Protesting war is like protesting forest fires. It is an empty gesture. What we ought to be doing is focus on preventing ‘war’ in the same way we approach preventing forest fires. After all, I do not know anybody who is ‘for’ war any more we than we are ‘for’ forest fires. The protest against war suggests there is a group somewhere against peace? Quite ridiculous really! If we wish our efforts to be more than symbolic then we need to act when and where it counts.Continue Reading
Seeing colour for the first time is like being born into a different world!
The following video features a colourblind man seeing colour for the first time. This simple scenario reminds me of being ‘born again’. We are introduced to a man who, to this point, has only seen in the world in shades of mud. Suddenly everything comes alive with colour. It is not unlike a man who has been awakened from death to life.
Spiritual breakthroughs are not the product of random chance, but deliberate preparation. When we get it, this truth will change the way we approach faith. It is not automatic, however, and comes as a product of spiritual maturity. Through a series of insights we realize the Kingdom of God is not a pointless labyrinth of impossible mysteries, but a calculated system stemming from a wise and wonderful Father. Leave behind the world of chance!
A tremendous threshold is about to be Crossed
Many are about to cross an important threshold. It may feel like a breakthrough and it is, but it is really a key step in spiritual growth. It will manifest in an increased faith. For those who have tried to believe things we know to be true, we are about to become settled in them. An established confidence in ’Faith toward God’ is coming upon an entirely new company of believers. It is an vital plateau in our journey.Continue Reading
God made you insensitive when He made you sensitive!
For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? – 1 Corinthians 4:7
Everything we have we receive. From our spiritual gifts to physical attributes, there is nothing that is not given. It also includes the fact that we are not equally sensitive to the same things. Meaning, you might be more sensitive to light or cold, while others are less sensitive. Yet we are neither superior or inferior… just different. The important thing to recognize is this diversity is God ordained. So celebrate both yourselves and others, since when God made you sensitive He also withheld sensitivity.Continue Reading
Jesus addresses Pretentious Pseudo Saviours
A recent article is one of many circulating social media these days addressing white privilege. The truth is, racism is alive and well. However identifying the guilty is not as easy as picking the white man out of the crowd. Jesus gave us a clear indicator to track the real source of racism.
Flattery is One Thing I Really Hate…
If there is one thing I really hate it is a false flattering tongue–including in myself. Flattery is worthy of hate as it is a particular nasty evil. Strangely enough, though the Bible says much about this, flattering speech is often very prevalent in ministry circles. It is a frequent tool for bolstering one’s political status. While encouragement and authentic appreciation are great things, essential things even, they can easily become tools of subversion. It is the work and aim of the Holy Spirit to purify this stream as He hates it too!Continue Reading
Is there cultic vain repetition in Church worship? Jesus warned us against it. There certainly seems to be a lot of repetition in today’s music, is this what Jesus meant? If there is ‘vain repetition’ we will never know it unless we define it. So the first question to answer is ‘what is it?’.
Like wine we are prepared to be enjoyed in our season. What kind are you?
All wines are not the same. Not only do the vintages differ with reference to blends, years and varieties, but also in terms of their respective timelines. That is, some are made to age while others are prepared for early consumption. Like planets orbiting the sun each comes around at its appointed time. It is the same with men and ministries, we are uniquely made to function differently, and may be released in very different seasons. Since God is the vinedresser we need to simply trust the journey and refrain from fruitless comparisons.Continue Reading
The Real Problem of ‘Long Church’!
If you read the Bible you wont ever hear Jesus scolding the disciples for praying too much. On the other hand they did on occasion lack endurance. Their ability to keep up with Jesus was in question, particularly when it came to His spiritual pace. Could it be that is our problem when we think church is too long?