The Promise of Power to Witness – I

Kathryn Blok

READ : Acts 1:1-8   “You shall receive power . . . and be my witnesses” (v. 8). What a marvelous promise, but, for some of us, what a frightening thought! We are too attached to home and family to consider life on a mission field. Or, like Moses, we are “not eloquent . . . but . . . slow of speech and of tongue” (Exod. 4:10). The most beautiful witness I have known was not born in a …

The Promise of Forgiveness

Kathryn Blok

READ : 2 Chronicles 6:4-12, 36-40   Solomon knew the hearts of the Israelites. In his dedication prayer for the temple (2 Chron. 6:12-42) he acknowledged man’s sinful nature with the words, “there is no man who does not sin” (v. 36). He was also aware of the punishment which could follow their sin: “If thy people Israel are defeated” (v. 24); “When the heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against thee” (v. …

The Promise of Guidance – II

Kathryn Blok

READ : Exodus 13:17-22, Exodus 3:7-10   How the Israelites must have rejoiced when God freed them from Egypt and started them on the way to Canaan – a journey of four or five days. How confused they must have been when God led them by a longer route that took them into the wilderness. God’s way was the better way. In the solitude of the wilderness, God instructed His people. He gave them His law. He established His covenant …

The Promise of Guidance

Kathryn Blok

READ : Proverbs 3:5-8, 21-26   Choices! Options! Decisions! We face them every day. We often lie awake at night thinking about them. Is this friendship right for me? Should I see another doctor for a second opinion? Which college should I attend? Can we afford that special vacation this year? Should I accept this position which requires uprooting my family? How should I respond to the conflict in the church? We claim the promise, “If any of you lacks …

The Promise of His Presence

Kathryn Blok

READ : Job 1:13-22   It happened in the Netherlands many years ago. A young minister spent long hours preparing his sermon for the coming Sunday; then he left for a conference in a distant city. Upon his return late Saturday he learned that his youngest son had fallen in a canal that afternoon – and drowned. Sunday morning the young pastor was in his pulpit preaching the sermon written earlier in the week. His text? “The Lord gave, and …