Getting through life, temptations and all that …
I was struck, at our last Inter-Church Study, by the word ‘through’ which appears four times in three verses in the second letter of Peter, chapter 1. Here they are:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 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. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
We Christians can enjoy going through three ‘processes’ which run together
- Getting to know God
- Receiving what He’s promised
- Sharing in the Lord’s divine nature. And the result of this that grace and peace (which Peter mentions first) show in our lives. As someone said - it’s not what you know but who
you know! But we mustn’t neglect to improve our knowledge.
As Paul told Timothy
All scripture is useful for teaching and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly (old version throughly, meaning through and through) equipped for every good work.
(2 Tim 3v17)
Posted on Sat, 19 Nov 2016
A Brokxn Kxy
Evxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of the kxys. I havx many timxs wishxd that it workxd pxrfxctly. It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx. Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that our church is somxthing likx my typxwritxr - not all thx kxy pxoplx arx working propxrly.
As onx of thxm, you may say to yoursxlf, “Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I don’t makx or brxak thx church.” But it doxs makx a big diffxrxncx, bxcasx a church, to bx xffxctivx, nxxds thx activx participation of xvxry pxrson.
So, thx nxxt timx your xfforts arx not nxxdxd vxry much, rxmxmbxr my typxwritxr and say to yoursxlf, “I am a kxy pxrson in thx congrxgation and I am nxxdxd vxry much.” This is what happxns to thx wholx church, and multiply this by many timxs - thx whole thing just doxs not makx sxnsx!
So, don’t bx a brokxn kxy - bx a usxful onx
Posted on Sat, 15 Oct 2016
HERE and THERE
HERE and THERE was our Harvest theme last week.
HERE we were Thanksgiving for plenty, THERE was a need for Help and Prayer to relieve poverty. We could also use this picture to help us understand and put into practice the message from the previous Sunday, the first of our four part teaching series “Just Walk Across the Room”.
We are HERE, knowing and loving our Saviour and receiving his blessings, but there are people THERE who don’t know Him at all, in spiritual poverty. It is our ministry to walk (prayerfully) across to THERE tell folk the Good News. THERE is our mission field. Let’s start walking!
Posted on Sat, 1 Oct 2016
Feeding the poor
Jesus was talking to the Pharisees. They appeared to be clean on the outside because they followed all the religious rules but their hearts were not good. Jesus challenged them saying they needed to be clean on the inside and the way to do that is to give gifts to the poor. (Luke 11:41)
This is a very simple instruction. Give gifts to the poor to keep your heart right with God. In our church we have a very easy way to do that, we have God’s Hands. When did you last put something in the box for God’s Hands??? This food is given directly to the poor. So follow this simple but direct instruction and give to the poor!
Posted on Thu, 22 Sep 2016
The parable of the two wolves
A grandfather is talking to his grandson and he says that there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, self-control and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and jealousy.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and asks, “Grandpa, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, “The one you feed.”
Posted on Sat, 3 Sep 2016