...My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death... And he said, Abba,
Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me:
nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.(Mark 14:34-36)
The scripture above is Jesus Himself. At the point of fulfilling His
assignment---death for humanity's sins---fear gripped Him. Faith and Fear(Unbelief) seems to dwell together. Wherever you find faith, you will notice fear also lurks around.
Now Faith is not the absence of fear at all. We build up faith because
we want to drive away fear. If there was no fear, there will not be a
need for faith. Just like antibodies figthing antigens in our body,Faith
becomes necessary when fear stirs itself up.
Faith is “sense
the fear but do it anyway“. Got dreams? Feeling scared? Well, the fear
factor is needed to activate faith in the fulfillment of your
assignment. Go ahead! Feel the fear but do it anyway. Let faith reign in the midst of fear
Among six key themes (from ESV Global Study Bible) of the book of Amos, two stands out for me.
1. Justice and righteousness in the treatment of other people are the key evidences of a right relationship to the Lord. 2. Religious observances in the absence of social justice are disgusting to God.¹
I find these two key themes present in the verses that follow. God says;
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen (Amos 5:21-23).
Today, many profess faith but their profession contradicts their conduct. Should that be the case? Where profession of faith and conduct contradicts, there is a justification to question what one professes. Could it be possible that God has rejected many gatherings supposed…
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to
an end they are new every morning; great is your
faithfulness.(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV ). Lamentations, as the
name suggests ---weeping, dirge---is a book written to mourn the
destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Popularly ascribed to the
prophet Jeremiah who is also described as the weeping prophet, Lamentations 3, where we find vs 22-23, paints a very sad and hopeless picture .
" I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He
hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. Surely
against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. My
flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.He hath
builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. He hath set
me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. He hath hedged me about,
that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.Also when I cry and
shout, he shutt…
Last year, I gathered a group of friends to pen their thoughts on what Easter means to them. These thoughts were compiled in an ebook--What Does Easter Mean To You?-- availabe here http://bit.ly/1F9D02Yfor free download.
Now, the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ which we celebrate in this season as Easter is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. He died and rose again thus reconciling sinful humanity to the Father through the efficacy of the finished work on Calvary. He died in our place as a ransom for our sins. He appeased God's wrath for the punishment of our sins. (See Isaiah 53:4-6). His death and resurrection paved the way for anyone who will believe in Him to be reconciled to God from sin.
For the Christian, the resurrection of Christ is not a problem. But to the critic and atheist, Christ and Christianity are a hoax. Is the death and resurrection of Christ an historical event? Or just a hoax? Let's attempt to look into the mind of Saul -- a critic―a…