A chance to grow in grace

The Quiet Time is not a Performance, it is a chance to grow in grace. Read it on The Quiet Time Performance by Tim Challies.

Recently, I’ve been reminded that our Christian life is not about performance but it is all about grace. We don’t do things to earn a place in heaven. Christ has done it once for all by God’s grace. Instead, we ought to grow in this grace and out of His grace do we do the things that bring glory to him. For example, I meditate on his word and I pray because of His grace.

Lovin’ it

Loving it

‘If I had the money, I would send every Christian to this course’ – this was the comment made by one of my classmates at the ‘Introduction to the Bible’ PTC course and I have to say I agree with her 100%.

It is a bit silly to say, but it’s only until the end of the course that I realised I never really got the bible. I might have read and heard plenty of sermons on the bible, but I never knew there was a central message, let alone knew what it was! And the Old Testament… well they were just some very cryptic lyrical whose meaning would only be apparent between the author and God.

And so I avoided the Bible, not only because I didn’t understand, but I didn’t enjoy reading it.

But, I enjoyed this course. I looked forward to reading the material every week and even read beyond the requirement material to get a better understanding of the historical developments in the bible. And, finally I can say I get it. I get that there is a central theme to the bible and from beginning to the end, it’s just one big plan of God’s to reverse the effects of sin planted in Genesis and to restore people to himself. And all the events and people like, Moses, Abraham, David, Solomon, even Christ were just instruments to bring this goal to fruition. How simple!

So it is also my prayer that every Christian and even non-Christian will get to understand the entirety of this message in their life time. That the bible is not only about Jesus, or resurrection or sin, but it is simply God’s unrelenting way to bring us back to Him, so we may once again live in the way we are designed to and enjoy the blessings that are only available through Him.

Mel

99 Balloons – A story of thankfulness to God

In light of recent news, 99 Balloons is a moving video that reminds us about the sovereignty of God in suffering. Watch how a couple put their trust and hope in God in the midst of tragedy.

99 balloons

99 Balloons from Igniter Media on Vimeo.

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Mother’s Day Celebration

This week Mel and I have been reminded about the transient reality of life in this fallen and decaying world. News and events concerning life and death is depressing because it reminds us of the passing of life and the loss of all that is related to relating to a person. A verse from James 4:14 comes into mind. “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (ESV). Life is short and we will disappear. It is important that we keep this view of life in mind. Lets remember what we learnt from Easter about Jesus and the hope of eternal life that is found in him.

In a few week’s time it will be Mother’s day. It is a special occasion to honour our mother, to say thank you for their part in giving life, for their unconditional love and for nurturing us. Our church will have a mother’s day lunch. It will be a good time to celebrate this day with our mum and a chance for them to hear about Jesus if they do not trust in him yet.

So come celebrate mother’s day with your mum and the new mum’s at NAAC morning! Start thinking about other mums that you could ask along to join in this celebration.

Prayer for the week

A Prayer for our Church (from John Piper)

Oh, Lord, by the truth of Your Word, and the power of your Spirit and the ministry of your body,
build men and women at Naremburn Cammeray…

Who don’t love the world more than God,
who don’t care if they make much money,
who don’t care if they own a house,
who don’t care if they have a new car or two cars,
who don’t need recent styles,
who don’t care if they get famous,
who don’t miss steak or fancy fare,
who don’t expect that life should be comfortable and easy,
who don’t feed their minds on TV each night,
who don’t measure truth with their finger in the wind,
who don’t get paralyzed by others’ disapproval,
who don’t return evil for evil,
who don’t hold grudges,
who don’t gossip,
who don’t twist the truth,
who don’t brag or boast,
who don’t whine or use body language to get pity,
who don’t criticize more than praise,
who don’t hang out in cliques,
who don’t eat too much or exercise too little;
BUT
who are ablaze for God,
who are utterly God-besotted,
who are filled with the Holy Spirit,
who strive to know the height and depth of Christ’s love,
who are crucified to the world and dead to sin,
who are purified by the Word and addicted to righteousness,
who are mighty in memorizing and using the Scriptures,
who keep the Lord’s Day holy and refreshing,
who are broken by the consciousness of sin,
who are thrilled by the wonder of free grace,
who are stunned into humble silence by the riches of God’s glory,
who are persevering constantly in prayer,
who are ruthless in self-denial,
who are fearless in public witness to Christ’s lordship,
who are able to unmask error and blow away doctrinal haze,
who are tough in standing for the truth,
who are tender in touching hurting people,
who are passionate about reaching the peoples who have no church,
who are pro-life for the sake of babies and moms and dads and the glory of God,
who are keepers of all their promises, including marriage vows,
who are content with what they have and trusting the promises of God,
who are patient and kind and meek when life is hard.