A Prayer for our anxious age

"Lord, help me be faithful during my waiting period. Your promises will be fulfilled in my life, for you are a God who cannot lie. However, I can dishonour you by worry, impatience or fear when I refuse to trust in the process. I can bring myself much pain and stress when I get anxious … Continue reading A Prayer for our anxious age

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Rejoicing in persecution

1 Peter 4:12-16 According to Open Doors, 11 Christians are killed daily for their decision to follow Christ. In North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and several other countries, it is extremely difficult to be a Christian. Believers are attacked by both the state and Islamist groups. Systematic killings of Christians have also been ongoing in … Continue reading Rejoicing in persecution

Diversity: A Christian View

Diversity is a hot-button topic today. It is as though modern society has realized that it must recognize the wide differences that exist within the human race and allow for their expression. There is an interesting description of this concept on a website linked to the University of Oregon in the United States. It reads thus: The … Continue reading Diversity: A Christian View

The grace of humility

1 Peter 5:6-11 Humility is a Christian grace. It is a quality which makes us much like Christ and so unlike the world. And it is a grace which yields more grace. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (v. 5) Why does God oppose the proud? Because the proud person is … Continue reading The grace of humility

A Tale of two kings

Jeremiah 31:15 The birth of Christ was attended by great sorrow. In one day, several mothers were brought to tears when King Herod ordered all toddlers in Bethlehem to be slaughtered. Why? He learnt a new king had been born there and he didn't want a rival. Years earlier, Jeremiah had described the sorrow felt … Continue reading A Tale of two kings

Righteous Suffering

1 Peter 3:8-18 The Christian life comes with a good dose of suffering. We are a people seeking God's glory in a world that is hostile to him. Whether overt or subtle, the believer feels the world's opposition. A look, a remark, an attack - it comes in various forms. And it can be discouraging. … Continue reading Righteous Suffering

Remember Judas

Matthew 27:3 I wonder what Judas thought. He changed his mind when he saw that Jesus was condemned. What was he thinking? Did he think the Jewish rulers merely wanted a word with Christ? He cheapened Christ, betraying him for thirty pieces of silver. He obviously saw no value in Christ beyond the monetary gain … Continue reading Remember Judas

Already and Not-yet

Isaiah 35:5,6 The entrance of Christ into our world was like 'water breaking forth in the wilderness, and stream in the desert' (Isaiah 35:6). He came in power, healing all who were oppressed of the Devil. He came literally opening the eyes of the blind, unlocking the ears of the deaf, and causing the lame … Continue reading Already and Not-yet

A King without borders

Psalm 72:11-13 Christ came as the awaited Messiah who would occupy David's throne. This passage reflects the expectation that he would be a global King, whose rule would extend over all the earth. While the Jewish hope that the Messiah would literally live in Jerusalem in a restored palace wasn't realized, Christ does reign as … Continue reading A King without borders

A God who keeps his word

Jeremiah 23:7-8 At the centre of the message of the Bible is a God who keeps his word. When he makes a promise, we can certainly count on him to fulfill it. God promised a Redeemer right after our first parents sinned. The entire story line of the scriptures is basically how this promise was … Continue reading A God who keeps his word