Living life to the full means different things to different people.
These days it seems scarcely a week goes by without the reporting of another shooting and the senseless murder of innocent victims (often children).
It is quite apparent that the main theme of the popular entertainment media, both print and electronic, is love. It is also quite apparent to any who will take the trouble to read the Bible that its main theme is love, too.
Why do we not pray as we ought in spite of exhortations like:
As I was thinking about what to write this Christmas season the following quote came to my attention: "It has been rightly said that the history of the world hinges on a stable door in Bethlehem. The birth of Jesus in a little stable in Bethlehem forever changed the history of the world. Jesus was God with skin on, walking among us and showing us what God is like. He was not a man who became God, which is impossible, but God who became a man," as attributed to Greg Laurie
There are two great unknowable dates in our lives, the date of our death and the date of Christ's return to earth. We are constantly reminded of the former by the passing of friends and loved ones, and we usually make some arrangements ahead of time for our demise.
I four recent viewing of the Olympic Games does nothing more, it should help again to dispel the myth that human beings are no more than the highest form of life in a long upward evolution of the animal world - that, plainly speaking, we are not just animals.
I remember when we often sang in our churches a song about the cross:
T here! Immediately, willingly or unwillingly, positively or negatively, you thought about Him, right?
Have you ever wondered why so much of the news we read about or hear in the media is bad news, whether it's about a thug beating an elderly couple to death in a home invasion in our own neighbourhood, or a genocide against a whole race of people half way around the world in Darfur, Africa?
W hy is it that we, the church, do not cry out to God for help? Apparently we feel no urgent need.
We cannot get Easter right without proclaiming the resurrection of Christ on the third day as is succinctly stated in the Apostles Creed. It says of Jesus that he "-was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead . . ."
When the scheduled weekly opportunities for corporate prayer are often the most poorly attended of all our church meetings,
I don' know if you have noticed it or not, but it seems to me that each year fewer and fewer homes and apartments in our fair city are lighting up for Christmas. Could it be that we are gradually forgetting the real reason for the season, the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem, God's Son the Light of the World?
There! Right away, willingly or unwillingly, positively or negatively, you thought about him, did you not?
No, I am not referring to Jesus' words just before he returned to heaven, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" but rather to His messages to the seven churches in the Roman province of Asia (mainly in what we now know as Turkey, in Asia Minor) given to the Apostle John in the last book of the Bible, Revelation chapters 2 & 3.
I was brought up short again recently, regarding the meaning of true Christian discipleship.