Expecting Christ’s return (2)

Bible Readings Jude 1:3-16; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear fellow-believers, We planned a visit to our folk in South Africa.  We thought we should give them a big surprise and not tell them beforehand; we would just knock on their door and announce ourselves.  A dear Australian friend gave us better advice.  Although we … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s return (2)

Temporary suffering and eternal glory

Bible Readings  Isaiah 40:6-11 1Peter 5:6-14 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Plastic changed our world. The toys we used to get as gifts were cars made of thin pressed metal.  The doors and the windows were painted on with real paint.  The wheels were from a sort of a cast iron and the axels were … Continue reading Temporary suffering and eternal glory

Heavenly shaped refinement

Scripture Readings Psalm 119:153-160 1 Peter 4:12-19 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ Just a few questions to the children:  hands up if you love going to the dentist! Why do you think we usually don’t like going to the dentist?  Is it perhaps because we dislike the trip to the dentist?  Or … Continue reading Heavenly shaped refinement

The best for last

Series Title:  "Better things are coming" Scripture Readings 2Chronicles 12:1-12 1 Peter 5:5-11 Introduction My dear fellow believers in Christ Jesus, Like all children I always wondered why the dessert is served last.   Why the need to eat the cabbage, broccoli, spinach and the pumpkin first, while the ice cream and custard  have to … Continue reading The best for last

The right answer about our hope

Better things are coming (Series Title) Scripture Readings Psalm 34 1 Peter 3:8-18 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, One thing about a Christian is that the direction of his/her life completely changed when Jesus Christ appears on the scene.   One day the apostles were professional fishermen, the next they became … Continue reading The right answer about our hope

Abraham the Father of all Believers (6)

God’s unilateral agreement of grace Scripture Readings Galatians 3:6-18 Genesis 15 Introduction Dear family of God, It is impossible for the sinking swimmer to negotiate with the lifesaver agreements before he is rescued.  At that point in time the lifesaver is in charge; the troubled swimmer is in need.  To survive he needs to obey … Continue reading Abraham the Father of all Believers (6)

Imperishable new life

The seed of God’s word is imperishable, and therefore, the life that it generates and sustains is imperishable. The blood of Christ is of infinite value, and therefore, its value never runs out. It is an imperishable value. That is how we are ransomed. That’s the price of the new life we receive in the … Continue reading Imperishable new life