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
God not only used Hosea’s words, but his very life to point out Israel’s unfaithfulness to him but also his great love for them. The book of Hosea foreshadows God’s redemptive work on the cross through Jesus Christ.Read More +
We have been dipping in and out of Mark’s gospel for some time. We left it last time, just before the Triumphal entry. We pick it up again, with the teaching of Jesus through the last week of His earthly life, the time between Palm Sunday and His crucifixion. Jesus packs a lot of activityRead More +
We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and doneRead More +
Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem andRead More +