God loves us. He comes to us. He calls us to come to Him. The call of Samuel is a vivid example of what God can do in the lives of children. Samuel’s early response to God set in motion a whole process of events leading Samuel to become ‘a prophet of the Lord’ through […]Read more "God loves us …"
The Gospel turns the world’s values upside down – the ‘poor in the world’ are ‘rich in faith’ (James 2:5). We are to live according to the Gospel. We are not to be controlled by the world’s way of thinking. If we ‘show favouritism’, we place ourselves in a dangerous position – ‘judgment without mercy’. […]Read more "Don’t let anyone or anything come before God. He must come first – every time."
Simon the magician was impressed by the ‘signs and great miracles’, but his ‘heart’ was ‘not right before God’(Acts 8:13,19). The Ethiopian’s conversion was real. Searching the Scriptures, he found the Saviour (Acts 8:30-35). From the Ethiopian’s conversion, we learn of Jesus’ promise: ‘Seek and you will find’. From Simon’s tragedy, we hear Jesus’ warning: […]Read more "Make sure that it’s real!"
Revelation 10:1-11:19 ‘Take the little scroll and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey’ (10:9). We are to feed on God’s Word – the difficult parts as well as those passages which make us feel good. God’s Word speaks about judgment as well […]Read more "Feeding On All Of God’s Word"
Hosea 14:1-9; Hosea 6:1-3; Mark 2:1-22 We begin our approach to the Lord’s Table with words which are found in both Hosea 14:1 and Hosea 14:2 – “Return to the Lord.” To those who return to Him, God gives wonderful promises: (a) “I will love them freely” (Hosea 14:4); (b) “I will heal their backsliding” […]Read more "Coming to the Lord’s Table: Hosea 14:1-9; Hosea 6:1-3; Mark 2:1-22"
There is only one Kingdom which stands forever – the Kingdom of God. His Kingdom is eternal. Through Christ, ‘the Kingdom of God has come near to us’(Luke 10:9). Christ is the ‘King of kings’(Revelation 17:14;19:16). ‘His throne will last for ever and ever’. ‘His Kingdom will never end’. ‘He will reign for ever and […]Read more "‘In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a Kingdom that will never be destroyed’(Daniel 2:44)."
Matthew 25:14–46 We are to be faithful to God (21). There is a reward for faithfulness (29; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Our ‘reward’ is not to get more glory for ourselves: ‘what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord’ (2 Corinthians 4:5). Bringing glory to God – this is to be our greatest […]Read more "Bringing Glory To God – This Is To Be Our Greatest Joy."