Monthly Archives: January 2018

Trusting in rubble?!

Isaac Watts wrote (When I Survey):

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

  That were an off’ring far too small,

  Love so amazing, so divine

  Demands my life, my soul, my all.

Yet, we all know the struggle of giving up things for Jesus. In Acts 19, we see the threat Jesus brings to the town of Ephesus.

Demetrius, the silversmith who made shrines of the goddess Artemis, gathered the town and warned of the financial and social danger the gospel of Jesus would bring to their town.

He was right. Following Jesus comes at great cost.

Sadly, what he didn’t see was that only Jesus can give us what lasts and satisfies forever. And that what he worshipped, and put his trust in, now stands as a pile of rubble.

Let’s pray we give ourselves fully to Jesus.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

The Word goes forward despite persecution

For many Christians in the world, persecution for their faith in Jesus as Lord is normal.

Open Doors’ 2018 Watch List states 215 million Christians experience persecution: https://www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/world-watch-list/

Overall, persecution has increased for Christians in the last year. This includes aspects of private life, family life, community life, national life, and church life.

This should disturb us and drive us to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world. But, at the same time, it ought not surprise us.

As we read Acts, persecution has closely followed the preaching of the world right from the start of the church.

The message of Acts is: keep on sharing Jesus. The Word must go forward, despite persecution, to our dying world.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.