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Stories this week include: Israel's most elder statesman is making a slow recovery from a stroke, a spate of random terror attacks hits Israel, Evangelist David Hathaway urges Christian to pray for the Middle East and Israel and waves of Palestinian attacks seen as tip of the iceberg.

We are continuing today with, "Foundations of the Christian Faith," and the title for today is going to be about as foundational as anything could be.  That title is going to be. "The Meaning of Christianity." Turn to Colossians 1:27.  Colossians 1:27 makes the following statement: Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Now I think that in this one sentence -- better than perhaps any other place in the Bible -- is a definition of Christianity.  It tells us the meaning of Christianity:  "Christ in you, the hope of glory."  There is a lot that goes into that, and there's a lot that emerges from it, but in the final analysis, a Christian is one in whom Christ dwells.  Thus, Christianity is, "Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Christ In You Fulfills the Word of God

Now just for a few moments, I want to look at this passage in a little more detail.  I want to back up a bit to verse 25 where Paul begins to talk about his ministry.  He says that he... ...was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which was given to him.

That word, "dispensation," means, "distribution of property."  That's what the word comes from in the New Testament Greek.  And so, Paul is talking about a ministry wherein he is assigned by God the task of receiving the Truth, and then distributing it to other people, through Jesus Christ.  And he says, I was made a minister in this way... ...according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you TO FULFILL THE WORD OF GOD.

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"Our Journey with The Chief...", 21st May 2013, Barbican, London
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Shock result! London is in mourning, but the people have spoken. Legally we have voted out but democracy has taken a real hit as 52%/48% is not really a consensus and can only lead to unrest and uncertainty. Yet we must hold onto the single most important fact. God is in control. We have His attention (I think the storms told us that fact) and now, I believe, we have, as a nation, His favour. How this pans out is hard to call but for those of us who voted "out", it's not a time for mockery or division, we just move on in our lives and, as Christians, get on with the real work of reconciling our nation back to God.

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A re-imagining of the prophet Daniel in a 1940's Film Noir parody.

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It was a beautiful summer’s day and six of us took a few hours out of our busy schedule to enjoy a few hours relaxing together at a country equestrian event.  We sat ourselves down to watch the show-jumping, while others strolled off to the cross-country and dressage events.  It was a d

Middle East Report

Stories this week include: Israel's most elder statesman is making a slow recovery from a stroke, a spate of random terror attacks hits Israel, Evangelist David Hathaway urges Christian to pray for the Middle East and Israel and waves of Palestinian attacks seen as tip of the iceberg.

Olive Tree

My guest today is Jonathan Miles, founder of a charity called Shevet Achim which for over 20 years has brought children with congenital heart disease from Arab nations surrounding Israel for life saving surgery in Israeli hospitals where they receive expert medical care and for the majority, retu

Thinking Differently

Steve Maltz looks ahead to the challenges of 2016

Watching Over Zion

Please note: This is the last report for a few weeks.  The next report will be out on October 6, 2016

The Word: Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves,