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Year of Steel

Posted: April 13, 2013 in Marriage, Uncategorized

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Christmas

Posted: December 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

The special nature of Christmas is not in the presents – that is true. But it is also not in the smallness of the baby in the manger.

Christmas is not the sentimental reflections about how small God – in Christ – became!

The good news of Christmas is that the infinite God would send a treaty of peace to men who love darkness more than light.

It is about the announcement of goodwill and peace to all who would embrace Him in His humility, identify with Him in His sufferings for their sin and worship Him in His exalted position!

Christmas is about celebrating that God – who is too pure to look upon sin – should condescend and live amongst dirty sinners like us and then be rejected and killed by the same dirty sinners and then offer Himself – while we were still His enemies – as the terms of peace!

Will you accept His gift today?

Warnings to Ephesian Elders

Posted: October 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

In Acts 20:28-32, the Apostle Paul warned the elders of the church at Ephesus to take heed to themselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit had made them overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He had purchased with His own blood.

Then in Revelation 2 – the first church that the Son of Man in all His glory addressed – we find some trouble in the church at Ephesus.

Paul’s warning was this: “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

Paul’s warning was a sober reminder about the very real and present dangers facing our Saviour’s Church today – savage wolves, deceiving leaders, ready at a moment’s notice to destroy the flock.

With such a clear warning, how is it that we find the church at Ephesus receiving this rebuke from the Lord Jesus himself: “I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”

I suppose understanding the preceding commendation to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2 will help us understand the rebuke: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.”

The fact of the matter is, the church at Ephesus were faithful to being on guard against what is false, that she seemed to actually miss why she was to remain on guard. The church at Ephesus worked tirelessly in her labours for accuracy of doctrinal purity but all of it from the misplaced motivation. Perhaps the church was faithful because of her love for the sheep. Perhaps she was faithful because of her hatred for the savagry of wolvish deception. Perhaps she was faithful because of her great love for the Apostle Paul whom they had loved and who they missed. But all of these things, to the Lamb who walked among her, was meaningless. It was all meaningless to the extent that it was not motivated out of supreme and passionate affection for Jesus.

Though the church was high in her doctrinal purity and protection of the sheep, the Lord of the Church considered her to be a fallen church! Why? Because her affections were astray.