The Good Samaritan’s 12 Question Tool

The Good Samaritan’s 12 Question Tool

Although giving in the Church has been getting bad publicity lately due to the behaviour of a few preachers and tele-evangelists, it is still central to our faith. God demonstrated His love by giving. God gave His only Son, Jesus, to love us and reconcile us to Himself. Giving therefore is a great deal in Christianity. It is especially important when you would like to learn how to steward God’s love in the world. In this respect, what specific kind of giving fits into the framework of God’s love for us? Well, I am going to share with you a transformative perspective of giving that most people are not aware of on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). The parable is simple and straight forward. Three persons, a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan...

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How to receive God’s love

I grew up thinking that receiving God’s love was complicated requiring a special kind of person and lots of determination. I thought that only some type of people could receive God’s love, and only after they worked so hard at it or got some kind of a break. Like an angelic visitation. I have discovered since that receiving God’s love is the easiest thing to do. It is all about knowing how much God loves. I have written a book, Receiving God’s Love. In it, I go into greater detail about how to receive God’s love. But the basis is this: the Greatest Commandment in the Bible is “love God and love your neighbour.” But receiving God’s love depends on the fact that you are created in the image of God. Being created in...

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How Jesus processes our suffering

How Jesus processes our suffering

In the Bible, the instance Jesus first encountered Saul of Tarsus shows us God’s true character. Saul, on orders of the High Priest, was on his way to Damascus to deal with a group of people who had fallen under what the religious establishment considered a dangerous heresy – the first Christians. In Acts 9:4b (NIV), Jesus appeared to Saul and said: “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?” Notice that, although Saul had never met Jesus until this point, Jesus did not acknowledge the Christians Saul was persecuting. Instead, without any narration, Jesus accused Saul of directly persecuting him. Jesus owned the entire persecution and suffering that the first Christians were going through. This is how closely Jesus associates himself with the suffering of...

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