The Treasure and the Pearl

In Matthew 13 we encounter a number of parables often referred to as the "Kingdom Parables" so named because they each are representative of the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus beginning each parable with "The Kingdom of Heaven is like..." or similar.  Two often paired and discussed parables from Matthew 13 are the relatively short parables … Continue reading The Treasure and the Pearl

To Our God – Bethel

To Our God by Bethel is a powerful song of unity and praise.  The verses of the song contrast the extremes of the Christian experience highlighting where God often times finds us through to where He places us. From ashes, darkness, sorrows, burdens, chains, dry bones, and death He takes into the light, lifts our … Continue reading To Our God – Bethel

Why has God forsaken me?

On the cross, Jesus asks the rhetorical question “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Mat 27:46) This question is also the opening line to Psalm 22, a hugely prophetic psalm that foretells a number of aspects of Christ's death including: He would be surrounded by evil men They would be mocking Him … Continue reading Why has God forsaken me?

Abraham’s Faith: Past, Present, Future

Abraham’s offering of Isaac is recounted as perhaps the most significant testing of a man’s faith in the Old Testament.  Abraham after finally receiving a son in accordance with God’s promise is asked by God to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering.  Abraham does not withhold his son from God and the sacrifice is only … Continue reading Abraham’s Faith: Past, Present, Future

Worship and Unity

One of the fundamental characteristics of God’s people emphasised in scripture is unity. The illustration of every believer being a member of the body of Christ is perhaps the best illustration of God’s intention for unity amongst His people (1 Cor 12:12-27).  Unity is associated with goodness, pleasantness, glory, perfection, faith, peace, maturity, and love: … Continue reading Worship and Unity

Who You Say I am – Hillsong Worship

Who You say I am by Hillsong Worship is a song of grace, adoption, and belonging.  The song echoes hallmarks of the Christian faith: salvation by grace, our adoption into God's family as His children, freedom in Christ, the truth that God is for His people, and that we truly learn who we are in … Continue reading Who You Say I am – Hillsong Worship