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Are you interested in knowing more about this important topic from a biblical perspective? David Pearce explored this topic on the 25th August and shares his thoughts drawn from the Bible. View David’s Power Point slides where he un-picks the topic under the following themes:
- God’s spirit at work
- the Birth of Jesus
- What is Holy Spirit?
- The Spirit is not part of the Trinity
- The Holy Spirit Today
View: Holy Spirit PPT (PDF)
If you wish to read more on this important topic go and read the short booklet – The Holy Spirit.
All of us suffer in some form or the other. But help is, and always has been, at hand.
SUFFERING is a problem in life that comes home to everyone. A child is born blind, deformed or mentally afflicted; and the question comes: Why? The child has done no harm.
A man or woman of fine character and in the prime of life is racked with pain in a hopeless disease that can only end in death. Why him? Why her? These are the people who can least be spared.
Millions in the world are suffering semi-starvation and disease in countries with vast populations and little fertility. Others perish or are made homeless in floods and earthquakes. Why should they suffer?
Pain, torture and death have been imposed on helpless millions by the tyranny of man and the destructiveness of modern war. Countless lives are lost in acts of terrorism, by brutality and hijacking. Accidents there have always been, but the scale of today’s disasters and natural calamities is often overwhelming: a passenger aircraft crashes; an oil rig blows up; fire traps hundreds in an underground train. People ask: Why does God allow it?
The questions readily rise to mind and on the surface seem reasonable: yet a candid look at them shows that they carry certain implications. They imply that suffering in human life is inconsistent either with the power or with the love of God: that as a God of love either He has not the power to prevent the suffering, or if He has the power then He has not the will, and is not a God of love. It is assumed that the prevention of suffering as it now affects the apparently innocent is something we should expect from a God of love who is also Almighty. Are these assumptions justified?
Where do you stand on the question of belief in God? Most people have some faith, but many have doubts as well. So how can we find out if the faith we have is realistic? Is it justified? Lets look at three things that help to make foundations for your faith and for my faith.
First, take the world we live in. Look at all the forms of life showing outstanding beauty and intricate complexity. The alternative to believing in God as the great creator is to accept that all these things around us evolved by chance. Surely though a conviction that God designed the world and carried the design into action is much more credible than accepting that we live in something that came about through a gigantic accident.
The second foundation for our faith is the Bible. Without a belief in God and a conviction that He inspired men to write about their faith, we have one frightening alternative. If there was no inspiration the Bible is a conspiracy to deceive. Its authors were all conspirators. The reality is that the Bible is repeatedly proved true. Each new archaeological discovery shows the Bible to be right. So do the many prophecies that have accurately predicted events.
Finally, what about the inner desire that we have to find a meaning and purpose to life? If we live in a world that came about by chance with no reliable spiritual guidance, why do we search for meaning and purpose? We search because the Bible tells us that we are made in God’s image, the image of the creator. The Bible also tells us that there is much more to life than the daily round.
A foundation for anything that we intend to build on must be sufficiently strong and have true lines. The foundations we have looked at have intense strength and their lines are true.
Most of us have our good moments when we experience fleeting happiness. But they are always too good to last, and the thankless struggle goes on -trying to cope with worry, despair, and life’s emptiness.
Real lasting happiness is not something we can get for ourselves. The very act of trying to get happiness drives it away.
There’s really no mystery about real happiness. Put in the right ingredients and it must come out. The only recipe comes from God – in His Book, the Bible. The vital ingredient of happiness is obedience to God and faith that He will provide it. God promises happiness to those who trust in Him. The Bible says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.” This doesn’t mean freedom from the problems of everyday life, or exclusion from the crises that come to everyone from time to time. But it does mean contentment – even in the face of adversity – and the ability to see the certain future through the clouds of our present troubles.
Mental turmoil, anxious days and sleepless nights can wear us out in mind and body. And yet there is no need to suffer such wear and tear. Jesus, the Son of God, tells us that he came to show us the way. If we try to do what he tells us, we can have and enjoy, full lives. And he means happiness to be with us all the time – not Just on a greetings card.
Jesus proved that every obstacle to true peace and happiness can be overcome through trust in God, and obedience to Him. That’s why he said: “Be of good cheer,” – that is, be happy – “I have overcome the world,” he says. He had overcome every doubt, fear, and anxiety.
Happiness is doing God’s will. It really works.
Why not give it a try?