Love is frequently viewed as something that is earned - do well, respond to me in the right way and I will love you. Frequently that is pushed over onto God, and so people both non-Christian and Christian ending up trying to earn the love of God. But that's not how the Bible tells it. … Continue reading Living Loved
One more on the Ascension. It's too easy to pass from the resurrection to Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit and how he works in and though us, and sure that plays a huge part in redemptive history, but we do need to keep the whole story together. The result of such thinking is … Continue reading The Ascension – Jesus in Action!
Preparation is a must - ask any decorator. It's vitally important to the finished job. The same applies to Christmas. In the run up to Christmas people prepare in many different ways and over different lengths of time, nevertheless preparation there must be, otherwise it just wouldn't happen. What most people fail to realise is that … Continue reading God Prepares for Christmas
The recent debate over Strange Fire has made me think again about what it means to be a Christian, and for the church to be truly Christian. One of the dangers of the debate over Strange Fire, and a danger for those who call themselves Reformed (I don't particularly like labels as you are not … Continue reading Christianity is Supernatural
As people and churches we need not only an ongoing experience of the Spirit and the ministry of the Word we also need the prophetic - the now voice of the Spirit speaking expressly to us as God's people. Several times in Scripture we are exhorted to hear what the Spirit is saying - in … Continue reading Open to the prophetic
In the last post we looked at the baptism and fullness of the Spirit, in this one we are asking the question, are you quenching the Spirit? A quick glance over the New Testament very quickly reveals the dynamic of a God who was present with his people - present in person and present in … Continue reading Are you quenching the Spirit?
God is for us! Staggering thought isn't it? But know this the devil absolutely hates it, and is always seeking to undermine the truth, knowledge and experience of it - he comes to rob, kill and destroy. In some circles you'd think God was against the world he created, but that is not the way … Continue reading God Is For Us! Updated