(November 30, 2017) Robert and Maureen McQuillan encourage those going through challenging times, especially leaders who teach solid scripture truths…
Ever wonder which unrealistic idiot came up with ‘Just trust Jesus and everything will be absolutely fine in life’ or ‘The Christian life will be like a bed of roses so no worries’ or led new converts to think Christianity is ‘Easy Street to heaven’ – or that ‘Ministry’s great… all fame and glamour, no hassles.’
Probably some dodo man, think you wise realistic ladies!
The reality is that …
- Life is a gift from God, to be appreciated each new day and lived to the full as best possible.
- Ministry is a privilege, not to taken carelessly or irresponsibly as it must honour the Lord.
- Unfortunately we have a lying, distracting enemy!
- Although we can fully trust God and his word for our needs, we live in a fallen world.
- Life itself – not just Satan – can unexpectedly unleash furious storms against us!
Bad things happen, even to Christians! (more…)
(August 6, 2017) Robert and Maureen McQuillan encourage renewed confidence and not quitting…
Confidence – typical dictionary definition:
- Quality or state of being certain;
- Feeling or consciousness of one’s powers;
- Faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.
How we yearn for abundant confidence when challenged to do something new, especially for the Lord and in church life. And how we can feel so disappointed when things don’t work out, or we feel – even wrongly believe that we’ve missed it, we’ve failed – and unfortunately are not aware of, do not discover what we have achieved because we were determined to be faithful no matter what price we had to pay.
The reality is that in our limitation as humans we’re unable to visage the ultimate bigger picture’s ongoing and end results. We’ll never know all we’ve achieved when we even willingly offer a mere glass of water in Jesus’ name… but as the Message Bible says, ‘Count on it that God will notice’ (Mark 9:41). (more…)
(January 10, 2017) Brian Bell reminds us a great kingdom building principle …
The book of Nehemiah has often been meditated on to unveil its truths and their application for our lives.
In this brief meditation I’m not bringing a new revelation but offering three simple thoughts which presume the reader has a general knowledge of Nehemiah’s story.
But whether you’re familiar with the Nehemiah story or not, I believe these thoughts that the Holy Spirit has used to speak to me will also encourage your heart too.
Primarily, Nehemiah’s concern was for that which had been broken. (more…)
(September 15, 2016) Dr Jim McClure, respected theologian, continues his series on some scripture words…
The Hebrew word shalom is familiar to many people apart from Jews. Most people would say that it means ‘peace,’ and they would be right – up to a point! However, to consider shalom only in terms of the absence of war is to put severe limitations on this great word. For example, two nations may not be dropping missiles on each other, but they may still vent such hostility towards each other that the citizens of both nations may live constantly under the sense of threat and uncertainty. This would not be a definition of shalom. ‘Shalom’ means so much more than that.
When we examine how the word shalom is used in the Bible, we discover that ‘peace’ is a widely embracing word which has a plethora of meanings. It is a word of interaction – with God, between people and, indeed, with all of life. It has to do with harmonious totality. This study explores some of the depth and breadth of this most positive of Hebrew words. (more…)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan ask some relevant questions:
Amazing photo, isn’t it? Cunard’s Captain Kevin Oprey standing on the bulbous bow (what helps stabilise movement) of the Queen Mary 2, the world’s largest ocean liner, Photographer James Morgan took several photographs to mark the ocean liner’s tenth anniversary and Australia’s Daily Mail ran with the caption, ‘Welcome aboard my little boat.’
Although small of stature Captain Oprey looks so confident with all that mighty power that he commands behind him! (more…)