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Friday, December 31, 2021

The year 2021 is rapidly coming to an end, and with it, many...

The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
Psalm 110: 1.2.

The year 2021 is rapidly coming to an end, and with it, many pointers to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. No calendar year can aptly describe Him, the central theme of the Bible. Because He is the centre of the universe and of God’s plan of salvation; all that happens in the world has to do with Him.

Let us cast a glance at the future. In Psalm 110 the Lord God speaks prophetically to the resurrected...More



Thursday, December 30, 2021

All in vain?

You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven.
1 Thessalonians 1: 9.10.

All in vain?
A missionary sent in this report:

“In the hinterland of India I once entered a heathen monastery. The aged leader there asked me to read to him from the New Testament. I started with the gospel of Matthew and soon came to a passage that needed some explanation. The elderly priest raised his hand dismissively, saying, “Stop! I only want to hear what the book says not what you say.” So I continued reading for two or three hours. The priest did...More



Wednesday, December 29, 2021

As we Christian believers approach the end of another year of God’s...

Father, I desire that they also whom you gave me may be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which you have given me.
John 17: 24.

As we Christian believers approach the end of another year of God’s grace, many will no doubt wonder, in view of the catastrophic state of the world through widespread wickedness, whether the question, “How long, o Lord?” (Revelation 6:10) is not appropriate at this point of time. We await the coming of our Lord “on the clouds” to receive His own and lead them into the Father’s house together with “those who sleep in Jesus” (1 Thessalonians...More



Tuesday, December 28, 2021

An inter-religious calendar

God, who made the world and every­thing in it, since he is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is he worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, since he gives to all life, breath, and all things.
Acts 17: 24.25.

An inter-religious calendar
With the praiseworthy aim of developing social cohesion, the town council of a French city publishes annually an inter-religious calendar, in which are entered the chief festivals of different religions. This initiative sought to further tolerance and general acceptance, necessary attitudes for harmonious...More



Monday, December 27, 2021

The testimony of an aged Christian

As for me, I will see your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness.

They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.

Psalm 17: 15; 92: 14.

The testimony of an aged Christian
A young man emigrated to New Zealand in the nineteenth century and returned to England at a great age. The outward journey took months by sea, the return flight less than two days. He fell asleep in Jesus at the age of 110 years. One year previously he had given this testimony:

“I am approaching the moment when I shall enter the palace of...More



Sunday, December 26, 2021

What a moment that was, when the Creator of the universe, the...

An angel of the Lord appeared to him (Joseph) in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1: 20.21.

What a moment that was, when the Creator of the universe, the visible and invisible creation, entered this world as a human being. It must impress us that He was born here as a child instead of appearing as a mighty King.

“When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth...More



Saturday, December 25, 2021

What does Christmas mean to me?

The angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10,11.

What does Christmas mean to me?
The story of Jesus’ birth is often read at Christmastide. Shepherds guarding their flocks during the night were suddenly surrounded by the “glory of the Lord”. An angel then announced a matter of great joy to them, the birth of the Saviour. Imagine the feelings of the shepherds. In that supernatural brilliant light in the middle of the...More



Friday, December 24, 2021

An unparalleled birth

You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
Luke 2: 12 – 14.

An unparalleled birth
Why did angels appear on earth at this apparently so common event as the birth of a child? Was it the first son of a great king born in the luxury of a palace? No, the child who had just been brought into the world by Mary, a humble young woman, was thought to be the son of a modest carpenter. His bed was a...More



Thursday, December 23, 2021

The crib (or manger) and the cross belong together. Without the...

She brought forth her firstborn Son, and …laid him in a manger.

They … led him away to be crucified.

Luke 2:7; Matthew 27:31.

The crib (or manger) and the cross belong together. Without the crib, no cross would have been possible, for God had to become Man in order to die for sins. And without the cross the birth of Jesus Christ would indeed have been an incomprehensible miracle, but it would not have availed for us, having no radical life-changing effect on us.

The crib was hard, cold and definitely not cosy, just a makeshift bed, far removed from the idyllic romanticism that is...More



Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The apostle John gives us a clear sign by which we can determine who...

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
1 John 4:6.

The apostle John gives us a clear sign by which we can determine who is “of God”. Being “of God” means possessing new life and belonging to God’s family. When John wrote his epistles several false doctrines were having their influence on Christians. It was necessary for them to be able to distinguish between truth and error. And the situation is the same today.

“He who knows God hears us.” John was speaking here of himself and the...More



Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Enjoy yourself! Good or bad advice?

Acquaint yourself with him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.

See, I have set before you today life and good....Therefore choose life.

Job 22:21; Deuteronomy 30: 15.19.

Enjoy yourself! Good or bad advice?
Five years ago a terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Berlin left 12 victims dead. The shock was felt justifiably everywhere in Europe. The next day a French minister declared before journalists: “I would like to pass on this message to our fellow citizens: at this time when there is a threat, we must still go out and enjoy ourselves. … Every means has been...More



Monday, December 20, 2021

It is still customary today for important people to...

Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.
Luke 1:68.69.

It is still customary today for important people to be announced before they appear before others. This was the case when the Son of God condescended to become a Man among His creatures on earth. Jesus Christ was announced by a herald, as was promised in the Old Testament. That herald was John the Baptist, whose name is of significance, for it characterises his mission: “the Lord is gracious”.

John’s birth had been...More



Sunday, December 19, 2021

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (72)

Jesus answered them and said, Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him. Then they said to him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.
John 6: 26 – 29.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (72)
Jesus had fed 5,000 men then...More



Saturday, December 18, 2021

We had known the lady for a long time. As an...

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32.

We had known the lady for a long time. As an old acquaintance she fetched her calendar from our bookstall every year.

When we got into conversation with her this year, she confided to us that she tried to sin as little as possible. “That’s certainly a good attitude,” I replied and asked her whether she did not in fact sin from time to time. She admitted that she sometimes told a white lie. I asked her, “And then? What do you do about that sin? You can’t appear before our holy God like that.” Embarrassed, she then...More



Friday, December 17, 2021

The angel Gabriel had brought the news to Mary that she...

Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour, for he has regarded the lowly state of his maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will called me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
Luke 1: 46 – 50.

The angel Gabriel had brought the news to Mary that she should become the mother of the Redeemer. To Mary’s question He explained that the Holy Spirit would perform this miracle without the intervention of any man. Mary then replied simply...More



Thursday, December 16, 2021

By God’s commission the angel Gabriel came to Nazareth to...

The angel said to her (Mary), The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, the Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1: 35.

By God’s commission the angel Gabriel came to Nazareth to the virgin Mary. He brought her the wondrous news that she was to be the mother of the Messiah. The angel said of Him: “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give him, the throne of his father David. And he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (v....More



Wednesday, December 15, 2021

How a father shows pity and mercy

As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.
Psalm 103: 13.

How a father shows pity and mercy
A father must often withhold things from his children or forbid them to do certain things, as he sees a danger involved. They fail to understand why they must not climb this tree or jump down from that wall. So it sometimes happens that they ignore the prohibition and injure themselves

How will a good father react? In his heart he sympathises with the disobedient child. Yet punishment must follow, so that the child keeps within the limits set. He controls his anger,...More



Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Too late!

Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us! But he answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.
Matthew 25: 11.12.

Too late!
Robert Scott wanted to be the first to reach the South Pole. After starting out on his expedition, he learned that Roald Amundsen was also on his way to achieve the same aim. A tense race between the two had started.

The two Polar explorers chose different routes and means of transport. Scott banked on motor sledges and ponies; Amundsen relied on huskies. It soon transpired that Scott had made the wrong choice. The...More



Monday, December 13, 2021

Two aspects of the resurrection

The hour is coming when all who are in the graves will hear his voice and come forth – those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation.
John 5: 28.29.

4. Two aspects of the resurrection
Even if the resurrection of the dead is beyond man’s experience and comprehension, it is a fact. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it, and the Bible testifies of the resurrection as a fundamental fact of Christianity (please read 1 Corinthians 15).

Astonishingly, the Bible speaks of two distinctive resurrections. The...More



Sunday, December 12, 2021

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (71)

On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which his disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but his disciples had gone away alone – however, other boats cane from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks – when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. And when they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, Rabbi, when did you come...More


Saturday, December 11, 2021

Mark (or John Mark, as he is also called) was a...

The Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Mark 10: 45.

Mark (or John Mark, as he is also called) was a co-worker with the apostle Paul. He was present when Paul started his first missionary journey. In the early days he did not co-operate willingly in all things. From Acts 13: 13 and 15: 37.38 we see that he did not want to continue travelling with Paul to help him. He separated from him.

Later we read that things were put in order (2 Timothy 4:11). With such a previous history we are perhaps surprised that God gave him the task of...More



Friday, December 10, 2021

The editor-in-chief of our daily newspaper once wrote a...

Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him who has it, but the correction of fools is folly.
Proverbs 16: 22.

The editor-in-chief of our daily newspaper once wrote a full-page review of a book dealing with the theme of God and the Bible. Here was a man wanting to inform his readers about this subject. In political and social matters the editor has always expressed fair and well-balanced judgments. His knowledge of the Bible, however, proved faulty, not only in his judgment but also in its factual content. He expressed surprise that “the name of Moses’ father is not mentioned”. Now my Bible names...More



Thursday, December 9, 2021

Two aspects of death

If you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.

Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord.

John 8: 24; Revelation 14: 13.

3. Two aspects of death
Statistics record many attendant circumstances under which people die, yet whether we die at home, in hospital, or on the roads, for God there are only two possibilities: either one dies without faith in the Saviour Jesus Christ, or one dies “in the Lord”.

The former is the fate of all who continue living as they were born, if they fail to bother about matters of faith or form their own opinions and reject the...More



Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Light is an essential characteristic of God. God is...

If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7.

Light is an essential characteristic of God. God is light in Himself (v. 5). In Old Testament times that light was largely concealed. The ark of the covenant was the sign of God’s presence among His people. But both in the sanctuary in the wilderness and later in the temple in Jerusalem it stood in darkness. Sin had separated mankind from God, and our Lord’s work of redemption was not yet accomplished. Even the Old Testament believers could...More



Tuesday, December 7, 2021

In 1958 a famous Swiss dramatist wrote a play about...

It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
Hebrews 9: 27.

In 1958 a famous Swiss dramatist wrote a play about a kindly man who was terribly concerned that explosives were being piled up in a flat in his house; yet he did nothing about it. When the house went up in flames he wondered why. The play was clearly a criticism of the nonchalant or even blind attitude of many citizens during the Third Reich in Germany and of the build-up of nuclear weapons during the cold War of the 1950’s, but its message could be applied to any form of carelessness. How many instances of wickedness in...More



Monday, December 6, 2021

Two aspects of life

He (Christ) died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died for them and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5: 15.

2. Two aspects of life
Our life consists of numerous daily tasks and leisure activities. According to the varying conditions of our life, our abilities and our tastes, everyone’s life evolves differently. However, the Bible shows clearly that there are basically only two ways to live.

The first way consists in living for oneself, as one wishes. This is really egotism: regarding life as one’s personal possession, something to be...More



Sunday, December 5, 2021

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (70)

It was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose, because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But he said to them, It is I; do not be afraid. Then they willingly received him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
John 6: 17 – 21.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (70)
Twelve disciples were rowing hard in darkness on their way to Capernaum in the storm-tossed waves on the lake. Some of them were fishermen;...More



Saturday, December 4, 2021

God hears and responds

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Matthew 7: 7.8.

God hears and responds
Christianity does not consist simply in believing in God’s existence, it is living out a personal relationship with Him. I once had this encounter of which Christians speak, and I shall remember it all my life. That evening, alone in my room, I asked God to reveal Himself to me. I was gradually filled with indescribable and incomprehensible peace and joy. Whereas...More



Friday, December 3, 2021

Fettered

Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
John 8: 34.

Fettered
A medieval legend tells of a blacksmith who could forge such excellent chains that no-one ever succeeded in breaking them. The smith himself was strong like an ox and had broken many a chain that others had forged.

One day the smith was caught stealing. He was captured and fettered. This giant of a man told himself that he would break his chains and escape from the dungeon. He wasn’t concerned, until he examined the chain closely and to his horror ascertained that he...More



Thursday, December 2, 2021

Two aspects of birth

Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3: 5.6.

1. Two aspects of birth
You may find today’s verse from the Bible strange, but as a saying of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself it is the truth. There are indeed two totally different ways of being born

To begin with, every single person enters this world in the same way: by natural birth from the mother’s womb.

Alongside natural birth that everyone has experienced, however, the Lord Jesus...More



Wednesday, December 1, 2021

With these encouraging words God finished speaking to...

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1: 9.

With these encouraging words God finished speaking to Joshua, when the people of Israel were about to enter the land of Canaan. Until then Joshua had always been overshadowed by Moses, that great man of God. Shortly before his death Moses had laid his hands of Joshua, who was filled with the spirit of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9). Now, however, Joshua was alone at the head of a vast people

Was he alone? If he could no longer count on Moses, God...More



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Attacked by a shark

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

Giving thanks to the Father, who … has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of his love.

1 Peter 5: 8.9; Colossians 1: 12.13.

Attacked by a shark
The media reported a surprising sundry item of news. It happened during a surfing competition in South Africa. One of the participants suddenly felt something moving under his surfboard. There was a bump, then a triangular flipper emerged....More




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