Just think. Air waves enter our ear, travel up a nerve and our incredibly rich and complex brain converts them into the applause of a football crowd, a Beethoven Symphony, words of love, hatred, deceit, anger, applause etc. Such work is not that only of cerebral bio-chemistry for the worldly reality of earth, oceans, clouds, flora and fauna that is revealed to us through our five senses is, as any physicist will tell you, simply an agglomeration of atoms.
To the Christian the world is the foyer to eternity.
In a world where many either ignore or deny a Christian God, moral values are greatly impoverished.
It is not possible to have the consolations of Christian experience without first becoming Christians.
At present we are living in the land of dreams but when we wake and find ourselves in the real world, God's world, then we will see God as He is, for we will have been remade to be like Him.
Paul in 1Cor 15:50 assures us that this is so. "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
The Divine life calls us to be gods: we are to be remade to become as Sons of God: ageless, wise and drenched in joy. Paul confirms this in 1 Cor. 13: 10. when he writes, "When that which is perfect is come then that which is in part will be done away."
Take away the miraculous and that which is left is not Christianity.
Christ's Resurrection and Ascension was the occasion when He broke down death's door to lead all who believe in Him and do His bidding from the restricting chains of their mortality to the soaring freedom of immortality.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the central thrust of every Christian sermon reported in the N.T. Acts.
Those who make 'religion' their God will not have God for their religion.
Many resist God for deep down they know that once the Christ-Life gets a real hold on them then much loved earthly desires and ambitions will be banished from their lives.
Psalm 27: 11. "Teach me your way O Lord; lead me in a straight path." Many want to direct God instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him. They want to show Him the way instead of passively following where He leads.
A kind word, pleasantly spoken will be as sunshine to the downcast and sorrowful. Give to others your sunshine and let Jesus have your sorrows.
Temptation often comes at its strongest when we are closer to God. (Matthew 4: 1-11.)
Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience, for we rob both God and others when we procastinate.
Egocentric pride entered the minds of our early ancestors and urged on in them the notion they could be their own masters; and out of that idea has come the terrifying sins of the world as mankind desperately tries to find something other than God that will satisfy them.
When serving our neighbour let us remember that light comes only at the cost of that which produces it. Burning must come before shining. We cannot be of great use to others without cost to ourselves.
Let go of Life. Get hold of God.
Mark 15: 3. 'He answered nothing.' In situations where we resent slights against us and respond with what we consider to be righteous anger and distress, we should never forget that our saviour, when reviled, held His Peace. Let us do likewise.
Praise Psalms' is the name given to the group of Psalms 113-118, which are pre-eminently psalms of praise. It is called "The Egyptian Hallel, (praise)" because it was chanted in the temple whilst the Passover lambs were being slain. It was chanted also on other festival occasions, as at Pentecost, the feast of Tabernacles, and the feast of Dedication. The Levites, standing before the altar, chanted it verse by verse, the people responding by repeating the verses or by intoned hallelujahs. It was also chanted in private families at the feast of Passover. This was probably the hymn which our Saviour and his disciples sung at the conclusion of the Passover supper kept by them in the upper room at Jerusalem.
Psalm 41: 9. "Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me."
The actions of Judas, one of the Apostles, is proof that no society is without evil.
If we refuse to forgive others their trespasses against us then our trespasses remain.
John was the contemplative Apostle, the eagle who saw further into the heart of God.
Instead of doing God's Will we request a definition and try to intellectualize His commands so that when He tells us to love our enemies we ask, “How?” and then, “All of them?” “Even those who are very wicked?” until finally His command fades into nothing amid the How, the Where and the When, questions.
Some folk are so absorbed with the facts surrounding their existence they have little time for their meaning.
God will give us the strength to face those things which happen to us but not the cloud of worrying things that might happen.
(Matthew 6:34.) Christ told us never to judge by appearances only but by the righteousness or unrighteousness of the deeds or words when He said (John 7: 24.) Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
The worst heresy is that of separating Christianity from righteousness.
Those who desire only to understand will continue stumbling in darkness.
Those who love the darkness will continue to live in darkness.
When in all things we see and know God then in God shall we find all things.
A communicative fellowship with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other needs and prayer is the beginning of that communion.
Of what use are the Law and the Prophets except they lead us to Christ.
A faith which neither competes nor interferes with our earthly existence is not the faith preached by Christ in the Gospels.
Unless we see God as the God of all then never can He be our God.
When we become one with the very Essence of God what else can we do but live forever in timelessness with Him.
We are in bondage to that which we cannot do without.
God gave the Commandments not so much that we should obey them but that when finding we could not then we might turn to Christ.
No one who loves, understands the reasons why they love, for they love simply because they love.
We must possess things but never must they be allowed to possess us.
Only when the angel of death visits us will we be totally free from the tyranny of possessions.
Sadly, there are many who are so content with their lives that they never seek eternal life nor do they hunger after the righteousness that is God.
Who is more a child of God? Those who possess a thousand houses or those who without one of their own possess a dozen in which their knock at the door would cause instant pleasure to those inside.
Matthew 13: 58. Those Nazareens could have believed in Jesus as their Saviour from the Romans but not as Saviour from their sins for they loved their sins.
The artificial light which we now shine on our deeds and on those of others is as that of a firefly when compared to the dazzling, trillion megawatt light shone on us on Judgement Day by the Light and Life of the World.
Science looking for God is like the goat seeking out the tiger.
Christianity is for 24/7 and not just for Sunday.
This universe is God's workshop for the bringing forth of the righteous to fill His house of love.
God is enriched by giving and we are enriched by receiving.
When we do as the Master tells is then we will soon come to understand that obedience is the opener of eyes.
It requires a pure heart for us to have clean hands.
A Christian must not choose his neighbour but must take the one whom God sends.
Christ's death washed away our sins and His resurrection disabled death, and that is what must be believed.
The 'how' and 'why' are not Christianity, they are simply theories about how it works.
God sees us not as we are but as we shall be.
There are many who want their Christian faith to endorse their earthly lifestyle but this can never happen.
A temporal life not well spent means all eternity not well spent.
It is unbelief which stands in the way of salvation.
No ambition to be a motive for action; no wish to surpass another; no longing after the praise of others for these are worldly desires and worthless if eternal life with God is our aim.
When you ask God to draw nearer to you remember that He is already in you.
Many find it easier to pray for someone than to visit them.
The tree of knowledge will never prove to be the tree of life for humankind.
No real good can ever grow in the soil of injustice.
God revealed to us His Divine Humility when He inhabited a womb, became a babe, and fed at a peasant woman's breast.
Those whose Heavenly hopes are small cannot grow much.
When someone finds God then that which he has is called 'religion' by those who have not yet found Him.
When each and every mortal dies they don the cloak of immortality.
When a God-and-people loving Christian dies and leaves this mortal life then school for them has finished and holidays have begun.
Whilst time and fashions might change how morality is perceived, Truths, as expressed in the Gospels cannot and never will change.
Each and every one of us is a temple of the living God, sadly defiled, maybe, but if God ever leaves it then that body becomes a ruin and no longer fit for habitation.
The Will and the Conscience of a Christian should combine like two raindrops on a windowpane. Christians are called to BE; not to Judge. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." (Matthew 7: 1.)
Does God care more for suns and planets than for His children.. Hardly, for these things are but a part of His workshop and tools for the bringing forth of righteous men and women to fill His house of Love.