Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

Scripture Readings Hebrews 2:10-18; Judges 16:1-7, 23-31 Introduction Han van Meegeren painted a work in the style of the great Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and titled it “The Supper at Emmaus”, fooling the critics who thought it was a lost masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer. The painting was sold for millions of dollars, and displayed in the Boijmans … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

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Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

Scripture Reading  Judges 13:24-14:20 Introduction All Sunday school children will encounter the story of Samson.  About all children’s Bibles will have a full-colour page of Samson tearing the lion to bits.   What do you remember of Samson?  How should we understand the story of Samson?  The official synopsis of the 1951 film reads: When … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

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?

The Devastation of Disobedience

Lessons from Joshua Scripture Readings 2Corinthians 6:14-7:1 Joshua 23:1-16 Introduction There was a man who sold his house. The buyer was somewhat surprised when the owner had one last request:  he wanted to have the hook behind the bathroom door.  “No problem”, the buyer said, “let’s go and get it for you.”  “No,” the owner … Continue reading The Devastation of Disobedience