In the face of unspeakable horror the Poet laments to God. A God who is, who hears, and whose faithfulness endures. Right in the middle of this sad poem we find hope that causes our spirits to soar.… Read the rest
"… my sins have been bound into a yoke … the Lord has rejected all the warriors … I rebelled against His command …" [Lamentations 1:14-18. NIV]
If only! Regret truly is a terrible burden. You can hear it in the voice of this poet.… Read the rest
1. The Sorrow of Loss
“She who was once great among the nations …" [Lamentations 1:1. NLT]
The poet laments the loss that Israel has faced.… Read the rest
At CityLife we are reading through the Old Testament and currently preaching through the prophets at our weekend church gatherings. I'm not sure what preaching team meeting I missed where the straws were pulled on who preaches what, but somehow Lamentations fell at my feet.… Read the rest
Last week, on November 7th, Billy Graham turned 90 years of age. He is one of the most well-known Christians in the world today and through his evangelistic ministry he has preached to over 215 million people. Through many decades of ministry he has remained humble and he has lived with utmost integrity, a shining example to all.… Read the rest
Here are a few suggestions:
Find a safe place. God does not require you to stay in a place or a group that is abusive in its leadership. Be bold and courageous and move on.… Read the rest
For those of who have leadership roles, it is important that we understand how God wants us to carry out our responsibilities. The apostle Paul had been given great authority to plant churches and give them leadership. However, the way he handled his authority was very imoportant.… Read the rest
Today we continue speaking about a very important subject – spiritual abuse.
Peter Nash (former director of our church's counseling and community ministries and now school chaplain of Waverley Christian College) shared an important message with our church a few years back entitled Spiritual Abuse – When the Church Becomes Unsafe.… Read the rest
Read the following words from the prophet Jeremiah …
"What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people — the shepherds of my sheep — for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for," says the Lord.… Read the rest
Water baptism services are a terrific time with an atmosphere of celebration and joy as friends and family members gather to show their support to those taking this significant step in their spiritual journey.
Why be baptised in water?
First of all, because Jesus commanded it (see Mark 16:16.… Read the rest
There is no doubt that he is a charismatic speaker who has captured the attention of people from all sectors of society.… Read the rest