A collection of apologetic and encouraging notes for Christians in need of some power-boosts from time to time.
It is exceedingly rare to encounter ancient relics which provide a visual glimpse of Israel's past.
Archaeological findings and reconstructions from the ruins of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus and the Apostles is fascinating in its own right.
Two years ago, archaeologist Eilat Mazar was working near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, sifting for finds in an area called the Ophel which dates to the time of Israel's monarchy in the 8th century BC. She discovered two amazing bullae – baked clay impressions used to officially seal the owner's written communication.
Jesus Christ is King over the entire world – as sovereign Judge, yes; as a Redeemer, no.
Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev. 1:5b-6)
I was glad. Such are the feelings of the hearts of the righteous who gather for worship. The wicked who have not God are given over to their sinful ways. Not so for the people of God.
When the most righteous Man Who ever walked the earth stood before representatives of the world's two most powerful kingdoms – the Gentiles' Roman government, and the supreme religious authorities of Judaism – accused of crimes worthy of capital punishment, His defense appeared rather lackluster.
There were times when God's hand was heavy upon Israel, as noted in the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
It was a prosperous time, yet a treacherous one. The country had negotiated with a southern neighbor for improved relations. National zeal and confidence ran high. Wealth was increased for some, yet others felt the sting of present natural plague. The threat of war by two large and populous foreign lands, whose speech and script were entirely different, was dismissed as practically impossible. Only those faithful to God were bleating out her underlying problems ...
What more can be said of our God's perfect, wise and good providence? Has He not made an overabundant and rich provision for His people? Yet, in spite of this scripture about God's divine rule and perpetual care, I find believers have five common problems preventing us from fully trusting and rejoicing in our great and gracious God and Savior.