The Lord had set before Solomon the path of blessing and the path of disfavour. Solomon did not choose the path of blessing, and God put his plan into action before Solomon’s death. God had foreseen that Jeroboam would be king over ten of the tribes of Israel. He now sent the prophet Ahijah to prepare Jeroboam.Read More
Elijah is an unforgettable bible figure who is part of eight chapters in the narrative of the kings of Israel. All that the Bible reveals of his background is that he is from the village of Tishbe in Gilead. Elijah is recognized as the greatest prophet after Moses. He appeared with Jesus at his transfiguration as the one who represents the prophets, along with Moses who represents the law (Matthew 17: 3).Read More compassion, mercy, salvation
Our God is a God of miracles. When he puts spiritual truth on display, often he reverses physical truth. As he intended, when we are faced with the unexplainable we have to concede that we are not in full control of our world.
The Jews of Jesus’ day had compartmentalized the events they saw unfolding.Read More salvation, witness
Psalm 34 is a wonderful salvation sermon song. In the original Hebrew text it’s arranged as an acrostic with all but the last verse beginning with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Song (v.1-3). David wrote this psalm shortly after feigning insanity before Achish the Philistine king of Gath (cf. 1 Samuel 21).Read More salvation
Read Reflect This passage is about forming and there are two kinds of forming going on. First, God is forming his people. The passage begins and ends with God telling his people to “fear not” because he has formed them, and as such they “will not be forgotten by me.” The second forming was Israel […]Read More forming, idols, Possessions, salvation, technology
Read Reflect The letter to the Galatians is one of the first the apostle Paul wrote. It is his angriest. Angry? The apostle of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, angry? Very angry. Why? Because some people had infiltrated the church with “another message,” or, as he literally puts it, “another good news.” People […]Read More anger, good deeds, salvation, sufficiency of Jesus’ death
Read Reflect Psalm 17 is certainly challenging to read. There is so much here that can cause us to stumble if we do not rightly place ourselves within the context of the psalm. As you read, you will notice that David is calling out for the Lord to acknowledge the righteous (vv 1-5). After he […]Read More enemies, protection, righteousness, salvation, vindication
Read Reflect I must have only been on my journey in ministry a few months when I started to feel the weight of looming judgment around me. People who I thought were my friends seemed to be waiting for me to trip up and do something wrong. It was as if they wanted to “catch […]Read More accusers, enemies, salvation
Read Reflect Sin controls everyone (v 22), and obeying religious laws, rituals or rites does not put us in right standing with God. How so? If it were possible for us as sinners, through our own efforts, to attain the perfection required by God, then law-keeping would have been a means of salvation. Then it […]Read More freedom, gift, law-keeping, salvation
Read Reflect I was adopted into the family of God in the last week of November, 1979. It was phenomenal. By faith, I confessed my sin and asked Christ to be my Lord and Saviour. It still leaves me in awe. I was a child of the world, then God adopted me as his son. […]Read More adoption, inheritance, privilèges, salvation