Undivided loyalty to the King, Jesus Christ (3)

Bible Readings Daniel 3:8-18 Revelation 13:11-18 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, Long before I arrived at uni, Steve had been there. It seemed that Steve had an academic problem: the lecturer to teach him Greek 1, was a classmate who did Greek 1 with him when Steve was repeating it for the third time. … Continue reading Undivided loyalty to the King, Jesus Christ (3)

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Undivided loyalty to Christ, our King (2)

Scripture Readings Daniel 7:1-14; Revelation 13:1-10 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, It was without fail that, before we set off in our old Chrysler—this was long before the days of seatbelts—that Mom, ever-caring for her little brood of children—would look back over the rest of the front seat and asked,  “Have you locked the … Continue reading Undivided loyalty to Christ, our King (2)

Undivided loyalty to Christ, the King (1)

Scripture Readings Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 17-22 Revelation 13:1-10 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, They tell of the event when an umpire made a questionable judgment during a footy match. It sent the crowd into an uproar. The line judge was asked for his opinion.  Then just for a brief moment, there was total silence.  In … Continue reading Undivided loyalty to Christ, the King (1)

Biblical eldership (3) “Who?”

Bible Readings Exodus 18:13-23; 1Timothy 3:1-7 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, family in Christ, For some reason, I love the “Air Crash Investigation” programs.  About all episodes begin with a simulation of the crash.  The pilot is barking out commands to his off-sider, the sirens are loud, in the background, there is this annoying … Continue reading Biblical eldership (3) “Who?”

Biblical Eldership (2) “What”

Bible Readings Psalm 23 Acts 20:17-31 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Lord willing, in the near future, the congregation will elect elders. Last week we learned from the Scripture “why” the congregation of God needs elders.  There are mainly two reasons.   The first reason is that Christians, however living under the grace of God, … Continue reading Biblical Eldership (2) “What”

Biblical Eldership (1) – “Why?”

Bible Readings Deuteronomy 1:9-18 Numbers 11:10-30 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,  We will have eldership election in the near future. We have already announced this to you.  But before we get to the actual meeting to elect elders, we will listen to what the Scriptures teach about eldership. There will be … Continue reading Biblical Eldership (1) – “Why?”

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

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?

Living on God’s Earth (2)

Bible Readings Isaiah 46 Romans 1:18-32 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, How does one understand the world one lives in?  How does one answer life’s questions?  Who are we?  What are we doing here on earth?  Where do we fit in?  Do we have an influence on things around us?   The way … Continue reading Living on God’s Earth (2)