Atonement or Too Late for Repentance
The story of Esau is a sad tale of someone who could not repent and repair the damage done when he despised his birthright and traded it for a bowl of stew. Sometimes it is too late for repentance. The generation of those who saw all of God’s miracles in delivering them from Egypt lost out on their promised land. They too had put themselves into a situation where it was ‘too late for repentance.’ The history of God’s people is full of examples where communities and individuals habitually despised and rejected God’s word, his instructions, and refused to repent. On the other hand God had made provisions in his teaching for atonement. God would forgive those who sinned unwittingly and then willingly acknowledged their errors and took steps to make amends.
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Judgement and Justice
Judgement and Justice are vital issues in the mind of the Creator. In teaching the children of Israel the Lord God spelled out in detail his code of holiness – those things that were just and right in his sight. When it came to matters of judgement, the Lord God expected impartiality and a fair application of the laws that he had given the people.
In contrast to the unjust rulers of his day, Christ instructed his followers to consider the weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy and faithfulness in their relationships with others. When the Lord returns as Messiah to save his people one of his roles will be that of judge executing justice — rewarding the righteous and destroying the wicked.
So what does God expect of us today? Do we understand the weightier matters of the law? When we must make judgments, are we careful to judge with fairness and impartiality based on the standards set by God? More
The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippiur, has many important symbols and lessons that will enrich our worship of the Lord God and our Father. As Christians we should consider whether we are loving the world and its ways or whether we are devoted to the Father and his ways. Are we God’s friends? Are we receiving God’s gift of grace by walking with God and eschewing the ways of the devil? The two goats of the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, help us understand God’s remedy for the sin of the world.
Children of God — Spiritual DNA
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day claimed that they were children of God, and heirs of the promises made to Abraham. The irony was that they were also plotting to murder Jesus, something that would have been anathema to Abraham, their forefather. Jesus’ took the opportunity to discuss with them the issue of ‘Who is your Father,’ and point out the reality of who his Father was. Jesus’ observations infuriated them. Do you know what he said and why?
The question of who is our ‘progenitor’ spiritually speaking is still of vital importance and in many interesting ways our spiritual DNA mirrors the functions of physical DNA. Join us as we examine the scriptures and come to a deeper understanding of God’s spirit and how it works in us to fulfil a host of critical functions. More
August 26th, 2023
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Wise parents know that as children mature they should be given responsibilities in the family to help them feel a part of the family enterprise. By having family goals and a sense of purpose that incorporates a family’s children in the purpose of achieving those goals, a child’s feeling of belonging to the family increases and that his or her life has meaning and that his or her efforts are valued. Even mere employees of a corporate enterprise work best and most faithfully when their loyalty and hard work is appreciated by their employer who values their contributions and who shows appreciation for the efforts of their employees. As family members or merely as employees whenever we are given new responsibilities and our efforts are rewarded with appropriate respect and praise—we feel significant! More
August 24th, 2023
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Children of God – Imitating the Father
How do children learn? In early life patterns of thought and behaviour are learned through imitation. Children learn to sound and act like those who care for them. Spiritually speaking we are to follow this same pattern of development by imitating Christ — doing what he did. His life was an example, a model for us to admire and emulate. As our Messiah, Jesus came to honour his Father by serving his brethren and teaching as he had been taught. He came to model the attitudes and actions that would lead to abundant life. Sometimes his example was in direct contradiction to the attitudes of his era. Jesus’ approach to children, Gentiles, and the law of God was radically different from the normative societal practices. Are we following the Father’s teachings by imitating Christ in our attitudes and actions? More
August 12th, 2023
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Children of God — Love and Belonging
As children of God we are part of a family with God as our Father and many brothers and sisters. To maintain strong family ties and build close relationships, Jesus provided us the key.
He instructed his disciples, his followers, to love others in the same way that he had loved them.
This is a tall order! And yet it is vital to maintaining the bonds that bind families and church brethren together. So how do we love one another? And what is love, agape, as defined by the God whose defining characteristic is love? More