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The Power of Partnership

Wisdom tell us that "... two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed" (Ecc.4:9). Life is about partnering with other people - family, friends, work associates, and partners in ministry. An effective partnership doesn’t just happen. Like any relationship, it takes time and effort by both people in the partnership. Here are four things that are essential for an effective work partnership: 1. Develop a good relationship. Your working relationship is very important. The better the relationship, the better you will work together. Make the time and effort to get to know each other... Read more →

Church - The Safest Place To Be

Did you know that being part of a church gathering is the safest place to be! Statistics tell us: 1. Do NOT ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents. 2. Do NOT travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these. 3. Do NOT walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians. 4. Do NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents occur in the home. 5. Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are related to previous physical disorders. Hence, the safest... Read more →

The Power of Desperation (Part 2)

Why wait until you hit bottom or the pain gets so bad that you have to change? Why not make the decisions that lead to life right now. Why not allow the Holy Spirit to tap into the power of desperation in your life today – right now! 1. What am you tolerating right now? Ask yourself, “What am I tolerating right now that God wants to change?” Is it a sin, a bad habit, a broken relationship, ministry stagnation or something else? Think about this and ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of how things really are... Read more →

The Power of Desperation (Part 1)

The Bible describes each one of our lives as like a “journey”. We are “pilgrims” on a road of progress and purpose. Each of us is at different points along the “path of life”. Along the way, there are many different “seasons” we go through, many varied “circumstances” we navigate through, many different “decisions” we make that each have consequences and many “changes” we experience in the process (see Prov.4:18; 15:19, 24. Ps.119:105). God desires for us to also encounter many “breakthroughs” along the way (turning points, strategic opportunities), which become “holy ground” moments during our journey. Many of these... Read more →

How Friendly is Your Church?

You may have heard the story about a man who, in an attempt to find out what other churches were really like, visited 18 different churches on consecutive Sundays. He always sat near the front of each building. After the service he would walk slowly to the rear then return to the front and back to the rear again using a different isle. He was neatly dressed, smiled pleasantly at other worshippers and he would make it a point to initiate a conversation with at least one other person. He would also remain for coffee if it were served. He... Read more →

The Power of Prayer

The following story is about Thomas Muthee and The Prayer Cave, as told by Dr. Peter Wagner in his book Praying with Power. Thomas Muthee is an itinerant evangelist from Kenya, Africa. In 1988, the Lord spoke to him, “I want you to plant a church in Kiambu”. Kiambu is a city of 80,000 people located a few miles from the beautiful capital of Kenya, Nairobi. Kiambu had gained a national reputation for having the worst crime, violence, drunkenness, immorality, thievery and human degradation. Public disorder was common and loud rock music blared from speakers in front of barrooms throughout... Read more →

The Ripple Effect

In 1855, a Sunday School teacher, a Mr. Kimball, led a Boston shoe clerk to give his life to Christ. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, became an evangelit. In England in 1879, Dwight L. Moody awakened evangelistic zeal in the heart of Fredrick B. Meyer, pastor of a small church. F.B. Meyer, preaching to an American college campus, brought to Christ a student named J. Wilbur Chapman. J. Wilbur Chapman, engaged in YMCA work, employed a former baseball player, Billy Sunday, to do evangelistic work. Billy Sunday held a revival in Charlotte, North Carolina. A group of local men were... Read more →

God Leads a Pretty Sheltered Life

At the end of time, billions of people were scattered on a great plain before God’s throne. Some of the groups near the front talked heatedly – not with cringing shame before God’s throne, but with embittered belligerence. "How can God judge us? How can He know about suffering?” snapped a brunette, jerking back a sleeve to reveal a tattooed number from a Nazi concentration camp. “We endured terror, beatings, torture, and death!” In another group, a black man lowered his collar. “What about this?” he demanded, showing the rope burns. “Lynched for no crime but being black! We’ve suffocated... Read more →

The Race

For some inspiration when you feel like giving up, I love Dr D.H. Groberg's poem The Race, which I have included below. It's about a boys race, so girls will have to do a little 'gender inclusive translation' along the way :) "Quit! Give up! You're beaten!" they shout at me and plead There's just too much against you now, this time you can't succeed And as I start to hang my head in front of failure's face My downward fall is broken by the memory of a race And hope refills my weakened will as I recall that scene... Read more →

Handling Disappointment

Life brings disappointment from time to time. How do we handle it? How do we adjust? Where is God in it all? The following poem Welcome to Holland was written by Emily Pearl Kingsley, a parent of a special needs child. It always move me, every time I read it ... "I am often asked to describe the experience Of raising a child with a disability, To help people, who have not shared that unique experience, Understand it And imagine how it would feel. It's like this When you're going to have a baby, It's like planning a fabulous trip... Read more →

One Solitary Life

Here is a well known poem about the impact of the life of Jesus Christ (written in 1926) ... "Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never set foot inside a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He... Read more →

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not an elective in the school of life. It is a required course, and the exams are always tough to pass. Here's a moving story about the power of forgiveness from Charles Swindoll as told in his book Improving Your Serve ... "Several years ago I travelled to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in search of a pastoral intern. In the process of interviewing a number of men, I met a seminarian I will never forget. As it turned out, I did not select him to come for the summer, but I was extremely impressed with his sensitivity to... Read more →

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up! [Part 3]

Today we come to our final and most important question .. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” This is what Pilate asked the crowd (in Matt.27:22). They replied, “Crucify him!” and the rest is history. What will YOU do with Jesus? This is an important decision as it has has eternal implications. When Jesus Christ returns, he will do with you what we have done with him. Reject him and he will reject you. Accept him and he will accept you. The choice is yours! The real Jesus is God in human form. He came... Read more →

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up! [Part 2]

Yesterday we considered Jesus' question, “Who do PEOPLE say that I am?” We noted that there has always been a wide variety of opinions about Jesus' identity. Today, let's look at an even more important question from Jesus: "Who do YOU say that I am?" (Matt.16:15) The question is highly relevant for us today. There are many opinions about the ‘real Jesus’, but what do YOU think? There is no that doubt Jesus lived in ancient Palestine back in first century. There is more evidence for the life of Jesus Christ than there is for the life of Julius Caesar.... Read more →

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up! [Part 1]

The Gospel of Matthew records that one day when Jesus was with his disciples, he asked them a question … “Who do people say that I am?” [Matt.16:13] At that time there were a wide variety of opinions as to who Jesus was. Some thought he was John the Baptist risen from the dead, or Elijah come back in their time (remember, tradition said that he had never died but was taken up in a flaming chariot), or maybe the prophet Jeremiah. It was clear that there were differences of opinion and no one seemed sure who he really was.... Read more →

Is God a Delusion? [Part 5]

In conclusion, when considering whether God exists, place all of the evidence on the scales and watch which way they lean. None of these things that we have discussed proves God’s existence. However, I think they clearly lean in favour for the existence of God. There are good reasons to believe in God, but ultimately belief requires faith - a step of trust, based on the existing evidence. The writer to the book of Hebrews puts it this way ... "So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe... Read more →

Is God a Delusion? [Part 4]

And now for some final evidence for the existence of God ... 5. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Christian story is founded on an empty tomb. If the tomb was not empty, then the Christian movement would have been snuffed out just by someone going and getting the body of Jesus. There are four main theories to explain how the tomb became empty. Firstly, maybe the Jewish or Roman authorities stole Jesus’ body, and the disciples mistakenly assumed he had been raised, inventing stories of appearances afterwards. The reason that this is so clearly wrong is that the authorities... Read more →

Is God a Delusion? [Part 3]

Let's continue looking at more evidence for the existence of God ... 3. Morality and Ethics. Another argument for the existence of God comes from the observation that in human nature world-wide, there exists a kind of moral code stamped on the hearts of human beings that provides an inner sense of ‘right and wrong’, as well as a sense of responsibility to adhere to the right and avoid the wrong. Where does this come from? Reasonable people would say that this indicates the existence of a lawgiver and judge who built into mankind this sense of responsibility for doing... Read more →

Is God a Delusion? [Part 2]

Today, let's have a look at some of the evidence for the existence of God. 1. The World that Exists. The first piece of evidence for the existence of God is the world that exists (see Isaiah 40:26). The world is here. We see that some things actually exist (trees, clouds, mountains, planets, stars, universes, etc). How did these things come to be and why do these things exist? Something or someone must have caused them to come into existence. Suppose that nothing exists. Nothingness wouldn’t require an explanation. The moment that something exists, there has to be a reason... Read more →