Posts from May 2018

Posts from May 2018

Send the fire!

Pentecost Sunday! Pentecost is a Jewish festival which has taken on a different meaning for Christians as we recall the Acts 2 story of the empowering of the Apostles with the promised Holy Spirit. Pentecost Sunday is widely regarded as a celebration of the birth of the Christian Church. Certainly as the story is recorded, this is the catalyst for the movement. That opening period of the church’s life certainly had it all…signs and wonders, bold preaching, generous sharing of…

The prayer of Jesus

Reality check! Believing in the Lord Jesus does not inoculate one from the trials and tribulations of life. There are those who suggest that if you just have enough faith, if you pray more confidently, if you will just ‘claim the promises’ you can have complete victory over every evil intent and your life will be trouble free. It’s often known as the ‘name it and claim it’ theology. While it is true that some Scriptures can be read that…

Love one another

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Jesus said ‘Love one another.’ He put a bunch of people from various backgrounds into a team and he told them to love one another. Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous? Welcome to the church! In John’s Gospel (Jn 15: 9-17) Jesus says that if we obey his command to love one another it will make him very happy. Well, actually he says so that…