David Hodgens reminds us that events that take place around us can act as markers in our life…
Can you remember where you were when the World Trade Centres were attacked in 2001?
We were working in PNG and heard the news through a New Zealand colleague. I remember walking into the subdued classroom at the time, saying to the students that the world will change forever as a result of what has happened at WTC. (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…)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan raise a relevant nitty-gritty point:
Two interesting words – faith and doubt…they come up again and again in scripture, church life, conversations between Christians. And they’re used in a number of ways in sermons, especially ones intent on challenging where we really are as ‘faithful non-doubting’ followers of Jesus.
Both are action words – faith speaks of positive action, doubt of negative activity.
In general chatting with some Christians or in counselling, one can so easily wonder ‘Where are they at? Where are they coming from? They don’t seem to be able to really trust Jesus let alone his word. With all this negativity, where is their faith?’ (more…)
ASSIST Senior Correspondent Jeremy Reynalds reports: Veteran journalist Dan Wooding’s career spanning 46 years has been nothing but unique.
It spans from being a London correspondent for the National Enquirer; senior reporter for two of Britain’s raciest tabloids, the Sunday People and the Sunday Mirror, and now an undercover reporter for persecuted Christians in restricted countries. And now he currently serves as founder and president of the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net). (more…)
Question: Sometimes I feel very close to God and at other times I feel that he is a million miles away. When I don’t feel that he is near, does that mean that I have done something that has offended him?
Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, responds:
This question raises the more fundamental question of how reliable our emotions are in experiencing God’s presence and in sensing his speaking to us.
First of all it has to be said that our capacity to have emotions is a gift from God. When he made us, part of the human package was what we call ‘feelings.’ Some of them make us feel good, such as happiness, love, wonder, and pleasure; other have a negative effect on us – such as, sadness, disappointment, shame, anger and envy. Still others include such feelings as sympathy, compassion and courage. On and on the list goes! It would be hard to imagine life without feelings. Yet… (more…)