The world around us constantly tells us that we need to believe in ourself. Self-esteem is the catch phrase the supports this idea. But does it match with our biblical understanding of self value & worth?
In chapters 2&3 of the book of Revelation we read the letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Over the next two weeks Jim and Ettiene are visiting the sites of these seven churches. The first letter is addressed to the church in Ephesus, a church known for it faithfulness but
Often the things we hope for are just wishful thinking, but biblical hope is certain, because our hope is in God and His gracious work in our lives. Our hope is certain because it’s not based on us or our circumstances, but on God and His power and love.
Have you ever wondered what is God’s will for you? Who do I marry; what career should I choose; should I be a missionary; what activity should I pursue in church ministries; etc; etc? These are personal questions which only you and God can answer. But the verses we will explore this morning reveal what
Over 4000 years ago God gave to Moses the ten commandments and despite the history that fills the gap to today they still stand as a guide to life before God. Yet our world falls at the first hurdle. We all struggle to simply obey the first commandment. Everyone worships something or someone. Its a
We all like to feel useful in some way or other. No one wants to feel like they are useless. So it is good news that as the gospel of Jesus Christ changes us it makes us useful in a whole new way. We see that in a delightful way in Philemon, Paul’s shortest and
Last week Paul contrasted what a true believer looks like, and what a religious person looks like. The true believer lives “In Christ,” by repentance, through faith. The resume of the religious is one of merit, works, and self-glory, while the resume of the believer is one of grace, repentance, humility and God reliance. In
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 +