There are certain times in life when we gather together as communities to remember or celebrate certain events, be they graduations, weddings, anniversaries and even funerals. It is a time to celebrate accomplishment or remember a life well lived. Once the land has been conquered in Israel, Joshua calls the people together. Joshua understands human nature. He has led the Israelites for many years and has seen how quickly they turn against God and blame him when things don’t seem to be going their way.Read More
Read Reflect Back in the 70’s or 80’s, Nancy Henigbaum of Honeytree wrote a song that was sung by Evie, called Live for Jesus, That’s What Matters. The lyrics capture the essence of Galatians 6: Live for Jesus/That’s what matters/And when other houses crumble, mine is strong/Live for Jesus/That’s what matters/That you see the light […]Read More grace, community, living for Jesus, recommendations, teachers
Followers of Jesus will have a reputation for being peaceful, good citizens, good neighbours, and respected in their community. It is not disrespectful or unnecessarily disruptive to live within the parameters of the law. For instance, in my country a good citizen is free to: protest peacefully, vote, write editorials, run for government, etc. A follower of Jesus will be a good citizen.Read More community, leaders, good citizens
Marriage is a sacred thing, created by God. However, the natural physical urge to become one with your spouse, although created as good by God, has been bent and perverted into an inextinguishable lust in many of us. Wisdom reminds us not to be led astray by the allures of others and betray our vows to our husband or wife and God.Read More marriage, community, bodies, lust, counter-cultural
Who needs a message of hope? We all do, of course, yet hope has special meaning for people living under adverse conditions. The earliest audiences for the letter of 1 Peter were small groups of Christians under attack, little bands of exiled believers huddling in scattered communities.Read More hope, encouragement, persecution, community
Things change when people choose to orient their lives around Christian beliefs. Their interests and activities take a different course. Certain behaviours and previously pleasurable pastimes no longer seem to satisfy. Former associates may be confused by what they see; others will be angry.
Letting go of “worldly” activities and hanging out with different friends may well open one to ridicule and abuse.Read More love, community, Christian living, true strength
Not only does Jesus tell his disciples to pray for the coming of the kingdom in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10), he tells them in his great commission to actively pursue building the kingdom (Matthew 28:18-20). In this chapter of Scripture, the people respond to Nehemiah’s encouragement and assessment of the situation in Jerusalem.Read More strength, encouragement, community, work, repair