Today we hear more voices competing for our attention than ever before. In today’s digital culture the average person hears over 5,000 media messages per day compared to 300 forty years ago. The amount of content that is uploaded daily on all kinds of platforms is staggering. For example, over 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute! Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day.
Here are a few possible reasons:Onwards only happens when there is a purpose. As we read in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. To move forward and stay on track we must have a clear revelation of God’s truth as to who we are in Christ and the fact that He has designed us with a distinct purpose in His overall plan.
The story of the Magi is one of the greatest stories of faith in the Bible. It teaches us to keep our sight on Jesus even when things get rough. These men found in the Christmas story remind us of others who demonstrated great faith as seen listed in Hebrews chapter 11.Tradition has clouded the facts and robbed us of some vital truth. In order to get to this truth, we have to clarify a few points:
Remembrance Day is a day as Canadians we stop and reflect on the incredible price that was paid for the freedom and peace we enjoy. May we never take for granted the wonderful land we are privileged to call home.Yesterday I stood on the steps of our church and looked across the street to the nearly completed Trump tower where a group of protestors shouted “no justice, no peace”.
Fifteen times Jesus said: “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear.”Larry King once said: “Every morning I remind myself that nothing I say this day will teach me anything, so if I am going to learn I’ll do it by listening.”The book of James in the Bible states: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
It is not “if” we have a trial – a difficult time that will test our trust in God – but “when”.It is inevitable we will have a faith test. About 2000 years ago Pastor James, of the First Church of Jerusalem, gave some amazing insight into the questions that are on the faith test. Here are the questions on the test so you can prepare for them:
Across Canada we enjoy the long weekend that Easter brings, yet for many what Easter really means is unclear. For some it is just a time off from work and school, or chocolate bunnies in the stores, or the anticipation of spring and perhaps a gathering with family and friends. It is time for us to take another look at Easter.