There are things in our lives that rob us of joy and we can call them the killjoys of the Christian life. These killjoys are strategic and scheming thieves. They are relentless in their attempted robbery and they are masters of disguise. Seeing that it is our duty to be a people that rejoice (; ), it must be our mission to recognize these thieves and do what we can to make sure they don’t rob us of the blessedness of our joy. Continue reading The Thieves of Joy
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Our Father, the Creator, Sustainer and Sovereign of all things. Blessed be Your Name forever and ever, to You belong wisdom and might. You alone are the Lord, the great, the mighty, and awesome God. By Your power You change times and seasons; and remove kings and set up kings. You are the One who gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. I ask that You forgive us for our sins. Our nation has ignored Your ways and has chased after corrupt things. As a nation we have rebelled against You and chosen evil rather than good. According to Your great loving kindness and mercy, I pray for Your forgiveness. Continue reading A Prayer for Australia before the 2016 Federal Election
The word “joy” can mean all sorts of things depending on the context it is used in. But when it comes to the context of Christian living, what does it mean to have joy? The theme of joy is spread through God’s Word. Continue reading What is Joy?
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5). Pride is an ugly and consuming sin that God hates (Prov. 6:16-17; 16:5). Pride comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23) and leads to contention (Prov. 13:10; 28:25) and callousness (Dan. 5:20). The final outcome of this sin is disgrace (Prov. 11:2), debasement (Prov. 29:23) and finally destruction (Prov. 16:18; 18:12). Yet pride is not always obvious to us. It can be subtle and become so deep-rooted that it goes unnoticed. Below is a small and selective list that provides a profile of a proud person: Continue reading A Profile of a Proud Person
In preparation of the construction of the Tower of Babel, the people declared, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth” (). This people had departed from God’s original command for humanity. God commanded Adam to be “fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” () Continue reading Passing Greatness or Permanent Glory?
4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Selfishness is something we are all too well familiar with. Me, myself and I are the three people we tend to be most consumed with. Selfishness is the state of being concerned primarily with self and it begins with the craving to satisfy your desires, and it is then carried out by actions that are all about you. The sin of selfishness is such a debilitating sin. It robs us of the joy of being satisfied with God and His sovereign purposes. Continue reading Selfishness
With Mother’s Day approaching, I would like to take some time to write about the precious and powerful mission of motherhood. A day in the life of a mother can be busy and bustling. The task of motherhood is a high calling but sadly many are undervaluing the value of this great status. There is an intrinsic value in motherhood because it is something God designed. This makes it a status of great worth. If you are a mum, you should prize this calling and opportunity. Continue reading The Mission of Motherhood
Timetables and schedules are something we are all familiar with. They are designed to help regulate our time and routine. Following a timetable or schedule is a very important part of life as it keeps us focused and intentional in our actions. As important and helpful they are; timetables and schedules can also be a real headache. Perhaps you have an intense workload and the sight of a schedule stresses you out! There is also the stress of trying to keep your schedule and then something hinders you. Missing the train or failing to read the train timetable correctly can be costly. However, when it is all said and done (regardless of the positive and negative experiences) timetables and schedules are important. Continue reading Living your Life According to God’s Timetable
On 12-14 April, around 10,000 gathered for the 2016 Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference in Louisville, Kentucky. This year the theme was We Are Protestant. This was in celebration for the up and coming 500 anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Below are links to the videos of the main sessions, voices from the past, a celebration video and two of the panels. For more information, please take time to visit the T4G website. Continue reading Together for the Gospel 2016