The Christian life is a transformed life, starting with a renewed mind. Christ’s priorities become our priorities as our mind is more aligned with Christ’s. We are also a work in progress, under construction. When Christ, to whom we are connected by faith, returns, we will be like Jesus and have a glorious, Christ-like resurrection
This Mother’s Day we will focus on an aspect of living well in God’s world. Mums need a wise temperament in raising a family, juggling dozens of responsibilities. Whether we are younger or older, single or married, male or female, a wise temperament is good for us and the people around us. Temperament is a
As a church, we have said that Gathering people to Christ is a central part of who we are and what we do as a Church. But why? Why can’t we just stream Jim’s message from the comfort of your homes? Why do we have to gather together as a church? In a modern society
How bold are your prayers? Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. We think of speaking softly to God, humbling ourselves before God, or having a chat with God … but agonizing before God? Storming Heaven with prayers? Pounding on the door of the Most High? Wrestling with God? Isn’t such prayer irreverent?
The priests, teachers of the law, and elders fail to catch Jesus in his words, so they send their partners in crime to do their dirty work. On this particular day, Jesus is asked about the poll tax in an attempt to catch Jesus in his words. A ‘no’ answer would be seen as rebellion
We have witnessed two great sporting events this year, the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Maybe you’ve been excited and amazed at the achievements of all the athletes and marvelled at the amount of time and practice required to reach Games standards. The modern Olympics were inspired by ancient games held in Olympia, Greece,
Today, the story is simple. A man has a vineyard and he rents it to some farmers. They misuse his property and want to keep it for themselves. When he sends messengers to collect what is rightfully his, the farmers beat them and kill them. Eventually he sends his son and they kill him, too.
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 and
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 done
This is the final few days of Jesus before He is to be crucified. He and his followers are returning to the Temple for the third day in a row. This time He is met by the highest religious authorities who have had enough of this Jesus and his actions. They pose him a quite
How can a good God allow suffering in this life? It’s a huge question, isn’t it? Hardly a day goes by when we don’t come across suffering. Devastation caused by earthquakes and tsunamis… millions living in poverty… children being abused… family breakdowns… bullying… people suffer. We suffer. So it’s right to say to God: “God,Read More +
‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ In his book, The Hard Sayings of Jesus’ F.F. Bruce calls this phrase ‘the hardest of all the hard statements’. The problem is not with the words, they are simple. But what do they mean? What do we understand of the experience of Jesus and theRead More +
Christmas is a time of giving. Estimates are that Australians will spend $16.2 billion on everything from festive holidays to Boxing Day Sales during Christmas 2012! (Source: Comm Bank). Why? Why are we so infatuated with giving at Christmas time? Well God started it off and the Wise men set the pattern in place. JesusRead More +
This week we are getting back into the gospel of Mark. Jumping back in where we finished last year we begin with Jesus feeding the 5000. Marks gospel answers an important question. Who is Jesus? Over the next few weeks we will continue to fill out this question showing who Jesus is and why thatRead More +