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As a church we've recently been looking at the person of Elijah. Every Sunday for a number of weeks the subject has been upon the life and character of Elijah and how that can help us today. We also follow this up in a mid-week small group setting where we review what has been shared … Continue reading Tell Me, What Do You Hear?
This is an excellent post by David!
I think it’s worth a quick look at the flip side as well. Back in John 6:64 Jesus says that there are some who don’t believe. This together with the verses David mentioned seem to separate those who were following Jesus into those that followed but didn’t actually believe, and those who followed and believed so much that they were willing to make the ‘pledge of allegiance’..
By David Ettinger
A Long Day
It was a long day for Jesus. He fed the 5,000, walked on water, taught that He was “the Bread of Life,” witnessed the bitter grumbling resulting from His teaching, and watched as “many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66).
The Lord must have been weary and emotionally spent. However, He had business to tend to. He had to make sure He had the devotion of those closest to Him, and therefore asked the 12 disciples: “You do not want to leave too, do you” (v. 67)?
This piercing question produced perhaps the greatest pledge of allegiance uttered in Scripture – a pledge every Christian should repeat as often as memory calls it to mind.
Though Jesus posed the question to all 12, of course it was Peter who replied. He had done so other times…
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Had a prayer request from one of our Life Group members today regarding some issues she and her family are facing. It's to do with much that assails families today - depression, illness and fatigue. It got me thinking of Psalm 91, that powerful Psalm which begins with that wonderful promise - Those who live … Continue reading Psalm 91
Saw a tweet from one someone on Twitter who I follow which was a post from the book of 1 Sam 15 and a word warning against rebellion. 1 Samuel 15:23 (HCSB)  For rebellion is like the sin of divination,and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry.Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,He has rejected you as king. Shared from PocketBible for … Continue reading Avoid Rebellion
One of the attributes of God's people is that of meekness or humbleness. In today's world being meek or displaying a humble heart is often seen as a weakness. It's used as a derogatory word meaning that one who is meek displays the characteristics of being weak or indecisive. But with God this is not … Continue reading The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth
To me, what has the potential to be one of the most evil systems in the world today is the Capitalist system. I'm not saying that capitalism in itself is inherently evil but that when it is given free reign in an amoral society then it wreaks havoc upon the poor and downtrodden. And we … Continue reading Oppressing The Poor
We often think of the 'upper room' as being the place where Jesus and the Disciples held the Last Supper but the Bible has many more 'upper rooms'. Here's a list of some of these instances. Acts 20:7-12 Eutychus in Troas, falls asleep as Paul is preaching in the upper room and falls out of … Continue reading The Upper Rooms
Parkside Community School in Birmingham has been in the news recently when a large group of parents started to object to the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle in lessons on respect and equality.The parents are predominantly Muslim, and Muslim children make up about 97% of the school's intake. They were concerned that the imposition of … Continue reading Parents Protest LGBT Lessons
Does the Bible prohibit outright the participation of Christians in the Lottery or other forms of gambling? I believe it doesn't. However, that doesn't mean we have carte blanche to go ahead and chuck all of our money on the favourite of the 2:15 at Wincanton! As with most things in this world we need … Continue reading Gambling