It can be hard to know what to do when our heroes fail. Our media is always telling us that people are heroes or villains, and it’s easy to see people in these clear categories. But in the story of David we can see that even one of the greatest figures of the Bible was capable of incredibly destructive sin. In this we can see that we’re all capable of being both heroes and villains–and we all need to be saved by a hero who lived without sin, and who could make us white as snow.
When Christ stood on trial, it looked as though he was powerless, and doomed to death. But in this moment, there was a great irony: Jesus Christ, the one being condemned, is actually the who would judge all people, was being condemned. In this moment, everything was turned on its head. And for us, as we face Jesus, it’s a real wake-up call to consider where we are placing our identity.
As we start the new year, there can be a sense that we’re starting life afresh. After a few weeks, though, the resolutions and the newness always seem to fade away. But if we trust in Christ, there’s a genuine sense in which we can become new this year (and any time). We can die to sin, and be alive to God in Christ Jesus: the only way to make our lives new this new year.
The end of the year gives us an opportunity to reflect on all the ways God’s been faithful to us. In all of the good and all of the difficult things we’ve faced, God knows we struggle to find words to bring them to him, and so he gives us the words himself. And in the final Psalm, we see the final act of our story: all our voices, for all eternity, will be praising God.
The recording has a prayer of thanksgiving mid-way through, and finishes with a performed version of Psalm 150, written by Noralyn.
What do you do when you get nagging doubts about your own credibility? Can you authentically keep going? In this talk, Peter Kutuzov takes us through how we must bank on Jesus’ obedience instead of our own. Because the hill Jesus died on is the only moral high ground you have.
What does it feel like to have a heart at peace? How can we wean ourselves off of the gifts of God to get to a place where we’re content to simply have God himself – to sit in his lap like a little child? In this talk, Philip McGann takes us through the Psalm which is thought to be the “easiest to read and hardest to learn.” And he provides helpful tips along the way to check the health levels of our fickle human heart.
Christmas is the time of year we celebrate a saviour who came into this world to seek and save the lost. But according to the angels’ first announcement of Jesus’ coming, in order to be found by God we need to get God’s favour so that we can have peace with God. And this is what Christmas is all about: God’s gift of peace to us in the form of a baby, Jesus.
Three times in Luke 23 Jesus is tempted to save himself … And why not? He’s the Son of God, he could have jumped down off the cross anytime and wiped out the ‘bad guys’. But even though we might tend toward saving ourselves from difficult situations, Jesus didn’t. Why? Because Jesus came to give himself in order to save us.