Facing the end with disbelief

Bible readings Acts 26:19-29; Jeremiah 38:14-28 Introduction “Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” (F.B. Meyer).   Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the moral resistance of the human will.  Disbelief and the pride of independence lead to rebellion. We just want to … Continue reading Facing the end with disbelief

Pray for the World!

Bible Readings Romans 13:1-7, Jeremiah 29:1-19 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There is a story about what happened in the Native American culture to train a young men bravery: On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, he was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then … Continue reading Pray for the World!

Spiritual anorexia

Bible Readings Jeremiah 36:1-26 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 Introduction Dear friends, During the so-called political struggle for a one-man-one-vote political system in South Africa, one of the major spokes-persons returned from an internal trip, drumming up support for the process.  He was a church leader.  His theology had all the hallmarks of Liberation Theology which treated … Continue reading Spiritual anorexia

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

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)