Perfect knowledge, perfect joy, perfect peace

Scripture readings Ezekiel 36:24-29 John 16:12-33 Introduction Herman Lange, a German Christian was to be executed by the Nazis during WWII. In his cell on the night, before he was to be killed, Lange wrote a note about two feelings which occupied his mind: "I am, first, in a joyous mood, and second filled with … Continue reading Perfect knowledge, perfect joy, perfect peace

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Christ makes us his friends, and the world hates us for it

Bible Readings Psalm 9:7-20 John 15:9-16:4 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, My mother was one of the fairest people I knew.  Like a hen, she would protect her chicks.  Don’t get into Mom’s bad books by spreading stories about her children. As kids, we knew she would always defend us, and … Continue reading Christ makes us his friends, and the world hates us for it

Why does Christ need to reveal Himself, and how does it happen?

Scripture Readings 1 John 4:7-16 John 14:15-31 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, One of the pleasures in our advanced digital society is to talk to robots when you ring enquiries of some more significant enterprises. It sometimes takes many minutes, and many entries into the keypad to get to the right department— if you … Continue reading Why does Christ need to reveal Himself, and how does it happen?

Christ prays for the well-being of his church

Scripture Readings 1John 2:18-27; John 17:20-26 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Something has crept into church life in the last decade or two.  They call it church shopping.  Driven by our consumeristic world, a church, or more so a congregation—even irrespective of the particular of its doctrinal position—has to have certain … Continue reading Christ prays for the well-being of his church

The Intercession of Christ (2)

Scripture Readings Exodus 28:6-21 John 17:11-19 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we might make the mistake to disregard everything the Old Testament in connection with sacrifices and offerings.  It is true that we living on this side of the cross of Christ do not need an earthly high priest, neither an altar, … Continue reading The Intercession of Christ (2)

The Intercession of Christ (1)

Scripture Readings Psalm 20 John 17:6-13 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, Jesus Christ, Early in January this year, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland, invited Muslims to its recent celebration of Epiphany, which marks the revelation of Christ’s deity through the wise men’s visit to the infant Jesus.  Madinah Javed … Continue reading The Intercession of Christ (1)

Complete Salvation in Christ

Scripture Readings Proverbs 8:22-36 John 17:1-5 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Over time words can loose its meaning. Some time ago the word “awesome” was reserved to describe the actions or person of God; these days a hamburger can be awesome! Some time ago the words “ever” and “forever” described something which … Continue reading Complete Salvation in Christ

Christ, the Holy Spirit and joy

Scripture Readings Romans 8:6-17 John 16:12-33 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, They say the American painter, John Sargent, once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by critics. It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. Although offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused … Continue reading Christ, the Holy Spirit and joy

Foreigners in this world

Bible readings: Isaiah 66:1-6 John 15:18-16:4 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ, Last week we heard from the Word of God of the perfect and complete joy our Lord gives to his church.  This joy is to found in the Word of God, prayer and being fruitful in the service of our … Continue reading Foreigners in this world

Complete joy

Scripture Readings Psalm 19 John 15:5-17 Introduction A lady was crossing a certain London station, when an old man stopped her, and said: "Excuse me, ma'am, but I want to thank you for something." "Thank me!" exclaimed the lady. "Yes'm. I used to be ticket collector, and whenever you used to go by you always … Continue reading Complete joy