Sunday, February 24, 2013

in your hand

Reading Exodus 4:1-17

The children of Israel had been in the land of Egypt for 430 years. The Lord God Himself summarized their life in Egypt in Exodus 3: 7-10. The time had come for the Israelites to come out and be free. God then calls Moses to be involved in the work of liberating Israel from the land of Egypt.

Moses is like every one of us. We want to serve God in a very big and remarkable way but we do not, as we assume, have the right tools. “I wish I am better trained!”, “I wish I could speak like Billy Graham and have all the opportunities that he has!” “I wish this  ... and I wish that” You know all the things you had wished you had. The problem with all these wishes is that it makes us neglect the one we have.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

grace and works
* Post updated September 2014

Reading: Ephesians 2:1-22

GRACESalvation from commencement to consummation; service from start to finish, and sanctification from beginning to end, are all associated with the grace of God. 

Grace has been described as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”. Unmerited, undeserved favour! Unlimited favour to the undeserving; all who by reason of transgression have forfeited every claim to divine favour, and have lost all capacity for meritorious action. Let us look at the Scriptural definition of grace in Titus 3:4-5. God’s grace is infinite, boundless, immense, unspeakable, inconceivable and unsearchable. Grace is the spring and source of all benefits received from God (Romans 11:6).

Sunday, February 03, 2013

principles of giving

Acts 3:1-8
“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.   And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them — walking, leaping, and praising God.” NKJV

Many of us have had occasions to give somebody something at one time or the other; perhaps during birthdays, weddings, etc.  We give gifts! There are times when it is not easy to choose a gift for someone. There are people you say; “they already have everything; what more can I give them?” There are also sometimes when you know what to give, but you cannot afford it. So you end up in both cases, either not giving anything at all or having the difficulty to finding what you can give.