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
First century believers faced stiff opposition from political authorities determined to stop the spread of the Christian gospel. In spite of this, they were able to spread the gospel to “the ends of the earth”. One reason for this was a concentration on reaching cities. In Ephesus, for example, Christian leaders influenced groups of workers
Christians mostly perceive God as a source of comfort in their lives. This is a well founded perception, since the Bible portrays God as being exactly that, especially in times when injustice and the painful effects of sin really hurts us. But, can God also be a God of discomfort? Can he be the one
“He’s got the whole world, in his hands…” Many of us are familiar with these words from the popular children’s song. While we were children and we sing it with the actions, we must confess that the power of it doesn’t really strike us unitl we’re adults. Does God really hold the whole world in
All of us, from time to time, hit those stretches on life’s journey where we look into our own lives and we are not very excited about what we see… We often face circumstances or challenges which leave us pretty numb on the inside and it doesn’t take long before our lives feel like a
One of the problems we can easily slip into is a feeling of self-righteousness. We look out at the sinful world and see the grievous sins that are committed and we begin to think of ourselves as better than them. It is these attitudes that seems to be Paul’s concern as he moves into chapterRead More +
In chapter 7 the book of Daniel takes on a very different flavour. The rest of the book is essentially made up of a number of visions and a prayer. They are strange visions, with beasts, horns and visions into heaven. What are we to make of this sort of writing? Why is it here?Read More +
How would you describe God’s attitude towards you? Given the first 3 or so chapters of Romans, you might say, ‘well at least because of Jesus’s death for me He’s not angry at me.’ And yet at times, especially in times of trial, we can doubt even that. In the first part of chapter 5Read More +
This is a sad story. Yes God rescues His son, but many babies are killed by the evil king Herod. Jesus was born into a world of evil, not to condemn it first of all, but to rescue people. To rescue people from the evil we perpetuate and are enslaved to. He came to createRead More +