(December 16) Ed Delph shares a Christmas thought-provoker…
1. Here’s a Christmas-linked thought. ‘I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes.’
2. Here’s a Christmas-linked question: ‘What good is sight without light?’
Sight requires light. The same is true with insight.
Insight requires the light of revelation
A definition of revelation is when something that was or is hidden in darkness comes into the light. It’s a ‘reveal-a-tion’ and it could be physical, mental or spiritual.
Prophesies from God’s prophets given 750 years before the birth of Christ were fulfilled in the birth of Christ at Bethlehem.
Please read the account described in the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke…
- Suddenly light appeared, leading to the revealing of the presence of the greatest ever freely given ‘Christmas present.’
- Information given 750 years earlier became revelation.
- Knowledge became understanding.
- The ‘Word of God’ became the ‘God of the Word’ now in flesh appearing.
- Truth hidden by time and darkness became truth highlighted by the light.
- Chronos (progression of time) became kairos (the right time) – the future became the present.
(April 6, 2017) Tim Edwards brings another timely kingdom word…
When we hear from God to move ahead in something new and we obey, we take a step forward and we become more conscious of our personal growth and development in the Lord.
And guess what?
At that exact time we can be assured that many of us will start to face trials and tests in our lives. Why? Because it is often at times of growth in our lives that we find ourselves being stretched!
Anyone in that category right now?
As we stretch and grow – which is ultimately fantastic by the way – and as we are tested and find ourselves in new and strange situations we need to know what is holding us together; what is sitting in our foundations. We need to look more closely at what is happening in our heads and hearts and ask ourselves what we believe and what exactly we hold to be true. (more…)
(November 18, 2016) Dr Jim McClure, respected theologian, continues his series on some scripture words…
In Exodus 33:18 Moses made this request of God: ‘Show me your glory.’ God’s reply was that no human being could see his face and live. He then instructed Moses to stand in the crevice of a rock from which Moses would see his back.
If the pure brilliancy of the glory of God were made visible, it would utterly destroy us. Matthew Henry makes this significant comment, ‘He will have us to know him by the glory of his mercy more than by the glory of his majesty.’
The word ‘glory’ is frequently used by Christians – but what does it really mean? In the Lord’s Prayer is the phrase, ‘yours is the glory’ – but what does that mean? At the birth of Jesus the angelic choir sang, ‘Glory to God in the highest …’ – but what does that mean? While the glory of God will remain hidden from us on this side of eternity, we shall attempt to reveal the meaning of the word as it is used in the Bible.
The Hebrew word (kabod – glory) has an interesting, if not unusual, development ranging from internal organs to a characteristic of God! Let us examine how these apparently dissimilar things are related. (more…)
Brian Bell mediates on the above oft-asked question.
Confessed atheist Richard Dawkins is well-known for his book The God Delusion. But is Dawkins right? Are Christians who believe in God deluded?
God’s word clearly says we should be always ready to give a reason for the hope that lies within us. But this doesn’t mean we’ll be able to give an answer to satisfy the mind and heart of people who choose not to believe! (Remember Hebrews 11:6 NLT: ‘Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him’). (more…)
Mike Shreve, evangelist, pastor and author, reminds believers of the Spirit’s work in the church…
According to 1 Kings 8:59, God maintains the cause of his people at all times. How? By the constant intercession ascending to him – flowing like a river from the Son of God and from the Holy Spirit.
Most believers know that Jesus is our high priest who ‘ever lives’ to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34). Few realise that the Holy Spirit also petitions the Father on our behalf. This is a sound biblical truth that we need to know. (more…)