My funeral, my new life

Bible Readings Romans 6:1-14 1 Peter 4:1-6 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, Has it struck you that many contestants in TV shows, when they are knocked out of the game, might express regret, but find consolation in what they call fun.  “It is sorry to go, but I had a lot of fun.”   … Continue reading My funeral, my new life

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For the glory of Christ who saves from death to life

Bible Readings Psalm 116 John 12:1-11 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, As with the Watergate scandal, may other political scandals are usually, at least in the early stages, preceded by destroying evidence.  Only recently, if one can believe what the press tells us, thousands of emails were shredded from the private email … Continue reading For the glory of Christ who saves from death to life

Crossing over from death to life

(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

God’s providence and care in times of unbridled sin

Well-known theologian Dr R.C. Sproul records this anecdote in one of his books: There was a mountain climber who slipped on a ledge and was about to plummet thousands of feet to his death, but as he started to fall, he grabbed a branch of a tiny, scraggly tree that was growing out of a … Continue reading God’s providence and care in times of unbridled sin

Christ’s greatest trophy

From "Holiness" (J.C. Ryle) One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this … Continue reading Christ’s greatest trophy

My funeral, my life

Series title:  "Better things are coming" Scripture Readings Romans 6:1-14 1 Peter 4:1-6 Introduction There’s only one thing more sure than life, and that is death. Death is so final.  The time of death can’t really be postponed to create opportunities for the person who is dying or for the close relatives to put things … Continue reading My funeral, my life

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)

Life, Death, Heaven, Hell (4)

Hell Scripture Readings Luke 16:19-31 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My friends in Jesus Christ, in this short series “Life, Death, Heaven, Hell” we looked at the two markers in the life of every person on the face of this earth.  Everyone is born, and everyone will die - Life and Death.  During our earthly journey … Continue reading Life, Death, Heaven, Hell (4)

Life, Death, Heaven, Hell (3)

Heaven Scripture Readings John 14:1-7 Revelation 21:1-4, 22:1-5 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ, In this short series we are looking at two major event markers in the life of every human being on the face of this planet:  life and death.  What is left of this series will look at one of … Continue reading Life, Death, Heaven, Hell (3)

Life, Death, Heaven, Hell (2)

Death, the wage of Sin Scripture Readings Romans 6:15-23 Genesis 3:1-19 Introduction Dear brothers and sister in the Lord, I bought snow peas this week.  I tried to grow it myself.  What is easier to push a few snow pea seeds into the ground, water it, and wait for it to come up, push out … Continue reading Life, Death, Heaven, Hell (2)