Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
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.
“From now on, if any of you distribute Bibles, we will attack you brutally”, one of the Hindus warned the Christians, according to a video the extremists took of the attack.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
Former leader of the Liberal Party Tim Farron speaks about his experiences as an evangelical Christian in politics. “In the United States, you have to invent a faith to be taken seriously, in the UK you have to pretend you haven’t got one”.
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?
Church leaders are usually “at the limit of their emotional and spiritual resources”, says José Hutter, theologian and pastor in Spain. A national seminar will address the challenges of Christian leadership.
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.
God did not look at the arrogant young Joseph and say, ‘That’s it. He’s blown it. I can’t do anything with him.’ Not at all.
The Bible is not like our Western society. It does not glorify sex. But it certainly does not avoid it.
Simeon and Levi are lessons to us when we are tempted to use violence - physical or verbal – to bring about what we desire (or, worse still, what we think God desires).
Sexual immorality really does open a doorway for the devil, not only in one’s own life, but in the whole community.
How many people have I seen over the years whose faith has been diluted, even extinguished, say, by a spouse who was not a believer, or by a business partner who did not share the same Christian values.
Ever since Adam and Eve fell and God told her in the Garden of Eden, “Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you”, far too many men throughout history have used this as an opportunity to dominate, exploit and use the bodies of women.
We can have a great marriage, a wonderful husband or wife and still be fundamentally unhappy. Rachel is an example of this.
Being in a relational situation where you are unloved can feel very oppressive. But the Lord sees your situation. He says, “I will show my love to the person who is not loved” (Hosea 2:23).
Cheating and deceit may benefit us in the short term, but in the longer term they will take us away from God’s presence and from his purpose.