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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David & Goliath; So What?

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What has a shepherd boy chopping off the head of a supposed giant about 3,000 years ago got to do with us in the 21st century? Is it any wonder that so many Christians are abandoning the Bible as their source of truth; after all how can there be any connection between us and an Iron Age culture from the Middle East, surely it is irrelevant, isn’t it? 

Of course is you have read any of my posts you know that I take the Bible very seriously, but the above question is fair. I think the disconnect comes from a general misunderstanding of what the Gospel is; but once we start to see the big picture all those ‘Sunday School Stories’ start to become very relevant. Read more

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The Fuel of Terrorism

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After a week on the amazing continent of Africa I have seen extremes in several directions – from people kissing the shoes of their favorite ‘man of God’ to God supernaturally mending broken hearts, the appalling murders of Christians to the joyous celebration of a newly wed couple. I have witnessed heart rending poverty and then opulence that makes even a Westerner like me gag; I have delighted in seeing the tears of joy as people come to realise how much they are loved but then have seen others refusing to relent in their religiosity and ministry of condemnation. Read more

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Now You Are In Christ

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When we turn to God and put our faith in Jesus we receive a whole new identity, our old man was crucified with Christ and we share in the resurrection life of Jesus Himself. The struggle of course is that our bodies are not yet renewed and so we have a fight between our old programming (the flesh) and the Holy Spirit who now lives in us. The secret to life transformation is found in Romans 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. As we come to terms with what Jesus has done for us and believe it over and above what we feel, we get a whole new outlook on life. This outlook is not a ticket away from challenges and struggles, in fact in one sense the opposite is true, but, and it is a big but, we face life on different terms, with different values and a whole new perspective on just how good God really is; and of course we have a future brimming over with hope. No matter what comes our way, no devil, no tragedy, no suffering can separate us from God or deny us our place in the resurrection. Read more

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Grace – The Purity of The Gospel

 

 

The purity of the Gospel is not found in our efforts to live right, but the refusal to add anything to the good news. When the message of Jesus is contaminated with religion and self effort we end in fear and spiritual paralysis. Don’t be intimidated, rather stand unashamed of the truth that what Jesus did was enough to make you right with God.

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I Just Want To Be Happy

It is the New Year and the social media will be awash with apparent ‘pearls of wisdom’ on how next year can be your best. I am sure the self-help books will see an increase in sales as those inspired by the season look to improve themselves – And let’s be honest there is no shortage of help out there; apparently our angels, departed loved ones, position of your furniture, daily mantra’s, understanding your chakra and being nice to small animals are all essential keys. If that is the case I have neither the time or the energy to be happy.

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God Says “I Will” – Radical Grace 5 Podcast

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Under the Old Covenant the pressure was on for us to fulfil its terms and conditions;  failure to do so could bring dire consequences. Under the New Covenant the story changes from God saying “thou shalt” to “I will”. The pressure of the New Covenant is born by God Himself. It is God that saves us, God that keeps us and God who will raise us. 

 

 

 

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Christmas Thoughts That Make Your Head Go ‘Tilt’.

 Okay, so I actually like Christmas – I know I’m not supposed to, I am after all middle aged, supposedly grumpy and beyond all that sentimental stuff. In a way I suppose I am, but the thing about Christmas is that there is a truly awesome reality behind it. Just like Easter or Pentecost the celebrations are just the shadow that speaks of a reality that has forever altered the course of time, space and all creation. Read more

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