All tagged Jan 18

Faith: Knowing Our Firm Foundation

How many times have we read through Genesis 22 and been amazed at the depth of Abraham’s faith? How many of us have perhaps sat looking at our children, wondering how it was possible that Abraham, without hesitation or argument, rose up early in the morning to obey God’s command to sacrifice his only son?

The Glory Of The Cross—Part 1

When reading in the gospels it is always instructive to compare and contrast the four records, noticing what is unique, or what is different. This is a particularly illuminating exercise in relation to the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. For example, why doesn’t John record the three hours of darkness or rending of the veil? Why is Mark so fastidious about time? And so on. 

Roman Sevens: Seven Mentions of Christ in Romans 1.1-7

What makes a good introduction? If you were writing a letter to a group of believers you had never met how would it begin? At 7,114 words Paul’s letter to the Romans is his longest, and the same goes for his introduction. One would think that if it was his plan to write such a treatise he could have used, at least, 100 of those 7,000 words to talk about his daily life.

Crowns of Christ

February 6th of this year marks the beginning of the 66th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth nations. She ascended to the throne in February of 1953, but didn’t have a coronation until June of the following year. Though she was the rightful queen, she wasn’t formally crowned until a later time. 

The Weapons Of Our Warfare

We might not think it, but every Christian is in the midst of a war. Paul knew it, and he spoke of it often; 'fight the good fight' and 'be a good soldier,' he told Timothy. 'Put on the armour of God' he instructed the Ephesians. Here he informs the Corinthians about the 'weapons of our warfare.'

Worthy Remembrance In A New Year

For most people, including myself, there is something nice about the start of a new year and many of us usually begin it armed with a set of resolutions and goals we want to accomplish. We dwell on the year that has passed and we signal 2017 as either the best, or perhaps the worst year we’ve had.

A Tribute To The Bible

This anonymous poem, extolling the virtues of Scripture, is well worth committing to memory.

The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

New Year's Resolutions

Some people make a great deal about New Year’s Resolutions, declaring to all what sort of great change in diet, exercise or other commitment to personal improvement. Numbers 6 gives instructions on a greater resolution, a vow, which was available for the children of Israel. It was a vow of separation to God for His purposes.

The Trinity

Like 2016 before it, 2017 was a year of controversy for the doctrine of the Trinity. It is disconcerting that what is one of the most distinctive of Biblical truths, is also a point of controversy among Christians. Criticism from Islam, and some of the cults, such as Jehovah's Witnesses and the Church of the Latter Day Saints, is to be expected. But the controversy within evangelical Christianity (albeit online) is a much more nuanced argument. It doesn't doubt the existence of the Trinity, rather it queries the nature of the Trinity.