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

Seen from eternity, seeing into eternity

My dear friend in the Lord Jesus Christ, The amazing and sad thing about sinful man is that social pressure can make him do things he would not dream doing when all by himself. Just look at a crowd respond and participate in the Mexican wave at a sports gathering.  It usually starts with one … Continue reading Seen from eternity, seeing into eternity

Light from eternity, life into eternity

My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, It might just be that you found yourself in the back blocks, out there in the never-never, beyond the Black Stump.  The farms there, being anything between 30,000 and 100,000 acres can easily take in everything from here to Maryborough.  It might just be that you camp … Continue reading Light from eternity, life into eternity

Grace trampled, grace offered, grace received

Saved, yet as through fire 1Corinthians 3:9-15, 2Chronicles 33:1-20 Last time I preached the Word of God to you we heard about the grace of God as we looked at God’s dealings with Ahab:  how many times God offered him grace to worship Him and to repent from worshipping the despicable idol, Baal.  There was … Continue reading Grace trampled, grace offered, grace received

Grace received, but grace despised

In the early church history a man named Marcion made an attempt to canonise the Bible - this means he tried to work out which books should be seen as authoritative and which not. Marcion was a man who measured everything by love and grace - which led him to believe that all of the … Continue reading Grace received, but grace despised

God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion

Introduction When Martin Luther was called to appear before those who charged him, he stood alone.  All the clergy of the time, and all politicians stood against him.   It was the same in the time of Wycliffe and John Huss some years earlier.  Truth cannot be judged by the numbers of those who confess … Continue reading God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion

God’s call to be trouble in times of unbridled sin

Those of you who come from an agricultural background will understand that some animals are just stubborn. We had a good friend in the town where we lived back in country Western Transvaal. This man contracted meningitis as a nine year old  and had to make a living by chopping wood.  He became very strong.  … Continue reading God’s call to be trouble in times of unbridled sin

God’s call to step up in times of unbridled sin and rebellion

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Today the Lord calls us to be faithful witnesses; He puts before us the tests to remain faithful, more so when circumstances change.  The way, the time and places we served in the past might call us to step up as the battle becomes more fierce. Looking at … Continue reading God’s call to step up in times of unbridled sin and rebellion

A memorial of God’s powerful redemption

Communion Service Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, In Rio de Janeiro 11,178 athletes of 215 countries are competing in 306 events of the Olympic Games.  Billions of people will watch the even over the next two weeks on every conceivable device.  Advertisers will rake in big amounts of mon ey; and … Continue reading A memorial of God’s powerful redemption

God’s providence and care in times of unbridled sin

Well-known theologian Dr R.C. Sproul records this anecdote in one of his books: There was a mountain climber who slipped on a ledge and was about to plummet thousands of feet to his death, but as he started to fall, he grabbed a branch of a tiny, scraggly tree that was growing out of a … Continue reading God’s providence and care in times of unbridled sin