Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

Are You Content?

29th April 2020 by Andrew Ussher “I have learned, in whatever situation I am, to be content.” (Phil 4:11 ESV) “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10 ESV) If you are anything like me, contentment has always been one of those challenging, searching, somewhat humbling exhortations in Scripture that you know you are supposed to pursue, but which you feel a constant…

Who is in Control?

It was a December day in 1931, crisp and cool in New York City. Absent-mindedly, a man stepped off the curb to cross Fifth Avenue. Although preoccupied with his thoughts, he had checked for traffic first, and saw no cars coming. One step…and the next moment the car he had not seen plowed into him at 30 mph (48 kph). He was nearly killed; he suffered serious head and thigh injuries, and needed to spend a number of weeks in bed recuperating. His description of…

Where is God in the Midst of COVID-19?

As of Easter weekend this year, 184 nations had felt the power of this marauding virus that snatches breath, crushes lungs, and kills indiscriminately. Thousands have died and many thousands more are ill. We can pore over the statistics all we like, examining its lethality compared to other pathogens and comforting ourselves as we explain its comparative benignity. But when it is your son or daughter who has died or your spouse who is gone, ‘comparative’ is meaningless and statistics…

Review: Books on Future Events

Recommended titles on eschatology – the study of “last things”: 1. Charts of Bible Prophecy As you study eschatology, a book of charts can be a great help. H. Wayne House and Randall Price have done a great job in their “Charts of Bible Prophecy” book (ISBN 9780310218968). Well over 100 charts are included, outlining all the major views on prophecy and giving the pros and cons of each. Included are charts on the Kingdom, the Covenants, the Millennium, key…

Isolation

4th April 2020 Many people feel great distress because they are “isolated”, “quarantined” and “stuck at home”. During this COVID-19 crisis, when many are dying, the biggest inconvenience to some unconverted men and women, sad to say, is that their weekend partying has been restricted. They are “suffering” because Netflix doesn’t have enough binge-worthy programs to watch. They are b-o-r-e-d because football season is in jeopardy. “Internet influencers” (modern man really is mad, isn’t he?) lament that their influence is…

Worry

1st April 2020 I know I am not supposed to worry, that it accomplishes nothing. But here’s the thing about worry – it seems so pointless in other people…until it hits us! We know all the promises; we try to “rest in the Lord”; we try to “wait patiently for Him”; we try to “fret not” and to “fear not.” “We’re too blessed to be stressed” is a great saying – until the stress comes. Sometimes waves of worry can…