Free booklet for new Christians

Hello all,

I have added a new booklet to my main website today. It is titled, “A new beginning: Setting a solid foundation for your new life in Christ”.

It is a simple booklet that I have written to take my kids through and I thought I would share it for other parents or new Christians too.

It touches on some of the basic things required to become a strong Christian. Some of the topics are the Bible, prayer, church, serving God, sharing your faith with others and being assured of your salvation.

It includes a number of Scriptures on each topic, some reflection questions, a simple prayer and some Bible memory verses. It also has a page that helps people begin a relationship with Jesus and find salvation.

If you would like to check it out you can find it here – DiscipleshipBooklet.pdf

God Bless,

Dave

Four ways God reveals Himself

Many people search for God at some time in their lives. They ask and question if God is real. Many ask God to reveal Himself to them, especially during the hard times that life brings. Here are four ways God has revealed Himself to us all.

1. God has revealed Himself through creation

The Bible tells us in Psalm 19:1-2, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known”. This magnificant world that we live in point to a God who created all things. As the above verse says, His creation reveals God to us.

2. God reveals Himself in mankind

The Bible tells us that we are all made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27). This means God has imprinted His DNA into ours. When we live in loving relationships, or when use our God given gifts to work, or we creatively make a masterpiece, or when we make choices for good, we are reflecting God’s image and making Him known.

3. God reveals Himself by intervening in our world

In the Book of Exodus we see that God intervened in the life of the people of Israel (Exodus 14:1-29). The people were up against the Red Sea with Pharaohs army approaching. There was no hope until God intervened and parted the Red Sea. God is a God who loves us and is interested in intervening in our lives. He is not a far off and distant God as some people think.

4. God revealed Himself in Jesus Christ

The Bible tells us that God has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:15 says, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation”. If you have ever wondered what God is like, then look at the life and person of Jesus Christ.

So there you have it, four ways that God has revealed Himself to us all. From these things we see that He is not a distant God that is far removed from His creation. He reveals Himself in His creation, He reveals Himself in us, by His intervention in the world and in the life and person of Jesus Christ.

God Bless,

Dave

The power of the tongue

I have been reflecting on the power the tongue has in our lives lately. It can build up and encourage or it can tear down and destroy. Just a few rightly or wrongly placed words can make a huge difference.

The Bible talks about the power of the tongue in James 3:9. It says, “Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God”. From this we can see the words we speak can go either way. They can be used for good or evil.

As I have reflected on the power of the tounge I have thought of some positive things I can use my words for…

  • I can speak blessing into someone’s life
  • I can speak encouragement to a troubled friends situation
  • I can teach my children something from the Bible
  • I can preach a sermon in church
  • I can teach a Sunday School class
  • I can sing praises to my God
  • I can share God’s love and saving message with a friend
  • I can bring peace to a hostile situation
  • I can tell my wife and kids how much I love them

When you think of these positive things it makes me want to only speak good and not evil. The world already has too many people who are quick to cut others down with their words.

Let’s realise the power of our tongues and chose our words wisely. Let’s purpose in our hearts today to speak only words that will build up and bring life to others.

God Bless,

Dave

Starting Revelations today

I start reading the Book of Revelation today in my quest to read the whole New Testament this year. I am looking forward to reading the Book of Revelation again. It is an interesting book.

While most other Bible books look at the past, Revelations looks to the future. It talks about heaven, the things that will happen in the lead up to when Jesus comes back and then the New Heavens and New Earth.

While the Book of Revelation can be interpreted in different ways, first and foremost for me it is a call to be a faithful disciple. It reminds me that God is in control and when the time is right Jesus is coming back.

It also gives us a great promise of blessing in the first chapter. In chapter one verse three it says, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near”.

If you haven’t read Revelations before you can find it online at BibleGateway.com.

God Bless,

Dave

Real love

When we watch TV or go to the movies we get all sorts of images thrown at us telling us what real love is. Some see it as attraction, lust, sex or other things. The Bible tells us what real love is.

In 1 John 4:9-10 it says, “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins”.

Real love is not so much a feeling or an attraction, but something that sacrifices and longs for a true and deep relationship. It is something that looks to the long term best of the other.

Just like what God did for us in sending Jesus to die to take away our sins. It was sacrificial, for our long term eternal best and all about relationship with you and I. To me that is real love!

I pray that you will know the love God has for you today.

God Bless,

Dave

Restoring wandering believers

One of the things that God prompts me about every now and then is to remember those who have fallen out of regular fellowship with other Christians. Recently God has brought this to my attention again by highlighting two passages of Scripture – Luke 15:3-7 &  James 5:19-20.

The first passage from Luke talks about the shepherd leaving the 99 sheep to go out into the pastures to find the one missing on. When the shepherd leaves the 99, it shows just how important a lost person is to God.

The second passage from James says, “you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins”. This shows it is vitally important to bring people back into the fold.

These two passages have reminded me of the importance of caring for those people in your life that has maybe fallen out of fellowship. We need to take some time to think about the people we haven’t seen for a bit and follow them up.

How about you? Have you got someone in your life that has fallen out of fellowship with other Christians? Perhaps a visit, a quick phone call or email today might be able to help them today?

God Bless,

Dave