Monday, 27 March 2017

Where is your Church?

I have been asked this question a fair number of times - "Where is your church?"
The simple answer is always just to give them the street address, because that is essentially what they are asking, but I want to mention that it is not my church at all - it is God's Church!

I came across these Latin words the other day, which help us understand this on another level.

  • Ubi Christus, ibi EcclesiaThis means .... "Where Christ is, there is the Church."

  So there is our answer. Where Christ is present, that is where the Church should be!

Worth thinking about!

Living in Grace

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Putting up the barriers

People are very good at putting up barriers, fences, walls around ourselves. We do this to keep people "out" or maybe to keep stop ourselves being influence by the "others." The Apostle Paul reminded the Church in Ephesus that Jesus came to do the exact opposite - Jesus came to break the walls down.

"...has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility..." - Ephesians 2:14

 So, if we get tempted to put up the walls around us, then let us remember the actions of Jesus. Jesus, almost always, turned the fence into a BRIDGE, over which he invited us to walk into his Grace.

May you know God's grace today.

Living in Grace

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Unfurl the sails

"Unfurl the sails, and let God steer us where He will." - Bede

If we trust in the goodness of God's plan for our lives then we will be more willing to let the sails down and to trust the move of his Spirit. If we question God's intentions and desire for our lives, then we will hold onto the sails for dear life and make sure that they never catch the wind. It takes a degree of faith to remain on the shore, but it takes great FAITH to unfurl the sails and believe that God will go with you always.

Psalm 25:1 - "In you, Lord my God, I put my trust."

Living in Grace

Friday, 24 March 2017

No longer the centre

"I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything." - Bede

There are far too many of us who believe we are the centre of the Universe, when in actual fact, this is far from the truth. Only when we remove ourselves from the centre and place God in the CORE of our world, then will things come back into perspective. We can't see the workings of God in our world, is we believe the world revolves around us.

It is time to take ourselves off the throne and place Jesus back where he belongs.

Revelation 7:17 - "For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”

Living in Grace

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Smile at Life

"Nothing can resist the person who smiles at life - I don't mean the ironic and disillusioned smile of my grandfather, but the triumphant smile of the person who knows that he will survive, or that at least he will be saved by what seems to be destroying him." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Some days we just need to wake up, smile at life and then carry on. As de Chardin suggests - our smile is an acknowledgement that with Christ by our side, we are never defeated! Jesus has saved us and so we live as forgiven people.

Despite what is happening around you, I encourage you to make an attempt to smile - may that smile break into the darkness and remind you that Jesus is always Victorious.

Living in Grace
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Focused with reason

When Paul went out to share the Gospel he was incredibly focused. He knew what he wanted, more than anything, was to tell people about the LOVE of Jesus. This moved him to enter into all kinds of places and to mix with a range of non-religious people - his sole purpose in doing this was to bring Jesus to them. However, he never compromised his commitment to Christ and always remain loyal to the Cross.

"I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!" - 1 Corinthians 9 (Message)

God is calling us to enter into the world of "the other", in order that we might bring HOPE to them. It is no longer good enough to sit in church and to invite people into our space, we need to GO into the world and to take Jesus to others.

Living in Grace

Monday, 20 March 2017

Moved with compassion

“Empathy: Your pain in my heart.” - Jess Lair.

When we walk close to the Lord we begin to understand the needs of others in a new way. We move from sympathy to EMPATHY. Allowing the pain of a fellow Christian to enter into our heart, is following in the way of Christ. We may not be able to solve the problem or make the pain go away but we can walk alongside those in need.  

Mark 1:41 - "Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”

In this week, where we remember 'Human Rights Day' (in South Africa), may we recognise the humanity in all people and be moved to compassion.

Living in Grace