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The Bible and Shifting Word Meanings over Time

Psalm 119:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, we will delve into a captivating topic that has both historical and spiritual implications. Our discussion will centre around the evolution of English language and how it has impacted the way we understand and interpret the Holy Scriptures.   Language, like all things temporal, is subject to change. English, as we know it today, is not the English of yesteryears. The meanings of many words have evolved, some subtly, others profoundly, since the time of the earliest recorded English translations of the Bible. To give you an example of this, two such words that have seen substantial semantic shifts are "gay" and "let."   In older English usage, found in the King James Version of the Bible among other texts, the word "gay" signified 'joyous', 'carefree', or 'bright and showy.' But in

Approaching the Wicked with Grace and Wisdom

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.   Dear beloved, I greet you all in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Today, I want to share with you a message on a topic that is quite pertinent. In our lives, we often encounter individuals who engage in wickedness, those whose actions may be contrary to the teachings of our faith. Such encounters can be challenging, especially when we strive to live according to God's Word. However, it is essential to remember that our responsibility to love and show kindness extends to everyone, regardless of their actions or attitudes.   The scriptures provide us with the guidance on how to approach this issue. In Romans 12:20-21, the Bible says, " If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil

Beyond Imagination: God's Restoration and Healing

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.   Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I greet you with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who reassures us of His endless mercy and grace. Today, let us consider that God's ability to heal, restore, and bless us is far beyond our wildest dreams and hopes.   In our human nature, we often limit God to our understanding or measure His power by our experiences. We sometimes confine our prayers, hopes, and aspirations to the boundaries of our imagination and experiences. Yet, our God is not a God of limitations. His healing power has no bounds, and His restoring love has no end.   Take a moment to reflect on the woman with blood issues, as recorded in Mark 5:25-34. For twelve long years, she had suffered and had spent all her resources seeking help from physicians. In her desperation, she knew that just a touch of Jesus' clo

Silencing the Destructive Echo: Embrace God's Voice

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:   Beloved, I want you to take a moment and reflect on the voices that you hear in your life. There are many voices - the voice of society, the voice of our friends and family, and even the voice within ourselves. Amid these voices, there is a voice that is often destructive and discouraging. The voice that tells you, "You're not good enough," "You cannot do it," or "You're a failure." It is the voice that breeds self-doubt, fear, and anxiety. This, my dear friends, is the voice of the enemy, the force that seeks to pull you away from God's love and the destiny He has planned for you. But today, it is time to stop listening to this voice and start silencing this destructive echo.   In 1 John 4:4, we read, " You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. " This verse is a d

Loving our Enemies and Making Peace

Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   I stand before you today to share a profound message that is profoundly counterintuitive yet extraordinarily transformative. It is a message that holds the power to change our lives and our world – the divine call to love our enemies and make peace. This principle that is rejected by the logic of the world is rooted in the supernatural spirit of our Christian faith, inspired by the teachings of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.   It might seem almost impossible in a world where vengeance, resentment, and hatred often reign supreme. But remember, we are followers of the one who said, " Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you " (Luke 6:27-28). Essentially, this call is not to deny the existence of enemies or the harm they may inflict. Instead, it is a divine invitation to rise above our natural inclinat

Reconnection: Knowing the Father by the Son

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, Have I been with you for so long, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He that has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, Show us the Father?   I greet you today in the wonderful name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I invite you to join me in meditating on a deeply profound and fundamental truth of our Christian faith: One cannot truly know the Father without coming through the Son. The Apostle John wrote, " Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also " (1 John 2:23).   It is common for individuals to yearn for a relationship with God, the Father, while bypassing Jesus, the Son. We can liken this to wanting the warmth of the sun's rays without acknowledging the sun itself. It is a spiritual paradox. Many seek to embrace God’s love, wisdom, and grace, but remain reluctant to accept the divine conduit of these blessings – Jesus Christ.   In John chapter 14 vers

Israelis and Palestinians Need the Prince of Peace

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.   Warm greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Today, I would like to share with you a message of hope, reconciliation, and peace. The ongoing conflict between our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, specifically the Israelis and Palestinians, inspires this message.   We are all aware of the deep-seated strife and tension that has gripped this region for decades. The pain, suffering, and loss on both sides are heart-wrenching, causing many of us to question where God is in all of this. The Scriptures tell us that God is " near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit " (Psalm 34:18). We trust He is indeed close to them, comforting them in their sorrows.   As we delve into this topic, let us remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the

Faithful and True: Jesus Christ is Unchanging

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.   The purpose of this writing today, dear brothers and sisters, is to immerse ourselves in an extraordinary truth, the bedrock of our faith, the anchor of our souls, the compass of our lives - the unmatched and unchanging faithfulness of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.   We live in a world that is constantly shifting, always adjusting, and perpetually changing. It is like standing on shifting sands where nothing is certain but uncertainty itself. In such a world, we often yearn for something, someone, unchanging, and trustworthy. In such times of uncertainty, we turn to the words of Revelation 19:11: " I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True ."   Our Lord Jesus Christ is presented here not only as faithful but also as true. His faithfulness is not a fleeting phenomenon, changing with the

Doing Good with No Expectation of Return

Proverbs 13:21 Evil pursues sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.   Christians are called to a higher spiritual practice, a call to do good even when our actions may not be reciprocated or rewarded in the way we expect. This is the essence of unconditional love and selfless service, a fundamental principle of our walk with Christ.   In the book of Luke, Chapter 6, verse 35, our Lord Jesus teaches, " But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked ."   Here, Jesus is calling us to a radical love, the love that is kind to those who are ungrateful and lends without expecting repayment. It is this love that identifies us as children of God, for it reflects the nature of our Heavenly Father.   But why do we often find this principle challenging to live by? The answer lies in our h

Remember the Saints: Honouring our Late Beloved

1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?   There is an old hymn that goes, "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be." This line fills our hearts with hope and longing for the day we will meet our Maker and reunite with our beloved family members who have gone ahead of us. Today, we shall remember and honour our late family members with love and respect.   The Bible tells us in Psalm 116:15 that, " Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints ." This verse comforts us, reminding us that our loved ones who have departed this life are in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father. They are not lost to us, but are instead found in Christ, waiting for the day when we will all rejoice together in His presence.   Losing a family member is always difficult. We carry in our hearts the weight of their absence. We miss their laughter, their wisdom, and their unique way of making the wor