Bible readings Acts 26:19-29; Jeremiah 38:14-28 Introduction “Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” (F.B. Meyer). Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the moral resistance of the human will. Disbelief and the pride of independence lead to rebellion. We just want to…… Continue reading Facing the end with disbelief
Obedience and reward
Bible Readings Luke 8:16-18, Joshua 14:6-15 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, For some reason not known to me, I sometimes forget to type the word “not” in a sentence where it is needed. To compound the problem, even proof-reading my now work does not help; I just mentally add “not”…… Continue reading Obedience and reward
Heavenly shaped defence (3): Submission, Humility, Trust
Scripture Readings Psalm 133 1Peter 5:1-9 Introduction My dear friends in the Lords Jesus Christ, Let’s for one moment think of our congregation as an army. We are called to battle because we have an enemy seeking to devour and destroy. The Bible calls him our adversary, or the devil. …your adversary the devil…… Continue reading Heavenly shaped defence (3): Submission, Humility, Trust
God’s call to step up in times of unbridled sin and rebellion
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Today the Lord calls us to be faithful witnesses; He puts before us the tests to remain faithful, more so when circumstances change. The way, the time and places we served in the past might call us to step up as the battle becomes more fierce. Looking at…… Continue reading God’s call to step up in times of unbridled sin and rebellion
God’s providence and care in times of unbridled sin
Well-known theologian Dr R.C. Sproul records this anecdote in one of his books: There was a mountain climber who slipped on a ledge and was about to plummet thousands of feet to his death, but as he started to fall, he grabbed a branch of a tiny, scraggly tree that was growing out of a…… Continue reading God’s providence and care in times of unbridled sin
God’s Word and witness in times of unbridled sin
Morally and spiritually we live in what might be a very low watermark. However, there most probably were times when things looked somewhat worse. What we might think is that the scale of moral decline is perhaps more widespread now that in most recent times. The churches of the West have been in decline to…… Continue reading God’s Word and witness in times of unbridled sin
Characteristics of Christ’s disciples Scripture Readings Psalm 57 Luke 17:1-19 Introduction Dear brother and sister in Christ,. The idea of personal responsibility in our world has been replaced with playing the blame game: I am making mistakes, but it is someone else or my circumstances which led me to do it. It is never me.…… Continue reading Unworthy servants
It takes courage!
That’s what I felt like as Patrol Padre with the Good News before a visit to unknown people on remote farms of the outback. They were most of the times friendly and hospitable, but the evil one always makes you remember the unpleasant times.