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

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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

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 Christ’s return (8)

Bible Readings Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, In the early ’40s, communism spread into many parts of eastern Europe fell under the expansionist powers of the Soviet Union.  The USSR was under the firm control of Joseph Stalin, who absolutely destroyed his political rivals.  His brutal methods to achieve … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s return (8)

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 (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 (1)

Bible Readings Psalm 110; 2Thessalonians 1:1-12 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, “Do you really think that God will allow his church to go through a time of tribulation?”  This was the question during a discussion about the end-times.   “What do you think?” I asked.   He went on to explain about the rapture … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (1)

From Covenant Agreement to Covenant Denial

Bible Readings Matthew 13:18-23; Judges 2:1-15 Introduction My dear family of God, My telephone rang.  The voice was of a young man who attended a camp I conducted some months prior.  At that camp, he made a commitment to serve and love the Lord.  He was serious about it as we prayed together. But now … Continue reading From Covenant Agreement to Covenant Denial

Obedience and reward

Bible Readings Luke 8:16-18, Joshua 14:6-15   Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, For some reason not known to me, I sometimes forget to type the word “not” in a sentence where it is needed.  To compound the problem, even proof-reading my now work does not help; I just mentally add “not” … Continue reading Obedience and reward