There’s many verses that we’re likely to find on Christian fridge magnets. This probably isn’t one of them: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2).
Part 9. The final chapter tells us that trouble is coming (for the righteous); there will be judgment (of the wicked); and there will be resurrection. The day is coming when all wrongs will be made right.
Part 8. How do we finish well? How do we remain resilient right until the end? We see in Daniel chapter 9 that he kept his feet in the future, is head in the word, his heart in prayer and … Continue reading “Resilient to the End”
Part 7. The visions that were given to Daniel encourage us to patiently wait on God, because He is the one who is in control. He knows the beginning and the end of all things and has made a promise … Continue reading “Pattern and Promise”
Jesus is our ultimate example of loyalty. He was loyal to his Father, even to the point of death on a cross. The call to be loyal has many outworkings as we seek to follow Jesus.
Part 5. The expression ‘the writings on the wall’ is right out of Daniel chapter 5. Belshazzar knows his kingdom is doomed and that his departure from this world is imminent. As we approach death, how do we make sense … Continue reading “Writing on the Wall”
Part 3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found themselves in a culture with a different value system and beliefs. They were allowed to worship their own God, as long as they also bowed down and worshiped the golden image. We find … Continue reading “In the Furnace: Culture & Courage”
Part 2: Should we embrace the world we live in, along with all its values and beliefs, or should we separate and remove ourselves to live an uncompromised life? For the Christian we should be struggling with both of those, … Continue reading “Move into the Neighbourhood”
Part 1. We love our towns, our cities, our country. But we don’t want to be colonised by the culture. Each of has to wrestle with this question: how do we live as faithful exiles?