Scripture Readings Matthew 10:32-39, 1Samuel 19:1-23 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The first salvos of the war of the evil against God were fired in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and so plunged all creation in sin. But God promised ultimate victory over his enemy: And … Continue reading Living dangerously
Bible Readings Hebrews 11:32-40 2 Samuel 17:8-11, 32-37, 45-51 Introduction There was nothing usual about the Philistine, called Goliath, the champion. He was the go-between for his people who represented them and dictated the terms of engagement: Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill … Continue reading Choose your man!
Scripture Readings 1 Samuel 14:31-45 1 Samuel 15:17-23 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Friends of ours had a hobby farm. They had milking goats . These animals were fairly expensive. We arrived for a weekend visit, only to find everyone in pandemonium. One of the goats was terribly sick, lying on its … Continue reading The shipwreck of partial obedience
Bible Readings 1John 1:5-2:6 1Samuel 12:6-25 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Of all the parables of our Lord Jesus Christ I relate very well to the one of the wayward son. This parable is about four lost things: a coin, a sheep, and two sons. The headings added by some translators are … Continue reading Grace, forgiveness, restoration
Scripture Readings Hebrews 2:5-18 1Samuel 9:15-10:1 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There are times when I am so disappointed in myself that I abhor myself. I then wonder why God still puts up with me. Why would He still bother? Why still give room for Australia to live, to enjoy what we … Continue reading The King appoints a prince
Bible Readings Revelation 19:11-21 1Samuel 8 Introduction You’ve heard it said, and maybe you have said it too, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have our Lord in Person with me, so I can talk to Him personally, instead of praying to the unseen God?” If people asked about the God I worship, it would really … Continue reading Who is King?
Bible readings: Revelation 5 1Samuel 7 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, What if someone gives you a certificate, stating that you are inheriting a very large estate. We are talking about share certificates, bullion, diamonds, contracts explaining your rights to boards, and stacks of cash. In the certificate there is mention of … Continue reading Victory through the Lamb
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?
Scripture Readings Hebrews 6:4-12 1Samuel 3 Introduction My dear friends in Christ, GK Chesterton wrote: It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. John Bunyan writes in The Pilgrim’s Progress about the battle in which the main character, Christian, faced Apollyon. This battle was fierce during which Christian … Continue reading God breaks the silence–hear his voice calling
Scripture Readings Hebrews 10:19-31 1Samuel 2:22-36 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It is the duty of airlines to take passengers through the drills in case of an emergency. They warn that, although one might know the procedures, one should still pay attention. And you think, “That’s not going to happen today,” and … Continue reading Dreadful to fall in the hands of the living God