The world is in turmoil. There are “wars and rumors of wars” and persecution against Christians continues to reach record-breaking highs world-wide. But the Scriptures say “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me“. Note: “because of me”, as in Jesus, not just because we’re a pain. We are clearly not meant to encourage persecution of ourselves, by living at peace with others as much as possible. But how should re respond when persecuted? We are certainly not to use “the sword” as this can defend only earthly kingdoms. Continue reading
Dear Brothers and Sisters, when Jesus came out of the water of baptism, our Father declared: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased“. That is the Father’s attitude to His true children. Indeed, “in Christ Jesus [we] are all children of God through faith“, which means that our Father has the same attitude towards us*. He is pleased with us. He looks on us and says He is happy with what He sees! However miserable a job we are doing (and sometimes I am doing a fairly miserable job of being a Christian), He not only loves us and forgives us but has an attitude of joy and pleasure in who we are.
As the title suggests, I am easing myself back into blogging with something simple, but startling. Putting aside all religious trappings, tradition, and current problems, God is right here. Right here in this room as I am typing. I have his promise on that. True that promise comes from Jesus the Son, but where He is, there His Father is too. Continue reading