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

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

The truth versus Innocent Blood

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

“I had a dream!”

Scripture Readings 2 Timothy 3:10-17 Jeremiah 23:23-40 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Long before God called Abraham, people worshipped other gods. Although they had names, none ever met them; yet, all worshipped them. They bowed to images of them.  Those in charge had the privilege to the secrets regarding these gods.  The worshippers … Continue reading “I had a dream!”

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 (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 (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)

Choose today whom you will serve

Scripture Readings Luke 14:15-30; Joshua 24:14-27 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Not far from us there is an ice cream shop which sells 76 flavours of ice cream.  When the grandchildren come up for a visit, going for ice cream is a no brainer.   Imagine yourself this scenario:  I take my grandies to that … Continue reading Choose today whom you will serve