We get used to amazing things very quickly. Fallenness reduces us to reducing the amazing complexity of Scripture to one side of the truth. But often, both are equally true. For example, men wrote the Bible. God wrote the Bible. To reduce this seeming paradox to one of its parts is to destroy something amazing. Jesus is the God-man who grew through all of the stages of human growth. So there were points at which he was the God-baby and the God-boy. He was made like his brothers in every way. Let us not default to his deity so quickly that we miss the amazing nature of his humanity. It was a man who died on the cross, a man who can understand your suffering. And the thrilling truth is that if that man knows, then God knows.
The very first recorded words of Jesus are spoken in these verses. Mediocre to bizarre ideas of Jesus' identity litter modern society, broadcasting error upon error as truth. Do not make one of these big mistakes when you think about Jesus; they...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isn't it astounding what dramatic spiritual experiences some people can have, yet after the initial excitement, remain unchanged? We are not told about the bearded men who surprised Mary as she nursed the baby Jesus, yet how many looked upon the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
When you speak about Jesus, to whom do you attach the name? Who is he? The angels speaking to the shepherds explains who he is. He is the Saviour, the Messiah, the Lord. Ask yourself, what it is about Jesus that you love. Sadly, the answer to that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Hurting in Hope has rapidly developed a reputation for deeply affecting the hearts of it's readers. The narrower application I had envisioned, has overrun its banks and the nourishing flow has, by the grace of God, resulted in fruit in hearts. I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Death swaggers in and devastates. It snatches away that which is most precious to you, leaving a smouldering wasteland in its place. Not a facet of your life remains untouched by its charring hand. Death drains colour and joy from your...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Overview of Marriage and Family Topics Seminars in August and September, 2014 In August and September Strengthening Ministries Training Institute will be conducting some seminars that are designed to help Christians deal biblically and practically...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Dr. Wayne Mack
Dr. Wayne Mack, Director of Strengthening Ministries International. Professor of Biblical Counseling at Grace School of Ministry in South Africa (October to...
You may have discovered that people can make some cruel remarks to those in grief. A good example of this would be the two people, from different social circles, who listened, on separate occasions, to the news that my wife had died. These two men...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The husband-wife relationship is permanent while the parent-child relationship is temporary. This is the biblical principle upon which healthy marriages and homes are nurtured. Parents groom their children for useful, God-honouring adulthood, as...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The first man who had seated himself at the adjacent table in the elegant restaurant in which I sat, appeared to be a gentleman. Well dressed, friendly toward the waitress, otherwise quiet. Before long, he became more animated when another man...[ abbreviated | read entire ]