We all have gifts which we can use for our calling; to be fishers of men. We are called to express the love that we see in Jesus, once we see the love God has for us and let it overflow into all situations in our lives, we will naturally be in the fishing business.
Through Holy Communion we are invited to share spiritually and through our physical senses, in God's life and presence. In this talk, we hear about the central act of Christian worship and what it says to us at Christmas time and any other time of the year.
The Advent season challenges us to focus on the need for preparation, not only for the coming of Jesus as the child of Bethlehem, but as the Lord who comes again in the fullness of time to resolve our longings and to dispel our bewilderment. As we undertake our inner preparation, by prayerful repentance and a sense of joyful anticipation, all the busy-ness of our outward preparations for Christmas fall into place, so that we can then give thanks wholeheartedly for the gift of the Saviour when the festival arrives.
This talk looks at Matthew 19:14 where Jesus associates the characteristics of children with those who inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. We hear about three typical traits of children that also feature in Jesus; Trust, Playfulness & Humour and a Sense of Wonder, and how these can play a significant role in our lives as Kingdom focused adults.
The story of Thomas in John chapter 20 underlines the trust Jesus places in his followers, doubt notwithstanding. Honest doubt can be a necessary stepping stone to faith. The lesson Thomas came to learn was that God calls us to trust, not to demand certainty. Quoting from the 'The Shack', “faith doesn’t live in the house of certainty.” So, how therefore do we honour the trust and faith that Jesus places in us?