Advocating God’s Truth

The world in which we live is getting darker, more depraved and full of evil as every year passes.  There is a sense of urgency in what God is wanting to say to those who will hear.  His heart longs for His people to hear His voice and heed His warnings… before it’s too late.

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.   You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5 – 6)

Much of the Church is sleeping, unaware of what is unfolding.   Additionally, the church is full of broken, damaged people, desperately in need of freedom and healing as  false doctrine abounds.   Emmaus seeks to speak for God, urging His sons and daughters to hear and respond to what He is saying, to learn and discern the truth, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and become obedient disciples and ambassadors for Christ.

 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

SERVE THE KING!

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Our Lord and King came not to be served, but to serve so; “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow…’   (Phil 2:5-10) The concept of a servant king is somewhat alien to our understanding, for ordinarily it is kings who are served by others.  Jesus demonstrated something remarkable, something that challenged contemporary thinking during His time on earth and still does today.  As God and King, He came to earth to represent His Father, teach about the kingdom of heaven and prove it by manifesting kingdom power and authority with signs and wonders.  He knew that “a servant is not greater than him who sent him”, words He shared with His disciples just before the last supper, after He’d washed their feet.  He was teaching them an important point – that they too were called to humble themselves and serve the kingdom and God as He was. However, in 21st century England, servitude carries negative connotations.  Perhaps the notion of servant-hood conflicts with our imperialist past?   Modern society places so much emphasis on...

THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH & NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) The above words, declared daily in Magistrates and Crown courts the length of Britain, are meant to bind people by swearing an oath on the Bible, to tell the truth.   Ironically, such a request for an oath on the bible is actually in direct opposition to God’s word,  for Jesus expressly commanded: “But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.  All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”  (Matthew 5:34-37) Words echoed by James: “But above all my brethren, do not swear either by heaven or earth or with any other oath.  But let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no”, be “no”, lest you fall into judgment. (James 5:12) The British justice system, whose role is to establish truth in court, opens proceedings by asking people to make an oath in opposition to God’s word, yet will convict the righteous for doing the Lord’s will.  Recently two street preachers were convicted for committing a ‘religiously aggravated public order offence’, which falls under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.’ [i] Both were fined and one, a UK citizen, may well have a ‘Criminal Behaviour Order’ (CBO) [ii]imposed upon him restricting his ability to share the gospel publicly.  A CBO (replaced ASBOs’ in 2014) can stay on...

COPING WITH BETRAYAL

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Betrayal is one of the worst things that can happen to us:  it causes great pain, anguish, disappointment, destroys trust and leaves us feeling vulnerable.  It causes us to question our own judgment and can induce feelings of anger and revenge, or cause us to slide into self condemnation and depression, none of which are godly responses. Many of the great figures in the bible suffered betrayal and to be honest it goes with the Christian walk.  Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, Abel was killed by Cain, Samson was betrayed by Delila and Jesus was betrayed by Judas.  Paul suffered it, many of the apostles did too, as people they trusted and discipled turned and tried to harm them. “The saddest thing about betrayal is it never comes from your enemies.”-  Unknown Betrayal in families, between friends or work colleagues, or in business can be as just as devastating as any betrayal within the body of Christ.   Friends in church, or a church leader even may have betrayed you?    Moses was betrayed many times as he tried to lead the people out of Egypt.   The Israelites turned on him time and again, even to the point of wanting to stone him at Mt Sinai.   His calling was so great, yet so lonely, because no-one really understood him.  It’s hard sometimes to find words to express what God has called you to do, especially in our modern secular Greek-thinking world.  God’s ways are so different to man’s, yet man thinks he know it all, when really he knows nothing.   God’s ways and thoughts are so...