No more tears and pain

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4‬ ‭NLT‬

Sometimes I look around at this world and see the pain and suffering that takes place. There are wars, people starving and dying, and people in pain everyday. It would be easy to lose hope.

But Revelation 21:4 gives us a great hope and something to look forward to. One day those who trust in Christ will spend eternity with God. We will live in a place where there is no more death, sorrow, crying or pain. The Bible says God will make His home among His people.

That is something to look forward to. I long for the day when there is no more war, pain and suffering. I look forward to a day when sin doesn’t permeate and spoil everything. I look forward to living with God.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You that we have a home waiting for us in heaven with You. I look forward to a day when there is no more pain and suffering. I pray that in the meantime, You will use me to share Your love and make this world a better place. Amen.

Really loving each other

“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” ‭1 John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬

This verse is pretty strong. It is says that we should not just pay lip service to love, but we should actually do something about it. Our love becomes real by our actions.

If we think about it, the Bible says God loves us. It is backed up by Jesus leaving the glories of heaven to live amongst us. He loved and cared for those He came in contact with. Ultimately He died on the cross for our sin. This was true love in action.

I wonder what things we can do today to show our love for others? What things can we say? What things can we do?

Love really is a verb – a doing word!

Prayer

Dear God, please help me to love others in both word and deed. Help me to not just say I love others, but actually put it into action in the things I do. Please guide and lead me to people who need Your love today. Amen.

Being a Jesus focused Christian sermon

Hello all, our sermon is now online. The title was “Being a Jesus focused Christian”.

Today we looked at three passages about being Christ focused Christians. We saw many truths about Christ – who He is and what He has done.

From John 1 we saw…

  • Jesus is the eternal expression of God
  • Jesus is the creator and sustainer of the world
  • Jesus is the light who came into the world to save us

From Colossians 1 we saw…

  • Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God
  • Jesus is the creator of all things seen and unseen
  • Jesus is the head of the church

From Hebrews 7 we saw…

  • Jesus is our great eternal high priest
  • Jesus saved us and ever lives to intercede for us

So, let us be Christ focused Christians. Let us be a Christ focused church.

You can find the full text here, or the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

 

Being a Bible focused Christian sermon

Hello all, my sermon from today is now online. It was titled, “Being a Bible focused Christian”.

After sharing some quotes about what other people have said about the Bible, I shared four main points…

  1. What the Bible says about itself
  2. The blessings that come from reading the Bible
  3. We can trust the Bible because
  4. We looked at some practical hints to help us engage

I would encourage you to read the full sermon here, or listen to the audio here… or do both!

God Bless,

Dave

The Kingdom focused church sermon

Hi all, my sermon is online now. It was titled, “Seven Characteristics of a Kingdom Focused Church”. In it I shared seven things that we can focus on to keep us on track for God in 2018. They were as follows…

  1. A Bible Believing church – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  2. A Christ centred church – Romans 5:1-2, 5-6
  3. A praying church – Ephesians 6:18, James 5:16b
  4. A serving church – Mark 10:45, 1 Peter 4:10
  5. A Spirit empowered church – 1 Corinthians 12:-4-7, Galatians 5:22-23
  6. A loving church – Matthew 22:37-40, John 13:34-35
  7. A missional church – Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15

You can find the full text here, or the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

No separation

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It is great to know that if we are in relationship with Christ nothing can separate us from Him. Unlike human relationships that often break down over time through stressful situations, nothing in all creation can separate us from Christ’s love. His love for you is eternal, never ending and complete.

Prayer

Thank You Jesus that nothing can separate me from Your love. Help me to remeber this truth always. Amen.