God didn't make us cowards, and there is nothing in this world more worthy than the gospel of Christ.
We should be realistic about contributing factors of burnout, sensitive to underlying stressors, and proactive in our care for one another.
We might be easing slowly out of lockdown, but if we don’t listen then what kind of a world are we emerging back into?
Consistently choosing to obey God in the small things prepares us to choose his way in the vital decisions of life.
As discontent rises in the coming months, let us be careful not to be like these rabble rousers, only complaining and wanting what we do not have.
Christian counsellor, Emoke Tapolyai, warns about “the culture that feeds young people with the lie of `you can have it all´”, and analyses how to help them cope with the anxiety that it brings.
Self-denial is essential in the Christian life (Matthew 16:24), but unless it is coupled with following Jesus in the path of love, mercy and service, it will be of no benefit to our character.
Nothing can compare to the security of our relationship with him and the peace that he puts in our hearts.
Jealousy and suspicion in marriages needs to be acknowledged, brought into the open and brought to resolution.
The Bible offers not only encouragement for personal faith in a time of crisis, but also wisdom and insight to guide the Christian in a position of public leadership or influence.
For the most part, just decent biblical preaching is the meat and vegetables your church needs to grow healthy and strong.
How easy it is to attach God’s name to our particular cause, to our political party, to our church denomination, and boldly proclaim to the world, ‘God is on our side’.
We humans are often motivated to change only when we see the consequences of our actions.
We who follow Jesus Christ have also been made priests (Revelation 1:6).
Art forms are a powerful vehicle for spreading the knowledge of Christ.
The Israelites in Moses’ time kept God at a distance and, if we are honest with ourselves, we often struggle with this today. Yet the promise remains: Come near to God and he will come near to you.
For some Christians ‘structure’ is a dirty word, being seen in opposition to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. Yet there is structure all through the Bible.
Self-sufficiency weakens us, deprives us from support which we might have benefitted from, and widens the gap between our public persona and our private struggles.
The root of the opposition which we face is spiritual, so the weapons with which we counter it are spiritual too: Prayer, Faith, Acknowledgment of our reliance upon God – coupled with effort, strategising and resolution.
The biblical work ethics clashes with a system that, according to the International Labour Organization, “experiences a lack of material well-being, economic security, equal opportunities or scope for human development”.
The experience of God granting their desires did not draw the people of God any nearer to him.
It is not the Triumph which is the problem, but how we treat it.
Moses is silent, then acts on what he hears from the Lord, and so experiences one of the most remarkable deliverances the world has ever seen (Exodus 14:19-31).
When we respond in faith to God’s prompting, who knows how far the influence of our actions will go?
Whenever God breaks into the world, there is an adverse reaction from the ruling powers.