Is The Cross Cosmic Child Abuse?

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The cross of Jesus is child abuse; that is the argument put forward by some Christians and non-Christians alike; their claim is that God’s dealing with sin by sending His Son to suffer and die for someone else’s crime was a form of abuse. Are they right? Continue Reading…

The God Who Camps With His People

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 I hear of some Christians, who disregard or dislike the Old Testament, they say things like “God is so angry” or “God is so unjust in His treatment of people”. When people say this to try and undermine the Scripture, what they tell me is that they don’t understand the Old Testament, and confuse their ignorance with God’s character. The reality is of course that the Old Testament contains the history, reason and revelation of the New, and as we understand more about it, the New Testament starts to stand out in vivid multi-dimensional colour.

The writers of the New Testament really knew what they were doing and were capable of using individual words to convey a truckload of imagery and meaning, which can empower us to really grasp the magnitude of what God has done. A great example of this is in John 1:14, where we read that Jesus “made His dwelling among us” NIV, or as the ESV says “dwelt among us”. Clearly, this is amazingly good news, but if we look a little deeper the picture becomes even more exciting. Continue Reading…

Good Game? I Don’t Think So…

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Bruce Forsythe has added his name to the growing list of celebs and politicians who want to be able to put people down. Whilst his comments seem to come from a concern for the suffering of the individual, he, just like  the others is very misguided.

My beautiful mother in-law is 85 this year and has Alzheimers; we have prayed for her and are grateful that she has improved in some areas, she has regained her cheeky sense of humour and a desire for life, she wants to live until she is 100. According to Baroness Warnock, this beautiful lady should do her duty and be “put down” as she is a burden on her family and society.

In a recent survey among doctors in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal, 40% of them said they could conceive of ‘assisting’ someone with early stage dementia. The question is, how vulnerable are these people, could they be persuaded that it was for the best, could corners be cut and any legal safeguards be circumvented? Of course! It is already happening on the continent, and those of us in other countries need to stand our ground on this one.

In the UK, medical staff are already being disciplined over their views on abortion. Imagine this nightmare playing out in the media.

The reality is, if we want to live in accordance with God’s kingdom, then we will have to bear one anothers burdens (Gal 6:2). The desire to abort the mentally ill is one of the most vile and extreme manifestations of what the Bible calls the flesh – the self centred, make my life easy desire that drives the world. How a society treats its most vulnerable is the measure of its people.

As believers we need to be careful that we are not squeezed into the mould of atheistic thinking that states we are simply a collection of elements that needs to be recycled. Human beings are made in the image of God, it was God who breathed into us and we do not have the right to extinguish that breath in the name of convenience.

We demonstrate God’s kingdom by living according to His values and desires

Is it difficult and expensive to care for people? Do we face terribly difficult decisions when it comes to the care of others? Yes! We live in a broken world that is longing for the appearing of the Lord Jesus so that everything that is broken will be put right. Until then, we demonstrate God’s kingdom by living according to His values and desires, and not those of selfishness and convenience.

Go well my friends.

 

What Is Truly Worth Dying For?

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It’s no good; I have to come clean about what I really believe.

I have been a Christian for over 30 years, and the last few years have been difficult. In that time I have read and studied quite a lot, I have connected with people with all sorts of views about God and the Bible; I have read books from Catholics to Charismatics, Calvinists to Wesleyans and many in between.

In one sense I pushed everything I believed off the table and started again, not accepting my beliefs at face value, but challenging every assumption and trying to think them through. I have found there were things I believed because I assumed it, people told me it was so, or it was simply convenient. Continue Reading…

What Is The Sin Against The Holy Spirit?

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Is Jesus Christ Yahweh?

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There is much debate on how Jesus fits in with God; is He God, a god, deity or merely divine? The New Testament looks at this question from different angles, in this study we will compare the Jesus of the New Testament with Yahweh of the Old. The result is more than interesting… Continue Reading…

Is Jesus The “I Am” of The Old Testament?

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Most Christians understand that Jesus is God in some way or another, but how does He relate to the God revealed in the Old Testament who He claimed was His Father? In the first of 2 short studies we will look at how this question is answered by the New Testament writers, starting today with the apostle John. Continue Reading…

Seriously… Can We Really Do Greater Works Than Jesus?

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 For generations Christians have argued about the reality of miracles; some accept that Jesus and the first apostles could do them, but reject any modern manifestations; others embrace the miraculous as a modern day reality, sometimes being accused of deception or some other dark art. There are all sorts of arguments, but let’s focus on one of Jesus’ most extraordinary statements which is found in John 14:12; He seems to be saying that anyone who believes in Him can in fact do even greater works than Him, and let’s face it, the raising of Lazarus, turning water into wine and walking on water will take some beating. So just how are those of us in the 21st century supposed to understand this? Continue Reading…

Is Jesus God?

grunge background with copy space for your textThat might sound a bit of a silly question, but I am not sure how many believers can actually give a definitive answer and explain their reasoning. Some might say Jesus is God as is the Father, some say He was made by God before creation, or even one of many who have attained to some level of divinity. But what does the Bible actually say?
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How the Seven Year Tribulation is doing damage today.

 

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WARNING! I might rant a bit here, but you will see why… Anyone who follows my Facebook pages will know that I am a great fan of Open Doors and the amazing work they do. Thanks to them and other outstanding organisations like them, the plight of Christians being imprisoned, tortured and murdered comes to our attention, or at least to some of us, and with our support they are able to do something about it. Continue Reading…

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