“Being a Christian in the world today often focuses on the faith that badgers and harries God in prayer to do now, already, what others are content to wait for in the future.” (N.T. Wright
Sermon Text: Matthew 12:22-32 “If Jesus was really bringing God’s kingdom into reality, refusing to recognize it means cutting yourself off from its effects, of which forgiveness is one of the chief ones.” (N.T. Wright) “This saying about the unforgivable sin is a wake-up call to the arrogant, not a bogey to frighten those of tender conscience.” (R.T. France) […]
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24) “In him we have redemption through his blood.” (Ephesians 1:7)
Scripture Reading from John 4 Tim Kuehl (South Africa) Message from God’s Word, Richard Akers (South Africa)
Scripture Reading: Elmer Surigao, Acts 16:16-31 (Philippines); Message: Jon Wiziarde (Panama)
“I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offence in it. We cannot blink the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in His opinions and so inflammatory in His language that He was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place […]
“Christ died to save us, not from suffering, but from ourselves; not from injustice, far less from justice, but from being unjust. He died that we might live, but live as he lives – by dying as he died, who died to himself that he might live unto God. If we do not die to […]
Sermon ‘Crumbs’ The Psalms often urge us to “sing a new song” (33:3; 40:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isaiah 42:10). Psalms 146-150 begin and end with Hallelu Yah, which is translated Praise the Lord.
“The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1) “The law of the Lord is perfect.” (Psalm 19:7)
God is not in the least threatened or thrown by the rebellion of the wicked; neither are those who take refuge in him.
Without justification it is impossible to have real peace. Conscience forbids it. Sin is a mountain between a man and God, and must be taken away. The sense of guilt lies heavy on the heart and must be removed. Unpardoned sin will murder peace. The true Christian knows all this well. His peace arises from […]
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11) “Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, ‘I don’t want this ever to end.’ But it invariably does. The hearts in heaven say, […]