Zechariah and Elizabeth’s circumstances weren’t all that normal, but probably the most abnormal thing about them is how they saw God’s activity in their lives and responded with praise. Tonight we’re going to examine the story of John’s birth and see how, like Zechariah and Elizabeth, God’s salvation in Jesus Christ can transform our lives.
It’s that time of the year again where we stop to listen to the stories of people to whom God has revealed himself. It is in that sense that their testimonies or ‘life stories’ literally become ‘stories of God’. Stories of how God reached out, who he put in place and what experiences led them
When was the last time you did either of the following things: watched an animation movie, played with dolls, defeated trolls or raced toy cars with your children or grandchildren? One of the things we lose when grow older is being excited and enthused like little children over virtually anything, even empty boxes in which
Much of our thinking about how we relate children is “one way traffic”; what we as adults do for them. Do children, though, have a ministry to adults? How does God use children to be a blessing to us? What does it take to receive? What happens when we don’t?
In life, we all set goals that we’d like to reach or continue to live by. Whether it be to exercise more, do better in our studies, or simply be happy. These goals can often be the motivating factor for the things we do in life. But sometimes we can mix up which goals are
In the passage, Jesus is asking the important question, ‘What do you think about the Christ?’ For the Teachers of the Law to answer this question would radically alter everything in their lives. It would have changed their entire world view. It would have changed their associations and friendships. It would have affected their familiesRead More +
At first glance it appears that this passage in Mark is about sacrificial giving; that the widow who gave two small copper coins is giving so much more out of her poverty than the rich are giving out of their abundance and so we too should give sacrificially like the widow. However, in a closerRead More +
Mark 13 is a difficult chapter to grab hold of as it is full of Old Testament ideas and images and Jesus intertwines two strands of teaching into one. What we can know is that there are three things which give us encouragement. First, Jesus forewarned us that things would happen; God is not surprised.Read More +
In a world where the very idea of truth is questioned and claims to know the truth are seen as arrogance, it’s possible to downplay the importance of gospel truth. Sure the truth of the basic gospel matters, but how much beyond that? But the Bible is clear, truth matters. Why does it matter? AndRead More +
In the midst of hatred and betrayal Mark records and act of simple and costly devotion. Sensing where the life of Jesus was headed and being unable to alter that course in an act of love and faith she did what she could for Jesus. The question that is drawn out from the passage isRead More +