When I was a young Christian in high school and university, I understood that Jesus died for me, and I was forgiven. Nothing could now separate me from the love of God. And yet it still seemed to me at the time that, having settled my salvation, God now gave me a new set of rules to obey.
Matthew 19:26 assures us that, ‘with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’. Retiree Robert ‘Rob’ Krause reflects on that Bible verse when he thinks of the decades of service he has provided to his local community. It is service provided simply because he has seen a need.
‘It is better to burn out than fade away’, they say. Like a lot of people, I believed this in my younger days. I believed that I was called by God to be productive for family, for church and for the world.
Have you ever heard the expression: ‘She (or he) has the gift of discernment’? Perhaps you have been invited to a session of ‘discernment’ – to discern God’s will or purpose for a person or a congregation.
‘Don’t call unclean, what God has declared is clean.’ This instruction to the apostle Peter in Acts 10:15 comes as part of his vision of heaven opening to release a large sheet filled with all kinds of animals.
What is ‘family’? There are many different definitions, but a simple Google search suggests: A group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit All the descendants of a common ancestor A group of related things … I have a weird family … Six children. Four different fathers and only… Read more