Brief Thought on Evangelism

Evangelism: “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness” – according to google’s definition.

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Heaven and earth are both important in God’s plan for people- eternal life starts now!

As far as I understand it means the sharing of our hope in Christ with others, so they can know Him, and his Father, now and experience His power and Spirit in their lives immediately, as well as knowing Him in paradise for all eternity afterwards.  Continue reading

Really Really Real

Clouds and Glory: God's Presence

Clouds and Glory: God’s Presence

Is God really really real to you?

I think that is a big challenge, especially in a society that frequently puts out a message of being “past” believing in God (though this is not actually always backed up by the statistics).  We are constantly told that science or modern thought has made God irrelevant (I don’t think either of these worry Him- either the laws of the world He created or the morality of the people He made in His image).  As a Christian at such a time, we can lose focus on the reality of God, which should really be our automatic starting point, a bit like believing in any other thing we can experience without seeing such as wind or gravity.  So I had some thoughts on how I first approached prayer and how my faith affected it…  (I hope this is helpful)

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Who and What does God use?

There is a story in 2 Kings which goes some way to answering this:

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Death in the Pot

“38 Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets.”

39 One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine and picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. 40 The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.

41 Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.”

The question that struck me was: why flour? 

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Our Father’s Attitude to Us

https://i1.wp.com/blog.adw.org/wp-content/uploads/father-and-son.jpgDear 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. 
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The Simplest Thing: Right Here

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

What Came First- The Feeling or The Doctrine?

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do we realise how much our feelings guide us?  Here is a very general way to not read the Bible:

1) read the text and intake via the eye into the brain what is said,

2) have a gut reaction (feeling) and say “God can’t mean that/has to mean the opposite of that”

3) arrange a logical argument with our mind that backs up our feeling, often giving it the best possible motives (“it can’t apply now”, “it stands to reason”, “that was Bible times”…)

4) re-regard the text and summarise that it is a) incomprehensible (“beyond our understanding”) or b) nonsense (“legend”, “poetry”)

The middle two steps here (heart and mind) are not wrong, but they are in the wrong place and (4) is well, how can I put this tactfully… Wrong!

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