Pending Deadline

August 23, 2019

First it was cold calls and now a flood of media adverts telling us the deadline on 29 August to claim because of the PPI scandal. The various leading institutions have set aside billions over the years to cover the compensation for their mis-selling.  It is a sad story of greed by sellers and misinformation given to customers who were not aware they were paying for something they neither asked for nor needed.

Is Christianity just another scandal? Is there any need for church beyond hatch, match and dispatch?

In a world run by money, it is easy to see the church as just another institution trying to make a profit, yet if you speak to Christians the reason we want people to know about Jesus Christ isn’t financial, but personal. Jesus has changed our lives for the better and given us hope in a world that often seems hopeless.

Unlike with PPI there is no pending deadline for you to call on your local church and experience the benefits it may bring.

About the Author:

David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Northern England, the Midlands and Wales.

 

More than money can buy

November 29, 2013

Millions of Dollars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is something worth?

This week the word of God went on sale and sold for $14.2 million dollars, making it the most expensive book auction ever!

This Puritan translation of the Hebrew Psalms broke all the records when it sold in New York. Dating back to the time of the early American settlers in the US, it has tremendous historical interest for the US, a bit like the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels have for UK history.

What the Psalms themselves discuss may be of even more value. They are a collection of songs attributed mainly to the biblical king David. They are “the words of the Lord” which are “flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times” (Psalm 12:6); more valuable perhaps than the flawless egg-sized white diamond that sold, also this week, for $30 million dollars in Hong Kong.

How much are we worth?

Interestingly, the Psalms explain that we are of great value to God. They talk of a special purchase: “the ransom for a human life is costly, no payment is ever enough” (Psalms 49:8). It’s referring to the price that Jesus Christ was willing to pay for us, to save us from ourselves.

Maybe something is only worth the highest price that someone will pay. Does the highest bidder determine the value?

As for Jesus, to him we are worth more than money can buy, more than all the riches you can imagine. For us he paid the ultimate price: he gave his life. From his perspective, we were worth the price, just as the buyer thought that little book of Psalms from 1640 was worth millions.

How precious you and I are to God.

james.henderson@gracecom.org.uk