Ok, imagine the scene, the editor of the New York Times wants to do a double-page spread on a famous religious leader. She decides to choose one of Jesus’ close circle. The goal is to paint a picture of the real life of a 1st century leader amongst one of the great religious upheavals history has ever seen. She types into Google the 12 apostles and picks … Continue reading In Praise of the Ordinary
C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, wrote: “There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls … Continue reading Leaders Grow Down
2 Cor 2:12-17 12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord opened a door for me, 13 I had no rest in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus. Instead, I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia In these verses we see how vital friendships in ministry is for the Apostle Paul. Note that … Continue reading Leadership Reflection: Have you got gospel friendships?
This Article was first published on our church website here THINK A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the opening article in this new series of devotionals which I called Convincing Proofs. https://www.wearekingsgate.org/acts-ch-1-convincing-proofs/ Today I want to revisit the that subject because in many ways this whole chapter is really about ensuring that Jesus’ disciples were set up and ready for their mission to be people … Continue reading More Proof
This article was first published on our church webite here READ “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs … Continue reading Acts 1: Convincing Proofs
This article was first published on our church website. READ “But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now.” (John 23:8) “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” (Hebrews 4:14) THINK In this final-but-one chapter of Joshua, … Continue reading Joshua 23: Hold Fast
A simple question, yet one that has stretched the limits of philosophical thought, poetic brilliance and the wordsmithing of songwriters. Here are some answers from some children to this same question: “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of their.” (Chrissy – age 6)“Love is what makes you smile when … Continue reading What is Love?
the following was first published on our church website READ “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled” (Joshua 21:45) My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father who has given them … Continue reading God’s Good Promises
N.T. Wright on the beatitudes. Just stunning! “When God wants to change the world, he dosn’t launch missiles. Instead, he sends in the meek, the mourners, and the merciful. When God wants to put things right, he dosn’t scramble combat jets; he calls people to love and do justice. Through these kinds of people the blessings of God’s reign begin to appear in the world.” Continue reading When God wants to change the world…
How do we pray for spiritual renewal in our communities? There is a link between the renewal of the individual and community-wide transformation we often dream of in revival type situations. Here is a prayer that joins the two together… Dear Father, I know that salvation belongs to you and so I pray for the awakening and enlightening of hearts in ever expanding circles from: … Continue reading A prayer for spiritual renewal