As we are given the birth announcement of Samson, we find that he is born into a period in history when the Israelites continue to do what is right in their own eyes. The people, then, like today are powerless to change themselves or be saved. So then, like today, God takes the initiative and […]
God is presented immediately in this psalm as ‘our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.’ Amidst a world of difficulty and trial, of violence and war, there is peace and security to be found with God. This is true, yet the challenge remains for Christians to consider whether what is […]
Looking at the final chapter of Habakkuk, we find a very different man from the one we met at the beginning. A man complaining to God, wondering why God wouldn’t answer his prayers for the things he wanted God to do; a man who then wonders whether God really cares about his people and who […]
Looking around him, Habakkuk is led to cry out to God asking, “What is going on?” He sees the lives of the people of God walking in idolatry and far from him. Then when God says what he is going to do about it, Habakkuk has occasion to ask again, “What is going on?” The […]
As a “Reformed” Christian I know that there is such a thing as Human responsibility and God’s Sovereignty. I can’t always work it out, but I simply accept that it is true. Rehoboam made his choices and they were poor choices, demonstrating immature and selfish leadership. Yet, as the passage reminds us, God is behind […]
Following on in the 2nd part of our look at the story of Deborah and Barak; this week we uncover more of the events that led to the victory over their enemies. Yet while Deborah and Barak come across as the main characters, we see that this is, in fact, God’s story! He is the […]
As Belshazzar mocks God & fails to learn the lessons of his ancestors, he is brought under the swift judgement of God. In this message, we remember that God is sovereign over all and requires that all people stand before him in judgement. Only those who live by faith in Jesus will stand in the […]
As Christians we acknowledge that God’s plans will always override our plans. That God opens doors and shuts them but what especially amazes us is that God’s plans are always better than our plans.