Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bible readings Numbers 14:1-12 1 Peter 1:1-9 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, in many gardens grows a shrub with the botanical name brunfelsia latifolia, which is commonly known as Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow.  This name comes from the way its flowers are changing in colour form one day to the next. Each bloom opens … Continue reading Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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Walking in step with the righteousness of Christ (3)

Bible Readings Titus 3:1-11 Philippians 3:12-4:1 Introduction I grew up in a house where about all of us loved pets.  We had a cat, a budgie, and at one stage even a crow.  What we did not have, was a dog. We were driving along one day and we saw a very scruffy looking dog … Continue reading Walking in step with the righteousness of Christ (3)

Victory, but not by the king

Bible Readings Psalm 2 1 Samuel 13:16-14:14 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The high school I attended was a blip on the radar compared to some city schools.  But we had a very good rugby team.  Spurred on by an enthusiastic local crowd of fellow students, and an even more passionate … Continue reading Victory, but not by the king

There is none holy as the Lord

Scripture Readings Mark 5; 1Samuel 6:1-21 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, We will learn about the holy God today.  In the words of Hannah uttered in her pryer in chapter 2, we will learn, “There is none holy as the Lord.” To this we add Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is … Continue reading There is none holy as the Lord

Whose God is it anyway?

Bible Readings Exodus 20:1-17 1 Samauel 4:1-11; 5:1-12 Introduction My dear fellow believers, during a stop-over flight I had the privilege to do a bit of sight-seeing in Malaysia.  They took us to a limestone mountain, Mount Batu.  Within caves in this mountain is a Hindu temple, to the honour of Muruga, of which a … Continue reading Whose God is it anyway?

Our heavenly home, and the way there

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 1:19-33 John 14:1-14 Main points: Faith replaces confusion and anxiety The eternal home is being prepared Only one way to God Between now and eternity: work and pray Introduction My dear fellow believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I remember sitting in the funeral parlour.  The funeral director asked me all the … Continue reading Our heavenly home, and the way there

What sort of faith?

Bible Readings Isaiah 29:13-24 John 12:37-50 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ, The Word of God speaks to us today under the topic, “What sort of faith?”  There are four headings: Faith that cannot see Faith that cannot be seen Faith that sees God and passes judgement into eternity It was James, … Continue reading What sort of faith?

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

Prayer for a healthy Church

Prayer (This study is based on the book of Dr D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Priorities from Paul and his prayers [Baker Book House Company, 2007]) Scripture Readings 1Thessalonians 3:1-12 2Thessalonians 1:1-12 The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has a privilege and a duty to pray.  There are many elements for prayer:  praise, … Continue reading Prayer for a healthy Church