The Scripture speaks of this mystery of Christ in you. Well, how do you know that Christ is in you? Do you have a new heart? Can you say, “yes there was a time when I was a stranger to God. I was going my own way and doing my own things, but now I want to please Him. I’m different now, I’m a new creation. I want to know Christ and I want to know His will for my life. I want to submit to Him and live for Him because He is my Savior. He saved me from my sins. And I love Him.” If you talk and think like that then I think Christ is in you. Continue reading
Jesus once told a man, “go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Does that make you squirm a little bit? It should! Jesus was aiming at the idol of this man’s heart. He was rich like you and me. And he loved his stuff like you and me. It’s very important that you and I realize that God is the owner of all things. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.” Continue reading
We must admit that connecting the dots between the sovereignty of God and the fall of man gives us a headache. It is ultimately a mystery to us. We are quickly reminded that God’s ways are not our ways (see Isaiah 55:8-9). On the other hand, when we take our minds from the ‘how’ of what happened to the ‘what’ of what happened we quickly realize that we are witnesses to the mercy and grace of our Creator God. We see the depth of His mercy and grace in ways that we may have never known without the fall of man. For, we know Him now through Christ who is Head of the Church. We know now that God loved us so much that He was willing to send forth His eternal Son into fallen creation to die a sacrificial death in our place so that we might be saved from the curse of sin. And that shows forth the glory and the mercy and the grace of our God in Jesus Christ.
God’s power enables us to be patient. Paul prayed for the Colossian Christians to “be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Do you need more patience with people? We all do! Is it your neighbor? Your co-worker? Your school-mate? Is it someone at church or even someone in your own home? What will you do? Maybe sell your house and move to a different city? Quit your job? Quit your church? Quit your marriage? Should you not pray and ask for God’s power in your life so that you might be patient and trust God to help you deal with so and so? Can you not trust your God who is the Master of reconciliation? He is the God of grace and power who reconciles even the most difficult of relationships. Trust Him and be patient!
God graciously allows us to get a foretaste of heaven here on earth. It is only just a little nibble, but quite delightful. It takes place in the worship and the love and the service of God’s people together here on earth. And that’s why the body of Christ, the Church, is so important for anybody and everybody who calls themselves a Christian or a follower of Jesus Christ. Because it is among God’s people where we are to be reminded of the hope that we have for eternity. And what is that hope? It’s the sure hope of a place where there will be no more sin, no more pain, no more divorce, nor adultery, nor fighting, nor cancer, nor poverty, nor pride, nor death! And the list goes on. But it’s a place where we will dwell in the light of Christ forever. It’s a place where the former things of this life will have passed away and sin will be no more. That is what we hope for and it is laid up in heaven where Christ is.
There was once a presbyterian missionary from Scotland named John Paton. In the mid-1800s he went to the islands off the coast of Australia called the New Hebrides. An interesting thing about the people of the New Hebrides in those days is that they were practicing cannibals. In other words, they liked to eat people. But, this brave young man named John Paton wanted to go there and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. And so, he went there and learned their language and preached the Word of God to these people. Continue reading
Do you pray for your pastor? Do you pray for your elders? Your deacons? Do you want faithful and godly leadership? Then you must know that you have a part Continue reading
When we promise to support the church in it’s worship we are saying that worship is a priority in our lives and that we will be counted present when worship begins each Lord’s Day. Continue reading