Living Bread | April 2014
We often experience stress in our lives which can be both positive and negative. A certain amount of stress is helpful, of course, because it improves our efficiency and effectiveness. Our heart rate increases, our focus becomes slightly stronger, and we can achieve more than we would if we were completely relaxed. However, we all know that it is very easy to move from this helpful state to a place of debilitating anxiety. When we are anxious about a particular matter, we may respond by running around in circles. We may try to solve our problem in lots of different ways but with very little effect. Anxiety can then easily move to fear. This line is crossed when we move past diminished effectiveness to complete immobilisation. Fear is the biggest impediment to our moving forward. When we are in its grip, we don't know what to do or where to go.
Friday | 25 April 2014
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul said, ‘I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions’. This is a most remarkable statement. What is lacking in the sufferings of Christ? What does Paul mean when he says that? We know that Jesus Christ suffered ‘once for all’ when He offered Himself on the cross. He bore the sin and suffering of the whole world in His body. The prophetic Scriptures bear this out. There is nothing lacking in the personal sufferings of Christ. There is no grief or suffering that a person can experience, that Christ has not already vicariously suffered in His physical body. His sufferings were a full and complete work. When Paul spoke of what is ‘lacking’ in Christ’s afflictions,...
New Releases | Easy Reading Short Christian Articles | April 2014
New Releases | Christian Resources and Christian Books
Sons of the Most High
By Various Authors
When we look at Christian movements today, we do not find many that have been able to understand and implement the gospel taught by Jesus. In this Study Guide we are considering how we become sons of God.
The word of the cross
By Victor Hall, David Falk & David Baker
The word of the cross was the gospel preached by the apostle Paul in every place. In his letter to the Corinthians, he declared, 'I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified'. 1 Cor 2:2.
The pattern of perfection
By Victor Hall, David Falk & David Baker
The Lord commanded the prophet Ezekiel to ‘describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the plan’. Ezek 43:10. The literal Hebrew meaning of ‘plan’ is the ‘pattern of perfection’.
Stewarding your vine and fig tree
By David Falk
The Scripture uses the symbolism of ‘a vine and fig tree’ to describe the generative capacity of a man’s house and work in the kingdom of God. A businessman has been given a ‘vine and fig
tree’ in the Lord’s vineyard for the purpose of generating increase
and resources for the Lord’s house.
By David V Hall, Luke Pomery, Kane McNally, Michael Hall and William Olds
The story of our sonship is that we are born, first of all, as ‘natural’ sons of men. In the unfolding of God’s purpose, we are first ‘natural’ before we become ‘spiritual’ by new birth.
Easy Reading Series | Christian Resources
Think Again Series
By Tim Maurice
This series is comprised of very short articles written over the past few years. They were written in an attempt to engage - or perhaps to re-engage - people to consider Jesus Christ.
CDs & DVDs | Christian Music & MP3s
Restoring My Soul | Free Christian Daily Devotions
'Restoring my soul' is a monthly daily devotional guide produced by Vision One. The title is taken from the well-known words of the psalmist, ´He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name´s sake´. Psa 23:3. This verse beautifully portrays a vibrant devotional life. The purpose of the devotional guide is to help individuals and families digest the word of God in daily portions.
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