The Rock Jesus – the thirst is over

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

Born of the Holy Spirit

In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil's first experiences with sight were … Continue reading Born of the Holy Spirit

Without Christ

… remember that at that time you were separate from [without] Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12, NIV) A more miserable state cannot be conceived! It is bad enough to be without money, or without health, or … Continue reading Without Christ

The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:18, NIV) A building: “My Church” The Lord Jesus Christ speaks of “my Church.” The Church of our text is made up of all true believers in the … Continue reading The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

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

The Holy Spirit and his gifts (1)

How He enables his church for works of service In the early morning of New Yeas Day 1901 a group of Bible students came together, earnestly seeking to experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, hoping for something amazing.  They were convinced that speaking in tongues was a sure sign of being baptised … Continue reading The Holy Spirit and his gifts (1)

Excuses for not praying

I am too busy too pray We are not living in a contemplative age - yet, certain mystic practices of ancient Asian origin are taking root:  yoga, Transcendental Meditation, etc. We try to press ahead without fuel in the tank!  We know the importance of filling up, but try to get a bit further - … Continue reading Excuses for not praying

Holiness in the workplace

Series:  Better things are coming Scripture Readings Philemon 1 1 Peter 2:18-25 Catching Up Christians are people who were once were lost in sin, but: who received a new life from God by grace who come to Christ and honour Him who spiritually sacrifice praise to God who draw from eternal hope to overcome present … Continue reading Holiness in the workplace

Living under worldly authority

Series:  "Better things are coming" Scripture Readings Psalm 45:1-9 1 Peter 2:13-17 Series so far Christians are people who once were lost, but: who received a new life from God by grace who come to Christ and honour Him who spiritually sacrifice praise to God who draw from eternal hope to overcome present suffering who … Continue reading Living under worldly authority

Abraham Father of all Believers (10)

Sodom: A matter of perspective? Scripture Readings Genesis 19 Introduction Dear brother and sister in the Lord, Perspective on something is important.  One’s perspective is formed by many experiences and inputs. Ask me about horse riding, and I remember the I tried it.  I nearly fell off and the next day was torture.  My perspective on … Continue reading Abraham Father of all Believers (10)