Would you like to know where I am? I am at home in my Father’s house, in the mansion prepared for me there. I am where I would be -- No longer on the stormy sea, but in the safe and quiet harbor. My working time is done and I am resting. Would you know … Continue reading Weep Not for Me – Matthew Henry
What Old Disciples Owe the Young Ones
“…Until I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:18). “It is a debt which the old disciples of Christ owe to the succeeding generations to leave behind them a solemn testimony to the power, pleasure, and advantage of knowing Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s … Continue reading What Old Disciples Owe the Young Ones
Why are we not to fear death?
Psalm 23:4 says: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Matthew Henry expounds this text and JRR Tolkien shares a beautiful story: 1. Because there is no evil in it to a … Continue reading Why are we not to fear death?
Learning to love like Jesus – How?
John 13:34 traces two great movements of grace -- 'just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.' Jesus calls this his "new commandment." What makes this commandment new? In a nutshell, "Just as I have loved you" “New” (kainen) implies freshness rather than simply “recent.” The word in the original Koine … Continue reading Learning to love like Jesus – How?
Reflections on What Jesus Desires for His Church
The prayer in John 17 is Jesus’ longest prayer recorded in Scripture. In it, Jesus reveals his priorities for His people and what he was most passionate about for us prior to His death for our sins. Christ does not pray that his disciples might be rich and great in the world, but that … Continue reading Reflections on What Jesus Desires for His Church
Love Stoops to Conquer – Worship Reflections for John 13
The foot washing episode of John 13 serves as “a rebuke to the disciples’ ambitious strife, far more powerful than words could have spoken: Such a rebuke that never again do we see a hint of the old question, ‘Who should be greatest?’ It was Christ's answer to their unseemly conduct, and a lesson to … Continue reading Love Stoops to Conquer – Worship Reflections for John 13
Praying for Our Church Family from Acts 15
Every Wednesday evening a band of brothers and sisters meet together to pray for our church. We take one chapter of the book of Acts and share a few thoughts about it. Then, we pray Scripture for our church family. If you need some specific prayer requests to pray for yourself, your family and friends, … Continue reading Praying for Our Church Family from Acts 15
The Responsible Use of Gospel Freedom
Here are a few helpful quotes on how we are to use our gospel freedom responsibly. Remember that God's kingdom is not eating and drinking but living together in the righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; so serve Christ, not yourselves, with your eating and drinking. — Nelson Kloosterman A Christian is a … Continue reading The Responsible Use of Gospel Freedom
Reflections on Psalm 23
"I shall not want" is the theme of Ps. 23. I shall not lack for: rest and refreshment (v. 2), restoration and righteousness (v. 3), protection in trouble (v. 4), provision in the wilderness (v. 5), and a home to go to at the end of the days (v. 6). More is implied than is … Continue reading Reflections on Psalm 23