus to the other side. We must step out of the crowd and get into the boat with Jesus. We must commit ourselves to Him, to travel where He travels, to do what He does, and to live with Him as the centre of our lives day after day after day.
When Jesus comes into our lives we experience a renovation of the heart. Like with any renovation, a lot has to be broken down, fixed and restored. When this renovation takes place people are changed from the inside, through ongoing personal relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit and through each other.
We learn from Scripture that God is consistent. This does not mean that God is not dynamic, that He is stuck in His ways. What it means to say that God is unchanging is that His nature is always the same. It does not change and the way in which the Lord acts and responds is always consistent with His nature. And what is God's nature? Time and again, in many verses in the Bible, God is described as gracious and merciful/compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The blessed benefits of God's love are core, central, solid benefits that are ours as followers of Jesus Christ. It is because our hope as Christians is rooted in God's great love. As a believer, if you fully grasp these benefits, and live in the shadow of these truths each and every day, you'll be filled with such excitement you'll have to backslide to go to sleep at night!
Life in the Spirit means to surrender complete control to God and His leading. Resisting the urge to take control and do it your own way but to trust in the Lord and be obedient unto Him.
When confronted with the reality of Jesus' resurrection, as reported by the Roman guards at the tomb, the chief priests and Pharisees resort to bribery, lies and corruption to cover up the truth. Why do they refuse to believe in Jesus even in the face of such evidence? Why do people in general refuse to believe in Jesus? Scripture helps us to understand the underlying, heart-reasons for unbelief.
Instead of promises full of emptiness God gave us emptiness that is full of promise. The empty cross, the empty tomb and the empty burial clothes. These are the empty promises of Easter whose very emptiness assure us that God's promises are real.
Palm Sunday commemorates the day that Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. There is much we can learn from the fact that Jesus chose the donkey colt as His steed.
If Jesus came up to you today and said 'Do you love me?' what would you say? Do your actions show it? It doesn't matter who the people around you think you are, Jesus sees who you really are. We can fool people but we can never fool God. Do you really love God? Is there the evidence thereof in the way you live?
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People put their faith in many things throughout an average day. We have faith that the ground will be beneath our feet when we climb out of bed in the morning. We have faith a chair will hold our weight (hopefully) and we believe the things we eat and drink will reach our stomach. But we often struggle to place our faith in Jesus or we possibly place too much importance on faith in ourselves or others.
Baptism is one of the most exciting events in the life of the Church. We had the privilege of baptising three of our congregation members this Sunday.
How awesome it is to know that as God's people, as Christian believers, we have a friend who will fight for us. Not only will He fight the awe-inspiring battles but also the small, mundane, everyday kind of battles that we face personally.
Jesus is our friend, He cares for us, He cares about our daily problems. Not only did He give His life for us, thereby conquering death and overcoming sin and the grace, He is also there for us in the everyday struggles of life.
If there is one thing that Jesus consistently and continually preached it was that we need to be ready. The whole message of Jesus' warnings to be ready has to do with doing the right things. Being ready means actively living in faithfulness to God. It is more than just calling yourself a Christian.
Our Vision for 2016: Digging Deep, Reaching Out
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.” (Psalm 1:1–3 NIV)