Month: August 2018

  • The Innocence of Children

    The Innocence of Children

    Everyone somehow knows how special young children are.  Jesus said not to look down on them for their angels always behold the face of His Father in heaven (Matt. 18:10).  But we also know that while they are growing up they lose this innocence.  Paul describes the process in Romans Chapter 1.  It starts off […]

  • The Gospel Truth – This Happened!

    The Gospel Truth – This Happened!

    There is a reason Jesus and Paul were able to say to us all that there is good news for everyone.  There is!  Jesus, the Son of God, died for your sins and then rose again. Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed […]

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life

    According to an understanding of the Scriptures by many people (e.g. C.S. Lewis) everyone’s name is in the Book of Life because of what Jesus did on the Cross.  But are you living in such a way that God will have to blot you out of it? So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, […]

  • Working with Integrity

    Working with Integrity

    Can you be trusted? A man of integrity engenders trust among those he works for, with and to. His bosses trust him to deliver and let him get on with it. The manager doesn’t have to continually look over his shoulder and call him to account for he knows that he will do a good […]

  • Not in your control

    Not in your control

    When you were born you had no choice about it nor anything connected with it.  Your parents were not your choice.  Your skin colour, the colour of your eyes and hair, what kind of body frame you have have nothing to do with your free will.  When you were born and where were not your […]

  • Our hope is in the next life not this one

    Our hope is in the next life not this one

    Our lives are hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, appears, we also will appear with Him in glory.  (Col. 3:3-4) Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens (Beatitude 1: Matt. 5:3) Blessed are those who mourn now for they will be comforted (Beatitude […]

  • The Self-Effacement of God

    The Self-Effacement of God

    It is a curious paradox of the Christian faith that the God we worship is one who simultaneously reveals Himself very clearly to those who are born again and hides in a dark cloud from those who are not.  Paul says that God has transferred Christians from a kingdom of darkness to a kingdom of […]

  • The Heavens

    The Heavens

    Fix your hope fully on the grace that is to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13) In the beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12), all the rewards promised are exclusively related to the next life, not this one.  The parallel passage in Luke 6:20-26 makes this even more clear. One of the […]

  • The Difference between Pardon and Forgiveness

    The Difference between Pardon and Forgiveness

    Jesus words on forgiveness are stark:  Unless you forgive others you cannot be forgiven.  He makes that very clear in the Lord’s prayer (Matt. 6:15), in the parable of the indebted servant in Matthew 18:21-35 and elsewhere. However forgiveness and pardon are not the same thing.  To pardon someone is to let them off, to […]

  • Spoken Word: Psalm 91

    Spoken Word: Psalm 91

    This is a most remarkable psalm.  It seems impossible but as I look back over my life and my family’s this has certainly been true. I recorded this on my PC reading from the New Living Translation.  There is faith building power in the heart of the listener when the Scripture is read aloud with […]