Friday, June 27, 2014

Good News is the Best News!

Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.  Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples.  1 Chronicles 6:23, 24

The word ‘Gospel’ means good news.  But what is that good news?  The good news is that God isn’t mad at you.  He has never been mad at you and he will never be mad at you.   Our God is a loving father who knows about all your missteps past, present and future, but no matter what you do wrong, he will always love you.  

Isn’t that good news?  Actually, I think it’s the best news and we should be so excited about it, that we can’t help but praise God and share his love to all we meet.

After all, the Gospel isn’t about getting you into Heaven when you die. It’s about getting you into relationship with your Heavenly father while you live! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Jesus Tweets

Have you ever thought about how you describe Jesus? 

I don't know about you, but I have a tendency to use many words and sometimes the message gets lost. 

My Wednesday home group was in the midst of a study on Jesus when we came across an exercise to see if we could compose a tweet describing Jesus.  It wasn't easy but the group put their collective heads together to compose a 140 character twitter post describing Jesus and this is what they came up with:

“Jesus reconciles us with God. Shows us what God's like. God living as one of us. Loves us. Died, rose again, is coming back. Teaches truth.”

I think it’s pretty cool. What do you think?

Friday, June 6, 2014

No Ordinary Sunday

Around the world, next Sunday is just an ordinary Sunday but In the Christian Church calendar, next Sunday is Pentecost. 

Pentecost celebrates the occasion of the Holy Spirit first descending upon Christ’s disciples. It is also the last day of the Easter season—meaning it falls on the fiftieth day after Easter. Pentecost is also proclaimed as the birth of the church. 

I believe church isn’t just the thing we do for an hour and a bit on Sunday but something we are every day of the week. We, the Church, are the bride of Christ and we represent him in our families, our communities and our workplaces.  

I also reckon we need to keep meeting together because that is the time when we hear the word of God explained to us, we get to thank Jesus for being with us in the past week, and we have the opportunity to encourage each other as we walk with Jesus in the coming week.  And when we walk with Jesus, we have his power and wisdom as we take his love to those who are hurting, those who need forgiveness and to those who are without hope.

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.  Acts 1:8