Parenting is hard. Period. But Jesus brings His life here too! God understands that parenting will be challenging - remember he has difficult children too! Having a biblical vision for nurturing our kids to adulthood is a responsibility of the whole church family. What we make our focus will ultimately shape their hearts. In the end, we cannot bear the total responsibility. If our children are to have real faith we must lead them on a journey of grasping, receiving and experiencing it for themselves. We need help… lots of help! Jesus brings life to the full.
Friendship is a gift from God - this is never more clear than when viewed from the perspective of scripture. In Jesus' commandment to 'Love your Neighbour', the bar is raised in terms of friendships. In this talk, we look at the value of 'True Friendship' and the sacrifice that it often requires. Fortunately, in Jesus, we find the perfect friend - from that place of security, we can go on the journey together.
Refugees have been a hot topic in the media for as long as one can remember, however, in recent years, there are more dividing opinions on them than ever. This also includes the Church, and how she responds to the issue of those who have had to leave their home and loved ones behind and seek sanctuary elsewhere. But we’re all refugees of something; from persecution for political opinion, religious belief, or ethnicity, to secularism in many Western nations. In this talk, we’ll look at the what it means to welcome and care for the sojourners as well as first-hand stories of those who have had to flee their home.
According to British Medical Journal, death rates are falling in the UK. The more I think about this, surely this isn’t right - as far as I’m aware 100% of people still die! With a lot of death all around us, with death approaching us day by day, how does Christianity offer something radical, unique, phenomenal compared all other worldviews and beliefs? How can The Apostle Paul say with full confidence that in the midst of persecution and death, ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’? How can that be? What does Jesus offer that's so different? Has death, ‘the last enemy’, really been beaten once and for all?
We live in a world where singleness can be viewed very negatively. There is a strong pressure to be in a relationship with a partner. The challenges of singleness can also be great. But the Apostle Paul and Jesus himself lived the single life….a life that Jesus described as 'Life to the Full'! How are we to encourage each other in the church and address all the benefits and all the challenges that go with being single? How does God’s family step up to the mark of biblical teaching? How can single men and women lead a life of purpose against the cultural tide of the times? Rob Earl and Lou Watts today unpack some of these issues from personal experience and a biblical viewpoint.