Lord of Hosts
God is a warrior who commands heaven’s armies against our most vicious foes.
The Lord of hosts is the fighter we need on our side. So the old hymn is for everyone who knows that he is little but believes that God is big. “Jesus loves me, loves me still, though I’m very weak and ill; from his shining throne on high comes to watch me where I... Continue Reading
The Battle Cry of America — Awake and Arise!
In these dreadful times, don’t be shamed into silence. Follow Isaiah’s lead and raise your voice like a trumpet.
Before there is a battle cry there must be a heart cry. Before we fight, we must repent. Sadly, many Christians are angry but still arrogant, wound-up but not worshippers, haughty but not holy. What’s it going to take to finally break us? More perversion? More violence? More depravity? Wake up church! A battle... Continue Reading
How One Woman Met Jesus
Christ is a Lord who will not be stopped by any impediment, but will overcome everything, to reconcile sinners to Himself. He doesn’t even keep a distance from Samaritans, not even a lewd woman among them. He counts it His glory to win someone so unlikely to Himself.
Most Christians want to share their faith with their non-Christians friends. Yet for a variety of reasons this is often easier said than done. We have a case study in how Jesus spoke to the woman he met at Jacob’s well. In the following updated extract, George Hutcheson picks out several striking aspects of how... Continue Reading
Resurrection and the Life
Death isn’t the end, not for Lazarus, nor for anyone who believes.
Not long after John 11, Jesus will come out of his own grave in triumph over Satan and death. It is through the power of Christ’s resurrection that faith lives within us, together with hope, and love. And when we are made alive in Christ, death can no longer keep its hold on us. Believers... Continue Reading
Life to the Full
Jesus is inviting us into the reality of being alive in every moment that life throws at us.
There is no pressure in Christianity to be happy. There is instead an invitation to feel. To truly enter into the reality of the things that life throws at you, good and bad. To discover the emotions of God, what he loves and what he hates. We are invited to live life to the full.... Continue Reading
The Distress and Delight of Preaching
Preaching, when done correctly, almost always begins with anguish.
Once the Holy Spirit ministers to the preacher’s heart, the distress is transformed; instead of cautioning him, it now compels him. The fear of the Lord not only causes dread but, as Proverbs tells us, “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence (Proverbs 14:30).” This assurance in God is where the preacher finds... Continue Reading
Not Now: The Surprising Joy of Waiting on the Lord
3 surprising joys that belong to the believer when they wait on the Lord.
Though the flesh fights against us in wanting what we want immediately, waiting on the Lord can equip our hearts and call to our minds that our status in this life is only temporary. To wait on the Lord is a wonderful and helpful weapon in our arsenal to fight against sin. We are not... Continue Reading
Politics, Creation and New Creation
To think biblically about political matters, believers need to look both to the past and to the future.
Governments are not merely a response to sin, but are also affected by sin. Governments can become “beastly”; they can function as objects of idolatrous designs. They can – even when they claim to be maintaining “law and order” – commit themselves to injustice, unrighteousness, and oppression…Since we are already citizens of God’s commonwealth, we must find effective... Continue Reading
The Importance of a Plurality of Elders
4 biblical and practical reasons that a plurality of elders is necessary.
A plurality of elders provides the flock of Christ with greater pastoral care. In the Old Testament, a multitude of elders were appointed to assist Moses in caring for the people of God. The Lord gave a portion of the Spirit that was on Moses to seventy elders so that they would help carry this... Continue Reading
Reign of Terror
Christians make way through an unpredictable, sometimes crazy, sometimes hostile world, we have the ultimate guide: God himself.
Do you find it accidental or coincidental that immediately after Jesus, Paul, and Peter all instruct us to be the kinds of people who refuse to “fight fire with fire” or “punch back twice as hard” their very next words are about persecution and suffering? This is not an accident. Far from being “unsuited” for our times, the cultural... Continue Reading