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.
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.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
There is a slavery that is all the more insidious for being largely hidden and undetected: the slavery of sin.
Peter tells us that we have been called to blessing, in order to inherit a blessing.
The Bible gives us some very interesting insight into the minds of those who have committed a serious crime.
Are we prepared to simplify our lives for the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord?
Donald Trump is the President of the most powerful country in the world; and no doubt before entering into office he thought that all he had to do was give the orders and they would be carried out.
Compassion should always be our over-riding motivation, and we should always offer people a way out of their situation; otherwise our words are only condemnation.
Who are the people who have made a positive difference to our lives along the way? And have we remembered them?
God wants us to tell him our desires and dialogue with us over them; but most of all he wants us to delight ourselves in him.
Do you have the courage now to ask your teenage children, your spouse or a trusted friend if you have any double standards?
Tamar knew what it was to be blamed for something that was not at all her fault; and that blame determined the course of her whole life.