An everlasting love. An all consuming love. A burning passion. A love that never dies. What has God promised us? He will never leave nor forsake you, for He has told you in His Word. In Deuteronomy 31:6 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” And Romans 13:5 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” And Romans 8: 38-39 that took my breath upon my first reading of it: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Perhaps you are not a believer in eternal love because you have been hurt by people,Continue reading »

Someone came up to me the other day and sighed, “Believing in God doesn’t work.” I asked him if he had prayed and he got a bit irritated. “Of course I prayed. But God didn’t say anything, and my problems are now bigger than ever.” What are we to say to someone who needs some real encouragement in such times of doubt and frustration? God is a whole lot bigger than that little box in which we put Him, and our own understanding can cause us a lot of problems. Let’s look at it for a moment. There is a well known anecdote about a shipwrecked sailor who got washed ashore on an uninhabited island. As a real modern Robinson Crusoe he set out to survive, and built himself a small hut and lived off the fruits and herbs he could find. And every day he desperately prayed to God for rescue. But it didn’t seem God was answering. One day, when he was hunting, his little hut caught fire.Continue reading »

According to the Bible pride isn’t really a virtue. Of course when you accomplished something important, or finally reached a goal after many struggles, a certain sense of pride and satisfaction and a good feeling about yourself is only good and proper, but that’s not the kind of pride the Bible condemns. Our human, inborn selfish nature has a tendency to elevate itself above others, and before we know we say things like, “I thank thee, O God, that I am not like that sinner over there.” That kind of arrogancy inevitably leads to a fall. Pride was ultimately what caused Satan to fall, and we therefore do well to recognise the symptoms so we can actively fight against it. Pride is a formidable foe and we should not underestimate its dangers. When the pastor was ill, the elders asked the youth pastor to take his place and deliver the sermon that Sunday. The young, but inexperienced young man was elated. Finally he could show the world what he wasContinue reading »

Trust in God gives us a feeling of peace, rest and general well-being. And when you are peaceful and confident you cannot help but show it to those around you. Others feel it and pick up on it. Considering the sad state of this present world, it seems like radiating peace and faith is an enormous service to the world around us. There was a big public hospital at the edge of the jungle, somewhere deep in the heart of Africa. It was well equipped and had plenty of beds to help the poor and the sick. But strangely enough, it turned out that there were many sick people who preferred to go to a small hospital deep in the jungle, many hours away. The place was run by some missionaries and was not at all easy to reach. And yet that hospital helped more sick people than the big one at the edge of the jungle. Why was that? Why would the people suffer a strenuous journey with theirContinue reading »

It is natural for those of us who live in Western culture to want to excel. We grew up listening to quotes like this one attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle,” or this one from an ad, “You can dream about your goals all you want, but you won’t ever reach them if you don’t do anything to achieve them.” We are almost brainwashed into believing bigger is better; the more the merrier; climb the corporate ladder; be all you can be; it’s hard to soar with the eagles when you hang with turkeys; if you don’t have a plan, you’ll be a part of someone else’s plan. Then, there are quotes about goals and success: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, but ofContinue reading »

She met me at the door; dancing. There she was, jumping up and down for joy, barking and wagging her tail as if to say: ‘He’s back, my master is back!’ After a long and tiring day I received the most wonderful welcome from our black Labrador Retriever. It made me feel good and I couldn’t help but smile and give her the attention she demanded. After all, a dog is man’s best friend. But then a funny thought struck me: “Am I just as excited when I meet with Jesus?” I’ll be honest. I have a ways to go. I treasure prayer and I enjoy studying my Bible, but compared to the sincere outburst of joy that’s coming from my dog upon seeing me, I have a ways to go. Why is my dog so happy to see me? I suppose the answer is as simple as it is deep. It’s because she treasures being with me. She isn’t only happy because she knows I secure her food, andContinue reading »

The central point of the Christian faith is Jesus – crucified for our sins, raised from the dead, our gateway to God. The Bible says to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,” (Hebrews 12:2) not on the Catholics or the Baptists or Methodists and the perceived error of their doctrines compared our personal denomination. Let’s wake up and see this for what it is, just another smoke screen from Satan to keep us running in circles chasing “truth” while the world is going to Hell! When we compare ourselves to others, and find them lacking in our sight we are doing exactly what got us kicked out of the garden in the first place! God gave Adam and Eve everything good, everything pure, including their undefiled hearts. And what defiles our hearts? Evil. They had no knowledge of evil, only good. Until the serpent came along, convinced Eve he was her new BFF and said, “Hey, Eve, you know God is just holding outContinue reading »

Some time ago a businessman was having a visit from an important investor that had the potential to greatly benefit his company. In the middle of their discussion they took a coffee break, and the investor started to discuss some personal problems. He got quite upset as he was relating a business deal that had gone sour and started to curse profusely. “I am sorry,” said the other man, “but what you just said, really hurt me. I am a Christian, and I believe dearly in the God that you just ridiculed. Please don’t say these things in my presence.” The investor looked stunned for a moment and suddenly roared: “What do you think, man? I am a Christian too. I even teach Sunday school.” The first man shook his head and quietly said: “Maybe so, but it’s hard to believe. You certainly don’t act like it.”Right away a little voice in his head whispered, “Nicely done; you just ruined the deal. Congratulations.” A month later the investor came back.Continue reading »

Why would I believe in Jesus? After all, there are so many religions and philosophies and they all claim to have the answer, so why Christianity? Isn’t it just another religion? I was talking to a young man who was adamant in his conviction that Christians were narrow-minded and should be much more tolerant of other religions and philosophies. He shook his head and wondered, “Don’t you know that all roads lead to Rome?” Why Christians are so easily being branded as intolerant is a bit puzzling, as Jesus Himself reached out to everybody and never excluded anybody. He has commanded us clearly to do the same, regardless of race, color or worldview. When Jesus said to love your neighbor, He meant everyone we come in contact with. But this statement that all roads lead to Rome demands further investigation. Are there really so many different religions? It may seem that way, but in essence, there are only two religions. Only two; come on, you must know better than that?Continue reading »

Who doesn’t like to go out to a fine restaurant with friends and have a wonderful time without having to worry about the bill? Isn’t it wonderful if you can simply shrug your shoulders and smile when the mailman drops an unexpected, big bill on your doormat because you can easily handle it? Having money in this present world makes things easier, but the downside is that money has become the driving force for many in our materialistic society, and God has been pushed out of the picture. However the Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil. It calls the love (and lust) for money the root of all evil. Money and how to handle it can easily become a temptation, even for sincere Christians. As with everything, it’s all about balance. “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” * A young woman visited an old friend of her father’s. This man had been very successful andContinue reading »

This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered [by the priests in the tabernacle] were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order. Hebrews 9:9-10 (NIV) Here the writer (assumed to be Paul) is talking about the tabernacle that was constructed in the wilderness by the Israelites per God’s instruction to Moses, along with the regulations for sacrifices and offerings to atone for sin. Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can’t really get to the heart of the matter; they can’t assuage the conscious of the people, and are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. It is essentially a temporary arrangement until a complete overhaul could be made. The people brought their sacrifices to the tabernacle, and later to the temple, for the priest to offer atonement for their sins day after day, year after year, until all the meaning had been strippedContinue reading »