The Trump phenomenon is revealing the cracks and fissures in society in the USA and in much of the world. Divisions that were already in place have surfaced. Those that accuse Trump of hatred of women and of sexist rhetoric remained silent while President Bill Clinton was using an office in the White House to firm up his alliance between himself and a Jewish attraction – Monica Lewinsky, the woman he “did not have sexual relations with”. The American people turned a blind eye to the various indiscretions of President Clinton. It would appear that in American society,
“You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine” (Leviticus 20:26)
This verse from Leviticus explains that to be holy, one is separated from all other peoples, by the Lord, to the Lord. We are His possession.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25)
“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6 KJV). Some versions say, “… fan into flame the gift of God”.
The Christmas controversy has begun again during the season of “goodwill to all men”. Christmas has become something of a Donald Trump in church circles. The Good News that was proclaimed to the shepherds as they watched their flocks by night turns sour for some. The time of Jesus’ birth, on the evidence of shepherds watching the flocks, along with other biblical evidences can presumptively be said, not to have been December 25th. I think most Christians have been aware of that for many years. We can’t be quite so sure of the exact date that He was b
2016 has been a year of challenges on international and national levels, as well as our own personal struggles and trials. We are close to the end of this year, and people are looking forward to 2017, a new year and a new approach to solving the world’s problems. Some look forward in excitement; and others with trepidation.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
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 day for families and was deceptively normal. Little did we realise what lay ahead, and the challenges we were to face and deal with, in relationships, and practical challenges of a costly nature. I wondered as I looked around the crowds of people, how many are aware of God and give thanks
I was fascinated by candyfloss as a child, watching how it mysteriously built up on a stick. It appeared to come from thin air. And then when you put it into your mouth it just melted away again.