Scripture readings Ezekiel 36:24-29 John 16:12-33 Introduction Herman Lange, a German Christian was to be executed by the Nazis during WWII. In his cell on the night, before he was to be killed, Lange wrote a note about two feelings which occupied his mind: "I am, first, in a joyous mood, and second filled with … Continue reading Perfect knowledge, perfect joy, perfect peace
Scripture Readings 1 John 4:7-16 John 14:15-31 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, One of the pleasures in our advanced digital society is to talk to robots when you ring enquiries of some more significant enterprises. It sometimes takes many minutes, and many entries into the keypad to get to the right department— if you … Continue reading Why does Christ need to reveal Himself, and how does it happen?
Scripture Readings Exodus 28:6-21 John 17:11-19 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we might make the mistake to disregard everything the Old Testament in connection with sacrifices and offerings. It is true that we living on this side of the cross of Christ do not need an earthly high priest, neither an altar, … Continue reading The Intercession of Christ (2)
Scripture Readings Romans 8:6-17 John 16:12-33 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, They say the American painter, John Sargent, once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by critics. It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. Although offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused … Continue reading Christ, the Holy Spirit and joy
Scripture Readings Psalm 19 John 15:5-17 Introduction A lady was crossing a certain London station, when an old man stopped her, and said: "Excuse me, ma'am, but I want to thank you for something." "Thank me!" exclaimed the lady. "Yes'm. I used to be ticket collector, and whenever you used to go by you always … Continue reading Complete joy
(Based on Jeremiah 2-4) Our Heavenly Father, Out of the house of bondage, You gave us freedom. You took us as your own, and made us a people holy to the Lord. At first we were fully dedicated to your will; what You commanded we did eagerly. Your love towards us was like the love … Continue reading Prayer – Confession
Abraham believed that God could raise from the dead Scripture Readings Hebrews 11:13-23 Genesis 22:1-19 Songs This is the day, this is the day Beneath the cross of Jesus Break Thou the bread of life My heart is filled with thankfulness Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, It was by God’s sovereign, … Continue reading Living by faith (3)
Dear Lord, In the Name of Jesus Christ, my Saviour, I come to You in confession. I stand in the righteousness of Christ and nothing of my own. I admit and acknowledge that I am sinful, and that I have sinned before You. My sins are an abomination in your sight, and it screams against … Continue reading Confession and joy