The story of the Prodigal Son is one of the best-known of Jesus' parables. Each of the characters in it represents some deeper aspects of the kingdom of God. So, we will look at each of the three main characters—the younger son, the father, and the brother—to see what lessons we can learn in the telling.
If you are running a 1500 metre race, or a marathon, or a cross-country steeple chase, you must run the same course. You cannot make up your own race route, because if you want to win at the end, you must run the designated course. The same is true with our lives. So, how will your race be run?
“If I could ask God one thing, I would ask...."
Why did you create the world if you knew it would turn out to be a fallen world; that sin and sickness and death would come?
Does God need me/us? Why does he use me/us if he does not need me/us?
“Who do people say I am?” was the question that Jesus asked his disciples as they were visiting in the region of Caesarea Philippi. He wasn’t asking what people thought about his personality; was he a nice guy?, was he impatient?, was he hard to get along with? was he a good teacher?, and so forth. He was interested in how people perceived his identity.
Concealing one’s identity, or lying about who you really are, is nothing new in our world. Today, identity theft has become a widespread problem aided by the world-wide web. The caution we must exercise as a result is to not take someone’s word for who they are if there are doubts about his or her truthfulness.
Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) gives Canadians the legal right to determine that their life should end, and permission for physicians to aid in that effort. What does the Bible say about MAiD? How should Christians respond to the issue?
Pastor John examines the matter from a Biblical perspective, helping us navigate these waters to hopefully be able to provide care and help for those who may be considering it.
What does God think about abortion? How should Christians? What, if anything, should Christians do about abortion? This topic is rarely far from settled in the world, and in the church, and yet they are so important that they need to be considered and answered. Controversy or not, the matter is too important to shrug and have no opinion.
Note: This message discusses abortion, but does not speak to the procedures or graphic nature of it. It would be safe for even young teens.
David's four exclamations of "how long" in Pslam 13 encompass the three sources of his anxious heart: the apparent silence of God, the turmoil of his own thoughts, and the enemies surrounding him—David in the middle, God on his right, enemies on his left. He is caught in spiritual anguish, mental anguish, and threatened with physical anguish. One would be bad enough, two are a great strain, but three is the entire package of trouble. When you are in the midst of pain, or sorrow, or conflict your mind is focussed on the trouble, trying to grapple with it, or make sense of it, or simply escape it. We are going to have trouble, but as Jesus warns us, we have to take care that it not become the focus of our life. What can we learn from David's Psam that might give us insight into our own time of crisis, sorry, and pain?
It should be an encouragement to everyone that not all of God’s workers are famous historical figures. Some of them, like Isaac, are unassuming people walking with God in quiet, but assured faith. Isaac’s name is known by the world. After all, the Lord is often referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but the vast majority of God’s faithful workers are unknown . . . at least to the world and even to other Christians. But, they are known by God. They are unassuming men and women who have not sought, nor have they been gifted with the spotlight of historical fame. They have quietly and confidently lived their lives in an effort to please God and rejoice in the Lamb that took their place.