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From Disgrace to His Grace

From Disgrace to His Grace

Posted by Norman Wreford on Jan 21, 2020

TEXT: ‘For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me’ – 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 THOUGHT: The Apostles are often referred to as saints – St Peter and St Paul. In fact, Paul taught that all Christians are called saints (See Philippians 1:1). If we are not careful, we will end up believing the apostles were super-human and at a spiritual level way above anything we could ever attain to. In their epistles, the apostles did not promote themselves, rather the opposite. The more successful and well-known Paul became, the lower the opinion he had of himself. It was not false humility when he wrote, ‘not worthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church’. What can we learn from our text to help us move forward in God into more effectiveness? We cannot change the past However much Paul regretted his actions, he could not rewrite history. How could Christians forgive and forget what Paul had done either? After all, for some it was their family, relatives and friends that had borne the brunt of Paul’s ruthless persecution. Then people heard that he got saved on the road to Damascus and was now preaching the very gospel he once tried to destroy. One thing many find confusing about Christianity is the fact that the guilty such as Paul, can...

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The Right Response!

The Right Response!

Posted by Norman Wreford on Jan 8, 2020

TEXT: ‘Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper’ – 2 Chronicles 20:20 THOUGHT: Although unintentional, it is interesting that Today’s Teaching, the first of the New Year, is based on 2 Chronicles 20:20. Many kings of Judah and Israel were ungodly and created real problems for the people they ruled over. Jehoshaphat was someone who feared the Lord having inherited the throne from his father Asa, (also a godly king although he went off the rails spiritually towards the end of his reign). Jehoshaphat stayed true to his faith to the end. ‘The people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites,came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you”’ – 20:1-2. 2 Chronicles chapters 19 & 20 are the record of a key crisis Jehoshaphat and the nation faced and the events prior to it. It is something we can all learn from. Rebuke – ‘Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?’ – 2 Chronicles 19:2 How do you respond when you are told off, whether at work, at home or from reading the Bible? Do you sulk or take it on the chin? It took courage for any prophet to confront the king, for some had experienced anger, imprisonment or even death. Jehoshaphat realised he was in the wrong over the ungodly alliance he had made with Ahab. It had nearly cost him his life. He...

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Effective Witnessing

Effective Witnessing

Posted by Norman Wreford on Dec 31, 2019

TEXT: ‘That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus’ – Philemon 1:6. THOUGHT: The Goal for 2020 is to share our faith more effectively. However godless our nation has become it does not have to stay that way or plummet even further into degradation. Nations can be changed by a move of the Spirit in response to the prayers and witness of God’s people.  Our text reveals three things to keep in mind that will help us to effectively witness. Godward – ‘acknowledgment of every good thing’ ‘Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God’ – James 1:17 TLB. This is why I say grace before a meal. It’s acknowledging I am blessed with food and thankful not only eating it but also for those who prepared and served it. It’s good to able to tell people because I am a Christian all things are working together for good, even the bad things life throws at me. It’s not bad luck but there’s a God who is able to turn what is against me into something that is for me. Joseph told his brothers, ‘You meant evil against me but God meant it for good!’ – Genesis 50:20.  Let people know whose you are and whom you serve and that you are thankful for God’s love, care and protection. Inward – ‘which is in you in Christ Jesus’ This is the one main difference between Christianity and every other religion – ‘Christ in your hearts is your only hope of glory’ – Colossians 1:27 TLB. The...

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