Devotionals by Marilyn Daniels. Check back every week for a new posting...
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on June 20, 2021 at 8:10 PM||comments ()|
Who qualifies to address God as ‘My Father’? First of all, the Bible tells us that God has only one begotten Son (John 3:16). He is called that because His birth was generated by the Holy Spirit, making Him the one and only unique God-man (Matthew 1:20). There are however other children of God, who have been adopted into His Holy family. These are born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5), regenerated from...Read Full Post »
Faith or Fear
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on June 13, 2021 at 7:45 PM||comments ()|
1 Corinthians 10:13
The question arose in our Bible study: “What if I ask God for something that isn’t good for me and He gives it to me?”*1 Such a question gives rise to more. “Is God the author of evil?”*2 “Does God ever test us?”*3
The second question requires an answer first. Is God the author of evil? Scripture holds answers for us. James 1:...Read Full Post »
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on June 6, 2021 at 8:15 PM||comments ()|
Following a series of personal calamities, Handel was encouraged, at the very point of giving up, by reading Charles Jennen’s libretto, which included scripture. Inspired by prophecy as well as by Christ’s life, Handel was moved to begin again. When he wrote “Messiah” no one could foresee its popularity over centuries of time.
When first played it...Read Full Post »
Seized by Temptation!
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on May 30, 2021 at 7:50 PM||comments ()|
1 Corinthians 10:13
Do you always recognize when you have been seized by temptation? Satan is subtle. We know how Job was tempted because we read in scripture God permitted Satan to submit him to extraordinary testing. (Job 1:6-12) Everything was taken away from this wealthy man, his possessions, his family and eventually his health. God knew His man! With confidence He permitted this, with only one restriction – Satan ...Read Full Post »
Be of Good Cheer
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on May 23, 2021 at 6:35 PM||comments ()|
Isaiah 32 John 16:31-33 KJV
All around us the world is changing. Even as I write, one can see the possibility of another great world war looming before us as nation aggravates nation. Nature rises up against mankind as floods or hurricanes, earthquakes or mudslides take the lives of hundreds of people. Closer to home, relationships fracture so easily. Where is the glue that holds things together as spouses part, and child...Read Full Post »
The Tale of Three Women
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on May 15, 2021 at 1:20 PM||comments ()|
It is believed he was born sometime between 2,000 – 1,500 BC. He was the apple of his mother’s eye, but had to compete for his father’s favour with his older half-brother. He grew up with significant tensions in his home, sibling rivalries exacerbated by competition between the mothers of two sons. Add to this that when a young teenager, his father felt led by God to sacrifice him on an altar and w...Read Full Post »
Here Am I Lord
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on May 9, 2021 at 7:45 PM||comments ()|
1 Samuel 3 (1:10-18, 20)
Most of us will be familiar with Hannah’s story. One of Elkanah’s two wives, she was favoured by her husband, but sadly was barren. Desperate for a child, she sought the Lord with tears. It is significant to the story that she went to the source, the only One who could help her. She worshiped God in the Sanctuary at Shiloh, the religious centre of Israel until they lost the ark of the covena...Read Full Post »
The Fruit of the Spirit is...
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on May 2, 2021 at 9:00 PM||comments ()|
In Bible study one day a very interesting statement was made to the effect that we have to activate the Holy Spirit in order to see His fruit in our lives. True or false? How might one go about activating the Holy Spirit?
A thought occurred to me that we cannot earn our salvation by anything we do. Neither do we earn the fruit of the Spirit. Paul under inspiration of that ver...Read Full Post »
The Joy of the Lord
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on April 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM||comments ()|
It had been a very long time since the Israelites had worshiped God, as a nation, in Jerusalem. In 605 BC Nebuchadnezzar had taken the Jews captive to Babylon. In 539 Cyrus overthrew Babylon and as was his custom , he encouraged expats to return to their homelands. Fifty thousand Jews returned under the leadership of Zerubbabel, to rebuild their temple, although it was not finished until more than 20 years later, under the reig...Read Full Post »
Raise the Standard High
|Posted by kelvinbueckert on April 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM||comments ()|
In olden days as men marched into war they kept their eyes open for the standard which was a visual signal for where you were to go. The standard-bearer would be close to the leader, providing a rallying point. If anything happened to the standard-bearer and he went down, the whole battle could be lost, since the army would be without direction. If the enemy captured your standard, the honour of the unit was lost.Read Full Post »