An Image of My Personal Faith

James Nettinga

READ : Ephesians 6:10-18 It has been a privilege and joy to share the past thirty days with you examining some great biblical images of life. In the spirit of Paul’s closing word to the Christians in Ephesus, here is my faith image, following the pattern of Lincoln’s great Gettysburg address. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ brought forth into the world a New Covenant of religion, conceived in love and dedicated to the proposition that they who believe in …

The Image of Living Stones

James Nettinga

READ : 1 Peter 2:1-10 This image is a graphic that carries us into the stream of life. Living Stones is a figure of speech for living souls, built on a firm foundation with Christ as the cornerstone of a spiritual temple or spiritual house. Not all the stones are of one size, or equally beautiful. None possess the same ability, but all are living, built in and upon each other like a building. Writing to Christian believers scattered throughout …

Our Christian Inheritance

James Nettinga

READ : 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 This is the third part of our inheritance-Paul says time and eternity, the past, present and future, belong to us. Oh, if we could only catch the significance of this! The wisdom writer of Ecclesiastes wrote: “He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (3:11, NRSV). Someone …