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Posted on Nov 4, 2014

Christ Meets All Our Needs

Christ Meets All Our Needs

  It has been over 70 years since Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Human Motivation and Needs’ was published and it has since gained immense popularity across the areas of business and personal development. The theory illustrates a list of human needs that must be met for one to achieve ‘self-actualisation’ and it reflects much of the contemporary psychological models that are focused on providing people with self-esteem. A vast industry exists to help people to begin to believe, express and to just be themselves, which is hardly surprising when many people experience low self-esteem that may stem from their childhood, broken relationships, tragedy, and the ferociously competitive environment of work and society in general. Of course, life as a believer in Jesus Christ does not preclude anyone from understanding more about oneself because the quest for one’s identity is essential to fully understanding the characteristic and skills the Lord has bestowed upon you for the ultimate use of glorifying Him. However, a Christian must be careful not to follow the...

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Posted on Jul 11, 2013

Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ?

  To consider who Jesus Christ is you need to expose yourself to his claims, character and power. Read the Gospels and Jesus Christ will be revealed.  Philip Schaff, a 19th Century Swiss theologian wrote a very useful insight into the impact Christ has had on our lives and throughout the World: Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon. Without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and schools combined. Without the eloquence of schools, He spoke words of life such as never were spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of any orator or poet; Without writing a single line, He has set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and sweet songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times. Born in a manger, and crucified as a malefactor, He...

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Posted on Jun 7, 2013

Know Your History!

Know Your History!

  Some weeks ago I had entered into a rather challenging conversation with a lady in Denby Dale whilst handing out leaflets inviting people to attend our Church service. The lady was clearly well read and was interested in history and philosophy and I’m afraid my knowledge on such matters does not go to any great depths, as far back as World War I really. Anyway, I made a simple attempt to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but as the conversation ended, her parting comment has reverberated in my mind ever since – “know your history”. It was apparent that my feeble attempt to converse with this particular lady had left her with an awareness of my lack of knowledge. Some may think this is an issue of pride on my part, not being able to compete on an intellectual level, and they’d be right. But there is an issue here that affects all Christians. Do Christians know about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ?...

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Posted on Apr 4, 2013

There is no number too small for the Lord

There is no number too small for the Lord

Our God likes it when the numbers are not in our favour. There are plenty of examples in the bible where The Lord either allows or actively makes the numbers hopeless. When Gideon was getting ready to face the Midianite and Amalakite forces, The Lord told him he had too many men. Despite the fact that in a battle you cannot have too many men, The Lord actively reduced the Israelite numbers from 22,000 to 300 saying, ‘You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, “My own strength has saved me.” And in the case of the widow of Zarephath, The Lord waits until the widow has just a handful of flour and a little oil in a jar, before the prophet comes and says, For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2013

The power behind the pew

The power behind the pew

  TEC will be 27 years old in August, 2013. When the church was founded in 1986, it had a congregation which numbered little more than a handful, but today there are regularly over 50 people present on Sunday mornings. So what has changed? Well not a lot. If you were to come and visit, you would still find the same things going on. Hymns are still sung, prayers are still said without rehearsal and the bible is still read publically, believed whole heartedly and preached feelingfully. The fact that people come is not the whole story. TEC may buck the current dwindling church congregation trend, but that is no coincidence. The local churches were once populated by a similar people to those found at TEC regularly today. They were men and women who had experienced radical conversion; from darkness to light, from condemnation to reconciliation, from guilty to innocent, from lovers of the world to lovers of God. Theirs was not a religion of outward church going, but...

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