To be GOD’s friend

Genesis 18:17,  19 Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? ……. For I know him….. Genesis 22:12 ……. For now I know that thou fearest God……. God graciously visits those in whom He has raised the expectation of Him. He reveals His Secrets to His friends, but only human improbability often sets up in contradiction to the Divine Promise. Those who are fittest to rule have learned to obey, and it was implicit obedience that secured Continue Reading

Heaven’s Profound Silence

Isaiah 53:2 For (the Servant of God) grew up before Him like a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; He has no (royal, kingly pomp) form or comeliness that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him. Who has known sorrow as the sorrow of God as He witnessed the trial and ensuing crucifixion of His only begotten Son, Jesus. Legions of angels, who were ready to intervene in a heart beat, were astonished – and a Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place ================ Isaiah 32:9–20 Time and again in the Old Testament, the spiritual health of the people of Israel and the health and well-being of their land reflect each other. God had given the Israelites their own land, a land of plenty and fruitfulness. Where is your “Canaan”? What are the unique beauties and distinctive features of the place where you live? Biology professor David S. Koetje provides insights Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: A Land of Milk and Honey

A Land of Milk and Honey ======================== Exodus 3:8 God’s promise to Moses on behalf of the people must have sounded larger-than-life: it was “a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Ex 3:8)—a place fairly oozing with the best of creation’s bounty. God was indeed planning to bless his people abundantly. God still provides for his own, both corporately (his church) and individually, although not always Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: Reconciling the Symbols

Reconciling the Symbols ======================= Ecclesiastes 3:1–11 Christian environmental educators Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson reflect on two important symbols: The most powerful symbol in our time is the picture of the earth from space … But that image of the planet seems to hold for many today their only hope of wholeness. Individual life, they say, is meaningless; what counts is the health of the planet … Christians too are Continue Reading

Infinite Antiquity – Absolute Sovereignty

1 Chronicles 4:22 And these are ancient things. Yet not so ancient as those precious things which are the delight of our souls. Let us for a moment recount them, telling them over as misers count their gold. The sovereign choice of the Father, by which He elected us unto eternal life, or ever the earth was, is a matter of vast antiquity, since no date can be conceived for it by the mind of man. We were chosen from before the Continue Reading

Election

“But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 33:1-12 Revelation points us to a period long before this world was fashioned, to Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: Stewards of Our Stories

Stewards of Our Stories ======================= Acts 26:1–23 When Paul is brought before Agrippa and given the opportunity to plead his case, he presents the gospel by telling his own story, including the electrifying account of his conversion. Most of us do not have stories as dramatic as Paul’s, but anyone who has met Jesus has a story to tell. Our stories—not only the stories of our conversions, but the stories of our faith journeys and Continue Reading

GOD is STILL Sovereign

Daniel 2:37-38 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of Heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath He given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. This confirms the statement of Daniel in vs 21, “He removeth kings, and setteth up kings”. God is still sovereign and Continue Reading