Easter

ENGAGING THE WORLD (Mar 8, 2016)

Erica GraceErica Grace, author and ex-missionary to South America, cuts to the chase!

A couple came to see my husband Chris and me to discuss a ‘disturbing’ trend in their church.

They said they were extremely worried their pastor had the wrong priorities: He was constantly raising money for missions and making donations to missions’ projects and such.

We kept waiting for the ‘problem’ to appear but the more they spoke the wider we smiled. Why? Well, to us it sounded that this couple’s church was a great one – so what was the problem? (more…)

READING THE ROAD MAP (Mar 8, 2016

Harold Harvey 2016Harold Harvey pinpoints some Christian life ground rules …

I was talking with a friend a little while back and we were discussing the Bible and that it is the word of God for us and, as such, it should guide our footsteps in life and that it is our authority and basis for the things we believe.

Among other things, we talked about how the Bible doesn’t tell us a lot about heaven and hell or much about life after death – the very thing that a lot of people want to know about. (more…)

THOMAS AND THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS (Mar 7, 2016)

Jim McClure
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…)

GREAT SINNERS – BUT A GREATER SAVIOUR!

Dr Robert & Maureen (2)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan share gospel good news…

Recently we watched that classic Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian, at personal cost dedicating himself for 18 tough years lobbying the British parliament for the abolition of the slave trade.

In 1807 the slave trade was finally abolished. But the fight went on to free those who were already slaves and it wasn’t until 1833 that an act was passed giving freedom to all slaves in the British Empire.

One scene from this great movie filled with Christian principles sticks in our mind as we approach Easter this month. It is when Wilberforce (actor Ioan Gruffudd) calls on his old mentor old preacher, John Newton (played by the inimitable Albert Finney). (more…)

WHY?

Dr-Robert-&-Maureen-McQuillan_PhotoRobert and Maureen McQuillan share:

Why? – As an adverb the word means ‘For what purpose, reason, or cause; with what intention, justification, or motive.’ As a noun it infers ‘a reason or explanation.’

Parents soon realise that this is one of the first words their children learn. It’s so often repeated that it seems to be the only word they know! (more…)

GOLDMINE! THE MESSAGE OF EASTER

George Forbes 2010Missionary statesman Dr George Forbes reminds us that the real message of Easter is a precious goldmine:

Easter is an annual holiday celebrated by many millions around the world. For devout followers of Christ it is a highlight of the year; a time to give thanks to God for his great gift. For many others it may be the one-day they attend a church, because it seems the right thing to do. They hope it might help when the day of accounting comes.
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THE EXALTED CHRIST

Jim McClureDr Jim McClure, noted theologian, shares from scripture on the glorious exaltation of Jesus Christ:

In an American television cooking competition a couple of years ago one of the contestants was delighted to be speaking with one of the chefs she had admired for a long time. And she made this comment, ‘If Jesus Christ had suddenly appeared in front of me while I was speaking to the chef, I would have said to Jesus, “Hi, dude,” and kept on talking!’ (more…)