The older we get the more we tend to think of our past – the good old days, perhaps our best days. It’s easy to get all nostaglic with a trip down memory lane. The past is getting longer and the future seems to be getting shorter with less and less to look forward to.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds… (James 1:2). This cannot mean that trials or troubles themselves are happy experiences – of course they are not (James has in mind poverty, injustice, illness and the like) – but that it is possible to have a very positive
The world’s best-selling, least-read book? More than a book, it’s a collection of writings, a library, about 1500 pages long, written by around 40 very different people over a 1500 year period. What does it say about itself? That is, what do Moses, David, Peter, Paul and Jesus (and the others) say about it? First
God has revealed himself to us in the Bible – so we can know him. We could spend an eternity on this subject – in fact, one ‘day’ we will. Does everyone really have a sense of God? What is he like? Come up with some words that you think describe him then go (slowly)
Humans need hope. Hope gets us up in the morning and motivates us to do any number of things in the day. Without it we are hopeless and eventually fall into despair. When we are down, a ray of hope can make all the difference. We are hopers, always looking forward to the next good thing –
Rom. 8:26 As we try to pray and do so very imperfectly, as we struggle with words and groans, so, we are told, the Holy Spirit prays perfectly for us because he knows the mind and will of God perfectly (1 Cor. 2 also tells us this). But we must be praying, or trying to
Is this not something we should be saying more to one another? Is this not what we hope the Lord Jesus himself will say to us on that last day that will also be the first day of that forever happiness? ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…’ (Matthew 25). Could he really say that to
This is a good place to raise the matter of rewards in the future life. God has promised rewards. The word appears over 70 times in the Bible. We find it difficult because it does not seem to fit well with the idea of grace – God’s free gifts regardless of whether we deserve it or not (we don’t!). It
The biblical way to stop worrying is to: THINK (Matthew 6:25); PRAY (Phil. 4:6) and TRUST (John 14:1).
The biblical way to overcome sins like anger, bitterness, envy, lust.. is to think, pray and try. We need to think biblically to renew our minds (Romans 12:2), we need to pray for grace to strengthen us (James 4:6) because we cannot do it ourselves (as we well know) and then (on that foundation of