The blossoming almond tree

”…the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets…” Ecclesiastes 12:5 We moved to Adelaide in June 1992. One of the lasting memories about our move here is the blossoming almond trees we were seeing as we … [Read more…]

Temple of the Holy Spirit

The majority of people, unfortunately, live their lives in these two realms: biological existence and social environment. The prevalent view/attitude is, “Let’s eat, drink and be merry…for tomorrow we’ll die” (Luke 12:19; 1Cor.15:32). People live/make use of their bodies to this extent. Our spiritual birth is not the result of a natural process or the … [Read more…]

The power of His resurrection

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection…” Philippians 3:10 In the immediate context of our passage, we find Apostle Paul saying that for the surpassing value of knowing Christ, he now counts all things rubbish and a loss. In other words, whatever achievements and accolades that earned him a type … [Read more…]

Father’s Day

“Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons” (Luke 15:11). Why would Jesus start His parables/teaching like this…so earthly…so story like. You could almost hear, “Once upon a time…” Why didn’t He begin His teachings something like, “See friends, where I come from…” or “There are sooo many stories where I come from. Listen … [Read more…]

Knowing Jesus

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection…” Philippians 3:10 Before the Lord met him on the road to Damascus, Apostle Paul was quite confident that he could attain eternal life on the basis of his circumcision, his pedigree (he was an Israelite, of the tribe of Benjamin), his position as … [Read more…]

Hands to work

”The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people” (Titus 3:8). As we are born (again) into God’s family our hands receive a new functionality: hands … [Read more…]

Feet to walk

“It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us” (2 John 1: 4). Faith in God brings about a significant transformation: a complete rebirth. Jesus used the term “born again” or “born from above”. With spiritual birth comes spiritual growth; With spiritual … [Read more…]

A safe place

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalms 4:8). Too often, we find ourselves in need of help. At times help is readily available. Other times, help is nowhere to be found. And, often we realise that there is but one place our help … [Read more…]

Ears to hear

“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Luke 8:8). The Bible has quite a lot to say about hearing. Today we will explore some of … [Read more…]

Eyes to see

“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink” (Genesis 21:19). The OT has two parallel functions: -the history of the Jewish nation and a pointer to Christ (Galatians 3:24). No doubt, we are more familiar with … [Read more…]