"He [God] is never provoked without reason. It is evil alone which provokes Him, and necessarily so since God must be (and behave) like God. If evil did not provoke Him to anger He would forfeit our respect, for He would no longer be God." John Stott, The Cross of Christ
Scripture readings: Exodus 17:1-17 John 7: 14-39 Introduction Just about two weeks ago we observed Armistice Day. It meant the end of the war in which 17 million soldiers died and 20 million were wounded. We need dates to help us remember. In 1969 the BeeGees had a hit song “Don’t forget to remember.” The … Continue reading The Rock Jesus – the thirst is over
Readings: Isaiah 55:1-8, John 6:25-51 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, I read this just yesterday: I walk up to the grocery cupboard looking for food, but the only things I see are the ingredients. Ready-made meals can be so convenient. Mothers who labour long hours in the kitchen to prepare meals for their families … Continue reading Jesus Christ, our eternal food and drink
It is more characteristic of us to clap our hands with joy than to blush with shame and tears. We saunter up to God to claim his patronage and friendship; it does not occur to us that He might send us away. We need to hear again the apostle Peter's sobering words: "Since you call … Continue reading God’s holiness
(John 5:16-30, Ezekiel 37:1-14) Mercy – the work of Father and the Son The first few verses of John 5 tells the story of our Lord coming to the aide of the helpless who superstitiously stared at the signs of moving water and then hoped to get in first and be healed. One chap sat … Continue reading Crossing over from death to life
The reason why many people give the wrong answers to questions about the cross, and even ask the wrong questions, is that they have carefully considered neither the seriousness of sin, nor the majesty of God. John Stott, The Cross of Christ
A young pastor was looking for a cloth he could use over the communion table, and found one on a street sale. The next day, while unlocking the building, he noticed an elderly lady on the curb and invited her to come inside for warmth. While she making herself comfortable in a pew, the pastor … Continue reading The Messiah, the thirsty sinner, the living water, the harvest
(Summary of the the fist nine chapters of the Gospel of Mark) A Gospel Presentation Thanks for asking me about what I believe about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Son of God Mark, who wrote a book in the Bible, understand from the last book in our Old Testament that someone like the prophet … Continue reading What the Gospel of Mark teaches me about Jesus Christ, the son of God
Mark - Who do you say I am? Read Mark 8:27-9:17 The lesson Jesus taught the disciples (as we saw in our last study) was to trust Him fully. Their ears at first failed to hear, and their eyes failed to see (Mark 8:18). The healing of the blind man at Bethsiada was a real … Continue reading Mark – Who do you say I am?
Mark - How many loaves to you have? (We are not trying to answer all the questions in Mark. But before we move on to the next study it is important to remark something on two more questions: 1. Mark 4:38: The disciples asked Jesus: “Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?” This question follows … Continue reading Mark – How many loaves to you have?