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After the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, he spent forty days downloading to his disciples all the teaching they would be able to understand only now that he was resurrected. After that, he ascended to the heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father. Imagine having a seat with him! What a glorious perspective that would be. Here's the dirty little secret ... you do....
On 31st October 2017, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, informally started when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses (talking points) to the church door in Wittenberg. What began as a call for conversation called God’s people back to scripture and transformed the Church. Here we reflect on the significance of this event....
Have you ever hit a moment in life when you felt the need to hit the reset button? That happened to me on the way to a conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. My friend and I were solving all the world's problems: we developed solutions for world hunger, global poverty, ending racism, and how to understand God's sovereignty and human choice. It was an amazing conversation, and it should have been recorded....
Imagine crawling across a desert, attacked by the scorching sun, desperate for a drink of water. How cool would it be - in more ways than one - to encounter someone handing out cups of water. For anyone with spiritual thirst, Jesus gives something much better than water....
In the 14th century, Robert Bruce of Scotland was leading his men in a battle to gain independence from England. Near the end of the conflict, the English wanted to capture Bruce to keep him from the Scottish crown. So they put his own bloodhounds on his trail. ...
We often found ourselves surrounded by a cacophony of voices competing for our attention. And often, the majority of these voices are not encouraging faith; rather, they are dispensing doubt. But it is through the minority report of faith that we inherit God's promises....
After observing - and participating in - my daughter's wedding, I found myself wondering, 'How does this happen? How does anyone get to this point? How does love work?'. Although marriage is a destination many people reach, the process of how they get there can be quite different. Faith works in a similar way....
Over the years, 'Heart and Soul' has been a common theme in pop music: lovers express the intensity of their feelings for another as encompassing the totality of our being, captured in the phrase 'heart and soul'. The song writers may not know they're quoting Moses, who used this phrase as a way of encapsulating appropriate devotion to God....
Israel’s sinful idolatry led to a distortion of true worship and brought about God’s righteous condemnation. Idolatry is dangerous because it distorts our view of God and corrupts our behaviour, leading us away from God as He has revealed Himself and toward a false god who is powerless to save and transform us. In response to Israel’s just condemnation, Moses stepped in between God and the people and interceded on their behalf. As those who have Jesus Christ as our mediator, we trust in His power to overcome our idolatries and empower us for His mission. ...
The Negev is a dry, hot desert region in the southern part of Israel. If you were wandering through it, heading towards the northwest, you would eventually come to a large body of water. After the dry, arid, dusty journey through the desert, you would be excited about seeing so much water. The problem is that that the body of water is the Red Sea, packed with so much salt content that people easily float. It's water - but you can't drink it. ...
Have you ever felt like running away and hiding from God, his people, and his purposes? That's exactly where Moses was. His failure was so large he assumed he was irredeemable. The good news is that God creates us on purpose and fills us with purpose in Christ, but we are easily knocked off course by our own desires or our failures. In his love and mercy God finds us, reaches out to us, and brings us back on track. ...
Sometimes when we look at the pain of our past, or it seems like God is not with us in the present, we question whether he will be faithful to his promises about the future. Scripture teaches that God is faithful to heal our past, to be with us in the present, and to fulfil his plans for our future. ...
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have been a Christian during the period described in Acts when Peter, John, Barnabas and Paul were local church pastors? Whatever else may be different, hanging out with these apostolic leaders would mean that your prayer life would take a huge step forward....
Perspective is a function of location; to gain a clear vision, sometimes we have to leave the valleys of everyday life and ascend the mountain tops God provides in his word. When we do this, we see that God has called Centrepoint to empower people to follow Jesus in community, worship, and mission....
Every year our cars undergo an MOT test to validate their road-worthiness. Are our hearts ready for the new year? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus provides a series of diagnostic teachings to evaluate what's happening in our heart. While challenging, his teaching exposes our need for his grace so that we will open our lives to the working of God's Spirit. ...
When we look around the world, we may be wondering, 'Where's the Peace?' When we work so hard to exclude God from our lives, it shouldn't surprise us that there is a peace deficit in the world. More than peace at the geopolitical level, God offers us peace with himself. At Christmas God promises peace on earth; we experience this peace through Christ's presence in our life....
The word 'Christmas' brings many thoughts, images, and feelings to our minds. For me, it will forever be associated with a road trip. Every year, a few days before Christmas, we would hop in the car and make the long trek from Black Mountain, North Carolina to a little town called McRae, Georgia. This is where my grandparents lived. Even though the journey was long and arduous, it was worth: along with getting to see my grandparents and lots of good food, I knew that this process always ended with presents....
Charlie Brown Christmas remains one of my favourite Christmas films. It tells the story of how a boy - Charlie Brown - just isn't feeling it in the run up to Christmas. So he goes on a quest to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Have you ever felt that way - like you're just not feeling it? The great news emerging from Luke 2:1-20 is that Christmas is so much more than a feeling. ...
The New Testament churches described in Acts perpetually challenge me for this reason: they were consistently probing opportunities to advance the gospel of Jesus. And no church exemplifies this spirit better than Antioch (Acts 13:1-3). Not content to build a local dream team of pastors, when the leader spent time praying and fasting and listening to the Holy Spirit, their response was to send their best guys (Paul and Barnabas) on mission. Rather than trying to hang on to gifted people, they were compelled by the command of Jesus to 'Go!'....
The opening scene of the Christmas story is a giant advertisement for God's capacity to use ordinary people for extraordinary things. Like Mary and Joseph, saying 'yes' to God means we step into a realm of remarkable grace, a very high price tag, and the amazing opportunity to share the love and truth of Christ with others....
Children are inspiring because their dream-machine has not yet been damaged. They live with the hopefulness that if they can dream it, it can happen. Somehow life seems to relentlessly torpedo our instinctive dream machine until it is broken, domesticated, or forgotten. ...
The gradual change in colour, and then the disappearance, of leaves from tress during the autumn season is a reminder that change is a built-in component of human life. But sometimes we need a different kind of change - a change we can't produce, a change that can only be effected by God. This is what Jacob needed in Genesis 32....
Living in dry places is difficult unless you have access to springs of water. God has given us covenant promises including his perpetual presence. Time, tradition, neglect and doubt can cover over these wells and block access to God's provision. Following Jesus involves learning how to dig wells and build altars. ...
When God tested Abraham, he provided a ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac. Jesus is our substitute, the lamb of God sacrificed in our place. The essence of the Christian life is a perpetual looking to Jesus, trusting in Jesus, and thanking Jesus for what he has done for us. Jesus is the perfect substitute....
We are surrounded by temporary things. What would life be like if we lived in the context of eternity?...Keep Reading
The Philippian church is a fascinating example of what happens when the gospel gets hold of a faith communinty. There are a few things we can learn from them....Keep Reading
Big words in the Bible are sometimes packed with big meaning - and that's true of propitiation. What is propitiation? How does it benefit it us? Why does God use big words? Can this help me in scrabble? Let's investigate!...Keep Reading
What do you when there's no way out? What do you say when the game is up? A little prayer in a little chapter in a little book of the Bible gives us a BIG answers....Keep Reading
David, Paul, and Jesus all teach that, even though our hearts may be polluted with sin, they can be cleansed by faith. ...Keep Reading
Have you ever felt the need or the desire to thirst for more? The Psalmist invites us to be refreshed as we meditate on God's glorious character....Keep Reading
This is the story about a woman who felt weak - and God used her to do something great....Keep Reading
In warning the Corinthians about idolatry, Paul paints a powerful picture of God's perpetual provision for his people....Keep Reading
Getting our priorities right is central to ensuring that arrive at the right destination. In 1st Corinthians 15, Paul reminds the Corinthians about "first things."...Keep Reading
On the first day in Jerusalem after his triumphal entry Jesus challenges our faith and the religious status quo....Keep Reading
The disciples were perpetually getting side-tracked. Jesus uses his second day in Jerusalem to teach his followers how to keep the the main thing the main thing....Keep Reading
A beautiful act of worship paints a prophetic picture of what Jesus is preparing to do....Keep Reading
Jesus spent his last hours before his arrest eating and talking with his disciples. We tend to think that we'd never betray Jesus; he taught us to pray,"Lead us not into temptation."...Keep Reading
The Victory of the Triumphal Entry quickly disintegrated into a fast-paced plot to kill Jesus that ended in his illegal execution. Where was God when all that was going on?...Keep Reading
What happens when the greatest dream ever becomes the biggest nightmare possible? That's what faced the disciples on the worst Saturday ever....Keep Reading
The power of the death of Jesus is captured in one little word that can change our lives....Keep Reading
In life we face a variety of storms types. How do we respond? What do we do to navigate each storm?...Keep Reading
How do we prepare to worship God? In this post, Stuart Townsend gives three keys to getting our hearts ready to encounter God....Keep Reading
Hope in the future God has planned is one of the hallarks of the Christian faith. Following Jesus isn't only about enjoying and honouring Him today; it is also about living in expectation of the beautiful future he has created....Keep Reading
How did Jesus respond to the needs of peoples around him? A brief glimpse from Matthew describes a very compassionate King....Keep Reading
Sometimes the view halfway up is good. But sometimes - God has something better for us....Keep Reading
Why is preaching so important? In this guest post, Al Mohler describes the importance of expository preaching....Keep Reading
The idea of a vesper - an evening prayer of thanks and consecration, is more than a good idea - it's something that God's people seem to have done in many places in the Bible. One example is Psalm 141, where David prays and lifts his had to God as an evening sacrifice. I came across this vesper (evening prayer) from the Canadian and American Reformed Church, and thought it...Keep Reading
God is not nostalgic; He works forward to bring greater blessing to his His people, even when they have difficulty believing....Keep Reading
What does gospel progress look like? It looks good - but sometimes it comes with problems, prison and praise. Ultimately - all the praise is to God's glorious grace. ...Keep Reading
God has a vision for our lives, and a pathway that will lead to the kind of maturity we hope for....Keep Reading
Stop preaching at me! Instead, just be a nice person. Isn't this the Jesus way?...Keep Reading
The beauty of the Bible is seemingly infitite. Just like the mercies of God that are new every morning - God's word holds out for us an endless supply of God-centred truth. Some of the great pastors, preachers, and theologians offer their thoughts on the beauty of scripture: "There is an infinite majesty about every line of Scripture, but especially about that part of Scr...Keep Reading
In John 17, Jesus identifies three key things that he has given to us. These are not necessarily what we asked for - but they are what He has given. And they are good things. ...Keep Reading
Does God's grace mean that we don't have to obey God? If we are saved by grace, what does it mean to follow Jesus? The church in Antioch had a strong foundation of grace - and so should we!...Keep Reading
Faith is central to being a Christian - without it - we can't know or please God. But in the cultural undercurrent of skepticism that pervades contemporary Europe, how can we we grow strong in faith? God's Word gives us some answers. ...Keep Reading
Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus has accomplished more than the personal salvation of lost people: He has laid the groundwork for the ultimate restoration of all things to His intended purpose. ...Keep Reading
In life, sometimes we end up between a rock and a hard place. There are moments when the only action we can take is to trust God....Keep Reading
Who was in the crowd that welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem? And who wanted Jesus crucified? Venn diagrams help us understand. ...Keep Reading
Jesus us gives us a new identity and calls us to obey Him. Faithfulness is both - and that's the Jesus dream for his people....Keep Reading
God reveals Himself to us in the Bible as good; his goodness is the proper lens through which we view and perceive the world....Keep Reading
Have you ever landed in a dark room? Almost all of us have had a moment or a day or a week; a month or even longer - where it seems like where stuck in some kind of weird vibe, and we canâ€™t get out. The good news is that God cares about where we are - and He offers a way into the light....Keep Reading
The story of Joseph is about God bringing salvation to the world by saving a family. And this family really needed the help of God - it was more dysfunctional than most families are today. But God is more powerful than the sin that marked it, and in the end, God wins....Keep Reading
We live in an age when it makes no sense to follow Jesus. Paul reminds the Christians in Rome that - in light of God's amazing mercies to us in Christ, living a life of sacrificial obedience to God is supremely reasonable....Keep Reading
How do we grow? How do churches grow? Is it God or people who responsible? Or is it both? Scripture describes a beautiful synergism where God works with his people to fulfil a breath-taking picture....Keep Reading
Following Jesus comes with a high price tag. But the promised pay-out promised makes this the best deal ever. ...Keep Reading
We daily exchange time; our value estimation of time resides in our distinction between what is eternal and what is temporal....Keep Reading
Words are not neutral; not only do they chart our destiny, they affirm the reality that defines our lives....Keep Reading
We all need friends - both human and divine; Jesus offers the ultimate friendship we can experience. ...Keep Reading
We all have moments of doubt, and Elijah was no different. When God met him in a cave, Elijah was focused on his past. God re-directed him towards a future of hope and destiny....Keep Reading
Although the Bible teaches permanent moral codes, we live in an age seeking to destroy every boundary. God offers a more certain way forward....Keep Reading
David wrote that "The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul" (Psalm 19:7). To enjoy the refreshed soul on offer by God, we need to learn how to love God's law. ...Keep Reading
The gospel both demonstrates and conveys God's righteousness: not only is God righteous is justifying sinners; He makes sinners righteous....Keep Reading
Grace is a beautiful word - and it is on full display in the life of King David, who didn't simply experience God's grace, but looked for opportunities to share it with others. ...Keep Reading
The profile of each person's spiritual journey is unique; those journeys touched by God's grace, however, end well. ...Keep Reading
Life is a spiritual desert in which ultimate satisfaction is found in only one source. ...Keep Reading
How do we know what we know? This is the topic of exploration under the philosophical category called epistemology. Epistemology is a big word that simply means 'how we know what we know'. According to Jesus, knowledge is not morally neutral; faith precedes understanding. ...Keep Reading