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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Bridegroom and the Bride (4)

His head is as the finest gold; His locks are flowing, black as the raven.
Song of Songs 5:11 JND

The Bridegroom and the Bride (4)
The bride spoke of her Beloved as the absolutely holy One, who is distinguished from all others. Now she goes into more detail. His head is as the finest gold. The head is the source of thoughts, plans, and purposes. His thoughts and His purposes are pure as fine gold. David says of Him, “But how precious are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” (Ps. 139:17). The Beloved’s thoughts are expressed in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts...More

Monday, February 27, 2023


That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
John 3:6.7; 2 Corinthians 5:17.

What if we are not the product of chance but creatures of a God whose wish was that we should exist at a certain time? What if we have to account for our life before Him after our death? What if He is a perfectly holy God who cannot tolerate evil, a perfectly just God who will not clear the guilty, as if it were a trifling matter?

In the...More

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (80)

Then Jesus said to them again, Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 10:7-9.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (80)
The Jewish faith and service of God was a religious system that God Himself had instituted. But when the Messiah came to His people, He encountered a dead system with much hypocrisy (Matthew 23:23). Then a big majority of the nation rejected its Messiah. The time had come for the...More

Saturday, February 25, 2023

The computer virus

There is none righteous, no, not one, there is none who understands, there is none who seeks after God. … There is none who does good, no, not one.
Romans 3:10-12.

The computer virus
The computer, this machine that avidly devours information at a phenomenal speed, analyses it, compares, calculates and displays its results on the spot – who could do without it today? However, if through malevolence a pirate programme is infiltrated, the entire content can be destroyed and the computer no longer obeys its master.

Isn’t that an illustration of what man is like? He is God the...More

Friday, February 24, 2023

The horror of death

Our Saviour Jesus Christ … has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Timothy 1:10.

The horror of death
People fear death because it brings to an end their life on earth and transports them into the afterlife. There all who die unreconciled with God can only expect punishment for their sins. They will be resurrected for judgment and sentenced to eternal condemnation. Although many people doubt and even deny this future punishment, the fear of death still remains.

To provide a way of escape the Son of God came to earth as a Man some 2,000 years...More

Thursday, February 23, 2023


Whoever believes in him receives remission of sins.
Acts 10:43.

On one significant occasion three crosses had been erected outside Jerusalem. Two criminals hung on the outer ones to the right and left of Jesus Christ in the middle.

One of the two robbers wanted no forgiveness. At the time of his death he had nothing better to do than to deride the Saviour. His conscience was hardened, his heart unreceptive. He had lived without God and would die without God.

The other robber sought forgiveness. He was no better than his fellow criminal, but he accepted his...More

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Knowing the love of God

There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel – that will stand.

He has done all things well.

Proverbs 19:21; Mark 7:37.

Knowing the love of God
Which of us has not encountered anxiety, worries, troubles and suffering in life? Those who are true believers are happy to know that it is not blind fate that brings about the circumstances of our existence by chance. God Himself, who is omniscient and omnipotent, indeed watches over our lives, pursuing a plan for each of His creatures. The Bible gives us examples of people who suffered much though close to God....More

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

When the employer finds out

I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven.

Psalm 32:5.1.

When the employer finds out
Karim works for a powerful Arab emir. The latter owns a large park with exotic birds, among them a duck of a very rare species that he is very proud of. One day Karim notices something emerging from a thicket and, as a reflex reaction, fires his catapult. … Oh dear! He has killed the emir’s duck! Terrified, he buries the duck, thinking...More

Monday, February 20, 2023

Eight negative statements

Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
John 11:26.

Eight negative statements
In John’s gospel eight valuable promises are expressed in a strong negative form:

“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst” (ch. 4:14). With Jesus Christ our thirst for true fulfilment is quenched for ever.
“He who comes to me shall never hunger” (ch. 6:35). In the Lord Jesus we have someone who can fill our heart and life, so that we never again suffer from inner hunger.
“The one who comes to me I will by no means cast out” (ch. 6:39). We are...More

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (79)

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which he spoke to them.
John 10:4-6.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (79)
A shepherd with his flock of sheep never fails to impress us. Here the illustration applies to Jesus Christ and the way He leads and cares for believers.

When the Lord spoke these words to the Jews, only a small portion of the...More

Saturday, February 18, 2023

(Read 2 Kings 7:1-3 & 16-20)

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:7.

(Read 2 Kings 7:1-3 & 16-20)
When a terrible famine weighed heavily on a city in which the people of Israel were under siege, God proclaimed some good news: their enemies had been put to flight, and the famine would end. At this news one of the king’s aides de camp derided God: “If the LORD would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” He refused the grace of God announced by the prophet Elisha, who retorted, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” And...More

Friday, February 17, 2023

Jesus, wearied from His journey

Jesus,...being wearied from his journey, sat … by the well.

Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 4:6; Matthew 11:28.

Jesus, wearied from His journey
Feeling tired, Jesus sat down by a well. Such fatigue indicates clearly that the Lord Jesus was truly Man. He devoted Himself physically to the service of others. He had to go through Samaria on foot, became tired and sat down. Nevertheless He was God! When Satan tempted Jesus, He quoted the Bible: “He shall give his angels charge over you. … They shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot...More

Thursday, February 16, 2023

The evangelist Luke reports that Jesus spent a whole night in...

He (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 6:12.

The evangelist Luke reports that Jesus spent a whole night in prayer before choosing His twelve apostles. Why do the gospels repeatedly mention that Jesus prayed?

Let us remember how Jesus, the Son of God, humbled Himself, when He became Man. He “made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7).

What an inconceivable distance separates eternal God and mankind! Jesus was God and remained God, yet He became a Man and as a...More

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

The One who was separate

Such a high priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens.
Hebrews 7:26.

The One who was separate
In today’s verse various characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ are enumerated, marking Him out as our High Priest. Today we should like to meditate on one particular point: He is “separate from sinners”. That applies to Him at the present time, because He is enthroned in heaven. But He displayed this characteristic already, when He lived here among sinful men.

The Son of God came to earth as a pure and...More

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Who was I really? (2)

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.
John 1:45.46.

Who was I really? (2)
William continued: “I recognised Jesus as a Rabbi who spoke the truth. He spoke in a way that every Jew could understand and one that astonished me. I discovered that in all the gospels.

After a few weeks I stated my conviction that Jesus was truly the Messiah. I did not need a special revelation...More

Monday, February 13, 2023

Who was I really? (1)

Andrew … first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, We have found the Messiah (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.
John 1:40-42.

Who was I really? (1)
William tells: “I was born as the son of a Jewish family in Tunisia. In the 1950’s my parents moved to Paris. It was then that I began to ask questions about my identity. At the age of 16 I went to Israel to live in a kibbutz for 6 months. It was an extraordinary experience that intensified my questioning.

Who was I really? A Jew born in Tunisia, brought up in France, seeking his identity. Should...More

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (78)

To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
John 10:3.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (78)
The religious system laid down in the law of Moses for the people of Israel resembled a flock of sheep. The Jews were fenced in, as it were: keeping separate from the heathen, they awaited their Messiah. His appearance had been announced precisely by the prophets: the Messiah would be born of a virgin in Bethlehem.

Yet there were actually dignitaries who would rather have refused the newborn King entry to the flock of sheep,...More

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Two questions that Jesus asked

Jesus … asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that I, the Son of man, am? ... Who do you say that I am?
Matthew 16:13.15.

Two questions that Jesus asked
The first question asked by Jesus, “Who do men say that I, the Son of man, am?” causes most people no problem: they are not involved personally.

Jesus Christ’s contemporaries had a very positive opinion on His Person. He was compared with the great prophets of the Old Testament, a very noble estimation indeed, but wrong! Equally high opinions of prominent persons also miss the point. The greatest personalities cannot be...More

Friday, February 10, 2023

The party was in full swing...

Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
Luke 10:20.

The party was in full swing. The atmosphere was tremendous. The music of the band was deafening, and when the exuberance had reached its highest pitch, everyone sang: “And we’ll all, every one get to heaven”. Patrick was still singing it when he tottered towards his friend’s car. Then the unexpected happened: the seriously drunken driver, driving the vehicle at a high speed, collided with a tree. The last thing Patrick remembered was the loud crash.

When he awoke, he was in hospital. Sparingly, they told him the truth: all the...More

Thursday, February 9, 2023

God offers eternal salvation to all without exception...

The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
Titus 2:11.

God offers eternal salvation to all without exception. Nobody will be lost because he did not have the possibility to be saved. But not everyone is prepared to accept God’s grace. Consequently people make God’s counsel ineffective, as Jesus Christ once said of the Pharisees (cf. Luke 7:30).

“God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), but He compels no-one.

When Christ was on earth, He bewailed the fact that they would not come to Him to have life...More

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hold fast!

Hold fast what you have till I come.
Revelation 2:25.

Hold fast!
God communicates his thoughts to us in the Bible. Through the apostle Paul in particular He has given us an insight into what concerns us Christians. In the epistle to the Romans, for example, we learn the full scope of our salvation. In the epistle to the Ephesians we become acquainted with our position as Christians and with the truth regarding Christ and His church.

If we read the Word of God, accept what it teaches in our hearts and fulfil it in practice, biblical truth becomes our personal possession. We take this...More

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Pronounced innocent twice

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1.

Pronounced innocent twice
Philip was the director of a commercial enterprise known for its honesty. He enjoyed a good reputation and led a pleasant, peaceful life free of worry. But he didn’t need God – so he thought.

Then a gang of criminals started plundering the firm’s lorries. Philip was arrested and charged with being the leader of the gang. In fact he was absolutely innocent. His lawyer was on holiday, and all his friends turned their back on him.

In custody Philip was given a...More

Monday, February 6, 2023

The Lord Jesus Christ was about to begin His public ministry...

Bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father. For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Matthew 3:8.9.

The Lord Jesus Christ was about to begin His public ministry. In order to prepare people for His message, God sent John the Baptist, who spoke of righteousness and repentance and said the above words that sound somewhat strange, even ironical.

Big crowds were baptised by John in the Jordan. Even many from the religious elite came, from both the conservative and also the liberal line. Instead of...More

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Who is a child of God?

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
Romans 8:16.

Who is a child of God?
Many believe that every person is a child of God. The Bible states that all are God’s creatures, but not all are God’s children. God created mankind, but as a result of the fall through sin man was separated from God and came under the bondage of the devil. From God’s viewpoint all who have not yet turned to Him are in fact “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

God, however, wishes to save them; therefore He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into...More

Friday, February 3, 2023

In his younger years Brownlow North (1810-1875) had led a carefree life...

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
1 Timothy 1:15.

In his younger years Brownlow North (1810-1875) had led a carefree life as a spendthrift. But at the age of 44 a change took place in his life. He turned to God and became a preacher of the gospel.

One evening when he entered the hall where he was to preach, someone handed him a letter with this content:

“You wretched hypocrite! Don’t you remember what happened in … and the part you played in it? And have you forgotten what you got up to...More

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Our message is: Jesus

God, who at various times and in various ways, spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his Son.
Hebrews 1:1.2.

Our message is: Jesus
What is the difference between Christianity and other religions? The latter put the emphasis on following teaching, adopting a philosophy and undertaking good works. Christianity directs us to a Person. It is not a question of doing, but of believing in Jesus Christ.

Buddha and Mahomet do not deliver from evil, and their message has not power to transform our life from its roots. Christian faith leads us to...More

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Mary’s perfume

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany … Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
John 12:1-3.

Mary’s perfume
Why was Mary there?

She had not come to hear a sermon, even if the greatest of preachers was present. Her purpose that day was not to sit at Jesus’ feet to listen to His Word, however much she enjoyed doing so (cf. Luke 10:39).

She had not come to pray to Him or to seek His consolation, as on the day when He, the...More

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Small children

I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 11:25; 18:3.

Small children
While out for a walk Gregory, 3 years old, climbed on and walked along a wall that became progressively higher up to its end. Unable to come down alone, Gregory needed my help: he jumped into my arms full of confidence.

Gregory is no longer a small child; he is a grown lad who reasons. One day when...More

Monday, January 30, 2023

From astonishment to faith

They were astonished beyond measure, saying, He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.
Mark 7:37.

From astonishment to faith
Have you noticed, in the gospels, how everyone is astonished at Jesus? There was amazement among educated men at His intelligence, when at the age of twelve years He listened to them and asked them questions. There was surprise in the crowds over His miracles and sayings and fear and surprise among His disciples when the sea and the wind obeyed Him (Luke 8:25). Even His opponents were taken aback when they heard His response to the...More

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (76)

And Jesus said, For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind. Then some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also? Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, We see. Therefore your sin remains.
John 9:39-41.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (76)
The final verses of our chapter clarify the spiritual message it contains: Jesus did not come into the world primarily to heal physical troubles, thus doing good to mankind. He was concerned about the...More

Saturday, January 28, 2023

The body that is “sown”

So … is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

Our Saviour Jesus Christ … has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

1 Corinthians 15:42.43; 2 Timothy 1:10.

The body that is “sown”
On the tombstone of the French author Paul Claudel stands no date, but only this epitaph: “Here rest the mortal remains and the seed of Paul Claudel”, no doubt inspired by Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians....More

Friday, January 27, 2023

It won’t leave me in peace

God … now commands all men everywhere to repent, because he has appointed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising him from the dead.
Acts 17:30.31.

It won’t leave me in peace
Our professor of philosophy never missed an opportunity to attack the Bible. One day I asked him after the lecture: “Don’t you think you attach too much importance to the Bible? Why don’t you leave it alone?” His reply was: “You are right, but perhaps it is because it won’t leave me in peace.”


Thursday, January 26, 2023

Must we stop mentioning sin?

God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.

Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3.

Must we stop mentioning sin?
This is the wish of so many today. They think that sin is a word invented by religion to terrify people. But if you abandon the notion of sin, you must also reject the Bible. In fact, the God whom it reveals is our Creator, who knows exactly what we are and what we are capable of. He is sovereign, holy to perfection and cannot condone evil. It is to Him that must give account,...More

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Seek what is above!

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1.

Seek what is above!
On our conversion we underwent a positional change. We no longer belong to the godless world surrounding us, but stand in a relationship to the sphere of heaven. The apostle Paul refers to this fundamental change that God has brought about: “If then you were raised with Christ …”

The word “if” does not indicate a possibility that may be true or untrue. Paul presents our Christian standing in connection with this new...More

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

What is the state of my account?

Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity.
Psalm 32:2.

What is the state of my account?
The above verse was quoted in a Bible study group. An elderly Christian then remarked, “That is because God is not going to make a second account for anything.” He was clearly thinking of Romans 14:12: “Each of us shall give account of himself to God.”

God indeed settled the matter of all the sins of those who believe, when Christ bore them on the cross. They were all laid on Him, more numerous than the hairs of our head (Psalm 40:12). He underwent the punishment before our...More

Monday, January 23, 2023

Just retribution

Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?

Christ Jesus, whom God set forth … to demonstrate at the present time his righteousness, that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Genesis 18:25; Romans 3:24-26.

Just retribution
“I hope that good will be rewarded, and evil punished,” a philosopher once told a journalist who interviewed him on the afterlife. Countless persons think likewise, for the world is full of injustice. They would like justice to be done after death at least!

Justice will be done. The Bible tells us: “The LORD is...More

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (75)

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him? And Jesus said to him, You have both seen him and it is he who is talking with you. Then he said, Lord, I believe! And he worshipped him.
John 9:35-38.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (75)
On account of his fearless confession of Jesus Christ the man healed of his blindness was cast out by the rabbis; He was unacceptable for their school of doctrine. But he found refuge with the Son of God. When he was blind the Lord...More

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Tender, gentle dealings

A bruised reed he will not break, and smoking flax he will not quench.
Isaiah 42:3.

Tender, gentle dealings
This text about the “bruised reed” and the “smoking flax” (or: glowing wick) describes the manner in which the Lord Jesus deals with those among His redeemed who need encouragement amid their suffering.

The “bruised reed” illustrates a believer who, under the pressure and stress of external circumstances, has experienced a blow that he cannot cope with and from which his spiritual life of faith has suffered.

The “smoking flax” depicts a redeemed soul...More

Friday, January 20, 2023

I wanted to become a Christian and thought I knew the way...

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15.

I wanted to become a Christian and thought I knew the way. First I had to give up doing wrong (and there were a lot of things wrong in my life). Then, of course, I would have to do good, read the Bible a lot, pray a lot, regret many things and examine my ways.

I started one Sunday. Things went well. I was successful on Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday and Thursday I slipped up. I despaired so much that I gave Christianity up for Friday and Saturday.

On Sunday I made a fresh start. I thought I knew where I had failed...More

Thursday, January 19, 2023

What makes one a Christian?

By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8.9.

What makes one a Christian?
A dictionary defines a Christian as “someone who has faith in Jesus Christ and has been baptised”.

The term “Christians” was first given to the disciples of Jesus at Antioch (cf. Acts 11:26). Their conduct and their words made their attachment to Jesus Christ clear. Originally therefore the word “Christian” means a disciple of Christ.

Nowadays the term is often used to describe someone...More

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Our daily need

There was a regular ration given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.
2 Kings 25:30.

Our daily need
Today’s text from the Bible deals with Jehoiachin, who was in exile in Babylon. Every day he received from Evil-Merodach, the king of Babylon, what he needed to live. Our heavenly Father takes even greater care for us: every day He provides all our material and spiritual needs. We do not have to worry about the following day. God, our Father, will care for us tomorrow as well.

Our daily need is all that we can take in and enjoy on a single day. It is...More

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Burn them!

Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:21.22.

Burn them!
Several years ago an evangelist was travelling through Sicily. Going through a forest one day he was stopped by an armed man who asked: “What have you got in your rucksack?” – “Bibles,” the Christian replied. – “Then light a fire and burn them!” the robber retorted. With a heavy heart the evangelist lit a fire in a clearing then made one request: “Permit me to read a short passage from each book before throwing...More

Monday, January 16, 2023

Many of our readers will know this saying of the Lord Jesus very...

Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
Luke 23:34.

Many of our readers will know this saying of the Lord Jesus very well. But are we aware of the circumstances under which it was said?

He was hanging on the cross with wounds in His hands and feet, suffering from excruciating pain and thirst. Round the place of execution stood the soldiers who had just driven the nails through His hands and feet. Perhaps they had done so with the insensibility normal to their profession amid the mockery of their callous comrades. The Bible mentions the biting contempt of the leaders of...More

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (74)

Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does his will, he hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing. They answered and said to him, You were completely born in sins, and you are teaching us? And they cast him out.
John 9:31-34.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (74)
The beggar whose eyes had been opened understood more about divine truth than the learned Jews who claimed to be “Moses’ disciples”. They considered Jesus to be a sinner...More

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Jesus Christ came into this world to bring people to God...

Christ … suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.
1 Peter 3:18.

Jesus Christ came into this world to bring people to God. For this purpose He suffered on the cross. What a comfort this is for those who sense that their relationship with God is not in order.

The fact that there is One who can lead us to God because He Himself opened up the way is truly good news. God extends His hand to us through the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are by nature far from God, “We have turned, every one, to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). It was so in the early days of...More

Friday, January 13, 2023

When Jesus departed from the town of Jericho, blind Bartimaus was...

Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you.
Mark 10:49.

When Jesus departed from the town of Jericho, blind Bartimaus was sitting by the wayside begging. He had been told that Jesus was passing; so he cried out that He should have mercy on him. Voices all round ordered him to be quiet. But Jesus stopped where He was and commanded him to be called. Then people said to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you.” Hearing that, Bartimaus cast off his garment, stood up and came to Jesus.

Wasn’t Jesus’ call alone reason enough to be of good cheer? The blind man’s trust was not...More

Thursday, January 12, 2023

“Say the word!”

I am the LORD. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass.
Ezekiel 12:25.

“Say the word!”
When Jesus was once in the town of Capernaum, He met a delegation of the elders of the Jewish religion. They asked Him to heal a sick person who was dying. The one concerned was a servant, and his master was a heathen officer. How would Jesus react? He “was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”, as He said later.

How did this foreign centurion come to deserve such a friendly gesture? He had undoubtedly shown the Jewish people much benevolence, as they...More

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Still standing before God

Abraham still stood before the LORD.

Abraham went early ... to the place where he had stood before the LORD. … God remembered Abraham.

Genesis 18:22; 19:27.29.

Still standing before God
Abraham had the extraordinary privilege of being called “the friend of God” (James 2:23), because he was a man of faith who maintained a personal relationship with God and believed His promises, even though fulfilment seemed impossible (cf. Romans 4:18). The source of his faith and confidence was his regular, intimate contact with God. He “still stood before God”, an expression revealing his...More

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The prospectus for the new monthly magazine promised the readers increased...

In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:2.

The prospectus for the new monthly magazine promised the readers increased comfort in their own home. New, up-to-date ideas would help to make our home nicer and cosier. I thought, “But what about those who have no home of their own, or couldn’t afford improvements owing to worries about unemployment? Or what about those who are under the poverty level? For them the magazine is worthless.”

The others, who can afford a home that is well looked after, are the target of...More

Monday, January 9, 2023

Many people find it difficult to believe that our great God...

Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21.

Many people find it difficult to believe that our great God, who created everything, speaks or has spoken to us human beings. They do not deny the existence of God, but see Him as an exceedingly distant being in view of the inconceivable greatness of creation. It is incomprehensible for them that God could care about this tiny speck known as the planet earth, let alone each individual person. Whoever thinks likewise is unaware of the means that almighty God has at His disposal.


Sunday, January 8, 2023

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (73)

Then they said to him again, What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes? He answered them, I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples? Then they reviled him and said, You are his disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where he is from. The man answered and said to them, Why, this is a marvellous thing, that you do not know where he is from; yet he has opened my eyes!
John 9:26-30.

Thoughts on the Gospel of John (73)
The outraged leaders of Israel...More

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Is God indifferent?

I have loved you, says the LORD. Yet you say, In what way have you loved us?

When we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Malachi 1:2; Romans 5:6.

Is God indifferent?
In view of current events numerous people wonder about God and His apparent lack of action. Can we really imagine that God is indifferent regarding our situation?

The God revealed in the Bible is entirely different from mankind, His creature. He is eternal and infinite, we are limited and mortal. God is perfect, holy and “of purer eyes than to behold evil” (Habakkuk 1:13). We...More

Friday, January 6, 2023

Revenge or grace? (2)

When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, … who predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, … to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he made us accepted in the beloved.

Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:3.5.6.

Revenge or grace? (2)
How did the Korean pastor Yang-won Son react to the news that the murderers of his sons were sought for execution? He acted far differently from what one might expect: he sent his 13-year-old daughter Rahel into the town to the place where the...More

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Revenge or grace? (1)

The carnal mind is enmity against God.
Romans 8:7.

Revenge or grace? (1)
Yang-won Son was a preacher of the gospel in Korea who had to suffer a lot because of his faith. During the Second World War, when Korea was under Japanese occupation, Son was arrested. He had refused to show the respect demanded to the emperor as to a god.

After the war in 1948 the town of Soon-chun, where Pastor Son’s two eldest boys attended school, was taken over by communist partisans. Some policemen and leading citizens were shot without any further ado.

The rebels also targeted Christians....More

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Really useless?

When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.

A vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the master, prepared for every good work.

Luke 17:10; 2 Timothy 2:21.

Really useless?
Today’s two verses appear to contradict each other, but it is in no way true.

Who is asked to consider himself useless? You and I! Faced with the greatness and power of God, I must acknowledge that all my efforts to participate in His work are but a drop in the ocean. God could easily pass me; He will achieve...More

Tuesday, January 3, 2023


Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain.

You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

Psalm 39:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:9.

The word “virtual”, formerly used infrequently, has become highly significant through the digital revolution.

Our screens can present images that do not correspond to reality – virtual images. By means of the website you can make contact with fictitious speakers. Through the social network you can also create virtual friendships with persons you will never meet except on your screen. In...More

Monday, January 2, 2023

Rich without knowing it

You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me.

The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

John 5:39; Proverbs 10:22.

Rich without knowing it
During the recession in the U.S.A. in 1930 a modest farmer owned a vast area of land in the west of Texas. He lived in poverty, struggling to feed his family, when a petrol company asked his permission to carry out a drilling on his property. Thinking he had nothing to lose, the farmer allowed it. At a moderate depth the company discovered the most...More

Sunday, January 1, 2023

The start of a new year

You, LORD; in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain.
Hebrews 1:10.11.

The start of a new year
We have just completed a further stage on our journey towards eternity. The New Year is a good opportunity to stand still for a while before we again take up the routine of daily life. Looking back over the past year may make us pensive; the future raises questions. The past has undergone changes. We do not mean changes that God the Creator intended in nature or the different seasons of the year, but those caused...More

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