All in Christian Living

Consider Your Ways: Build the House

Do you need to be encouraged? You carry about your day half-heartedly, routinely or unproductively. It could be that this discouragement is the reason why you don’t contribute like you ought to build into your local church. The origin of discouragement is ignorance of what God is doing and how God is working. We lose sight of His purposes. In the book of Haggai, we find about 50,000 who have been released from exile and begun to settle again in the land of their origin. Building the House of the Lord was once thrilling but now they’re discouraged to restart the project that was halted. The LORD raised up prophets Zechariah and Haggai to encourage the people. Hearing and obeying the voice of the LORD is the sure remedy to discouragement. May we all hear the word of the LORD by Haggai and be encouraged to build the house.

The Proverbial Leader

A leadership role should never just fall into someone’s lap. A path of spiritual education is needed to equip men for the tremendous responsibility of leading God’s people. Joshua was no exception. He too needed to be challenged, encouraged, and made willing to learn from others. This godly man saw victories for God long before he was formally recognized as Moses’s successor.

Moral Quandaries in the Workplace: Vice

The ‘shop window’ of every workplace looks pristine and morally impeccable. Many companies and employers present an image of consummate professionalism; however, behind the polished exterior there are a few skeletons lurking. Since the Bible teaches the depravity of man, we should not be surprised to see corruption and vice in every area of life - workplace included.

Turn Away My Eyes

With videos replacing, photographs, emoji’s replacing words and our society becoming more and more image based, our eyes have never had more time to look at things. All around us people are addicted and distracted to death, constantly glued to small black boxes with HD pixels. What’s everyone looking at? Says the Psalmist - worthless things.

Moral Quandaries in the Workplace: Introduction

The modern workplace can be a moral minefield for some people, where issues aren’t always black and white, and from time to time we all feel the pressure of compromise pressing in on us. Whether it’s the socialising, the gambling, the gossiping, the complaining, the slandering, the coveting, the jesting or a host of other dubious issues, there are days when we struggle to stay afloat in the moral quagmire of the 21stcentury workplace. The people of God have always faceddifficulties in this sphere, but the word of God can lead us through the murkiest of waters and help us not only to survive but to thrive in our work. Before addressing the specific dilemmas we face, this article will have a cursory glance at the Bible’s theology on work.

The Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is pivotal in our Christian walk. Understanding this key concept will enable us to push forward in the things of God without getting bogged down. Although Solomon wrote to instruct his son Rehoboam in these wonderful truths, we too can learn from the steps which lead us to the fear of the Lord.

The Errors of Phariseeism

Taking away from the word of God constitutes serious error, and we all shudder at the heresies of theological liberalism – going doctrinally askew is something we scrupulously avoid. However, adding to the word of God is equally wrong and equally erroneous (Rev 22:18-19), and one that we should be at pains to eschew. This seemed to be part of the reason why the Pharisees went so wrong; adding to the word of God might have started small and with good intentions, but it quickly spiralled out of control into a convoluted, hypocritical, and legalistic system.

My Genuine Child

Paul wrote to two younger men on separate occasions to reiterate the work he had given them while with them. Timothy, he left in Ephesus, while Titus he left on Crete. When you read what they were to do it becomes clear that these were not shy and retiring young men. They were emboldened and prepared to face down error where it reared its ugly head. They were commendable young men.

Alone in Company

Loneliness has long since known to be hazardous. We all associate with someone who prefers their own company, and from time to time we all favour a period of solitude, whether it be for concentration or meditation. However, it is generally true that human beings are made for companionship, yet, 9 million people in the UK state that they are always or often alone. This illustrates the point: most prefer company, but 1 in 5 is lonely. Our society has all the connectivity it requires and more, and yet the disconnection of loneliness is higher than ever.

The Secret of a Prosperous Spiritual Life

As a young man with a young family, I have grappled with the problem of how to prioritize my responsibilities to myself, my family, and the assembly. I am quite sure I’m not alone in this difficulty. Although he was writing about three thousand years ago in a different cultural setting, the psalmist offers some relevant guidance. The individual is brought to the forefront with the phrase, “every one” (v 1), for what is about to be said must influence each of us.

Teaching in the Upper Room: Comfort for the Troubled Heart–Words Of Strength [2]

If you address an audience with word of comfort, there will always be a listening ear. Speaking a word of consolation to an individual can be refreshment to their soul. When the Lord Jesus addressed His disciples, He had a room full of young men who were deeply troubled. In this article, we will resume considering the confusion and sadness that the disciples were experiencing in the upper room and how the Lord sought to comfort their troubled hearts.

Knowing Things Vs. Loving People

In reading through 1 Corinthians lately I was reminded of a conversation I had recently about the supposed dichotomy between doctrine and love; the tension between knowing things and loving people. On the face of it, it looks clear. Here is the verse in question (I’ve abbreviated it to the present it in the form in which it was explained to me in my recent conversation);

Running after God

The prophet Jeremiah could not understand why the wicked people around him seemed to prosper. Called by God to pronounce sentence on the rebellious nation of Judah, he saw no repentance in response to his preaching, and no sign of imminent judgment on the horizon. On the contrary, sinful men and women carried on as normal with nothing to check their selfish behaviour, while Jeremiah, with his unpopular message of coming judgment, became the special target of their hostility. Should he relax his methods and message?