Living Today

Articles from Christian teachers and leaders. Designed to help you as you follow Jesus here in Vanuatu

Who am I? Part 1

Ever struggled with “who you are?”

You know… that voice that says you are defeated, or have nothing, or not beautiful etc.

Have a read of these LIFE GIVING VERSES then remind yourself that IN CHRIST… you have everything you need.

 

I AM –

God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God

1 Peter 1:23

Forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood

Ephesians 1:7 / Hebrews 9:14 / Colossians 1:14 / 1 John 1:9 / 1 John 2:12

A new creature

2 Corinthians 5:17

The Temple of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 6:19

Delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom

Colossians 1:13

Redeemed from the curse of the law

1 Peter 1:18, 19 / Galatians 3:13

Blessed

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 / Galatians 3:13

A Saint

Romans 1:7 / 1 Corinthians 1:2 / Philippians 1:1

The head and not the tail

Deuteronomy 28:13

Above only and not beneath

Deuteronomy 28:13

Holy and without blame before Him in love

1 Peter 1:16 / Ephesians 1:4

Elect

Colossians 3:12 / Romans 8:3

Established to the end

1 Corinthians 1:8

Victorious

Revelations 21:7

Set Free

John 8:31,32,33

Strong in the Lord

Ephesians 6:10

Dead to sin

Romans 6:2,11 / 1 Peter 2:24

More than a conqueror

Romans 8:37

Joint heirs with Christ

Romans 8:17

Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise

Ephesians 1:13

In Christ Jesus by His doing

1 Corinthians 1:30

Accepted in the beloved

Ephesians 1:6

Mark & Cindy

 

Living out Faith in a Hostile World

Living out Faith in a Hostile World

You don’t have to look any further than the most recent headlines to see that we live in uncertain times. Many people think the world has never been more hostile to Christians than it is now, especially since the cancel culture continues to target people who aren’t seen as politically correct. Being a Christian in a deeply secularised society is a growing challenge. Everyone’s truth seems to be accepted unless you’re a Christian. So how do we live out our faith in such a hostile world? With...

read more
Blessed to be a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

Numbers 6:24-26 says Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. If we could shrink the Earth’s population into a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. There would be: 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the western hemisphere, both north and south, 8 Africans 52 females; 48 males 80 living in...

read more
When All Seems Lost

When All Seems Lost

Now what? That’s something that all of us have said to ourselves at one time or another. In his new message, ‘When All Seems Lost’, Pastor Jeff Vines covers the topics of marriage and keeping relationships strong. Jeff offers encouragement for those of us who are struggling with chaos and feeling lost. God does not give His law arbitrarily. When God tells us He wants us to live in certain parameters and by certain precepts, He does it because He loves us. If He’s the creator and sustainer of...

read more
Compassion and Action

Compassion and Action

The crewmembers on board Logos Hope all left their homes at one point to come on board the ship to live and work together with others from around the world. They exchanged their familiar environments for a very unique accommodation – a ship – which sooner or later they also call their home for a specific amount of time. They all do know though, that there are many people in the world, who are longing for a place to stay in which they can experience peace and safety. The refugees who leave...

read more
Dad’s Toolkit

Dad’s Toolkit

It’s a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the value of family, and in particular the role of dads. What are your strengths as a parent? Are there some areas you could grow in? How do you begin your journey of becoming the parent God has called you to be? Brett and Kate Ryan from Focus on the Family, have created a ‘Dad’s Toolkit’ that’s full of ideas on how dad’s can improve themselves. It contains things like conversation starters with your kids, and questions we can ask our dads. Healthy...

read more
Truth, Lies and Financial Freedom

Truth, Lies and Financial Freedom

Many Christians divide their lives into categories. Some things they want Jesus to be a part of, but not others. Because we compartmentalise our Christian lives, according to Pastor Jeff Vines, we instantly assume that everything we don’t devote to God is neutral. God will still love us, but any area that we withhold from Him and think we can handle on our own is a false assumption. C.S. Lewis said, ‘There is no neutral ground in the universe.’ Every square inch, every split second is claimed...

read more
God is always wanting to use us

God is always wanting to use us

Recently, I was clicking through folders and folders of early photos of our kids. From baby age to the present, I just got lost in it for hours.  How good it was to recount the memories, the places we had visited and I just couldn’t hold back giving God the glory for the good things He had done in our family. Towards the end, a certain photo stopped me in my tracks.  You see, over 2yrs ago, our eldest daughter moved to Perth to follow God’s plan for her life. While Cindy and I daily still miss...

read more
Bringing Clarity in Confusing Times

Bringing Clarity in Confusing Times

Dr Kameel Majdali is an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches. He preaches all over the world with an emphasis on the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. He also leads the organisation Teach All Nations, a ministry that is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible. Kameel recently joined the 20Twenty program on Vision Christian Media to share a preview of what to expect in his upcoming Australian tour. His desire is to bring...

read more
God is Always at Work – We’re not Always Seeing It

God is Always at Work – We’re not Always Seeing It

Did you know that God is not waiting for us to pray before He starts to work? It’s not like He’s saying, “Hey church, if you don’t pray, I can’t do anything.” The fact is that God is always “up to something”. He’s purposely been out-working His redemptive plan, a plan that’s been underway since day one, way back in the garden. In fact, before the garden. He’s busy wooing people back to Him.  He’s already working on your neighbour, or friend, or lost family member.  He’s actively in the...

read more
How To Read and Study the Bible

How To Read and Study the Bible

Can you imagine being surrounded by the freshest produce, in the best kitchen with the best utensils, but not knowing how to prepare a meal? For many Christians, that’s exactly what reading the Bible feels like. Simply put, we just don’t know how to utilise it effectively. Ben Windle says you can attend church for many years, listen to a lot of teaching and still not learn how to read the Bible for yourself. Yet there is no better way to fuel our growth than personally engaging with the Bible....

read more

The Word for Today

Training Leaders Who Can Train Others (2)

‘If God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.’ Exodus 18:23 NLT

In Exodus we read: ‘Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said…“What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone… But select capable men… Have them serve as judges… That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain.”’ (Exodus 18:13–23 NIV)

When Jenni Catron was the executive director of a fast-growing church, she said: ‘As a performance-based people-pleaser, I know how Moses must have felt. Quick growth and multiplying campuses… I was trying to lead and manage everything. In the process, I’d become worn out and frustrated. What I was doing wasn’t healthy for our team and the church. In the weeks that followed, we reorganised our staff, empowered leaders with more authority, and developed a pipeline for training and development at all levels. As leaders we must resist the temptation to be heroes and handle it all ourselves. It’s critical to re-evaluate your leadership structure at least once a year. Ministry leadership is tough… but there are things you can do to develop others and spread the responsibility.’

It takes prayer, humility, and patience to develop the right people. But if you delegate wisely, you’ll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people around you will benefit. It’s a win/win for everybody!

SoulFood: Jos 8:30–10:43, John 16:12–18, Ps 2, Pro 28:25–28

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©