Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

Scripture Readings Psalm 119:89-104; 2Thessalonians 2:1-17 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Lord enriches the life of a minister in most unexpected ways. I took services in a nursing home.  I made a point of it to shake hands with all at the end.  As regular as a heartbeat, one lady would slip in … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

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Expecting Christ’s Return (3)

Bible Readings Matthew 24: 36-44; 2Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The last time God spoke to us from 2 Thessalonians, we also asked the question, “Why is knowing God such a big deal?”  At that occasion we learnt two significant things from the Bible:   Our Lord Jesus Christ … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (3)

Expecting Christ’s return (2)

Bible Readings Jude 1:3-16; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear fellow-believers, We planned a visit to our folk in South Africa.  We thought we should give them a big surprise and not tell them beforehand; we would just knock on their door and announce ourselves.  A dear Australian friend gave us better advice.  Although we … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s return (2)

Expecting Christ’s Return (1)

Bible Readings Psalm 110; 2Thessalonians 1:1-12 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, “Do you really think that God will allow his church to go through a time of tribulation?”  This was the question during a discussion about the end-times.   “What do you think?” I asked.   He went on to explain about the rapture … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (1)

From Covenant Agreement to Covenant Denial

Bible Readings Matthew 13:18-23; Judges 2:1-15 Introduction My dear family of God, My telephone rang.  The voice was of a young man who attended a camp I conducted some months prior.  At that camp, he made a commitment to serve and love the Lord.  He was serious about it as we prayed together. But now … Continue reading From Covenant Agreement to Covenant Denial

Choose today whom you will serve

Scripture Readings Luke 14:15-30; Joshua 24:14-27 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Not far from us there is an ice cream shop which sells 76 flavours of ice cream.  When the grandchildren come up for a visit, going for ice cream is a no brainer.   Imagine yourself this scenario:  I take my grandies to that … Continue reading Choose today whom you will serve

Zealously guarding true worship

Scripture Reading Acts 17:10-15 Joshua 22:9-34 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Our society puts a high premium on privacy.  We have passwords to protect our privacy, codewords to unlock our bank accounts, fingerprint technology to protect our smartphones, voice recognition to open doors, encryption technology to protect messages and bank records.  We check our … Continue reading Zealously guarding true worship

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

The Gates of Hell Destroyed

Bible Readings Revelation 1:9-18 Joshua 12:1-6 Introduction My dear family in the Lord, In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the day after Resurrection was devoted to telling jokes. They felt they were imitating the cosmic trick that God pulled on Satan in the Resurrection. Satan thought he had won, and was smug in his victory, smiling … Continue reading The Gates of Hell Destroyed

The Holy God Judging Sin

Scripture Readings Revelation 19:6-16 Joshua 11:18-23 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, If the only attribute God possesses were love—as many people apparently think—Christians would be stunned into silence at every occasion of death, pain, war, suffering and pain. What do we make of a verse like:   For it was of … Continue reading The Holy God Judging Sin