Forfeited Grace

Bible Readings Luke 13:6-9 Daniel 5 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, They tell the story of the young man who wanted to rent a room off the old lady who lived right next to a railway line.  First she showed him the room, and showed him around.  Then the two settled … Continue reading Forfeited Grace

The Good Shepherd

Readings: Psalm 23; John 10:1-21 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, Psychologists identify a personality disorder in some patients with limited language skills, so much so, they find it hard to understand idiomatic expressions.  They understand a literal understanding of words, but expressions can sometimes just pass them by. If I say am a bit … Continue reading The Good Shepherd

Jesus Christ, our eternal food and drink

Readings: Isaiah 55:1-8, John 6:25-51 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, I read this just yesterday: I walk up to the grocery cupboard looking for food, but the only things I see are the ingredients. Ready-made meals can be so convenient.  Mothers who labour long hours in the kitchen to prepare meals for their families … Continue reading Jesus Christ, our eternal food and drink

Born of the Holy Spirit

In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil's first experiences with sight were … Continue reading Born of the Holy Spirit

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

Thirst relieved

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37–38, NKJV) In order to see the whole … Continue reading Thirst relieved

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

The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:18, NIV) A building: “My Church” The Lord Jesus Christ speaks of “my Church.” The Church of our text is made up of all true believers in the … Continue reading The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

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 Word and witness in times of unbridled sin

Morally and spiritually we live in what might be a very low watermark.  However, there most probably were times when things looked somewhat worse.  What we might think is that the scale of moral decline is perhaps more widespread now that in most recent times.  The churches of the West have been in decline to … Continue reading God’s Word and witness in times of unbridled sin