New Creations

2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. This must be read in its immediate context. Prior to this, Paul wrote on the ministry of the new covenant, which has not come by the letter (such as with ink or […]

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Error 404: God Not Found

Error 404 One of my favourite motifs to study that appear throughout the Scriptures is that of thirst. The Psalms capture it beautifully, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God” (Psalm 42:1-2)? Perhaps what […]

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Christianity, A Costly Calling

Matthew 10:34-36, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be of his own household.” This statement is truer than we realise. Jesus is not talking […]

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Reconciliation/Restoration to God

Zechariah 9:12, Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. Such was the promise God made to Israel. This is in stark contrast to their previous punishment, “she has received from the LORD’S hand double from all her sins” (Isaiah 40:2). Because of Israel’s apostasy, God punished her […]

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Joy Results from Faith

Philippians 4:4, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say: Rejoice! I have heard pastors and priests proclaim this to crowds of unbelievers. What is wrong with them? Such terrible exegetes! Paul wrote this epistle to the church in Philippi. Churches are full of Christians, not the heathen! Therefore, joy in the Lord is only […]

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Joy & Peace in the Gospel

Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. The Lord’s definition of joy and peace differs from the world’s definition. For the world, joy and peace come through emotions and experiences. To them, peace […]

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Christ Upholds Us

Matthew 8:26, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” All throughout Scripture we hear the command, “Fear the Lord” only to elsewhere be juxtaposed with, “Fear not!” Jesus Himself says to fear him who has the power to destroy both body and soul in Hell, then subsequently not to fear since God values us […]

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The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. These are the words proclaimed at the close of the pastor’s sermon. The peace of God is not what human reason surmises—namely, the cessation of evil. This is not what the text says; it says […]

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