Weekly Blog

Void… Good… Very Good… Perfect!

by Santosh Poonen The earth was “void” (Genesis 1:1)… then God made it “good” (Genesis 2:25)… then God made it “very good” (Genesis 2:31)… and God who began the good work will “perfect” it (Philippians 1:6). The above represents an interesting progression in the story of Creation. The earth is “void” when God begins His…

Four Thanksgiving Relationships

by Santosh Poonen “Let us come before Him with thanksgiving” –Psalm 95:2 The word “thanksgiving” is popular around this time of year. I wonder, however, if we have stopped to ponder what it really means to give thanks, and more importantly, why thanksgiving is important to God. Here are four thanksgiving relationships that we don’t…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

“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…

Which Part of You Wakes Up First?

by Santosh Poonen If I’d asked which part of you wakes up last, we’d all probably say our brain – at least it probably feels like that on many days. But, as far as which part of our body wakes up first, I’m not sure that there’s a proven medical answer. I’ll tell you God’s…

How to Love After You Win

by Santosh Poonen Sometimes it’s harder to maintain a good attitude after you win, than it is to maintain a good attitude after you lose. And interestingly, God doesn’t so much care about the outcome of your situation (whether you win or lose), as the attitude of your heart (I Samuel 16:7). In other words,…

Road Rules for a New Year

by Santosh Poonen From everlasting to everlasting You are God… For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night. As for the days of our life, their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away. So…