(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…)
Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, highlights a crucial point about accepting Christ’s resurrection.
Thomas was not with the other disciples on Easter evening when Jesus appeared to them.
It would be pointless to speculate as to the reason for his absence, but in a sense it was well that he was not because when he eventually saw the Risen Christ, he made one of the most powerful confessions of faith to be found in the New Testament. ‘My Lord and my God’ (John 20:28). (more…)
THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING
Wayne Swift reminds leaders that negative thinking is powerful – and not in a good way:
In a May blog Michael Hyatt wrote, ‘Norman Vincent Peale published The Power of Positive Thinking in 1952. But it’s only more recently that we’re learning about the destructive power of negative thinking.’ (more…)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan raise a relevant nitty-gritty point:
Two interesting words – faith and doubt…they come up again and again in scripture, church life, conversations between Christians. And they’re used in a number of ways in sermons, especially ones intent on challenging where we really are as ‘faithful non-doubting’ followers of Jesus.
Both are action words – faith speaks of positive action, doubt of negative activity.
In general chatting with some Christians or in counselling, one can so easily wonder ‘Where are they at? Where are they coming from? They don’t seem to be able to really trust Jesus let alone his word. With all this negativity, where is their faith?’ (more…)
Brian Nixon, Special to ASSIST News Service,writes…
In her book Doubt: A History, Jennifer Michael Hecht wrote, ‘Socrates counts among those great minds who actually cultivated doubt in the name of truth.’
This seems like a contradiction: Doubt in the name of truth? If something is true, it is beyond doubt; facts are facts, right? And yet, everyone doubts at some point. But what if that doubt could lead you to discover a greater truth about God? Could doubt and truth have something in common? (more…)