Meditation. 14.10.2017. Keeping in the ship

KEEPING IN THE SHIP (Acts 27)

Paul was a prisoner in a ship sailing to Rome. It had been a voyage 

of disaster. They had only just started out on the 2nd stage of their

journey when a storm hit. The storm was so bad that they had to

tie the ship together to keep it from falling apart, they threw the

cargo overboard, then the ships tackle overboard. No one ate any-

thing and the storm lasted 14 days.

 

Finally they figured they were near land and threw out the

anchors. The sailors tried to escape by lowering the lifeboat into

the sea but Paul said, "Unless these men stay with the ship you cannot

be saved." (Acts 27 v 31) The soldiers then cut the ropes and the

lifeboat was washed away. After that Paul made everyone eat and

said that God had reassured him that all 276 of them aboard

would be safe, although the boat would be lost.

 

It all happened as Paul said.

Editorial. 17.9.2017. Weighed in the balance?

Some people think that life is a matter of being ‘weighed in the balance’. Good versus bad. If good comes out on top then we will be rewarded after we die.scales

But this is not what the Bible teaches. So what is it all about?

Our meditation for this week, “For you – a free gift” might give you some thoughts on which to ponder.

 

BFG (Bible & Friendship Group) 

If you live in the Taree/Forster area please feel welcome to share in our BFG.

Join with others for a cup of coffee, friendship and Bible based discussion.

For our current studies we are using ‘Old Testament Characters” (Peter Scazzero) as our study guide.

Meditation. 17.9.2017. “For you – a free gift”

I have heard many people criticise Christians because they are not “perfect”. They appear to think that if you have chosen that way of life then you shouldn’t have any faults or ever do wrong.

Ideally that would be so. But it’s not.

There are many people in the world who devote their lives to serving others. We all know and admire someone like that.

But no-one is ever good enough to earn their way to inheriting life forever! It isn’t a matter of balancing the scales or filling entries in the ledger….

Credit: I give to charity, I do voluntary work serving others, I attend church each week…

Debit: I wasn’t quite honest, I’m jealous of my neighbour, I did that in company time…

..so which way do the scales tip?

No, that’s not how it works. No one – not one of us - can earn a place in the kingdom of heaven.

Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God's glory.

But… 

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