How should we report about Justin Bieber, Kanye West and other cases of well-known personalities who are considering the Christian faith?
For some Christians ‘structure’ is a dirty word, being seen in opposition to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. Yet there is structure all through the Bible.
Self-sufficiency weakens us, deprives us from support which we might have benefitted from, and widens the gap between our public persona and our private struggles.
The root of the opposition which we face is spiritual, so the weapons with which we counter it are spiritual too: Prayer, Faith, Acknowledgment of our reliance upon God – coupled with effort, strategising and resolution.
The experience of God granting their desires did not draw the people of God any nearer to him.
It is not the Triumph which is the problem, but how we treat it.
Moses is silent, then acts on what he hears from the Lord, and so experiences one of the most remarkable deliverances the world has ever seen (Exodus 14:19-31).
When we respond in faith to God’s prompting, who knows how far the influence of our actions will go?
Whenever God breaks into the world, there is an adverse reaction from the ruling powers.
We human beings like simple moral choices, where one side is clearly Bad, with a capital B, the other is Good, with a capital G, and the Good wins.
Every one of our good characteristics has a flip side.
Are there witches or people practising magic today, or is it all one big hoax or delusion?
I vaguely remember hearing stories about the Lord from my grandmother. He was the one who helped our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when they were in really tough spots.
Exodus 4:24-26: Those three short verses are the only place in the biblical narrative where Zipporah is recorded as having done anything, but how important was her contribution!
Straightaway he replies, “Here I am”, and that begins a conversation with God which ends up with him choosing to abandon his comfortable lifestyle and to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.
In Western Europe today the majority of the church is made up of the relatively wealthy middle classes.
How can we be more aware of God’s constant presence with us and of the pattern of his working in the spheres in which we live our life?
A couple of years ago a Syrian pastor from Damascus preached at my church and told us a story that I will never forget.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
The Bible gives us extensive guidance on how his heart functions, but there are many situations where we will also need that extra dimension of Spirit leading to help us apply the Bible to our current situation.
There is a slavery that is all the more insidious for being largely hidden and undetected: the slavery of sin.
There is always much more going on in the heavenly realms than we are aware of here on earth.
Do we have any long-term vision for our own lives, for our family, for our church, for our city, for our country?
Peter tells us that we have been called to blessing, in order to inherit a blessing.
When the Lord gives us a word to guide our lives, he only reveals to us as much as we need to know at that time.