Words from a faraway place and a long ago time, words for today, words for us

"The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:39). When Peter preached to the crowds on the day of Pentecost , he wasn't preaching only to the people who were in Jerusalem on that day. He was preaching "for all …

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Let us thank God for his great love. Let us praise him for his great faithfulness.

"I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations" (Psalm 89:1). "Through all generations": The world has changed so much since the time when the Psalms were written. The psalms are, still, inspiring us to worship the Lord. "Forever": For all eternity, the people of …

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Jesus, our Saviour; Jesus, our Lord

Mark 2 What was the first thing that Jesus said to the paralyzed man? He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (verse 5). What did Jesus say to Levi? He said, “Follow me” (verse 14). From forgiveness to following: We do not receive forgiveness as a reward for following Jesus. Forgiveness is God’gift, We have done nothing to deserve his …

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The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God

Mark 1 What's the first thing that Mark tells us about Jesus Christ? He tells us that Jesus is "the Son of God" (verse 1). This is so important. If we think that we're reading about an ordinary man, we're missing the point. Jesus is the Son of God: Where does this come from? It …

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Berkouwer’s "A Half Century of Theology"

In his post, Theological autobiography, Ben Myers writes, "Although there hasn’t been much theological autobiography in the past century, G. C. Berkouwer’s A Half Century of Theology(1977) deserves mention. It’s a stimulating discussion of major developments in twentieth-century theology from the perspective of Berkouwer’s own experience and development."

The Holy Spirit – Learning from 1 Samuel

Everyone was so happy - ‘Long live the king! (1 Samuel 10:24). Everything seemed to be so promising - ‘The Spirit of God came mightily upon Saul’ (1 Samuel 11:6). God’s people were victorious (1 Samuel 11:11). God’s people ‘rejoiced greatly’ (1 Samuel 11:15). This is not, however, the whole story. Things were to get …

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