Your Death

Death is a natural human fear. A terror of the unknown and we all must face it. None of us chose to be born and none of us can choose whether we die, but die we must. Terror is the right word too. Terror Management Theory reveals some important insights. From a 2015 book entitled... Continue Reading →

11. Jesus said, “I am the Gate!”

(John 10:1-21) We have seen that each of the Gates of Old Jerusalem rebuilt by Nehemiah following the return of the Babylonian exiles, carries particular spiritual truths that Scriptures reveal to us.  Jesus once firmly reminded the two despondent disciples on the road to Emmaus following Jesus’ crucifixion with these words: “Was it not necessary... Continue Reading →

10. The Inspection Gate

(Nehemiah 3:31) The Inspection Gate, also called Muster Gate or Miphkad Gate. You may also have a footnote in your Bible that refers to it as Hammiphkad Gate.  Miphkad means ‘counting’ or ‘numbering’ and is the place where the King would inspect his troops, and number them.  Spiritually, this is the gate that signifies that... Continue Reading →

9. The East Gate

(Nehemiah 3:29) The East Gate has several names:  Golden Gate; The Beautiful Gate; or The Gate of Mercy.  This Gate is the closest in proximity to the Temple whereby worshippers would enter bringing their gifts and offerings.  This Gate faces the Mt of Olives, and would have been in direct line of sight when Jesus... Continue Reading →

The Temptations of Jesus Christ in the Wilderness and Being Christian in an Increasingly anti-Christian Culture

In the fragmented and demented culture wars of today, Christians have a Victor and it is only in Jesus Christ that we can survive and thrive in these strange days. Luke 4:1-13 The Plan: Stone-to-bread = self-feeding (Material Temptation) Worship of nations = self-exalting (Sociological Temptation) Jump-off-temple = controlling God (Theological Temptation) The three application... Continue Reading →

8.  The Horse Gate

(Nehemiah 3:28) In the ancient world, horses were symbols of power and instruments of war.  In Deuteronomy 17:16, God warns that any future King of Israel must not acquire too many horses.  We may ask why, but the biblical reason given time and again is plain:  The more we trust in our own might and... Continue Reading →

7. The Water Gate

(Nehemiah 3:26) Following the life-giving regenerative power of the Fountain Gate, we come to the Water Gate.  The Old Testament often symbolised water so as to sybolise the Holy Spirit.  This is the singular fact that enables a believer to live a holy life under God’s saving grace.  For without the Holy Spirit, we have... Continue Reading →

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