Bible readings John 3:27-36 Luke 3:1-6 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, One can easily make the mistake by reading through Luke 2 into Luke 3 and not pick up the time frame between the two chapters. In a quick succession of a few verses, we meet Christ as a newborn baby, … Continue reading The Christmas defensive deployed
Bible Readings Jeremiah 26:1-15; Matthew 24:1-14 Introduction Dear family of God, The house opposite to the manse is for sale. A group of interested buyers to have a look. On their way back to the car, one remarked, “Look, you would live close to the Presbyterian Church; you could start attending church!” With disgust, the … Continue reading The truth versus Innocent Blood
Scripture Readings Romans 8:18-27 Jeremiah 14:1-22 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, During the time of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, a friend of mine took a tour of that country. There was a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, the world's largest man-made lake, game reserves, and other attractions. Upon his return, … Continue reading Can we pray for rain?
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
(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
Saved by grace to do good works Scripture Readings Titus 2:11-15 Ephesians 2:1-10 Introduction Augustine who lived a life in search of fulfilment in excessive pleasures, false religions, philosophy, debauchery and distractions—futilities that left him so weary of himself he could only cry out, “How long, O Lord, how long?” At the very moment when … Continue reading Doing Good (3)
Isaiah 5:1-7 Luke 13:1-9 Introduction We met John the Baptist last week. We also met Herod and Pilate. The message last week was that God’s Christmas strategy to reach the ends of the world is through his Word and through those whom He uses to preach that Word. It sounds silly and foolish to the … Continue reading Yet another year of grace
"True repentance begins with KNOWLEDGE of sin. It goes on to work SORROW for sin. It leads to CONFESSION of sin before God. It shows itself before a person by a thorough BREAKING OFF from sin. It results in producing a DEEP HATRED for all sin." ~ J.C. Ryle