Jonah, chapter 3. For the most part, Jonah is a story of failure. But in chapter three things improve. Jonah preaches to Nineveh—the capital of the Assyrian empire, which at the time was the world’s largest—and they repent.
Jonah, Chapter 2. It’s often claimed that this phrase from Jonah 2—“Salvation belongs to the Lord”—is one of the most central phrases out of the whole of Scripture.
Joy, part 4. The absolute centre of God’s affection, love and joy is his son, Jesus. When we place our faith in Jesus, we’re placing ourselves in the epicentre of God’s joy.
Joy, part 3. The future is unbelievably bright, no matter how tough things might be now. A joy-filled Christian can be cheerfully unconcerned about the future, because God is in control.
Part 12. When we read Galatians 6 it’s easy to think of boasting as simply a childish act. But we consider three points: 1) that boasting is alive and well in the modern world, 2) that it is an inevitable … Continue reading “Where is Boasting?”
Part 11. Motivation changes when we understand grace. We don’t mind subjecting ourselves to another when they gave it all to set us free.
Part 10. We can be legally declared free and yet still live a life of slavery. If we don’t enter into our freedom, it’s like Christ died for nothing.
Part 9. Galatians 4 contrasts two types of people: the slave and the free.
Part 8. If we accept Jesus, we are welcomed and adopted into God’s family as sons and daughters. We become heirs with an incredible inheritance. Why then would we go back and give our lives to the worthless things of … Continue reading “Sons and Heirs”