- Published 14 Apr 2013
“For when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11).
Christ is the foundation of Christianity. It is not merely a religion based on morality. Unlike Judaism, which emphasizes the commands and laws of God, Christianity is about a person. This person is Jesus Christ. It is He and His work of salvation that stand in the foreground, not the Law and our obedience to it.
- Published 04 Apr 2013
David was well familiar with these dark, narrow, valley paths. He knew what it was to despair in overwhelming circumstances, to fear what the future might hold, to worry about friends and loved ones, to suffer physical illness, and to be in deep anguish of soul. The Bible tells of people throughout human history who had to endure deep valleys. However, the child of God knows that the Good Shepherd is never closer at hand than in a crisis situation. Under the protection of His wings, he feels safe and secure (Psalm 46:5, 7; 91:4). Awareness of God’s presence brings him comfort and courage.
- Published 30 Mar 2013
On that fateful Friday, the sun withdrew itself for a few hours - but the hearts of the disciples remained dark long after the sun returned. Their beloved Master was dead and buried. But then came Easter morning!
Out of a dark night dawns Easter morning. Dejected and sad, the women come to the Lord’s tomb. They are searching for the One who lived but was killed, the One whom their hearts loved above all else and who was torn from them by the most horrific death. Now they are looking for Him in the tomb! Jesus, who returned the young man of Nain to his mother, the one who called a decaying Lazarus from the tomb and presented him to his grieving sisters; this Jesus is the one whose body they are now looking for in the tomb. If Jesus remains in the tomb, is not the entire world nothing more than a vast graveyard, bereft of any light or hope?
- Published 29 Mar 2013
How can man escape eternal damnation?
Corrupt and sinful people stand before a holy and just God. They have not "simply sinned". They have sinned against Him, the holy and perfect One. What will the righteous Judge do with them? The Bible is very clear on this. He already punishes the wicked here in this life: "Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors" (Psalm 73:18-19). At the judgment, God will say to them: "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). This doesn't apply only to murderers and cheats – even a bragger cannot stand before God. David writes: "For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man" (Ps. 5:4-6).
- Published 27 Feb 2013
I first heard from Bro. Jackson Rugendo in April, 2006. How surprised I was to receive an email from Kenya! How did these people know about the Church of God in Canada? Bro. Jackson shared with me later how he had taken his shoes to a cobbler for repair. There, a man told him about a periodical that he had received which he was convinced proclaimed the truth. The periodical was Foundation of Faith! At first Bro. Jackson was cautious. He asked a lot of questions about what I believed and what the Church of God stood for. Before long, we both rejoiced in being one in Christ! This was the beginning - a door opened by the Lord to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with precious souls in Kenya.
- Published 11 Feb 2013
Jesus said, "Go into all the world!" This statement is more than just a request. Christians of every generation have heard these words. Jesus did not merely command them, but with His arrival He became the first missionary to people in need of salvation.
"And they went out and preached everywhere" (Mark 16:20). Jesus is the best example for the service of evangelism. His great love was the basis for His influential life (1 John 3:16).
- Published 08 Feb 2013
What have we inherited from Adam?
"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him." We read these lines in Genesis 1:27. This image of God that came into existence at Creation was subsequently corrupted by sin. That means that the moral nature of man was poisoned and the divine element of holiness was lost. Generally, this is referred to as "depravity" or our "sinful nature." But how exactly is this to be understood? We would like to discuss four points that clearly demonstrate the poisoning of man's moral nature in our practical lives. First however, we need to establish that this depravity manifests itself to different degrees in different people. Observe the various children in a family. Though all are raised in the same way by the same parents, we notice varying degrees of corruption among them, proving that depravity is truly inborn.