The Church has a serious debt problem and future generations will only suffer if it is not resolved. But we are talking about spiritual not financial problems.
There is much more involved than we may realise in coming together as a body for worship or fellowship. There is mutual giving and receiving in valuable spiritual things.
In hard times we need more than ever to dwell on what is most important and the goal of everything. God’s glory is ultimate and this gets everything in its right perspective.
It’s easy to forget as well as to promise to pray for others. But praying for others is more than a “to-do” item. What should our prayers for them sound like?
It’s understandable that we find it troublesome to work through the difficulties of church and state matters. But it can lead to practical problems when situations arise. Ultimately, this is about the glory and the authority of Christ as Head of the Church.
We may be tempted to question how things are with ourselves and around us, but Christ’s infinite wisdom is ordering all things for our good. No one knows better how to do that.
We barely notice many things we depend on until things become more challenging. But we need to acknowledge often that all outward necessities of this life are the gift of God.
What might “build back better” mean for the church as part of recovery from a period of crisis? Before we consider what might need to change we must be clear for whom we are doing that.
It’s often the easier option to submit our conscience blindly to others rather than the Word of God. Sometimes we don’t realise we’ve done it. We need to know how to nurture rather than outsource our conscience.
Scripture gives us the best and most realistic help for those who experience mental distress of various kinds. Though believers may experience the bleakest possible situations they are sustained.
It’s easy to veer towards the extreme of maintaining the truth without love just as it is possible to say that love matters more than truth. We need both to honour Christ.
Self-pity is healed by God’s infinite pity. But it is such a serious disease that it can only be cured by thoroughly exposing its danger and purging its corruption.
Episode 04 | How can we stop our politics getting in the way of the gospel? And how do we remove the damage when they do?
This is not about what you might expect. Showing love for our neighbour through this command is not simply about what we do or do not do. It reaches to our hearts also.
Heavy-hearted discouragement is real. It is a constant temptation. Yet, if we seek out reasons and opportunities to encourage others it is bound to help encourage ourselves.
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