I love it when a plan comes together!

27 Oct

Yeah thats right I managed to get an ‘A-Team’ quote into my blog. And if you don’t know who the A-Team are then shame on you, go find out. Hannibal (The cool, wise leader of the motley crew) would usually say his line after the team had pulled off an amazing escape or rescue planned by the main man.

And with this wonderful image in mind I want to draw your attention to what is possibly my favourite verse in the Bible. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So many of us find such comfort in the Scripture found in Jeremiah 29:11. But we are in danger if pulling this verse out of context and making it mean whatever we like. I know of some church circles that use this verse as grounds to preach a prosperity gospel. The best way we can really grasp the truth of the verse is to put it into context.

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We need Mature believers

7 Oct

Between the morning hours of 6 and 8, you will find the roads, pavements and public transport populated by the masses ready to put in a hard shift at the office. But if you take a minute to look around you’ll notice they are not the only group out and about. I refer to old people!

Despite not having a job to get to, despite having the whole day to run their errands they feel they day must be completed by 8am. Though to be fair, with diagnosis murder and murder she wrote in the afternoon I can see how that thinking works. Continue reading

Non-Christian partners… unequally yoked

6 Oct

I wonder if you’ve been faced with the temptation of having a relationship with a non-Christian? It’s easily done. They are probably a lovely person, it could be that you feel they are morally more upstanding than other Christians you know. They are attractive and fun and you get along very well… what’s the problem?

It’s normally the older (and may I add wiser) Christian who will throw a painful wince as you suggest such a thing. You’re not going to pay too much attention though, they are just being old fashioned. They don’t understand, you’ve found someone you connect with and that can only be a good thing… Continue reading

Wales – Holy Land?

22 Sep

As Christians, we can imagine the great places in the Bible, the places that Jesus went to. we can even visit them today, and I’m sure sailing on the Sea of Galilee, walking the streets of Jerusalem, and viewing the empty tomb stirs something deep within us as we see first hand many of the places that we are told about, and we would perhaps consider Israel, our very own, ‘holy land’.

But something has been bothering me. You see for all the great experiences you would have, imagining scripture unfolding history before you, I keep wondering if there is somewhere else. Somewhere that is maybe even more holy… Could it be that, perhaps, here in the UK, God is slowly creating a slice of ‘heaven on earth’? Continue reading

Authenticity of the Bible

21 Sep

I love Lord of the Rings, I think it’s genius. I think I’d make a good elf, I reckon I could pull it off! (obviously I’d look as good as Orlando Bloom and get to hang around the magical forests with Liv Tyler). It’s the 8th best selling book in the world, which is pretty impressive, I have no doubt that’ll change once the last Harry Potter book comes out (but we all know it’s the poor mans LOTR).
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What’s different about Jesus?

18 Sep

So we have seen that not all paths lead to God. But how can I as a bible believing Christian know that Christianity and Jesus Christ is the correct path. Perhaps you don’t believe it, perhaps the world has influenced your thinking on the matter.

So let me highlight a few key things:

1. He is the only, unique Son of God (Psalm 2:7, 11-12; John 1:14; Luke 1:35).

2. He is eternal. He existed from eternity past, He exists in the present, and He will exist for all eternity in the future (John 1:1-3, 14; John 8:58).
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Being a Godly Man: Masculinity

9 Sep

The roles of men and women fit together in God’s plan and complement one another perfectly. We were created equal, yet different. God has distinctly made us the way we are for his purposes. You don’t need to be a genius to work it out. You don’t need to be a Bible scholar to understand that. You just need to have kids! Or at the very least have spent time with kids.

I have a young niece and nephew. Whenever I see them I get a different reaction. My niece is a dainty little thing, shy and unassuming, a real girly girl. My nephew on the other just wants to wrestle. He enjoys getting his butt kicked (actually more like kicking my butt!), he wants to tumble around!

We couldn’t be more different, and just as God has a will and purpose for Christian women, so he has a will and purpose for us Christian men. To be real men of God!
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