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August 21, 2019

The Church Multi-Vitamin

Last night in Young Adults Bible Study we were reading Colossians 2:6, and we asked what it looked like to walk in faith. This sparked a conversation about the church and Psalm 1. It is easy to supplement one’s diet with the required vitamins with the help of a multi-vitamin tablet. This means that we […]

August 14, 2019

What should our attitude be towards people practicing a homosexual lifestyle?

Midweek Message Jesus confirms and endorses the Genesis account of faithful heterosexual relationships,“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer […]

August 7, 2019

What else could be understood by a child and yet examined for a lifetime?

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” Romans 11:33a It is amazing to see the extent to which Scripture affirms that God brings about various events in our lives: God plans our days before we are born (Psalm 139:16); all our actions are under God’s providential care (Acts 17:28); all our […]

July 17, 2019

What is the difference between mercy and grace?

Question: “What is the difference between mercy and grace?” Answer: Mercy and grace are often confused. While the terms have similar meanings, grace and mercy are not the same. To summarize the difference: mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. […]

July 4, 2019

Who determines what is good?

“This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.” Titus 3:8 Who determines what is good? When Paul wrote to Titus saying, “so that all who trust in God […]

June 26, 2019

What Teenagers Want From Church

Last Saturday the Thrive leaders headed out for a retreat to align ourselves back with Jesus before the second half of the year. One of the resources we read together in our quiet time was an article that Tara had sent me (Tara always sends me the most phenomenal resources). The youth leaders agreed that […]

June 20, 2019

Profound Parenting

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” Luke 2:52 We often say we know very little of Jesus and his younger years. We wonder what it must have been like for him growing up and what his home life was all about. There is however an incident recorded in Luke’s gospel which reveals a […]

June 12, 2019

God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 A tendency may be to give one of the members of the trinity more continual focus. For example, I am more inclined to consider the attributes of God […]

May 29, 2019

Infinitely more than we can ask or think

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 We can never fully understand God because he is the creator and […]

May 14, 2019

Food

Food “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”” John 4:34 How can doing God’s will be a replacement for food? I do not think that Jesus never ate, for he did on many occasions (cf. Mt 9:10-13 and Jn 21:12). Doing God’s will is […]

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