(February 17, 2017) Norman and Margaret Moss share this encouragement and challenge…
Recently I (Norman) visited a place of impenetrable darkness and gloom.
A place that is frequently unbearably hot, and at other times difficult to reach because it can only be visited on one’s knees.
I had never gone on this journey before, because I was hindered by feelings of total inadequacy. I felt that I had nothing to contribute to those gloomy nether regions.
Who was I to bring light to such an inaccessible place?
But as Tennyson declared triumphantly, ‘Old age hath yet its honour and its toil.’ (more…)
(December 12, 2016) Stuart Reynolds calls men to Joseph-based Christian living…
I heard a statistic that 40% of parents are unhappy about the part their child gets to play in the Nativity Play – whether it is in school or church. There’s always ‘competition’ among the girls as to who will be Mary…. Boys rush to be wise men and shepherds, and we can never have too many angels… but ‘Who wants to be Joseph?’
After all, Joseph…
- Has to hold Mary’s hand – what little boy wants to be seen near a girl, in public, never mind to have to hold her hand?
- Is silent – whether it be in the biblical accounts or our ‘creative’ Nativity productions, Joseph gets no lines, he doesn’t get to speak!
- Remains in the shadows of Mary and Jesus – the main focus of attention is not really on him. There’s not many who can ‘act’ that part in a play, never mind live it for real!
Robert and Maureen McQuillan reflect …
Christians are so familiar with Psalm 23 – the Shepherd’s Song, that best known psalm of David.
Genuine shepherds care so much. Here’s a powerful reminder of our relationship with Jesus, the greatest shepherd. It gives Christians a secure hope in our God and encourages us to trust every aspect of life to our Lord built on a meaningful and powerful relationship.
Even countless non-Christians are aware of this precious psalm. Decades ago when purchasing a used car on learning of our ministry involvements, the salesman remarked, ‘I don’t go to church myself but I ensure my kids do – they know more about the Bible that I can do. But I do remember one thing from my own Sunday school days … the Shepherd’s Song!’ (more…)