Here is a bit of fun. This is a pretty strange story but I'm given to understand that all 66 books of the bible are in it. I have never been able to find all 66 but if you are into puzzles you may enjoy this one. HIDDEN BOOKS OF THE BIBLE Speaking soberly, the numbers were up in the Middle East. There was old Chief Mejud gesticulating wildly. The facts were plain - in truth, he had a narrow … [Read more...]
Evangelism: Just Be There & Care
I'm not a big proponent of Social Gospel, winning soles or any other program as forms of evangelism. I think that they all have their place but they all seriously miss the mark. True evangelism is to just be there and care Social Gospel Social Gospel is the idea that Christians' sole activity should be on promoting social justice. Don't get me wrong social justice is integral to the gospel. … [Read more...]
Story: The Doorway To Our Soles
I'm sure I don't know but there is no debating that everybody will listen to some of the most boring things in the world if they are put into story form. And they are just downright reverting if the subject matter is, in itself interesting. What is it that attracts us To A Good Story or Yarn? I wrote an article about story some time ago saying that they were the first form of mass entertainment. … [Read more...]
Is Fear Of God Not Loving Him?
It is not unusual for Christians to say they dislike the term "Fear of God". They think it is a very poor translation of the scriptures. That the "Fear of God" is an Old Testament understanding of God. Whereas the New Testament understanding is one of "Love of God". There is a sense that the concept of "Fear and Love" in the context of God are incompatible. Should We Scrap "Fear Of God" But are … [Read more...]
Ecclesiastes A Manic Depressive or Jobs Friend
I was surprised by Ecclesiastes 8:17. I've always considered the book of Ecclesiastes to be possibly the most depressing book in the whole of the bible. But I've just discovered from my regular bible reading that I've never really understood it. This Guy is Manic-Depressive The most difficult thing for me to read is the statement that recurs over and over "it is useless". English literature … [Read more...]
Best Way To Spread The Good News But Not To Your Neighbour
Just invite them to church "Don't you dare ever ask me to do that again!" This was the response of a member of a congregation I had been encouraging to invite his neighbour to a church service. Maybe he went about it all wrong. Maybe I should have warned him that there could be a negative response. Still, his reaction surprised me. It surprised me because I don't understand how you can spend as … [Read more...]
You Can’t Plead With God?
I find it very disturbing when people try to dictate how and when you can talk to God. I had one person try to tell me that one can't plead with God. Many would like to dictate how you pray To be fair, there are lots of things I don't like when people pray. I don't like it when people preach at me when they pray. You know exactly what I'm talking about even if you don't want to admit it. I … [Read more...]
Do We Need To Be Taught How To Reconcile
It's all very well for the Lord to say in Matthew 5:22-24 that we should be reconciled to each other but I'm reasonably certain that his expectation was that we would therefore learn how to reconcile. Being reconciled with your brother and sisters is hard But let's face it, Christians don't, at least not nowadays. I don't mean to suggest that Christians don't try to be reconciled to each other, … [Read more...]
What Can I Pray About
What Can I Pray About? FIVE AREAS OF PRAISE 1…PRAISE GOD FOR HOW AWESOME HE IS Spend time meditating on praise themes in scripture relating to the greatness of God. Reflect on Psalm 103. Praise God for all that is wonderful about Him. Singing is a great way to bless the Lord. 2…PRAISE GOD FOR HIS DAILY BLESSINGS Spend time thinking about God’s blessings. Praise Him for as many everyday things … [Read more...]
Speaking in Tongues: Humbug?
Speaking in tongues Has to be one of the most controversial Gifts of the Holy Spirit throughout just about every century since Christianity began. I speak in tongues. I don't use the gift all that often. Though I do find it of great use in times of stress or when the passion for a situation just overtakes me. I don't use it in the church however and never around none believers. Including around … [Read more...]