April 16th, 2022
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There are major differences between the Good Friday – Easter tradition and the biblical Passover- Unleavened Bread festival that relate to the issue of faith and obedience. Are we following the biblical instructions and ‘hitting the target’ or are we ‘missing the mark’ and continuing in sin. Are we disobedient like Adam who heard God’s instructions but did not do them? Or, are we following in Jesus’ footsteps who both listened to and performed all the the Father had asked him to do?
We demonstrate our obedience to God, in that having been forgiven, we step out in faith to do and to teach others to do God’s will in all matters. The stories relating to the Passover give us a powerful testimony of the need for faithful obedience. Moses had rehearsed all of God’s instructions to the Israelites. They were to kill a perfect lamb, put its blood around their doors, and be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. This they did exactly as they had been instructed by God, and he protected them from the death angel that killed the Egyptian firstborn. But now that they were leaving Egypt — whether Israelite or Gentile — they were required to eat unleavened bread for the week. And there was a powerful spiritual lesson in this physical action. More
April 9th, 2022
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The mission of the disciples of Christ was to go into the world and teach by word and example ‘all things’ that Jesus had taught. Today, we live in a society that is embracing values that stand in stark opposition to the truth of scripture, and those values that conform to reality as Jesus instructed.
As a result, we face a challenge similar to that of our ancestors in the faith who lived 2,000 years ago. Through the power of God’s spirit we must understand the boundaries that we must respect. We must determine those ideas and actions that we must resist at all costs — what is ‘unclean’ according to the Word of God. We must know what is acceptable to God — what is ‘clean.’ More
April 3rd, 2022
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Preparing for Passover:
As we approach the Passover season the scriptures encourage us to consider God’s plans for us and our response. Are we preparing for Passover?
- Do we understand our calling?
- Have we made a commitment to forsake our sins and embrace God’s ways?
- Have we gained a deeper appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice and forgiveness?
- Do we look to Christ’s example as our guide to daily living?
- Are we walking faithfully in covenant with the Father?
Are we doing the good works of loving our neighbour as Christ loves us?
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 1 Cor. 11
Paul’s Testimony about preparing for Passover is something that even atheist and agnostic scholars acknowledge as solid historical evidence of Jesus’ life and ministry. At this time of year it is important to consider the foundation of our faith as Christians. So it may come as a surprise that even secular historians give credence to the veracity and trustworthiness of the gospels and Paul’s writings. Scholars support the eye-witness reports of scripture as authentic accounts of historic events. So let’s consider Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as recounted by these faithful witnesses.
April 2nd, 2022
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A Comfortable Syncretism?
Sometimes the truth is ‘hard to swallow’ so people settle for a convenient syncretism — a comforting blend of truth and lies. Jesus had spoken to his disciples and followers about ‘drinking his blood and eating his body.’ But what he said was difficult to understand, even offensive, and as a result many stopped following Jesus. They did not understand that the Passover symbols of bread and wine were given to represent Jesus’ death, his body and blood. It was only through this sacrifice that he could give the gift of eternal life to all who trusted in him.
Jesus also spoke a hard truth to the Samaritans, who thought they were following God’s will in their religious worship. But the reality was that they had a long history of syncretism, blending the truth of God with their traditions. As the chronicler of Kings wrote, the Samaritans ‘feared the Lord’ and served their own gods. This mixing of truth and error is not in accordance with God’s will, as he asks those who worship him, to do so in spirit and truth. So are we slipping into a comfortable syncretism? More
March 17th, 2022
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Pride Comes Before a Fall
Asaph, a temple musician and singer during the reign of King David understood a great deal about pride and the nature of the proud. His Psalm 73 reflects on the attitudes and actions of the arrogant, those powerful elites who crushed the people and despised God.
Asaph asked the question, “Why do the wicked prosper?” and came to understand the power of the biblical worldview, and the truth that ‘pride comes before a fall.’ It is amazing to think that this Psalm was sung in the temple. It was a condemnation of the proud, the self-serving rulers of the day, and an encouragement to all who would humbly put their trust in God. More
March 12th, 2022
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God hears the petitions and prayers of his people. Whether we are in personal distress, or our nations are facing daunting foes, our prayers can make all the difference. Hezekiah, the King of Judah, knew this to be true when the Assyrians attacked Jerusalem. Earlier, Hezekiah had been on his death bed, but God had heard his prayers and seen his tears, and healed him of a fatal illness. So when Sennacharib’s army began to demolish the cities of Judah, Hezekiah knew where to turn for help. Do we? More
March 9th, 2022
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Understanding Paul’s Message to the Colossians
There is a great deal of confusion in the minds of many Christians when it comes to God’s expectations and the role of the law in the life of the Christian. Perhaps, you have wrestled with some of these questions:
- Was the law “nailed to the cross?”
- Does “grace” eliminate the need for the law?
- Are there different standards for Jew and Gentile?
- Are the ten commandments still valid, but the statutes are not?
- Was Paul’s attitude in opposition to the teachings of James and other new covenant writers in regards to the law?
- What is the unified message that the scriptures present concerning the law of God?
- How should we understand the concepts of torah in the Hebrew scriptures and nomos in the Greek scriptures?
- And how will this vital knowledge transform our hearts and minds?
Let the scriptures speak for themselves, so you can know God’s mind on these matters!
Mystery of Lawlessness: Understanding Colossians
When the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that “the mystery of lawlessness was already at work,” he was confirming that the things Jesus had prophesied were already coming to pass within decades after Christ’s death. Later, John’s writings confirm that John also had to confront the false teachers who were preaching a gospel of “anomia/lawlessness” and leading many away from the truth. And what of our time? What is the reality in most of the Christian world, when it comes to teaching about God’s law; must we be aware and wary of the anti-nomians, those who teach, “anomia?” More