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

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Prayer – based on Isaiah 63-64

Father God, creator of heaven and earth, we worship You as the One speaking in righteousness, mighty to save. In justice You rule the nations, and in holiness You avenge the sins and sinfulness of those in rebellion against You.  There will be a day at the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that He … Continue reading Prayer – based on Isaiah 63-64

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

Prosperity Theology – Biblical theology?

Joel Osteen: (in, "Become a better you") "He [God] wants us to have a little heaven on earth, right where we are ... You can accomplish your dries before you go to heaven!  How can you do that?  By tapping into God's power inside of you... If you don't appreciate and take advantage  of your freedom, … Continue reading Prosperity Theology – Biblical theology?

The ruler of the waves

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be … Continue reading The ruler of the waves

Good news!

"For [Joel] Osteen, the good news is that on judgment day God will look at our heart.  According to the Scriptures, that is actually bad news.  The good news is that for all who are in Christ, God looks at the heart, life, death, and resurrection of his Son and declares us righteous in Him. … Continue reading Good news!

Christ’s greatest trophy

From "Holiness" (J.C. Ryle) One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this … Continue reading Christ’s greatest trophy

Completing the work in the face of persecution

My dear friends in the Lord, Over the last two months we heard the Word of God concerning the work of the Holy Spirit.  Over the last few Sundays we specifically looked at how the Holy Spirit builds the church.  We made the following observations: It is the Holy Spirit who does gives birth to … Continue reading Completing the work in the face of persecution

A woman to be remembered

Remember Lot’s wife! (Luke 17:32, NIV) The solemn warning: Christ does not bid us remember Abraham, or Isaac, or Jacob, or Sarah, or Hannah, or Ruth. No: He singles out one whose soul was lost for ever. He cries to us, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Christ is speaking of His own second coming to judge the … Continue reading A woman to be remembered