Showing posts from July, 2010


I’m not sure if there has ever been as much Bible quoted in a soap opera as in the last couple of weeks in EastEnders.
While much-loved veteran character Dot Cotton has always enjoyed peppering her conversations with the odd verse, her fondness for the Word has been dramatically overtaken by Pentecostal Pastor Lucas Johnson, who has been belting out pieces of scripture to anyone within earshot.
Unfortunately, given that he is a murdering psychopath who has taken to twisting the Bible to suit his evil plans, this hasn’t exactly been a cause for celebration. Especially since one of his favourite verses appears to be Deuteronomy 17: 12 – “The man who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the Lord your God must be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel .”
He used this verse as an excuse to almost strangle his own wife, Denise, when she refused to be baptised. When he decided to keep her prisoner in a basement instead, he killed someone else…

Talk to People Rather than about Them

Recall that in Luke 18:9, Luke introduces the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector like this: "He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt." It may seem minor at first, but notice that it says that Jesus told this parable TO some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous. It does not say he spoke this parableABOUT them. Jesus was looking the Pharisees in the eye and telling them a parable that implied that they were self-righteous. He was not talking about them but to them. Though it may seem minor, it contains a lesson that is huge for the health of our church. Let's be like this. Let's not talk to others about people's faults. Let's talk to themabout their faults. It is easy - and far too tasty on the tongue of our sinful souls - to talk about people. But it is hard - and often tastes bitter - to talk to them. When you are talking about them, they can't correct y…

Loving the Word and keeping pure

The psalmist poses a question in psalm 119:9, ‘how can a young man keep his way pure?’ And then he answers his own question, ‘by living according to your word’. In our visual sensual age where ungodly images are being propagated openly, that it almost becomes impossible to avoid, how can a young man keep his way pure? 

Women who dress immodestly, aiming to entice men to gaze upon them; how can a young man keep his way pure from being enticed by them? To these questions, I have but one answer and it is the same as that of the psalmist which is by living according to your word. The psalmist goes on to say that ‘Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you’ v11. This is the key to how a young man can keep his way pure amidst the numerous visual temptations that surrounds him. Simple meditation on the sweet delight of scripture will be ample to sustain one’s urges from falling prey to the devilish pleasure of fleshly lust. Peter writes in 1 peter 3:15 ‘But in your …

Regeneration before faith

Regeneration refers to the secret act of God in which he gives us new spiritual life. This is necessary because we are all spiritually dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) and also we are unable to understand or accept  the things that comes from the Spirit of God, (1 Cor 2:14). Our nature is naturally hostile towards God and our rebellious nature deter us from coming towards him. Jesus said that ‘no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him’, (john 6:44). If this is our condition, being dead, hostile and unable to come to God spiritually then how can we come to have faith in Jesus?

Faith is seeing and knowing the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, (2 Cor 4:6) and scripture asserts that in order to have this faith one must be regenerated. There must have been an initial work of God in the unbelievers heart that woos him, draws, enables the unbeliever to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ and then he believes. ‘For God, who said let ligh…

Returning in surrender

I have sinned my Lord Against thee I have rebelled Like the children of Israel I have complained And harnessed unbelief I have turned and despised your kindness I have enslaved myself again in Egypt Where Pharaoh ruled over me and brought no delight You have called me to worship And how I have groaned on the journey Yet you walk ahead when you could have smoked me I am sorry, but let my repentance not be like Pharaoh No more will I walk in the ways of my wickedness But to you I gladly surrender and obey once again

Would you ban the Burqa?

First Belgium did it, then came France, and now even Syria have done it, Spain decided not to and a British Government minister declared that to do so would be un-British. Some segments of the less literary press questioned when our Government would stand up to the PC brigade and a Member of Parliament is fighting a one man campaign over it.
Welcome to the great Burqa debate. Over the past few months a series of countries have discussed and are now passing measures to ban the wearing of some Islamic headdresses in public places.Belgium became the first country in Europe to put such a ban in place earlier this  year and last week France

Five things to remember when presenting the Gospel

Telling someone the gospel may be harder than we might have first thought. Maybe you have been in conversations and someone ask you to tell them the good news of Christianity and then you find yourself completely tongue tied and you just don’t know where to start. Or maybe you are in a Christian setting and the leader has just set an activity where you have to try and explain the gospel to another person and you just cant keep a coherent presentation. If this is you and in the past it has been me and I have to keep refreshing my memory so that I don’t forget the essentials of the gospel and not make it into what I want to make it but rather to proclaim the historical gospel message. In this presentation there are five points which you can remember but also there are many helpful presentations out there that really makes it easy for beliviers to know how to share their faith. E.g.

This summary is taking from  a book called evangelism explosion which…

Sex and the Single Person

By John Piper If the Bible addresses an issue with unrelenting frequency and urgency, and if that issue is one of the strongest natural forces in the world today, then ministers of the Word of God are obligated sooner or later to declare God's will on that issue. The sexual life of the unmarried person is of great concern to God. Even those of you who have not entrusted yourselves to Christ for salvation and do not love God, even you are obligated to obey what God has to say about your sexual desires. Though you rebel against his ownership, you are God's. He made you and has an absolute right to tell you what is good for you. He sent Jesus Christ into the world to overcome your rebellion and to make peace by the blood of his cross. And my prayer at the very outset is that you might turn from your rebellion and unbelief and disobedience, and that you might trust Christ for forgiveness and live for the glory of God. Your Body Is Not Your OwnThen I would be able to say to everyone …