Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

John 14

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me… Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (verses 1, 27.)

It is so tempting to look with our earthly eyes and see all the problems, all the difficulties. It is so easy to worry, to be afraid. But we are not to be. We are to believe (the NIV translates it as trust) in God, to believe in Jesus. This belief, this trust, excludes worry, it excludes fear. It makes all things right, not because our circumstances change, but because our hearts do.

I worry a lot. I stress out not only over things that have no eternal importance but also things that have no earthly importance, like whether or not everything from my to-do list is done. This is so far from godliness that it appals me.

God will give us everything we need in order to spend and eternity with Him. There is no need for concern – He has everything sorted out. There is no need to be afraid; not of the little things like keeping things clean, nor of the big things like martyrdom. He holds all things in His hands, and does all for our good. We just need to trust Him, believe Him, and then put our faith into action and follow Him.

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