Christian Life

Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 4

How Does Pastoral Care Happen? The bottom line principal of biblical pastoral care is that it is the ministry of every member of the church, rather than of only a select few within the church. Every Christian is to love one another. Until every member sees this as their responsibility the church will not be… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 4

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Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 3

We Still Need to Love One Another Just because the activities we have traditionally associated with pastoral care are not in keeping with the biblical language, does render them unimportant activities. All that it means is that we’ve started to call it by a different name. In fact, what people often mean when they use… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 3

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Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 2

A Brief Biblical Theology of Pastoral Care Although “pastoral care” is not a phrase that is found in the Bible, the concept behind it surely is. The term “pastoral” comes from the Latin for “shepherd”. In other words, pastoral care is the care given by shepherds to their flock or pastors (elders) to their churches.… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 2

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Are we confused about pastoral care?

The Importance of Pastoral Care  Love One Another If we take pastoral care under the general umbrella of loving one another then at least three reasons emerge as to why pastoral care is vital for the life of the church.  Apart from worship (loving God), our highest moral responsibility as God’s people is to love… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care?

Devotions, resources, seasonal

On Earth As In Heaven — Think Theology

https://www.youtube.com/embed/0tjKNsDzczc Fifty years ago today an event happened that changed our view of the world forever. Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were blasted into space on the Apollo 8 mission and became the first human beings to see the dark side of the moon and the first to witness “Earthrise.”That famous photo of the…… Continue reading On Earth As In Heaven — Think Theology

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Happiness and Task Completion

Ecclesiastes 2: 4-11 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I… Continue reading Happiness and Task Completion

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Is there any point to pleasure?

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;     I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labour,     and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done     and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;… Continue reading Is there any point to pleasure?

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Temporary and Lasting Pleasure

I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless. ‘Laughter,’ I said, ‘is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?’ I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly – my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was… Continue reading Temporary and Lasting Pleasure

Bible Studies, Christian Life

STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task… Continue reading STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?