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Creation Fest 2015 – The Resurrection

This week, I spoke at Creation Fest on the Resurrection. A theme so grand and central to the Christian faith that we need to remember the greatness of the event daily. How are you hoping in the resurrection today? Here is a link to the video of my message from Creation Fest. The video begins with a time of worship in song and the teaching begins at 18 mins. Watch: The Resurrection  

Do We Take God’s Word for Granted?

I was moved to tears watching this 1 minute video. Why? These Chinese Christians have received something that they had hungered after with deep longing. Their expressions and emotions are like those you’d expect from people who had lost their children and had finally found them again, or maybe like those who received life saving medication. What was it that moved them to this profound gratitude and joy? They received their first Bible in a country where Bibles are illegal!…

Christmas Truce: 100 years ago this year

Several years ago while touring the Imperial War Museum in London, I came across a small picture from the Great War (World War I). The picture depicted British and German soldiers playing football! How much football was played is uncertain, but it is documented that over 100,000 British and German troops took part in the unofficial cease-fire at Christmas in 1914, all along the Front. In some cases this lasted until New Years Day! They gathered together, exchanged souvenirs, sang…

The Real Story Behind Santa Claus

When it comes to Santa Claus, Christians are divided. Some Christians embrace the idea of Santa Claus viewing it as a fun and harmless tradition. Others reject Santa because they don’t want to lie to their children, and also the fat guy at the North Pole coming through the chimney on Christmas seems to take away from what Christmas is about. They are zealous for the real meaning of Christmas which is the Christ. What is helpful for all is…

The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is one of the great confessional declarations made by Christians for several hundred years. Creeds like this remind us that our faith is a shared faith. In our day and age, we want to view everything as personal… it’s my personal faith… I personally believe… personally Jesus is… Although what we believe as Christians is personally impacting it is corporately proclaimed. We are part of a heritage. This heritage reaches back to a group of men given…

Peace in a Hostile World

Christmas is a wonderful season of warmth and giving, and yet all around us the world is broken. We see hostility… wars, genocide, and sickness. This isn’t only outside our borders – domestic violence skyrockets in the Christmas season, discontentment and greed appear in the shopping frenzy, and some buy the affection of others through gifts. But when we think about Christmas, this all seems so wrong. What is wrong with the world? Why such hostility instead of peace? When…

The Innovation of Loneliness

The Bible teaches that loneliness exists because of sin. When Adam and Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, they experienced separation (loneliness) and to this very day we all struggle with feeling alone, even when we are in the midst of a crowd. The only enduring answer to loneliness is Jesus, but this video is insightful as to how loneliness takes hold of us. Technology and social networking has value, but the virtual is never to be…

Have you been burned by the Church?

Have you experienced pain and suffering because of the church? What is your view of the local church? Are there too many hypocrites there for your taste? Check out this short video…

This is What it Means to be a Christian in Syria

We had the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church last Sunday.  Christians are suffering all over the world for their faith. In our service we showed the video below which was put together by Voice of the Martyrs and Release International. Pray for our brothers and sisters who are being killed for their faith. What can we do? We can pray for our brothers. Commit to praying for those who are being persecuted for their faith. Many organisations…