Peace In Troubled Times

Peace In Troubled Times

When life is hectic, sad or stressful, rejoicing is not our normal reaction. When Paul tells the Philippian church that they should always rejoice, he shows how we can find peace in troubled times. Our confidence in Jesus’ victory, in his closeness and in his...
Our Humility and God’s Mercy

Our Humility and God’s Mercy

When we prepare for Jesus’ return, it’s fitting for us to look at the mistakes God’s people made in the lead up to his first coming. The Jewish religious leaders thought they were righteous by keeping the letter of the law. Jesus showed that this...
Putting Our Hope In God’s Agenda

Putting Our Hope In God’s Agenda

During Advent, we celebrate how Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s people’s hopes. But this is only true if our hope is for God’s kingdom to come. If instead, we’re pursuing our own agenda, God’s kingdom isn’t the thing we hope for,...
Present in our Exile

Present in our Exile

When we experience sorrow, grief or disappointment, it’s easy to believe God has abandoned us. The Babylonian Exile was that kind of experience for God’s people. God allowed the Babylonians to take his people as slaves in a foreign land (the undoing of the...
Empty Religion

Empty Religion

When God gives Old Testament Israel his laws, he builds in a way of getting forgiveness. Because God is gracious and patient, he allows people who make mistakes to be made right. Yet we can abuse God’s grace. When we take God’s forgiveness as a licence to...
God is Glorified in Our Weakness

God is Glorified in Our Weakness

Intuitively, we think that if God is a powerful God, then his people should also be powerful. But if we look at God’s people in the Bible, we often see God using people who are anything but powerful. God is glorified in our weakness. It is precisely because we...