(July 12, 2017) Robert and Maureen McQuillan share a challenge on commitment in following and serving Jesus…
‘Please, sir, I want some more’ from Charles Dickens’ second novel Oliver Twist are words so famous that virtually everyone remembers them.
The outraged response of Mr Bumble, the workhouse supervisor, is well known too. The musical Oliver portrays Bumble’s enraged reaction as ‘More? You want more?!’
In other words, ‘What you have already received is enough, more than enough!’
The Christian catchcry of ‘More’
Some twenty-five years ago ‘More, I want more’ became many a Christian’s Oliver Twist catchcry in various church circles.
Today as we minister around various denominations and engage in pastoral care/mentoring, we still hear another cry for more, and not just from a mere few Christians.
It’s a cry of longing for something better than …
- An unsettled heart
- Discontentment with current personal circumstances or marriage
- Churches not displaying friendliness and Christian love
- A lack of taught ‘real’ biblical truths of meaningful ‘meat’
- Weird so-called ‘new’ teaching
- No personal relationship with our loving heavenly Father
- Not knowing the written promises of God, and neither reading or grasping their truths
- The absence of the supernatural Holy Spirit in church life and people’s lives (even leaders).
The above short list and other things result in that Dickensian expression of ‘More. I want more’ but for more of something precious, meaningful and wholesome. (more…)
(June 1, 2017) Missionary statesman George Forbes shares on Pentecost …
The Feast of Pentecost (also known as the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks) was observed by Israel over many centuries. It was an important time each year to celebrate the beginning of the early weeks of harvest with thanksgiving to God. Also a time to celebrate God’s deliverance of his people from Egypt.
After his resurrection from the grave, Jesus had given his followers a command to not depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Father. He told them: ‘John truly baptised with water; but you shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’ (Acts 1:4-5).
Luke, writing the Acts of the Apostles, begins the second chapter with the words, ‘And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.’
Then, verse 2ff, the Holy Spirit fell!
The focus of the feast
The Day of Pentecost was a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel. Devout Jews were used to celebrating the feast of Pentecost – but on the Acts 2 Day of Pentecost, the focus of the feast was changed for the followers of Jesus Christ! (more…)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan challenge:
‘Please, sir, I want some more’ from Charles Dickens’ second novel Oliver Twist are words so famous that virtually everyone remembers them. The workhouse supervisor Mr. Bumble’s outraged response is well known too.
The musical Oliver portrays Bumble’s enraged reaction as ‘More? You want more?!!’ In other words, what you have already received is enough, more than enough!
Twenty years ago ‘More. I want more’ became the catchcry in church circles. Today as we minister around various denominations and pastoral care/mentoring, we still hear a cry for more from not just a mere few Christians. Unsettled hearts and lack of contentment in current circumstances results in Dickensian type expressions. (more…)