Weekly Blog

Cast Your Net on the Right Side

by Santosh Poonen “… casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” – I Peter 5:7 As I read these well-known words again today, I couldn’t get away from the word, “casting.” I thought of it in the context of casting a line or casting a net for fishing. And then my…

I Must Be About My Father’s Business

by Phil Lapp Luke 2:49 How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business? (51) and he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient unto them. Was Jesus neglecting his Father in Heaven, to obey his earthly parents? What was his…

Does God Change His Mind?

by Santosh Poonen Someone recently asked me whether God changes His mind. And if He does, how is it then possible for Him to still know the future? If He doesn’t change His mind, is there still a need for us to pray? I’ll say upfront that I can’t answer this question completely. That’s something…

The Foolishness of Obedience

by Phil Lapp Obedience never seems reasonable. Even to a Child obedience seldom makes any sense. To obey is to go against our own knowledge and understanding of what is right and good. “All the ways of man are clean in his own eyes;” Prov.16:2a True obedience is a submission of our will in action….

“Is God Punishing Me?”

by Santosh Poonen I’m sure we’ve all had times in our lives when, as God’s children, we wondered whether He was punishing us. This feeling usually stems from guilt over some sin in our past. Such a perspective is actually one of the most ingenious lies perpetrated by the Devil. If you have confessed your…

Are You Wearing Out?

by Phil Lapp Have you grown weary in well doing, my brother or sister? If so, you are quite human. This is all very natural in physical body. However, in our spirits we need never grow weary or faint. How is this possible? I often wondered at this and then the Lord revealed a secret…

How Much Do You Love?

by Phil Lapp In Luke 7:40-50 we read the story of the woman who loved Jesus much. Consider how she expressed her love for him and her desire to experience his love… In this context Simon, a Pharisee, had invited Jesus to his house to eat a meal with him. It seems he was honored…

Why Jesus Spoke Aramaic

by Santosh Poonen “We see that Jesus was made for a little while lower than the angels. Since we children share the same flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same… for He does not give help to angels, but to the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like…

A Timely Purpose For Our Life

by Phil Lapp “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. There is a timely purpose on every human life that is born. A time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). In our Heavenly Father’s world, not one life is a mistake or…

“Hired” Fathers and “Heart” Fathers

by Santosh Poonen “For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers… In Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me” (I Corinthians 4:15-16). Jesus depicted true spiritual fathers as shepherds. And when He identified Himself as the ultimate…