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Why I Struggle with Sacrifice

Last week I hoped that the article would get you thinking about sacrifice and your life as a follower of Jesus. I will not recap all that we covered, so you can revisit it here if you wish. An article I was recently reading on this theme of sacrifice spent some time critiquing our culture to expose why we struggle so much…

Have You Given Up Your Life?

If sacrifice and self denial is the bread and butter of the Christian life, why do we struggle so much with it? For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. Mark 8:35 Howard Guinness, in a booklet he wrote in the theme of sacrifice makes the point…

Pray, Write, Encourage and Stand Firm

Over this last week, I have been reading about the number of ethical issues our society is facing. With the Greens party taking control of the Senate, they are more determined than ever to destroy the value of human life (euthanasia and abortion), revise the definition and purpose of marriage, stop the work of school chaplains and reverse the prohibition of many…

The Danger of Putting it Off

“I’ll do it later.” “Tomorrow…!” “Not now…perhaps next week.” We’ve all done it, haven’t we? Procrastination seems to be part of human nature, especially when it comes to doing things we don’t like. In some things it doesn’t matter too much. The lawn can always be cut tomorrow, though if mother-in-law is coming today, it may be unwise to put it off!…

The Cost of Mission

I was reading through Acts in my quiet times this last week when I was struck by the enormous cost, mission actually is for God’s people. It is not that our salvation costs us anything – we must affirm it is a gracious gift from a merciful saviour for all who come to him for forgiveness of their sin (Eph 2:8-10). But…

Despair, Serving and an Opportunity for Mission

The distinguished American psychiatrist, Karl Menninger, when speaking at a conference was once asked, “what would you advise a person to do if he felt a nervous breakdown coming on?” Many evidently expected he would say go and consult a psychiatrist but instead he replied “lock up your house and go across the railroad tracks to find someone in need!” Many might…

Fellow Gospel Workers

A Christian friend recently made me think. In conversation, he stated, “we support Joe Bloggs, who does this for us in the public arena”. We had been talking about how we as Christians should personally stand up against injustice in our society – not as a replacement for evangelism as so often happens, but because God is not satisfied with injustice in…

Godly Living

On holidays, I was reading a book titled, “Disciplines of a Godly man” by Kent Hughes. It is a book I have read before but it is well worth a second (or third) read. The book reminded me that godliness is something we as God’s people need to work hard at. There are very few things in life that we can do…

What Motivates Your Mission?

Hubert Simpson has preserved the story of a picture which was painted at the request of the Royal Corps of Signals to depict an incident which took place in the First World War. It shows us an unarmed linesman in no-man’s land, sent out there to repair a broken cable and to restore communication. But the picture shows him prostrate and lifeless…

Being at Peace With Ourselves and Others

Many people are concerned at the breakdown of community life. And rightly so since we all know the joys of a well integrated society and the sadness when there is disintegration. But it is not only society that disintegrates so easily, it can happen in us as individuals. Some people find it difficult to live with themselves. This can be caused by…