The human race was caught up in the devil’s scheme to destroy the Son of God. All seemed lost. But God had a wonderful surprise, a bigger plan to bring good out of evil – new creation through Jesus Christ, which we can enter by water and the Holy Spirit. Alleluia!
Jesus is at the door. He wants to come in and clear the rubbish from our lives. He works in unexpected ways. He alone can give life. Let Him in.
In the midst of the darkness of our world and the darkness of our lives, it can be tempting to ask, ‘Why?’, or ‘Where is God in all of this?’ Jesus asks a different question, and he shows us that not only does God know about our suffering and pain, he cares and ultimately he’s still in control.
Sometimes we struggle to see what’s right before our eyes. Christ came as the light of the world, to shine into our darkness and bring us into the freedom of seeing as He sees and experiencing life as it was always meant to be.
Gentleness is the exercising of God’s strength in our lives under His loving control. In worship, we willingly offer ourselves as living sacrifices and so ‘self’ is controlled by love, rather than by self-effort. This is life in all its fullness.
Like Abraham, we are called to a life of faith-filled faithfulness as we respond to God’s promises and allow his Holy Spirit to work in us, so that we too can become a blessing to the world.
Goodness gets a bad name. It isn’t being ‘Little Goody Two-Shoes’ or a rigid condescending rule-keeper. Goodness sees good in the worst of people and embraces it, despite the cost. God is good and through Jesus Christ, we can be too.
Romans 6:1-14 & Mark 8:27-38
In a world that doesn’t expect kindness, an act of kindness can change everything. But what is kindness, and having experienced it, how can we share it?
2 Samuel 9
Johnny Cash said, ‘Life is rough so you gotta be tough.’ If that’s true, then what kind of toughness works in facing the roughness of life? The spiritual fruit of forbearance produces in us the resilience we all need.
Is it possible to really live life better? Paul shows us that we really can experience the joy-filled, peaceful life that we were made for.
Love has entered the world. Widely misunderstood and rejected, it cannot be overcome, it never fails and is growing in and through every follower of Jesus Christ.
Luke 15.1-3, 11b-32
The mark of a transformed life is the fruit of the Spirit.