In 1 Corinthians 16:15-18 Paul mentions Stephanas and his colleagues. In these verses Paul gives us insight into how he viewed their Christian service. There are a few lessons about Christian service and submission that can be gleaned here. Continue reading»
God does not want us to be timid. He does not want us to hide from his presence. He wants us to come to him openly and honestly, assured of our salvation and confident of our relationship with him. Continue reading»
Mary and Martha of Bethany are well-known Bible figures. The two sisters seem to have had different temperaments, and their characters are often polarized in the retelling of their story in the gospels. What is the background of these women, their faith, their situation? Continue reading»
Abigail was a smart, strong Bible woman who helped her husband by going against his wishes. She is just one of many prophetic women who God used for his purposes. Continue reading»
Christians have been waiting almost 2000 years for Jesus to return to earth.
But what if Jesus is waiting for us? [900 words] Continue reading»
On my recent trip to New Zealand I visited a chapel that had been richly decorated by Maori artisans. The altar had three Maori words boldy written across the front: TAPU, TAPU, TAPU. I asked a New Zealander if tapu might mean holy. She replied “yes”, but she told me that more specifically it means sacred or prohibited. Her answer got me thinking about the meaning of holiness in relation to God.
In the earliest days of Christianity the Holy Spirit’s presence was both a great energiser and equalizer. The Holy Spirit continues to foster equality, and my hope is that I am working with him and not against him. Continue reading»
Rahab in the Old Testament, and Lydia in the New, are separated by 1000s of years and 1000s of miles, yet there are intriguing similarities between the two women. Continue reading»
This post by Dale Fincher looks at our value and worth; and how some of us don’t recognise how and why we are valuable. Continue reading»
Excerpt: Rather than spending my time and energy trying to understand hell, I am still trying to get my head around some of the amazing realities of what it is to be a loved, redeemed and adopted child of God. [300 words] Continue reading»
Was Jesus poor? Lately a few verses have come to mind which make me think that Jesus was not as poor as I have previously been led to believe. [800 words] Continue reading»
The gospels contain over 20 references where Jesus personally invited people to follow him. The Greek word for “follow” is akoloutheō. What does this word mean? Continue reading»
The Messiah, the promised Saviour, had come into the world. Here was good news for everyone (Luke 2:10). But was the declaration of “Peace on Earth” by the heavenly host for everyone? (Luke 2:14) Where is this peace? Continue reading»
It is important for women not to dress in a revealing or sexually provocative way, but this was not Paul’s meaning in his instructions in 1 Timothy 2:9. Continue reading»
Paul wanted equality for all Christians and he wrote about this in his letters. In some verses equality was implied. In other verses the concept of equality was clearly stated. Equality was Paul’s goal (2 Corinthians 8:14, NIV 2011). Continue reading»