Jesus died willingly. He was not forced to die by an angry or cruel God. He knew the cost, he knew the pain, and yet he still gave himself freely, for you and for me.
The church isn’t a palace for the perfect, it’s a hospital for sinners. And God forgives all those who truly repent - which is not the same as saying ‘anything goes’.
Jesus had to die - his life (and death) are the pattern for his followers; he doesn’t call us to an easy life, but to self-denial and self-sacrifice. He promises to be with us, and to help us live faithfully.
We don’t know her name, but we do know she was sensible, listened to God, and lived faithfully - what a great example to us today!
May all of us be anonymous to history, but known to God as women and men who lived faithful lives.
How we treat wealth is a barometer for our heart. Does our attitude to wealth reveal us to be generous, or greedy?
Christians need a biblical attitude: neither judgemental, nor ‘anything goes’, but encouraging and warning one another with humility and love.
Friends, the problem is we aren’t Christian enough - we need a big does of humility - how can you grow in your discipleship today?
Our mouths reveal what is in our hearts - good and bad. We praise God and curse others with the same mouth.
Without the ruach of God - without his breath, his wind, his Spirit - we are as good as dead.