Meeting in Manhattan
A Muslim, a Hindu, A Buddhist, an atheist, an agnostic and a Christian walk into a bar ... no scratch that, a restaurant. In fact to be politically correct a vegetarian restaurant. Sounds like a joke, but rather a reflection. What are our stereotypes? Our character traits? What conversations would occur? Would they be hostile or cordial? Who are the characters? Are they male or female? Old or young? Ethnicity? This week we explore the "script", Meeting in Manhattan.
Thoughts Prayers Actions
As we finish 2019 and enter into 2020 I want to offer a challenge, the Thoughts, Prayers, Actions Challenge. That as Christians we step into the new year seeking opportunities to serve, not to be served.
You are the Light
You are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hidden. Who is the light of the world? You are! I am! We are. We are the hope bringers, the light savers, the carriers of the good news and it should shine through our lives like a bright blazing candle. People should be drawn to us wondering why we are joyful. We should stand out in the dark. We should be the one people look to for hope.
This week we bounce around faith, look at our hope, our confidence and our questions and doubts. As captured in Mark 9, the father who says to Jesus, I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief. So too I share my hopes, my faith, and Lord, help me overcome my unbelief.
Can these dry bones live? Son of man? Can they? Ezekiel is asked whether he has the faith to witness the transformation of a nation, the turning of hopelessness into hope - can it be done? Church ... can it be done? Can we be the light bearers? The hope bringers?
The Groom Awaits
Tomorrow my wife and I celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. While this is super exciting to me, what relevance is that to you? Join us this week as we talk about the groom awaits ... Jesus who stands with arm outstretched at the end of the aisle awaiting our commitment.
The Right Orbit
Getting into the right orbit is essential if we seek to live in God's promises. If you desire a life filled with peace, with joy, love, patience ... then ensuring your orbit is aligned is key.
This week we explore ministry and calling by visiting the scene of an accident. Where are you in the picture?
Not Just Input
We can sit and receive, listen, hear, absorb and take in as much information as we like ... but unless we process it and then convert that to an output then all the inputs are irrelevant. Knowing God's Word, His promises, how to pray and how to worship are great inputs, but unless they result in something then they are meaningless.
The Israel community were largely an agricultural society throughout the Old and New Testament, which is why there are so many verses relating to farming; sowing, pruning, harvesting. This week we apply this thinking to our own Christian walk - which season are we in?