We just had a sort-out and threw away a lot of things, and passed on others to the charity shop. Things that once meant a lot but are now unused. A car full of boxes was driven to the local tip, and there the boxes and their contents met their final end, never to be seen again.
Later on, back home, I was wondering what the word “forgive” actually meant, and looked it up online. I discovered that the concept of forgiveness was very similar to our clear-out. Continue reading →
“The hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).
So – is there another and a greater salvation awaiting true Christians in the last days, or have we received everything that it is possible to receive, right here and now?
More importantly, is there a “salvation to come” in the future that the unwary, unrepentant, false, and blasphemers will lose – while those who “endure to the end” and “run the course” will attain to it?
You probably thought the decision that faced Adam and Eve, God’s children, in their perfect Garden of Eden was a one-off didn’t you?
Once having made the wrong decision, that’s it for ever; mankind and the earth are forever changed, even despite the sacrifice of Jesus (the Second Adam) which opened the door to a return of fellowship with the Father. No more going back to that horrible choice.
But I contend that we are on the brink of a re-run, a reprise of the scenario in Eden, with eternal consequences! Let me explain. Continue reading →
You lie awake, tossing and turning, night after night the same; Blaming yourself, but more so, those who are really to blame:
What they said and did to you, how cruel, mean and heartless,
Leaving you angry, sad, despairing, frustrated and totally hopeless.
Listing the slights and injuries they committed without shame once,
Against the meek and vulnerable, who bore it with all patience,
How they cut you deep inside, a trauma that cannot be healed,
Brooding pain and anger about raw wounds you have concealed. Continue reading →
At that point, the Temple superintendent told the priest chosen by lot to go get the lamb for the morning sacrifice. This was the official start of the feast-day service.
However, it is worth remembering that, at Yom Kippur, the preparations have been underway long before that as far as the priests are concerned, from midnight or earlier. It is the public ceremonies that are heralded at the dawn of the day. Continue reading →