The Fall of Constantinople

The Hagia Sophia, the greatest church of Christendom

562 years ago yesterday the Turks finally took the great Christian city of Constantinople.

Greedily desired by the Muslims since the time of their prophet they finally stormed the walls on the 29th May 1453 under the leadership of the Turk Mehmed II.

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There Is A Day

Couple of years ago a brother of mine gave me a CD that he’d won in a raffle. The music wasn’t really to his African taste. I think I listened to it partially and then unfortunately forgot about it.

Fast forward to recently and I was browsing through theDove’s TV channel and came across a wonderful worship song by Phatfish called There Is A Day. Such a wonderful song I decided that I’d see about purchasing it or at least the album that it was on.

Searching through XBox Music I did find it on a compilation album and then remembered that somewhere I had got a Phatfish CD. Digging out the CD called Heavenbound what is the last track on the album? Yup, There Is A Day!

So here it is, this wonderful song performed by Phatfish.

The Church of The Living God

Sometimes scripture leaps out of the pages of the Bible and just slaps you round the chops! You read something, often something you’ve read many times before and fresh revelation comes from the words.

Take 1 Timothy, one of Paul’s pastoral letters. We often look at it and see a set of conditions that leaders within the church must adhere to and work towards. But at the end there’s a phrase which has really touched me. It’s in verses 14-15.

14 I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon, 15 so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

See it there? The phrase ‘the church of the living God’.

What do we take from that phrase squirreled away in the text? For me it says that the church has to be seen as the church of the living God.

Not just a Baptist Church
Not just a Roman Catholic Church
Not just a Methodist Church
Not just an Anglican Church
Not just the Redeemed Christian Church of God
Not just the Southern Baptist Assembly
But the Church of the Living God

To be the church of the living God then people must see the evidence of a living God, not a dead God. People must see and must walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. We should be seeing salvation, repentance, healings, miracles. We should be seeing the love of God manifest as love for God and love for our neighbours. We should be seeing compassion, holiness, a people growing in maturity and seeking solid food.

What do you see?