(April 23, 2019) Mike Shreve encourages us believe we are more than conquerors because of Jesus’ resurrection.
It matters little if you have had great failures or problems in your life! You are an heir of resurrection life – and that means coming back from the dead.
You may have gone through tough times spiritually, to the point where you almost felt dead mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. But remember the bold statement Jesus made at the gravesite of Lazarus: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die,he shall live’ (John 11:25).
So, dare to believe! No matter what you have been through, reflect on what we’ve just celebrated over Easter and dare to say, ‘I believe…
In the cross;
In the blood;
The price that was paid;
That the stone rolled away by the power of God;
That Jesus arose victorious;
That he conquered death – and because he did…
I can be “more than a conqueror” by claiming the present-tense benefits of the One who arose victoriously for me.’
Grasp these present-day benefits of Jesus’ resurrection Most believers view the resurrection of the Lord Jesus either through a historical or a prophetical lens!
They tend to look backward to Jesus’ victory over the grave or look forward to the resurrection of believers at the conclusion of this age.
But seldom do believers grasp present tense benefits that have come to us as a result of this spiritual conquest… here are some powerful ones:(more…)
(March 30, 2018) Mike Shreve reminds readers of eight great truths in respect of Jesus’ resurrection …
Most believers view the resurrection of the Lord Jesus either through a historical or a prophetical lens! They tend to either look backward to Jesus’ victory over the grave or look forward to the resurrection of believers at the conclusion of this age.
But seldom do believers grasp the present tense benefits that have come to us as a result of this spiritual conquest.
Here are eightpowerful ones:
1. Deliverance from spiritual death
‘But God . . . because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ’ (Ephesians 2:4-5).
When Adam fell, he died spiritually and began dying physically. But when Jesus came out of the grave, believers were delivered from spiritual death right then When we received the resurrected Saviour in our hearts, the resurrection process began.So those who repent and turn to Jesus are first resurrected spiritually on their way to complete physical resurrection at the coming of the Lord. We are given a ‘new spirit’ (Ezekiel 36:26). (more…)
(August 6, 2017) Tim Edwards brings a timely word based on 2 Kings 2: 1-8…
Sometimes life is tough. Sometimes in all our lives there are moments, days, weeks or even lengthy seasons where we struggle to understand what is going on, what to do about it.
As a pastor I have many conversations every week with a variety of people (and not only from my own church) – guess what I am seeing at the moment? Some tough times. I’m very aware that there are large numbers of people who are currently walking through difficult times.
Yes, life can be tough!
The reality is that that life can be tough, is tough, even for great Christians! And I am more and more convinced every day that we as humans, on our own and in our own limited capacity, have no answers at all to help us through the messiness of life.
Our search for purpose, meaning, security, stability, relationships and love is just not found in the things we as humans tend to value and count and attempt to accumulate – money, possessions, power, position, politics, business or anything else for that matter. None of it helps.(more…)
(March 6, 2017) Tim Edwards brings a timely, challenging kingdom word…
Church – and the kingdom – is not about me; it’s about God and all of us together. 2017 is the beginning of a new season, a new chapter, a new day and I personally can’t wait to see where God takes us all on the journey.
EveryChristian shares a clear purpose that is given to all who love and obey God. As Christians who who are aiming to live a Christ-like life, we all have the same purpose as recorded in Matthew 22 and 28…
The great commandment – asking us to ‘love God and love one another’
The great commission – asking us to ‘go’, to take that love out to the people, into life, and offer everyone the opportunity to connect to God
Loving God, people and life summarises ourshared purposeas Christians.
(March 6, 2017) Robert and Maureen McQuillan reminisce and share a challenge to dare …
An article in a magazine about movies/TV shows/comic characters grabbed our attention last week –taking us back to the fifties, yet speaking about a real need today!
In a day when some serious-minded Christians, including church leaders, are saying that we need a fresh revival, here was an article by the delighted editor about another revival, that of the renowned 1950s British comic book hero – Dan Dare.
First Eagle, April 14, 1950
Okay… many, especially our younger generation and non-Brits will wonder who’s he? Who was Dan Dare? This editor (not an aged senior, by the way!) stated it simply – ‘Before there was the science fiction Quartermass, before Doctor Who, before … there was ColonelDan Dare – Pilot of the Future.
Boldly going places
We can easily add that decades before Star Trek and the Klingons or Star Wars and Dark Vader, there was Dan Dare and his arch-nemesis, the evil reptile-looking Mekon of Mekonta, ruler of the Treens! Decades before James T Kirk ever declared the Enterprise’s mission to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’ we who were kids in the fifties can reflect and boldly declare that Dan Dare has been there, done that! (more…)