“I had a dream!”

Scripture Readings 2 Timothy 3:10-17 Jeremiah 23:23-40 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Long before God called Abraham, people worshipped other gods. Although they had names, none ever met them; yet, all worshipped them. They bowed to images of them.  Those in charge had the privilege to the secrets regarding these gods.  The worshippers … Continue reading “I had a dream!”

Advertisements

Obedience when God calls

Bible Readings Jeremiah 1:4-14 Jeremiah 20:7-18 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There were times in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ when those who were elected as leaders saw themselves as somewhat elevated above the rest of the body of Christ.  It is still the case in some denominations.  The … Continue reading Obedience when God calls

The Potter and the clay

Scripture Readings Romans 9:14-21 Jeremiah 18:1-10 Introduction There is a famous story of the days when Sir Christopher Wren was building St. Paul's Cathedral. On one occasion he was making a tour of the work in progress. He came upon a man at work and asked him: "What are you doing?" The man said: "I … Continue reading The Potter and the clay

Can we pray for rain?

Scripture Readings Romans 8:18-27 Jeremiah 14:1-22 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, During the time of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, a friend of mine took a tour of that country.  There was a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, the world's largest man-made lake, game reserves, and other attractions.  Upon his return, … Continue reading Can we pray for rain?

Expecting Christ’s Return (7)

Bible Readings Ecclesiastes 3:17-26; 2Thessalonians 3:1-15 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Beautiful homes, once deserted, often become cracked ruins.  One theory is that the body heat of residents, as well as the typical humidity of baths, showers, and cooking associated with families living in it, is enough to prevent the walls … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (7)

Expecting the return of Christ (6)

Bible readings Romans 8:22-39 2Thessalonians 2:9-17 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Young William Wilberforce was discouraged one night in the early 1790s after another defeat in his 10 year battle against the slave trade in England. Tired and frustrated, he opened his Bible and began to leaf through it. A small piece … Continue reading Expecting the return of Christ (6)

Expecting Christ’s Return (5)

Scripture Readings Isaiah 30:27-33 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, We lived in an old Queenslander, raised from ground level.  From the front of the house to the back was a fairly steep slope, with the effect that one needed to climb quite a few steps to get to the … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (5)

Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

Scripture Readings Psalm 119:89-104; 2Thessalonians 2:1-17 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Lord enriches the life of a minister in most unexpected ways. I took services in a nursing home.  I made a point of it to shake hands with all at the end.  As regular as a heartbeat, one lady would slip in … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

Expecting Christ’s Return (3)

Bible Readings Matthew 24: 36-44; 2Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The last time God spoke to us from 2 Thessalonians, we also asked the question, “Why is knowing God such a big deal?”  At that occasion we learnt two significant things from the Bible:   Our Lord Jesus Christ … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (3)

Expecting Christ’s return (2)

Bible Readings Jude 1:3-16; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear fellow-believers, We planned a visit to our folk in South Africa.  We thought we should give them a big surprise and not tell them beforehand; we would just knock on their door and announce ourselves.  A dear Australian friend gave us better advice.  Although we … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s return (2)