7 Reasons Why People Should Be Protected From Prayer Advert

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There are some very good reasons why corporate powers banned the Lord’s Prayer from being advertised in our cinemas.

1 – Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name

Do we really want the claim that there is a moral and holy God, unleashed into our corporate and entertainment worlds? People might get the idea that their lives do matter and that they should live intentionally. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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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Things We Really Need To Know About The Ascension

ascension7Most Christians are familiar with the main facts of Jesus’ life on earth; He was born, did some miracles, died on a cross, rose again three days later, and finally went back to heaven. Whilst there is nothing wrong with our chronology, I do believe that there has been a massive lack of understanding when it comes to what these events really mean. Saying the ascension was simply when Jesus went back to heaven is like saying the Magna Carta and the United States Declaration of Independence are just a couple of old documents. The meaning behind these and the impact on the world are immense, but the meaning of the ascension goes to a whole other dimension of significance.

Most of us will have seen pictures of Jesus being taken into the sky and disappearing into the clouds, with the disciples left staring until they are given an angelic wake up call and the promise that Jesus will return in the same way. From this scene we are lead to believe that Jesus is now ‘up’ in heaven, waiting for the time on God’s calendar to come back down again to wrap everything up, but there is so much more. Read more

Your Doctrine Won’t Save You!

Before we start I do believe that we should pursue right doctrine, but with the understanding that right doctrine has no power to save us. This is a subtle but deadly trap which can rob us of God’s power or even lure people into hell itself; with that in mind we must take the matter very seriously.

When Jesus began to minister some of His most bitter opponents were members of the Pharisees; these religious experts rejected Jesus with such force that their hearts forever closed to the grace of God which meant they could never be saved. Now here is the biggest and saddest irony, the Pharisees commitment was to pure worship and pure doctrine and yet they missed God in the flesh when He was standing right next to them. This has to be a huge warning to us all; I mean how many of us have a passion for pure worship and doctrine? It would appear that we must learn to temper our passion with humility otherwise we could suffer the same fate as the those Pharisees who Jesus called “sons of hell”.

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