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“In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3 NIV

 

 

 

 

 

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:32

 

 


Where is Reality Today?

Reality is Truth.
Reality is the real truth of the here and now.
Truth or reality is not simply what I think or imagine.
Reality is what is.
It is what exists.

Reality is the opposite of falsehood, the opposite of lies.
All the man-made troubles of the world are the results of lies, human lies. Those troubles begin when people are untruthful in some way. Untruth or unreality can be powerfully deceptive. That is true whether it involves an individual, a family, a locality, or nations. Sometimes even well-motivated people can turn a blind eye to the fact that their actions cause harm to others.

Let’s go back to the beginning.
Beginning of what?
The beginning of human life.
The Creator of the universe, the Creator of all life, made the first human beings perfect – replicas of himself. They did no wrong.
God had commanded Adam and Eve not to do one particular thing, not to eat the fruit of a certain tree.
Then Satan came along and told Eve a complete lie about God’s command not to eat from the Tree of Life. When she told him about that command, he cunningly questioned God’s truthfulness. “Has God really said?’
Adam and Eve believed his lie and got evicted from that idyllic Garden.

Lies always have consequences.
And ignoring what God has said always has consequences.
Let’s get back to more reality. That always has good consequences.
Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.‘     John 8:32

The comments about the church in Barvas are based on an account in, ‘Sounds from Heaven’ by Colin and Mary Peckham. It is published by Christian Focus.
Sounds from Heaven

 

What Uncomfortable Word?

Thousands of Israelites escaped from slavery in Egypt many years ago. Under the leadership of Moses, they travelled to God’s ‘Promised Land’.
During their journey through the desert, God addressed Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments.
They were the basis of God’s complete moral law which would be valid for all people for all time.

Centuries later in another wilderness, John the Baptist began his brief ministry.
His first recorded words were: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:2
Not long after John began preaching, Jesus emerged from his life of comparative obscurity and began to preach.
He began his ministry similarly to John, saying: “ Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

So why did both John the Baptist and Jesus make repentance the opening focus in their ministries? They would have known that ‘Repent’ has never been a popular command.
Well, go back to those commandments given to the Israelites in the desert by the righteous God.
What was his reaction when they behaved as if his instructions didn’t matter two hoots?
He was not pleased. In fact, many times the Bible speaks of God’s anger being aroused by their sin.

Down through our history, God has often been angered by our corrupt behaviour. Could that be happening today?
Many people are asking whether this virus pandemic was God’s anger because we have arrogantly defied his standards for life.

Well, that mighty word of both John and Jesus is not heard much today.

        ‘REPENT’ doesn’t fit too well into our comfort zone!

 

 

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