You might be wondering about the title of this post. I have linked together this present crisis with the time of Passover, which this year begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8th and ends at sundown on Thursday, April 16th. Thus this year it encompasses the festival we know as Easter.
While those who celebrate Passover recall the blood of the lambs that saved the people of God from death, those who celebrate Easter remember the Lamb of God whose blood offers salvation to any who willingly accept its redemptive power.
In the one case it was the blood of a lamb dashed onto the lintels that caused the Lord to “pass over” the lives inside, averting death. In the other case, it was the shed blood of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, that provided a covering from eternal death.
Passover and Easter are therefore twin festivals, and have a common theme, but what about my mention of the present pandemic? Continue reading →
1 John 4:8: Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.
God doesn’t just love as an attribute or a choice (as if his love might be fickle and some days he is judgmental or angry instead) but God IS love. Love is God’s nature. Knowing that, everything makes sense – creation, heaven and hell, salvation, and day-to-day life too.
There are some things the bible describes as essential aspects of God’s nature, and they are the exact opposite of Lucifer’s nature.
God is Love(1 John 4:8) – Satan is accusation, hatred and murder (1 Peter 5:8)
God is Truth(John 14:6–7) – Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44)
God is Light(1 John 1:5) – Satan is darkness (Colossians 1:13 and Ephesians 6:12)
God is Life(John 11:25-26) – Satan is death (Hebrews 2:14)
Isaiah 2:5: “Come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
I just went to turn on my laptop, and today (unusually) the sun was shining right on it very brightly through the window. As the very bright rays of the sun hit the laptop I saw something I don’t normally see – that it was covered in fingermarks and dust. Continue reading →
Jesus referred to two events to illustrate the condition of the world just before his return: Noah’s flood and the destruction of Sodom in Lot’s day. What are the similarities, and what can we learn for ourselves about these events?
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. [Matthew 24:37-39] Continue reading →
I want you to consider that God can and will draw back from this world, perhaps in a time not far distant, and then evil [which has always been present but lacked opportunity] will take advantage of its liberty from restraint and increase exponentially – making judgement inevitable.
My blog post today is about a transition from one phase to another; both good and bad.
It entails both a turnaround for believers, with greater liberty to speak out, but alongside that a hardening of hearts and an increase in wilful blindness for those who shun the truth. Continue reading →
Today I read a news report that totally sickened and disgusted me. Having said that, it’s not an unusual circumstance these days! However, the report affected me so badly that I cried out to the Lord, “what sort of person DOES that??”
I’m not going to spell out in detail what this twisted individual did, because it’s not appropriate, apart from giving an illustration of what I mean.
Just take it from me, this person is the worst of the worst – selfish, psychotic, murderous, depraved, cruel – and if you really want to know the details you can look them up for yourself here. (However, the point of this blog post is not the actions of this person, as you will see as you read on.) Continue reading →
Are you ever troubled by doubts? Do you ever puzzle over unanswered prayer, or events that just don’t seem to add up?
I haven’t been a regular doubter in my Christian life, thankfully. I seem to possess an ability to accept things in an almost childlike way, without constantly asking why or needing proof. Continue reading →