Reading: Genesis 9 God removed the wicked people by the flood; but people remain sinful. This is shown by Noah’s drunkenness and his curse over Ham’s sinful response. Will ungodliness again become widespread and will God again destroy the world? God had already promised to Noah that while the earth remains the days and seasons… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 9
Reading: Genesis 8 In Genesis 6:5 “the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” In righteous wrath God destroys all the ungodly people. But God is also gracious. He “remembered” Noah and the animals in… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 8
Reading: Genesis 7 In this chapter God does exactly as He said in chapter 6. He destroys all living things; all people and cattle, every creeping thing and bird of the air die in the flood. Only Noah and his family remain alive, preserved in the ark (Gen 7:23). We see here God’s righteous judgment… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 7
Reading: Genesis 6 Chapters 6-9 are about the great flood. Genesis 4:16 says “Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD”. Cain cuts his relationship with God, disobeys God’s commandments and lives according to his own ideas. Genesis 6 records that, as people multiplied, almost everyone is like Cain. The believers of Seth’s… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 6
Reading: Genesis 5:1-5, 25-32 This chapter records the genealogy of Adam following the family line of Seth to Noah’s three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth. This genealogy covers a period of +-2,000 years. In Genesis 2 God says to Adam and Eve: if you sin you die. They did sin and in chapter 5… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 5:1-5
Reading: Genesis 4. Moses now begins to describe the growth of mankind. Chapters 4 and 5 show two family lines – Cain’s line which comprise unbelievers, and Seth’s line which comprise believers. The effects of sin become very evident with Abel’s murder. Children born to Adam and Eve. Cain’s family line is recorded.… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 4
Reading: Genesis 3. Man is tempted by Satan and, by his (man’s) own wilful disobedience, falls into sin. He became entirely corrupt and so degenerate, that the image of God, in which he had been formed, was damaged beyond recognition. The beautiful relationship between God and man is broken; man is spiritually dead in sin… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 3
Reading: Genesis 2:1-3, 15-25 After God completed the creation He rested on the seventh day. He blessed and sanctified this Sabbath Day. God commands all people rest from their daily work and enjoy a day of rest and meditate on God’s great works. Later, in Exodus 20, God includes the day of rest as a… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 2:1-3
Reading: Genesis 1:24-31 Genesis 1:25 says “And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind.” God created each animal and plant separately according to its own kind. An apple tree was created as an apple… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 1:24-31
Reading: Genesis 1:1-10 God created the world as a mirror so we can see His wisdom, majesty and power. We can observe the admirable structure of heaven, earth and seas, their hidden treasures and the amazing processes which harmonize to sustain every form of life. Furthermore God also ensures all things continue orderly day by… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 1:1-10
Reading: Genesis 1:1 and Psalm 104:1-9, 31-33 Someone once asked me “what is the greatest story in the Bible?” I replied “The first sentence: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ ” This is a very important sentence. It is not only the beginning of our Christian faith; it also describes the… Continue reading Meditation: Genesis 1:1
Over the last couple of decades there has been a move by Evangelical and Reformed churches to get closer to the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) with the aim of removing obstacles for unity. Some say we have a duty to seek unity because of Jesus Christ’s prayer in John 17:21 “that they all may be… Continue reading Eternal life without faith?
You have just received an account from a small business for a job well done. How soon will you pay it? What is your usual strategy: same day pay or many days delay? In an article that should prick everyone’s conscience Bernard Salt fires an arrow about paying your bills on time to small business.… Continue reading When will you pay that bill?
Political correctness can reduce public debate to very limp and shallow discussion. Whilst many journalists in the West are often afraid to call a spade a spade, some in Asia are not such nervous Nellies. Take for example Surya Deva (an associate professor at the school of law of City University of Hong Kong) who… Continue reading Feminine beauty
In an article headed “Banking royal commission to hear cases like Amy’s: 22yo, new job and a car loan in minutes” the ABC takes one of the big four banks to task over a $35,000 car loan approval that was not expected and which did not suit the customer. The ABC reported that the Royal… Continue reading The ABC and a car loan
In The Diplomat magazine (December 15, 2017 issue) R G Almond writes that on October 18, 2017, at the 19th Party Congress, China’s president Mr Xi proclaimed that he will lead China into a “new era.” Fuelled by its remarkable economic successes and rapid military growth China sees a strategic opportunity to expand national power… Continue reading Push Back Against China
In a frank article Deirdre Macken (1) writes that the discussion around Australia Day has exposed how much Australia has changed. “For instance we’re no longer a white and Christian nation. We are off-white, yellow, brown and often red at this time of the year. What’s more, we are mostly non-believers, lifestyle believers or firm… Continue reading “We don’t know who we are”
In an article headed France: A Decomposing Civilization Italian journalist Giulio Meotti (1) describes what many consider is the gradual disintegration of France. Meotti’s summarises: “France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its… Continue reading France in Crisis. Why?
Matthew 14:6 records a birthday celebration in honour of King Herod. John Calvin in his commentary on this verse makes some very thoughtful comments about birthday celebrations in general. He first writes about the preparations for Herod’s feast: “It is scarcely possible that such magnificent preparations should not draw luxury, pride, unbridled merriment, and other… Continue reading Celebrating a birthday?
The Chinese government recently signed off new regulations to tighten its iron grip over the country. Although the regulations are due to come into effect in February 2018, authorities in some provinces are already enforcing them. The government claims the new regulations are to stop religious extremism, unrest, disturbances and violence. However, it’s actually about… Continue reading Chinese churches likely to suffer more