(April 03, 2023) Richard Winter highlights the deeper meaning of Calvary’s cross…
Anyone who has ever attended a wedding should be familiar with centrepieces. They tend to be the focus or centre of attention… it is the central or most important feature. The centrepiece of the wedding is the bride; the centrepiece of the reception is the couple.
In other arenas of life we can see that the centrepiece of –
Philosophy is the love of wisdom.
Science is knowledge
History is facts.
Most religions is works.
God’s centrepiece The most important centrepiece of all time is the centrepiece between the Old and New Testaments – the cross of Calvary where our Saviour Jesus hung between two thieves.
That cross is the centrepiece of the gospel. And why? It focuses our attention, especially on Good Friday, on Jesus who alone is our salvation!
In Jesus’ day crosses were seen as death and defeat. But Jesus wasn’t defeated! The blood that spilled from His wounded side –
Extinguished the flames of hell, and
Completely covered the accusations of our enemy the devil!
(February 04, 2023) Stuart Reynolds challenges Christians to know God more…
‘Flies-on-the-wall’ documentaries are not new – if our television broadcast schedules are anything to go by, we can’t get enough of them!
And with the rapid progress of camera technology, such broadcasts have become deeper, clearer, even truer, spawning a whole new breed for our watching – from The Secret Life of Pets to The Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year Olds,’ and, if you really want it, The Secret Life of Books and even of Buildings!
But what about The Secret Life of Saints? What would ‘flies-on-the-wall’ learn and admire? Or… be unimpressed by?
Watchman Nee wrote: ‘This is the test. How much of my life is seen? When men look on the surface, have they seen the whole, or is there more? Have I, in the unseen, a secret history with God?’
(March 17, 2018) Robert and Maureen McQuillan challenge fearful Christians…
Hic sunt dracones – Here be dragons!
Some people think that ancient globes depicted dragons as warnings of the unknown ahead in unexplored territories. Not so! Well… one did – the tiny copper European 1510AD Hunt-Lenox globe.
Paper maps were different. It was the medieval practice to depict sea monsters, beasties and other fearsome mythological creatures beside uncharted areas: cartographers of ancient maps adapted this to indicate possible dangers ahead.
Hic sunt dracones – Here be dragons! was the warning to brave explorers, adventurers and land pioneers who, like our modern Star Trek heroes, dared ‘to boldly go where no one has gone before.’
Ancient dragons were mere mythical fantasy!
But as the church determinedly moves forward in 2018 – ‘boldly going where no one has gone before’ (or should have gone by now!) – Christians will do well to remember the general warning of dangers ahead in that ancient line, Here be dragons! (more…)
(February 25, 2018) George Forbes, missionary spokesperson, brings a pre-Easter challenge…
The verses in chapter five written by the apostle James in his short letter have been encouraging to me over the years.
James uses the illustration of a farmer waiting patiently for the autumn and spring rains to remind believers of the patience required of them as they wait for the second coming of Christ.
Patience… ‘Therefore be patient, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and has long patience for it, until he receives the early and the latter rain. You also be patient, establish your hearts, for the coming of your Lord draws near’ (James 5:7-8 MKJV). (more…)