Is it impossible for the world to live in peace? As this article considers the seventh beatitude in Matthew 5:9, it explains that the root problem is spiritual. The author offers the biblical characteristics of peacemakers, and calls us to consider whether we are peacemakers.
Is the Bible not enough? Often this is the question asked by people who object to having confessions in the church. Looking at the origin of creeds and confessions, the author gives reasons why the church needs them. The focus is given to the Ecumenical Creeds and the Reformation Creeds.
Preaching is essential to the life of the congregation, yet it is always difficult. This article considers the value of a so-called preaching circle, where area pastors regularly meet for preaching sessions among themselves in order to grow in their preaching.
Is praising others dangerous? Will it fuel pride? This article shows from Scripture both when to praise others and how to respond to praise. Regarding the latter, the author explains that praise should fuel our gratitude to God.
Godly people speak long after their deaths. This is no exception with Mary Winslow. The biography of this godly woman is heart-warming to read. It is filled with lessons for Christians today on how to walk with Christ even when things are hard in your life.
Through persecutions God builds his church. This was not different during the time of Guido de Brès, the author of the Belgic Confession. This article looks at the life of this man, and his work through the suffering he endured under the Roman Catholic Church. This article shows how God directs history in his providence to the upbuilding of his church.
This article looks at the consolation of the sick through the ages. The author also discusses a treatise, The Consolation of the Sick, that was written for the purpose of guiding people on their death bed. The article ends with important pastoral guidelines when counselling a dying person.
The Reformation in Spain is a very humbling account of how God works through persecutions to build his church. Think about Francisco San Roman, Johannes Froben, Julian Hernandez and other [[Reformers]. Do you know these names? Read how God in his providence directed history to the glory of his name.
Not so much is spoken about the link between the Reformation and France. In this article we learn how the Reformation spread from France to other countries, and how John Calvin was used by God for this. The flourishing of the faith and the persecution suffered by Christian are documented here.
How best can we keep the Sabbath? What is allowed on a Sunday? Are these some of the questions you have? This article will help you with ways to observe the Sabbath to the honour of God, and for the good of others and yourself.
It has been said that the church is faced with the giants of postmodernism, relativism, hedonism, and consumerism. How can you speak about Christ as Lord in times as ours? This article offers some ways of speaking about Christ as Lord with a sense of understanding the times we live in. Contextualization is not out of the picture if used with caution in missions.
It is well known that many a pastor suffers from stress, burnout, or depression. This article gives insight into how pastors can be spared from this. A sabbatical is something that churches have to think about as a gift to their pastor.
Do Christians still struggle with sin after being saved? Can they still feel wretched? Romans 7 has been a point of discussion on this matter. How should we understand it? This article highlights different interpretations, with the author giving his own.
Have you had times when it seemed as though your prayer was just bouncing off the ceiling? This article will encourage you to pray again. Learn how the Mediator does his work as you pray to the Father. This article focuses on Revelation 8:1-6.
"Scapegoat" is a word so rich with meaning when understood from the biblical context. It speak about how God deals with our sins. It speaks about God’s forgiveness and encourages us to a life of confession. Most of all it speaks about Christ, the scapegoat. This article brings all this meaning from Leviticus 16 and Isaiah 53:6b.
Any Christian knows that Christ is coming back to gather his church. How best can we make such knowledge the basis of our daily life? This article is written for that. Consider this meditation as based on Revelation 9:9.
Should the worship service be free or have a certain order? This article focuses on the Reformed order of worship. It first explains the meaning of worship and then looks at the reason for order in worship. The author also discusses the votum and the salutation at the beginning of the worship service.
Trusting God in the face of calamity is not easy. When you know that things are not looking good, what should you do? God is faithful, which is the anchor that kept Habakkuk. It will keep you too, as this meditation shows.
What does it mean to believe in the triune God? The Trinity is the foundation for Christianity and the Christian life. This article reflects on the nature of the Trinity, our relationship with the Trinity, and the implication the Trinity has for our lives.
Evangelism and mission work are not easy to do. Often people reject you and do not come to faith. How can one get the courage to share the gospel? This meditation encourages us to start with God's promise as given in Isaiah 54:2. When we realize that God gave the promise for church growth, we are encouraged to expect it from him, and labour with hope.
This article calls us back to Judas and how he betrayed Christ, by giving a little reflection on the Gospel of Judas. The author then comes back to the real story as it points to Christ our Saviour and how we need him.
The temptation to compromise on the truth of God is rampant in our time. Through the life of the prophet Micaiah we are challenged in this article to see what it means to stand for God’s truth. We are faced by humanism and other influences tempting Christians to compromise. Yet we are also encouraged to see God is vindicating sound doctrine.
What does it mean to be mature? Can I know if I am maturing? This article shows how God recreates us, and it shares some characteristics of a mature Christian. This is good article for self-examination.
Not much is said about how the wife of an elder should be. This article shares what it means to be married to an elder. It sheds light on how to cultivate the character needed to support your husband in his call.
Can I as pastor share some jokes from the pulpit? I guess you did not even think about this. So what do you think? This article calls us to think about the act of preaching. It looks at the preacher and the calling to preach. It calls for serious preaching.
Do pastors need theological training? Are not the Bible and the Holy Spirit enough? This article looks at the historical background to this topic. It blends together the biblical teaching, the church order, and the guidance God gave to his church.
Christ called the weary and heavy laden to come to him for comfort. How can he give comfort to their souls? The author looks at the loneliness and the brokenness Christ faced from the hand of the Father, which enables Christ to bring true comfort to us.
Imagine someone telling you that a donkey is better than you. How would that feel? Well God did it. In this article one is brought to a sense of how rebellious we are in our nature, and yet how gracious God is, as he tells us in Jeremiah 8:7 and Isaiah 1:3.
It is a given that every Christian will face some form of affliction. How should we respond to afflictions when they come? This article will draw you to the way you should think about and respond to afflictions.
When one thinks about the Middle East, often Islam comes to mind as the dominant religion. Has it always been like that? In this article the author reveals how the mission work of the early church spread through the East and how Christianity was dominant there. Lessons are drawn on why Christianity declined. This is an article to read to learn the other side of church history.
There is no denying that we are facing moral bankruptcy in our culture. This has a great impact also on the church. How should we live as Christians in times like these? This article draws some lessons from the early church. How did they face this challenge? What difference did they make?
We live in times where people desire recognition. This is indeed a celebrity culture. What does it mean for us as Christians? Should we desire to be recognized? This articles challenges us to think about our good deeds, be it in giving money, donations, or otherwise.
Have you heard about the Green Bible? Can printing a Bible with green letters make Christians more conscious about the issues confronting the environment? This article gives a good discussion on this topic.
Culture and contextualization have become buzzwords when it comes to the question of preaching the gospel in our era. How should Christians think about these words? In this article the author argues for a Christian culture or a culture of the Holy Spirit.
A treasure is something that is worth keeping. However, should Christians keep treasures on earth? What did Jesus mean when he spoke about treasure on earth and treasure in heaven? Should Christians work to be rich or not? These questions are given some consideration in this article.
The admission exam for the ministry is so important because the office of the minister of the Word is so significant that not everyone who wants this office can be admitted. This article explains that an applicant should be tested in three areas: his knowledge, his calling, and his ability to study.