With every passing new year, Christians in the millions cling on to a promise or promises from the Bible, and ever so desperately if they happen to be facing adversity. These promises of a great future, prosperity, health and so on are relevant except that these promises, verses, need to be understood and applied in the context of the biblical narrative, and also in tandem with other scriptural truths, else one can be guilty of having a lopsided view of God and life. Read more
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them.
If rhythm could be infused into this verse, it would be then the part which would be the crescendo of a victorious war anthem.Such is the energy, the bravado and the glory of these written words that it touches the very nerve of the battle between good and evil. This verse paints us a picture of two amazing things that happened when He nailed the law to His cross. Read more
ISA 40:29 to 31 – He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint. Read more
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Bewildered, Nicodemus, a pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, asks Jesus whether that meant entering a mother’s womb to be born again, quite literally.
God’s Kingdom, three things: the criterion, the cause, and the character. Read more
During my lowest phase, as I wandered, destitute and ragged, it was the passionate and the relentless pursuit of the hound of heaven that forever changed my life. He followed me, surely, goodness and mercy followed me!
THE HOUND OF HEAVEN, FRANCIS THOMPSON
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after. Read more
- And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Matt 10:38
Christianity as perceived by some is the stuff of “crowns”, a theology identified by popular labels such as prosperity, abundance and security. This is a form of Christianity which supposedly guarantees immunity from suffering and is akin to a “talisman” that prevents danger. Read more
THE PROPHET WHO MARRIED A PROSTITUTE
When a person reads the Prophet Hosea for the very first time, he is appalled by the fact that God could ask a prophet to marry a prostitute. However, what should really be shocking is not the fact that the prophet was asked to marry a prostitute, but to see ourselves in the place of the prostitute; Hosea viewed by any other lens other than viewing ourselves as “Gomer the prostitute” is making a mockery of the Word of God.
Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.
There is a constant juxtapositioning of characters in Hosea, God as the prophet, Gomer as Israel, especially in chapters 1 to through 3. To not see this is to misunderstand the narrative. Hosea – chapters 1 through 3 – gives us a glimpse of the life of the prophet who marries a prostitute, chapters 4 to 14 picks the lead from the life of the Prophet Hosea and transitions in to the relationship between God and Israel; it would be catracts of some kind to miss seeing the prophet representing God, and the prostitute, Israel while pondering on the book of Hosea. Read more