Sober up your minds to healthy thinking

Resurrection Our  school days  started early in the morning.  It meant that we were home for lunch, which usually was the main meal for the day.  Mom prepared a fully-cooked meal with meat and vegetables.  I didn’t mind the meat part, but the veggies consisted out of what was available out of Dad’s garden, and without … Continue reading Sober up your minds to healthy thinking

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Death through the man Adam; life through Christ, the King

There is one thing I can remember as a child:  Dad would be away, leaving us home with mom.  It was not that we did not take mom seriously or respected her less, but being home with her alone was different.  If we did wrong or were disobedient, she would just take the wet tea … Continue reading Death through the man Adam; life through Christ, the King

Is it enough if the preacher is only earnest?

  In 1879 J.C. Ryle made some remarks in the preface to his book "Holiness", which almost seems like it was written last week: "There is an Athenian love of novelty abroad, and a morbid distaste for anything old and regular, and in the beaten path of our forefathers. Thousands will crowd to hear a new … Continue reading Is it enough if the preacher is only earnest?

What if the was no resurrection from death?

  Atheists believe there is no god.  They believe we exist by chance for no reason and no purpose; we die without a purpose and without reason.  And when we die we simply stop to exist.  Our journey on earth has less purpose then our car or our clothes: at least that we bought for … Continue reading What if the was no resurrection from death?

The story of Jesus and his glory

The congregation in Corinth was in many respects a problem church.  It caused a lot of pain and heart-ache for the apostle. Paul went to Corinth in A.D. 51 after a very unfruitful evangelistic effort at Athens. Corinth was a seaman’s paradise and a moral cesspool. Divorce was rampant. Prostitution plagued the streets, and the … Continue reading The story of Jesus and his glory

The risen Christ: the evidence and the message

Imagine appearing in court.  You are called into the witness box, and the questions from both prosecutor and defence are thrown at you, but you cannot substantiate what you say with evidence.  Everything you say is just hearsay, so-called facts what other people say they have heard about and they think might be the truth. … Continue reading The risen Christ: the evidence and the message

The risen Christ of the Scriptures

Introduction I had the privilege of knowing an godly elderly couple whom I visited on a regular basis.  The old man’s health failed and soon after that he died.  I buried him. Some time after this, Heila’s grandmother was admitted into a nursing home, where she shared a room with someone else.  This person just … Continue reading The risen Christ of the Scriptures

Marriage

Introduction The Church of Jesus Christ exists because of the grace of God and for the glory of God The Church is the work of the Triune God:  the Father calls sinners to salvation; Jesus Christ gave his life for sinners to reconcile them to God; the Holy Spirit gives rebirth through the Word and … Continue reading Marriage