Theme = ‘faith’
Jesus doesn’t ask us to have perfect faith - he asks us to come to him and trust him, no matter what.
The empty tomb strongly suggests Jesus rose from the dead, but the proof of his resurrection comes through faith.
Size doesn’t matter to God - so let’s give him what we have, however large or small, and trust him to use us wherever we are.
No matter how full, busy, noisy and bright our Christmases might be, without Jesus there is something missing. Without Jesus, Christmas may as well be empty, dark and silent.
Without the ruach of God – without his breath, his wind, his Spirit – we are as good as dead.
Let us listen to James, do what he says, and learn to be devoted to Jesus with all our hearts
Salvation is the beginning of the Christian life. It is the foundation of the building, the first step of the journey. That journey, that building, is called holiness.
Christian giving is not about fundraising or buying God’s favour. It is a way of responding (in secret) to God’s generosity to us - storing up the true treasure of a generous and godly life.
It wasn’t the act of going that demonstrated the Samaritan leper’s faith, it was the act of coming back – coming back to Jesus to say thank you.
Let us strive, not only for heaven, but towards heaven. We don’t have to earn the prize; we don’t have to be paralysed by the past – let’s journey together, sharing our pain, struggles – and joy.