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)

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To us a Child is born

Scripture readings 1 Peter 2:4-8 Isaiah 8:11 - 9:7 Introduction Our Moderator-General published a letter this week.  He states: There’s never been a better time than now to be a Christian, and to offer to our world the way of hope. God encourages us to shine like stars in the universe as we hold out … Continue reading To us a Child is born

the Christ and his Church-Bride

Introduction The late 50’s and early 60’s took the world by surprise.  The momentous moral shift we experience now started to trickle when movie and music stars openly divorced and remarried, making long-term marriage look odd. The Pill arrived as a method for family planning, but soon introduced the Free Love era of the mid … Continue reading the Christ and his Church-Bride

Completing the work in the face of persecution

My dear friends in the Lord, Over the last two months we heard the Word of God concerning the work of the Holy Spirit.  Over the last few Sundays we specifically looked at how the Holy Spirit builds the church.  We made the following observations: It is the Holy Spirit who does gives birth to … Continue reading Completing the work in the face of persecution

Sober up your minds to healthy thinking

Resurrection Our  school days  started early in the morning.  It meant that we were home for lunch, which usually was the main meal for the day.  Mom prepared a fully-cooked meal with meat and vegetables.  I didn’t mind the meat part, but the veggies consisted out of what was available out of Dad’s garden, and without … Continue reading Sober up your minds to healthy thinking

The story of Jesus and his glory

The congregation in Corinth was in many respects a problem church.  It caused a lot of pain and heart-ache for the apostle. Paul went to Corinth in A.D. 51 after a very unfruitful evangelistic effort at Athens. Corinth was a seaman’s paradise and a moral cesspool. Divorce was rampant. Prostitution plagued the streets, and the … Continue reading The story of Jesus and his glory

The throne of the Servant King

Series title: From wrack and ruins to blessings and beauty Scripture Readings Revelation 5 Haggai 2:20-23 Introduction Dear brothers and Sisters in the Lord, In just more than a week this year will be history.  The old calendars will disappear from our walls and the back of our doors, and we will replace it with … Continue reading The throne of the Servant King

The best for last

Series Title:  "Better things are coming" Scripture Readings 2Chronicles 12:1-12 1 Peter 5:5-11 Introduction My dear fellow believers in Christ Jesus, Like all children I always wondered why the dessert is served last.   Why the need to eat the cabbage, broccoli, spinach and the pumpkin first, while the ice cream and custard  have to … Continue reading The best for last

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

The life-changing power of God’s Word

Reformation 2014 Scripture Readings Psalm 19 1 Peter 1:13-25 Introduction Us who grew up in modern times will find it hard to imagine life without electricity:  no running water in our homes, no fridges, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, TV’s, computers, air-conditioners … How annoying is it to have only one powerpoint in a room of … Continue reading The life-changing power of God’s Word