What do you do when God appears silent? The book of Esther never mentions God yet provides a good lesson about trusting God each step of the way … More When God appears Silent
“But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’” Luke 10:29 The parable of the good Samaritan is a story that is well known, even for those who did not grow up in the church. Usually our understanding of the parable is something along the lines of “my neighbour is anyone … More Who is My Neighbour?
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17 ReFor Paul, everything, literally everything, is centered around the resurrection of Jesus . Christians have sometimes made the message of the resurrection to be a message about being saved from my sins so that I … More The Hope of the Resurrection
“For a child had been born to us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold … More The Prince of Peace
“‘For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 The Advent season is upon us. The lights are going up and Christmas music can be heard everywhere you go. … More Hope for the Future
When we think about Samson, what kind of opinion do we form? Do we consider him a hero of the faith or do we think of him as a failure. I used to be in the latter category. I remember being taught how the book of Judges was setup like a downward spiral where each … More Samson: The Man of God
When we look around the world what kind of things do you see? Does the world look lost in a sea of chaos? In our home Bible study we have been working our way through the book of Daniel and we recently studied Daniel 7. Chapter 7 is a turning point in the book of … More What do you See?
I was recently having a conversation with someone when the topic turned toward the Holy Spirit. This person was asking if I knew of any good resources or teaching on the Holy Spirit and other “spiritual” stuff like spiritual gifts. I couldn’t really think of anything off the top of my head and I realized … More Why the Holy Spirit
Previously we looked at Genesis 1 and the creation of the earthling. I suggested that to properly understand the points Moses was trying to make we needed to understand some of the other creation myths around at that time because the true impact that Genesis 1 has on us is seen in where it radically … More Living as Image Bearers
I had a debate with myself about what the first post should be about for Planted by the Stream. I decided I might as well start where the bible starts and what I think is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. Genesis chapter 1 has been a subject of debate for as long … More Made in the Image of God