||Pastoral Passage|| It is fine to pray for help, thank God or ask his forgiveness. But texts like Colossians 4:12 add something more – prayer in light of God’s promises and purposes, asking him to hasten these things.
||Pastoral Passage|| How has God defined the relationship between himself and humanity?
Experiences don’t make or break the Christian life. They can be a great boost for faithful Christian living, but in the end they count for nothing if what God has already clearly spoken has little value to you. Do seek to hear God, but make sure you aren’t neglecting to listen in the right place. He has already spoken.
The parable of the Unforgiving Servant spells out in severe terms the necessity of forgiving those who wrong us “from the heart”. An issue that arises here is the very real difficulty people can have in bringing themselves to forgive.
||Pastoral Passage|| The sweetness of salvation must be more than a fond memory. It must be the fuel of the Christian life that propels us forward in the present and all the way to the end.
Last weekend four of our young men were baptised at our church camp. What follows are the questions that were asked, with some comments the significance they carry.
Two subtle but significantly different ways we can approach scripture.
Trusting the God who knows everything and knows him, the psalm writer submits himself to be examined, corrected, and guided.
I would like to promote the use of ‘real’ (i.e. paper) Bibles for personal reading.
In the fourth and final scenario of Jesus’ parable of the sower we come to the ideal outcome for someone hearing the message of the kingdom.