For all her generations the greatest test of the Church has been whether or not she accepts God’s Word as true. That test faces our generation again today.
Have you ever felt like an uprooted plant? Christians are people who were once growing in the rocky soil of sin and destruction. The Gardener has lovingly uprooted and replanted them in His own garden where they receive new life, clean water and the care they need to flourish.
Darkness makes the light more obvious. So, Church, in the darkness of our land are we blazing like stars, or are we a dull flicker? Does the Truth shine out from the Church, or does it fade into the haze?
Contra post-modernism, morality is not determined by the opinion of the majority. Right and wrong are determined by the very character of God Himself. What is right, is right according to the goodness, justice, wisdom, power, and love of the Living God. What is wrong is wrong because it contradicts all of Who God is and what His revealed will is.
Because I belong to God, my household belongs to Him. That is the covenant family. I cannot say with certainty that all my children are elect. Just like all believers they are commanded to “make their calling and election sure”.
The church meets, not as those who have joined a common cause, or signed up for a club membership, but as the fellowship of the redeemed. Jesus said to His disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit” (John 15:16). We are His people, and we owe everything to Him.
Joy is not a feeling. It’s something much more, much deeper, and ‘inexpressible’. It transcends circumstance and emotion because it has its source elsewhere.
It’s Sunday morning. Everyone takes their seat, waiting for something to happen. The music starts. We all sing. Then we sit down. Someone announces something. We stand, we sing, we sit, we listen, we leave. Didn’t we forget something?
One of my greatest struggles has been the “fear of man“. I like to get approval. I like to know that people like what I do. I suppose that’s only normal, to a point. The real problem with this is when it swings against you – when fear of disapproval, becomes a paralysing force, putting me into a tail spin while trying to claw my way back (if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphor) to a place of comfortable people-pleasing. The… Read moreWorking Sojourner
Welcome to Sojourner. In Christ we are “aliens and strangers”, yet still we belong because He has a mission for us.