DOES HE KNOW YOU?

DOES HE KNOW YOU?

“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:22-23) Can you imagine standing before the Lord on the Day of Judgment, thinking that you knew Him and did great works in his name, and yet His response to you is “I never knew you. Get away from me!” The seriousness of this passage cannot be overlooked. The sobering tragedy here is the understanding that many will think they were in right relationship with Jesus, having done many great works in His name, and yet He tells them He never knew them! They thought they knew Him but they did not. A relationship only works when both parties know each other. It cannot be one-sided. How can a husband know his wife if they don’t spend time together, talking, relating, getting to know everything about each other? How can a daughter know her father if she doesn’t spend time with him? She can know about him, she can know what she’s been told about him, but that is not the same as knowing him by interacting with him, listening to him, talking to him and letting him know her. We can’t know other people unless we allow them to know us, unless we trust them, spend time with them, interact with them, deal with issues with them, relate to them. It is the same with Jesus. How can He know us, if we don’t...
DRAW NEAR TO HIM IN 2015… AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU

DRAW NEAR TO HIM IN 2015… AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU

Each one of us has been called by God to fulfill a specific purpose and to follow a unique path.  When we step off the path God has marked out for us, the consequences can be severe – catastrophic even.  It is written in scripture that we should run the race that has been marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1-2).  That is, we must run our race – not somebody else’s.   If we decide to go our own way and do our own thing or if we try to copy someone else’s race, the consequences can affect not only us but also those around us, potentially causing much hurt and pain.   The enemy will also try to cut in on our race and knock us off course, even onto paths which can appear noble and right, yet it’s not what God wants us to do – this is something of which we need to be aware. Our Father in heaven loves us dearly as His precious children and has invested so heavily in us to the extent of giving us His only begotten Son as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  So when we choose to go our own way, even as believers, we hurt Him, but we also hurt ourselves as there can be painful consequences. When the Israelites were travelling across Sinai under Moses’ leadership, time and again the people tested God’s patience, mercy and love.  Of the six hundred thousand men (plus women and children) who left Egypt, only two of those original men made it into the Promised Land – Joshua and Caleb.  Why? …Because...
A MESSAGE BY CHRISTY ANASTAS – EMMAUS GROUP

A MESSAGE BY CHRISTY ANASTAS – EMMAUS GROUP

A message to the Palestinian People in this time of renewed conflict. By Christy Anastas: Palestinian Christian, Co-Founder of the Emmaus Group As a Palestinian who has lived through war, lost family and friends, and witnessed the futility of conflict, I feel great empathy for Palestinians and Israelis in this time. I understand well the fear that people are living with, hiding in shelters not knowing where the next rocket might land, wondering whether you might be killed at any moment. What saddens me is that again, the suffering of millions of Israelis is not being highlighted, as if they are not human beings. In the last week alone, over 750 rockets have rained on them yet the world, and my people, are not regarding this as a crime against humanity simply because no Israelis have been killed. Under the Geneva Convention, firing missiles indiscriminately at civilian targets is a crime against humanity. They have not considered how Israel cares for her citizens by building a network of bomb shelters, reinforcing buildings and public structures and providing early warning systems for her people. In contrast, the leaders of Gaza, given so much aid by the West, appear to have spent much of it on building and preparing for war, rather than helping or protecting the people. Sadly, militants hide like cowards behind civilians, using public/civilian buildings as cover for launching rockets in order to draw Israeli fire. Women and children are called to be jihadists on rooftops and pay with their lives, defying the IDF’s warnings to evacuate. It breaks my heart to see the one called the enemy,...