distraction

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

stuasrt-reynolds(November 17, 2016) Stuart Reynolds calls for Bible-based Christian living…

For years Lights! Camera! Action! has been the call  on the movie sets of our world as the crew begin another ‘take.’

Christians live on a world-stage where the performance is not make-believe but the profession of a living testimony where Christ is ‘clearly portrayed’ (Galatians 3:1).

The context in which Paul wrote was one of …

  • Disappointment of wasted effort in what stands undone because it was abandoned – ‘I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you’ (Gal. 4:11).
  • Distraction of worldly wisdom, so subtle yet so strong to close God’s voice in favour of ‘other’ voices – ‘After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?’ (Gal. 3:3). 
  • Deception of wickedness in plundering and poisoning the masses, calling what is good, ‘wicked’ – Who has bewitched you?’  (Gal. 3:1).
  • Desertion of workers who once toiled for the gospel – I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ’ (Gal. 1:6).

We too, in our day, face the same pressures and suffer the same challenges: We need another ‘take’…our own version of ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ Not a new call – but a renewed, rediscovered call to attention, concentration and demonstration. (more…)

THE FOCUS OF TRUE WORSHIP

Jim McClure
‘Where is the best place to worship?’ asks a concerned Christian.

Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, responds:

There is a sense in which worship of God should be central to our lives as Christians regardless wherever we are or whatever we are doing. However, in this article I want to address what we do when we formally come together to worship God. (more…)