There are so many shifts in world leadership at the moment.The unease in the middle east.What kind of a leader do we need to put this nation right, is the question that is asked in many countries today.?
Today as we draw to a close Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church, we have seen how he keeps bringing us back to ask “How Jesus on the move in your life?” As Paul writes this letter from jail, he is uncertain about his future. What we see is how Paul’s overall concern remains for the Philippian Christian, and how he longs to see them mature in their faith and apply Jesus as Lord in their daily lives by looking out for the interests of others in the church, and running to win the prize of eternity with Jesus; that is pressing on to finish the race. Paul now draws his letter to its end
Eric Liddel we know of because of the movie “Chariots of Fire” while he was studying at the University of Edinburgh. He was selected to represent Scotland in the 1924 Paris Olympics in the 100m dash, and tipped to be their first gold medal winner ever in the Olympic Games. Liddel’s troubles started when months before the race he found out the heats were to be held on a Sunday.
According to a survey done this year in Great Britain, Brits only trust three people, …Almost 1 in 10 adults admit they don’t always feel they can trust their mum,…7% don’t have any faith in their father. 1 in 20 even distrust their own partner and almost 3 in 10 don’t feel they can depend on their colleagues. Others admit they don’t always trust their children, grandparents or even their best friend. Worryingly, almost 1 in 5 don’t trust anyone at all. But it also emerged the lack of trust could be with good reason as the average adult will be betrayed 3 times a year… Researchers from OnePoll.com revealed Brits consider integrity, honesty, dependability and consistency to be a person’s most trustworthy characteristics. Conversely, sneakiness, manipulative behaviour and selfishness are the least trustworthy qualities, along with promiscuity, a lack of empathy and no sense of humour.
What are you thankful for? According to readers digest’s Anne O. Kubitsky who started the “Look for the Good Project” Anne asked people for postcards with their answer, to what people were thankful for. She got thousands of responses from around the globe. One of these postcards from Judith Barbour Osborne simply reads a thankfulness for life. Here’s how she described it:
“Art, poetry, friends, health, freedom, peace, seasons, wisdom, beauty, joy, spiritual inspiration, family, love, creativity, harmony, nature, generosity, simplicity, energy, joy, and more joy.” —Judith Barbour Osborne
Riding on a bus to work one day a man overheard a conversation between two women. These woman were talking about a book Scott Peck’s The road less traveled, and so this bloke butted asking why was she reading that book? The woman replied a friend had given it to her and had said that it had changed her life. He asked what the book about? “a sort of life guide book” was the reply, so this woman began flipping through the chapter titles…Discipline, Love, Grace…the man stopped her right there “What’s grace ?” “I don’t know I haven’t got that far” the woman replied and in some ways across many of our churches we ask the same question “what’s grace? This is where we find ourselves today as we drill down into grace alone: stronger than vengeance, stronger than racism, stronger than hate. As we read in Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Sola Fide, Faith Alone. How does faith work for how you live? Have you ever wondered how are we are declared right with God by God by faith alone? Martin Luther’s understanding ‘justification by faith alone’ was the spiritual turning point of his life. Luther was born 1483 in Germany
and was training to be a lawyer until one day he was caught in a bad thunderstorm. He was nearly struck by lightning and thrown to the ground he vowed he would become a monk. In 1512 Luther began teaching as a Bible Professor at the University of Wittenberg in Germany where he also became the priest for the Wittenberg Church. These Wiitenberg years were also for him his greatest spiritual turmoil he knew that it was important to be friends with God. Luther thought he could make that happen by doing good things himself. Luther had tried all manner of ways to justify himself to find peace with God. He tried sleeping on hard floors, and fasting. He tried crawling up a staircase while praying. The monastic life was harsh a daily routine of self-denial and confession and masses and absolution, good works. Luther had tried it all; for Luther none of it brought to him the peace with God he thirsted for. The breakthrough came when Luther was meditating on Romans 1:17
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church