“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:3a) Acts 16:16-38, is a dramatic and power filled passage of scripture. We get to see the Power of God, the Freedom through His grace, the Power of Praise, the Purpose of some Events God using man for His plans despite one’s failings and the Obedience of the men of God. Paul and Silas were in Philippi and it is here that they encounter a slave girl who was demon possessed. The story reveals that she followed them and kept shouting that these men were servants of the most … Continue reading Set Free
1 Peter 1:3-7 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds … Continue reading Life with a Living Hope
Acts 11:26b “The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” I identify myself as a Christian, but have noticed that over the past years have always leaned towards further clarifying that I am a “follower of Jesus”. As I reflected on my insistence on elaborating what kind of Christian I am, I realised that it does stem from experiences and interaction with people both within and without my family circle who identify themselves as Christian but are far from reflecting any Christ like behaviour in their everyday life. And I found that when I gave my life to Jesus and … Continue reading Christian – Social identity or Spiritual reality?
At a time when we see an uproar calling for respect, fairness and equality for all, it is a good time to also reflect and think about prejudices we as followers of Christ can have which can bleed through in a subtle manner in our everyday behaviour. As I read Acts 10, I was drawn to reflect on subtle prejudices we can harbour that may come out to people who have a different faith, who worship differently than us, who grew up in a different culture or those who make lifestyle choices that go against our grain of faith. In … Continue reading Faith without Prejudice
Today we will look at a powerful prayer in the book of Acts. It can be read in its entirety in Acts 4:23-31 In the first half of chapter 4, we read that Peter and John were preaching the gospel and performing great miracles when they were brought before the Sanhedrin and threatened to stop teaching and healing in the name of Jesus. The Sanhedrin wanted to go beyond just threatening Peter and John but they did not, because the people were praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had witnessed. So, they were given a stern warning and … Continue reading Power in Prayer
Philippians 2:1 “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion” That verse although an incomplete sentence is exactly where I to focus on today. But as we delve deep into that one verse it is important to read further and get some context of what Paul was talking about. In verses 2-5 Paul goes on to say that if we have any of those things, then we should be like minded, having the same love, be one in spirit and purpose. … Continue reading ‘If’ and ‘Any’
“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) This profound statement made by Jesus was said when he taught about the Parable of the Rich Fool and can be read here Luke 12:13-21. This is not a story about whether having riches is good or bad, or if having them makes one a fool or not. Jesus wants us to understand what truly matters in life. Hoarding possessions and trying to find happiness and security in them is as futile as building your house without a foundation. Let’s look at this passage and see … Continue reading Soul over Stuff
The book of Philippians is a letter written by Paul to the church of Philippi .When he was imprisoned (Philippians 1:13-14) – a sort of house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:14-31), the church of Philippi sends Epaphroditus bearing some gifts to Paul and he sends this letter back with Epaphroditus to be read to all at the church of Philippi. As I read Philippians 1:1-11, I am always struck by Paul’s attitude while he was not allowed freedom of movement outside his present home. Does this feel familiar to us at this time. We all might be at different levels … Continue reading What defines your Identity and Service?
Today I am going to be touching upon three verses that really stood out to me this week, two of which are by Moses and one by King David. The common thread between these verses that God used to point something out to me this week is… Teach me. Exodus 33:13 “Teach me your ways so that I may know you and continue to find favour with you.” Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number … Continue reading Teach Me….
Living with limits is the new norm at the moment. Living life with some confinement and limitation is something that we are all experiencing now. Limits on where you can go – only of it is essential, we are allowed to venture out. Limits on some essential items at the grocers – so as to have enough for everyone. To tackle what was allowed and not allowed, things were quickly categorised into essential and non-essential. It does not necessarily mean what is good and what is not but rather what is deemed essential and non-essential in the current climate. Living … Continue reading Gift of Time