All tagged Dec 18

The Pilgrim Ark

The Ark of the Covenant is a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus. It was the single most important vessel of the tabernaclebeing the very throne of God. It was constructed of shittim wood (incorruptible humanity) inlaid and overlaid with gold (deity) – how blessed to remember that God (gold) was manifest in the flesh (shittim wood)! These were twoseparate and different materials, but one glorious vessel. Likewise the Lord Jesus is perfect humanity and full deity in one glorious person. This Ark was the meeting place between God and His people – so the Lord Jesus is the one Mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2.5). But, as one year closes and another opens, I would like to leave a word (or three!) of encouragement in relation to the movements of this most holy of objects. The Ark was…

Why I Am Not An Atheist

This is a longer read but well worth the effort. As the author points out, Atheists will argue about ‘evidence’ forever, and no matter how much you produce it will never be enough. But the power of a testimony is irrefutable. After a gospel meeting a few years ago, two atheists told me that although they disagreed with me on a number of points, they could not deny that the people at the church had something that they did not. It made me think of the blind man in John 9; “This is a remarkable thing, that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see” (v 30, NET). If you are a Christian then read this and rejoice; if you are an atheist, read this and reconsider. (The Editor)

O, Day of Deepest Sorrow

Today we publish a hymn written by John Nelson Darby, a prolific nineteenth century theologian and gospel preacher. While he is famous for the depth, intensity and oftentimes the complexity of his writings, his hymns are more accessible, Christ exalting and deeply poignant. As we go to remember our Saviour again today, let us remind ourself of His day of deepest sorrow. 

Teaching in the Upper Room: Comfort for the Troubled Heart–Words Of Strength [2]

If you address an audience with word of comfort, there will always be a listening ear. Speaking a word of consolation to an individual can be refreshment to their soul. When the Lord Jesus addressed His disciples, He had a room full of young men who were deeply troubled. In this article, we will resume considering the confusion and sadness that the disciples were experiencing in the upper room and how the Lord sought to comfort their troubled hearts.

Magnify The Lord With Me

Every week we get another opportunity to do exactly as David instructs in this Psalm: "O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together."

What a call! "Magnify" means ‘make strong' or 'declare the greatness of.” “Let us exalt" or ‘raise up' or ‘lift high.’ To be clear, the Lord does not need us to declare His greatness, for He is great; nor does he require us to lift His name high, for it is already so. But, He wants us to, and commands us to, for no other reason than He delights to hear His people worship Him. David knew this, and he understood the immense spiritual benefit that came as a result.

The Trial of Faith

Luke has just finished writing about the parables of the Lord, where he has pressed the point that genuine faith is evident faith (v1-21). If there is no fruit on the branch then there is no faith in the root. Faith that begins is faith that preserves – “faith without works is dead” (Js. 2:20). A person that is saved can never be lost but it is equally true that a person who is saved will overcome; “for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 Jn. 5:4).

Teaching in the Upper Room: Comfort for the Troubled Heart–The Diagnosis and Remedy [1]

“In every pew sits a broken heart.” If the title of the book co-authored by Billy Graham’s daughter Ruth is true, then surely in every pew there must be multiple troubled hearts. Circumstances tend to send our minds swirling as we ponder the hypothetical outcomes of our present dilemmas. We have all been there: distracted in our seats by events that are affecting our lives, tuning in and out of reality. For the disciples in the upper room, bewilderment was agitating what should have been a peaceful Passover meal. However, the Master of the gathering was near to assure them that their heart didn’t need to be troubled if they would just have faith. We will examine this cause and cure that the Lord presents to the troubled heart.

The Word—John 1:14 [8]

John has described the Lord Jesus in some fairly abstract terms until now; we have seen him as life and as light, but here in wonderful succinctness we read that “the Word was made flesh”. This is personal, relational and close. The eternal Word who was in intimate union with God and is essentially God became man.