The confinement in our homes is forcing millions to stop abruptly, cancel all our plans, and take time to look in the mirror.
Despite being a plant that grows wild in Palestine, it is never mentioned in the Bible.
How easy it is to attach God’s name to our particular cause, to our political party, to our church denomination, and boldly proclaim to the world, ‘God is on our side’.
Beech trees need cool, nutrient-rich soil, as well as plenty of rain and atmospheric humidity. These conditions are not common in Palestine, so there are not likely to have been any beech groves there.
We need to come back to God and believe in Him.
We humans are often motivated to change only when we see the consequences of our actions.
It is impossible to live a Christian life that pleases God if we are not filled with his Spirit.
We who follow Jesus Christ have also been made priests (Revelation 1:6).
Certain food agencies are considering the possibility that in the future insects could become the main source of protein for humanity. The Bible envisaged this scenario thousands of years ago.
God is not going to condemn you for rejecting Him; it is rather that by choosing to ignore Him you carry on in your original state of condemnation.
Art forms are a powerful vehicle for spreading the knowledge of Christ.
God has made provision for irreconcilable enemies to come before him in worship, and to have his love for one another.
A pair of swallows can clock up as many as a thousand flights in search of little mud-balls until their nest is complete.
Which team do you belong to? Is Jesus your Lord? Don't be ashamed of it!
The Hebrew term shajaph, translated as “seagull” in the Old Testament, literally means “thinness”.
The Hebrew word anaphah, which appears in the list of impure animals (Lv. 11:19; Dt 14:18), refers to herons, which are large, elegant, long-necked aquatic birds.
We need to ‘speak’ with actions as well as with words, and start with the people around us.
Archaeological excavations have shown very old representations of roosters have been found in the Holy Land, specifically in Tell el Nasbeh and Gibeon.
A Manifesto of Church Unity: Part Two of Five.
We should all do what God has prepared for us, wherever he has placed us. And we should do it with a clean heart.
When Adam sinned he looked for something to cover himself with (yes, sin strips you bare, it shows who you really are).
Self-sufficiency weakens us, deprives us from support which we might have benefitted from, and widens the gap between our public persona and our private struggles.
The Bible teaches that blessings and curses cannot spring from the same source.
The Bible says that pride was the main cause of man's first sin.
Many commentators believe this to be the flower that Solomon referred to as “the lily of the valley” in the Song of Songs.
Resins are organic secretions produced by many plants with the aim of providing a natural protection against insects, fungi and other pests.
Ask God to help you show love to all, even though some may not want to accept it.
We can fall into the 'busyness' of doing many things, possibly even for God and for fellow- Christians... but without having sought God's face.
Few things have as much influence on a person's performance as their personal problems.
Honesty, nobility and dependence on the Almighty are always the characteristic features of those who are being shaped and used as vehicles of His divine will.
Many are complete unknowns to us, but their glorious stories are written in heaven and thousands of angels sing a song of praise to God as they arrive there.
Spelt (Triticum spelta) is much older than wheat (Triticum aestivum) and was therefore the variety that was best known and most widely used in Bible times.
Our world can never be improved by bitter, griping people.
His arms are open wide, waiting for you. You'll not find a more secure and loving place.
The Bible only mentions ebony once, in the book of Ezekiel.
We say to God one way or another that we don't have time for Him.
It is not the Triumph which is the problem, but how we treat it.
The psalmist alludes to the tall cypress trees that supported the heavy nests of the storks to highlight the way God cares for his creation.
Isn't it odd that we, who are the sons and daughters of the most victorious being ever to exist, should live in defeat?
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) are the smallest Artiodactyl mammals of the Cervidae family that exist in Eurasia. Adult males can reach a height of 65 cm and a weight of 30 kg.
There are three mentions of corals in the Bible and in all three what is stressed is the fact that the value of precious stones was ascribed to them in ancient times.
In the Bible, often the word “listen” is synonymous with “obey”.
We seem to live in a society of fear.
Jesus, nailed to the cross, shed his crimson blood in order to give abundant life to all his children.
In all walks of life, we run the risk of performing for those watching us.
There is one who never makes an error; a supreme referee, a judge who is above all things, and to whom we will all one day be accountable: God himself.
There are many who believe that nature created itself. However, since the days of Job until the present day, millions have believed this to be impossible.
In an era of polarized politics and dysfunctional governments, it is heartening to witness politicians act with courage, promptness, and moral clarity.
The allusion in the book of Job (39:26) provides surprising information about the habit of the Falco tinnuculus of hovering in the air and remaining stationary in order to be able to observe possible prey.
In Moses’s own language, the singular word for “onion” is bétsel, while the plural form is betsalim, which comes from the root batsal, meaning “to peel”.
The most important thing is not what we can get, but who we are.
The oriental plane tree is a tree with a smooth bark which easily peels away in strips, giving the trunk the appearance of a multi-coloured puzzle, or an artist’s palette of different shades of green and brown.
Sometimes we mistakenly believe that those who trust in God will not suffer any wrong.
We are tempted to make our vocations a salvation project; to justify our souls with grand deeds.
Sometimes the ram’s tail grew so much and was so heavy that it actually trailed along the ground, inflicting painful injuries on the animal. When the Bible refers to the “entire fat tail” (Lev. 3:9), this is what the writer has in mind.
They were ruminating mammals, capable of running more than a hundred kilometres without either eating or drinking. Their large feet are perfectly designed for walking across the desert sands.
Rome's problems are a lot more radical than they seem.
It has a wing-span of 70 cm, and mainly preys on small forest birds.
When we respond in faith to God’s prompting, who knows how far the influence of our actions will go?
The lack of food would remind the Israelites of the fact that when they were in the desert, and were hungry, they were fed by God. However, now, having turned their backs on God, they would suffer hunger again.
The entire Bible speaks against despising another person for any reason.
God wants us to fill our place in life, whatever it may be, and do our job well.
A storm in a tea-cup is nothing, unless the tea-cup is your head!
Having received everything from God, our earthly as well as eternal life, we respond with disobedient stubbornness.
God is our Father, so we can't allow ourselves to be struck down by meaningless things.
The gospel is one beggar telling another where to find food.
Whenever God breaks into the world, there is an adverse reaction from the ruling powers.
God's omnipotence and goodness are shown in the way bad things can be made into good.
In spite of all my efforts, not one vegetable survived in my garden, not a single one...
It would be wise to acknowledge what raw individualism takes away from us.
Here is where it gets interesting: they marry. And have kids. And Tim’s father dies.
He pays well; He always gives much more than we deserve.
Our grand truth arrives only with a definitive encounter: only when we meet our Creator.
How to avoid festive temptation.
We human beings like simple moral choices, where one side is clearly Bad, with a capital B, the other is Good, with a capital G, and the Good wins.
Today secularist and religious camps have grown so far apart. In Einstein’s perspective, science and religion are not in contradiction,
Every virtuous person is flawed, and every flawed person has good character traits too. Let’s keep both in mind.
Gospel believers belong to Father Abraham.
To believe or not to believe, that is not the question. The question, instead, is: what to believe?
The day will come when there will be no confusion about the future.
Who's taking centre stage: God or us?
Every one of our good characteristics has a flip side.
You may renounce many things, but never give up the truth. Only truth can set you free.
Our dignity as people doen’t depend on the opinion of others, or how things are going.
The future has a curious power to shape us.
If God is calling you to a responsible job, don't be afraid. He himself will fit you for it by his Spirit, and you'll do well.
The way we answer the question Who is Jesus?, will change the way we answer every other existential question.
Are there witches or people practising magic today, or is it all one big hoax or delusion?
The human heart longs to worship. We are desperate for someone who will captivate our attention.
A generous attitude to a city forms citizens instead of consumers, communities that seek to promote the common good instead of promoting just their own agenda.
Although “virus” means “poison”, and we associate the term with diseases such as Ebola, AIDS or flu, among others, certain viruses are instrumental in the growth of our nervous system.
While pecking a tree the woodpecker is subjected to impacts of up to 1400 times the force of gravity. Human beings can only withstand impacts of up to 8 times the force of gravity before becoming unconscious.
What did Christ think about the Bible?
You cannot say you are a follower of Jesus if your life does not show the gratitude that always characterised the Master.
As it’s already past opening hours, I make a detour into the nearest town to find a late-night store.
Only those who know they are completely powerless before God, and accept what God did for them, can be saved.
Conflict is a form of communication of last resort, which, contrary to appearances, does not have to finish badly, but provides the opportunity to draw closer to the other person.
I vaguely remember hearing stories about the Lord from my grandmother. He was the one who helped our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when they were in really tough spots.
Life is decided in boring moments as well as in epic ones.
Exile can be fruitful and fertile when we see it as a season to build, to love, and to pray.
Holiness means to consistently have clean behaviour, a clean life.
God wants mature people, able to judge and discern correctly.
We do know is that they had to be consumed as part of the Passover celebration,
God has given us the victory in all the situations of our lives by means of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One Biblical term for “the worm that does not die” is the mentioned Greek term, skólex, which appears in the New Testament to refer to Hell, or the permanence of eternal death.
The bird is famous for its dances, and its up to five-metre leaps in air when they gather in small groups, in a sort of social recognition ritual.
There is nothing more important than coming to know Jesus as Lord.
God asks us to be faithful... both to Him and to His word ... nothing more, and nothing less.
For many Christians outside the United States, American Evangelicals’ unwavering support for President Trump is bewildering.
What does Matthew teach us about Christmas?
God himself, the study of his word, and time, will teach and help to correct our errors.
Jesus Christ came to this world to die on a cross out of love for you.
The Israelites in Moses’ time kept God at a distance and, if we are honest with ourselves, we often struggle with this today. Yet the promise remains: Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Part 5 of 5.
While we are in this life we are still engaged in waging war against sin, despite the fact that it has no lawful power over us.
On many occasions we are more concerned that others should be admiring us, than helping others to win.
A Manifesto of church unity: Part 4 of 5.
For some Christians ‘structure’ is a dirty word, being seen in opposition to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. Yet there is structure all through the Bible.
A Manifesto of Church Unity: Part Three of Five.
God expects us to be strong enough to make the evil one frightened of our words and deeds.
Originating in Persia, this plant can still also be found growing in the region between Syria and India. It is a large herbaceous perennial bush.
Part one of five.
The term “gazelle” appears on numerous occasions in the Bible, especially in relation to the Jewish peoples nutritional prescriptions. But it also appears as a symbol of lightness of foot and speed.
Four views within the evangelical world.
The danger of demonology.
Similarities and differences.
The root of the opposition which we face is spiritual, so the weapons with which we counter it are spiritual too: Prayer, Faith, Acknowledgment of our reliance upon God – coupled with effort, strategising and resolution.
The differences between Romanism and Protestantism.
The differences between Rome and Protestantism.
How to differentiate between the two Protestant reformers?
In the aeroplane I decide to talk to the Lord in a low voice, and too bad if the other passengers find this odd.
The experience of God granting their desires did not draw the people of God any nearer to him.
The Leipzing Debate in five simple steps.
Jesus stepped in and took upon himself the penalty and punishment for our bad deeds.
God had the first word and, rest assured, He'll have the last.
God is good, good, good with a capital 'G'.
If God doesn't stop a child's birth, what right do we have to do it?
If God has given everything for us, then surely He deserves that we give Him all of ourselves in return.
Remembering the Dane's legacy this May-time.
We think so much of humans that we forget we can talk to the King of the Universe, God himself! He made all the thousands of people that we consider so “important”.
A crocodile can weigh up to 900 kg, however, its brain is no bigger than a human thumb.
The Dutchman's thought in seven simple steps.
The item is now adorned with new packaging, which it didn’t have before! And my memory had an exact mental image of that bottle which did not correspond to the reality.
Have you stopped to think that maybe you are searching in the wrong direction, even if you are following a religion?
We need to get back to worshipping our God.
We often make mistakes by misjudging others.
Moses is silent, then acts on what he hears from the Lord, and so experiences one of the most remarkable deliverances the world has ever seen (Exodus 14:19-31).
An honest look at the Jewish Scriptures.
God speaks to us about preparing to win souls, to be true life-savers.
Christ's view of sexuality was the same as that of the Old Testament.
Envy is the best friend of pride.
We forget that life quickly passes b
Three simple steps from the pen of Paul.
Anything that takes your mind off God destroys you.
Five cunning steps.
Charles Spurgeon's powerful message upon Matthew 27:46.
Pray and thank God that you own a Bible; millions of people throughout the world aren't so fortunate.
There seem to be moments, every now and then, which grab us. An idea pops up in our mind, and it shines so bright and obvious that we wonder why we had never thought it before.
It's not enough to hear the message; you have to act on it.
The problem with these false prophecies is that they anger God, deceive saints and harden unbelievers.
Is the Tree a Pagan Symbol?, Is Santa the Antichrist? (and more).
Hundreds of evil activities are on the rise. Don't get involved.
How do you solve your problems?
Each one will carry his own guilt before God; we won't be able to blame anyone else. What will you do then?
For Christians the paradigmatic model of success served others and gave his life for our rescue.
One of the crucial steps to spiritual sanity is the realization that the devil exists.
If you want to search and know God, his church is crucial.
The double nature of Christ: both human and divine.
Prophets and solitude.
Learn to rely on God at each moment, and so be faithful till the end.
Keith Malcomson on the latest School of Christ convention.
He has named us his ambassadors on earth; as such, we should help others.
King David and the dangers of church growth.
Verbal abuse starts a destructive spiral, unpredictable and unstoppable, that frequently ends in violence.
God chose to assume all risks and to give of himself sacrificially, so that we may glimpse what love is.
Humanity’s collective memory recalls up to a certain point, when we found ourselves already breathing in this wondrous world.
Truth will bind us and therefore free us evermore. We will be free to be the persons we were created to be.
A rebuttal of Harvard scholar's pro-gay reading of Leviticus.
Only by the power of God will you manage to get what you have set out to do.
You cannot do justice without listening to what God says.
God has used men and women without distinction throughout history - men and women full of his power who obeyed his call.
We have forgotten that we belong to God and not to ourselves.
Exodus 4:24-26: Those three short verses are the only place in the biblical narrative where Zipporah is recorded as having done anything, but how important was her contribution!
There's only one person who can conquer death: Jesus Christ.
Me, me, me...
God the Father delights in God the Son.
What will catch my eye? What will I worship? What will I surrender to?
Life is like a relay race. As we grow up, others are already running, and the day comes when they pass the baton.
Why Christians aren't devil-worshippers.
The purpose of the world is a grand but also a personal question.
Reviving a forgotten means of grace.
A brief defence of the deity of Christ.
Don't let evil masquerade in your life. As pleasant as it may seem, if it is against God's word, it will destroy you.
It’s time to get back to the Word.
Or : gardeners on vacation.
The danger of ecumenical Trojan horses.
Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.
Nothing in the world is comparable to the person of Jesus Christ.
Anything other than believing God's Word is cheating.
Comparing Michael Curry and Franklin Graham.
The same people who admire you now criticise you later, because they only want “the best”.
How to overcome two fierce spiritual monsters.
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