Tomorrow’s manna can be kept overnight without breeding worms. Why is this? Because the Lord ordered it thus in preparation for the Sabbath. Some went out on the Sabbath and found none. There will always be people who put the Lord to the test out of an impure heart. [Read more…]
When people pray for you, and it is not according to the will of God, it can cause physical and mental problems. “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.” (Prov.28:9) I have used the expression “antiprayer” to describe such prayer. It is most important to pray only to God, and not towards a person, otherwise psychic energy is liberated to the recipient, and this can cause sickness of one sort or another. This is a serious matter, requiring careful attention. We should never try to manipulate the life of another human being by assuming to know their needs better than God Himself. Let me quote from two sources. [Read more…]
I have had a couple of enquiries based on my last posting, about antiprayer. When we bless someone, isn’t this a form of directed prayer? Are you suggesting therefore that it is wrong to bless? No, of course not! Hence this corrective article, together with a few extra thoughts. [Read more…]
“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” (Thomas Fuller, 1608 – 1661)
But sometimes the hurt sustained from other people’s actions or words makes it almost impossible to do what we know to be right. In such cases a call for help is needed. Corrie ten Boom spells this out at the end of her book, “The Hiding Place”. (page 220) [Read more…]
At the end of Jesus’ ministry we find three parables in Matthew’s Gospel, (a) the Wedding Feast, (22:1-14), (b) the Ten Virgins, (25:1-12), and (c) the Sheep and Goats, (25:31-46).
The Bible has many references to God gathering a remnant company to become the Bride/Wife of the Lamb/Lord’s Christ. Both Testaments have teaching to that effect. But there is one important factor often overlooked. [Read more…]
Learned Biblical writers warn us that we should never build theology from parables, but rather to treat Christ’s parables as commentaries, Midrash, on foundational Biblical teaching.
Hence the picture language of parables should be left as incidental to the story, as we seek to know the underlying truth the Master was teaching. In the last PT I focused only on the Bride. But to try to interpret who all the other people were in the three stories is a difficult task, and one that requires us to pay attention to what the learned Bible teachers said about parables. Moving on from there is the following. [Read more…]
Theophany is a word meaning an actual appearance of God to man, whether it be literal or in a dream or vision. In the Old Testament, prophets are sometimes called “seers” because of such theophanies.
Theophanies always produce profound effects on those who experience them, sometimes life-changing. Let me mention just three examples. [Read more…]
A Moslem Imam lay dying of tuberculosis in a hospital in Indonesia. He was very weak, and near to death, so much so that in fact when a Chinese Christian appeared at his bedside, he had no strength to order him away. In that part of the world Moslems hate Chinese, and they also hate Christians, and so this man was a most unwelcome visitor to the Imam’s bedside. [Read more…]
The word “worship” probably brings to mind musicians, worship leaders, and lots of singing. But there is also another side to worship. [Read more…]
There are 202 bones in the adult human body. In my studies in Science since my University days, I have continually found marvels and mysteries in the things that God has made, and they often relate to Biblical truths, as though God has written a Book of Nature and a Book of Records (the Bible), with an intertwined message. [Read more…]