• Even during the difficulties and trials we face, everyone who loves Jesus gets His full attention! Yet, sadly, often we fail to rest in that. We doubt that He is on the job, working out all details for our good ~N.H. Hoekes

  • Hey Church, when we are going about the business of spreading the Gospel, we need to remember that Yahweh has never and will never empower us with the ability to change a human heart. We can never soften a man’s heart or harden their heart. Our job isn‘t to convert anybody: our job is to simply speak and demonstrate with our lives — and His power — the truth of the Gospel. Whenever I am asked to pray for healing, I will never beg and plead with my Father to heal the person. Jesus said, “All power and authority has been given to Me, you go in my stead . . . you lay hands on the sick—they‘ll recover . . .” He has already provided the healing, my task is to simply release God‘s Kingdom in whatever situation I stand before. If it is healing, I simply lay my hands on the person and thank my Father that He has already done the healing, and in the name of Jesus, healing come . . . that‘s it. No screaming, shouting, demanding, begging . . . the Scriptures simply say, lay hands on the sick — they‘ll recover! ~N.H. Hoekes

  • I’ve met many believers who still nurse the same grudges 30 years after the offense. Dear God! They keep their pain alive by reliving the offense over and over and over. As a result, they are stuck in a time warp, and no one wants to be around them because their sarcasm is so toxic. You must learn to say what Jesus said on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34) [BTW, Jesus also said, “if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins: (Matthew 6:15)] ~N.H. Hoekes

  • As we draw closer to our Father, He moves in even closer. In our daily interactions with Him, our desire should be to draw close to His heart; to understand more about Him; to obey His commands, and to hold on to His promises. Some haven’t reached that point. The question you need to ask is whether you really want Hiss help or not? If you are going to be wandering around filled with inward reservations, as James explained, you will be tossed around like a wave of the sea, aimless and fickle. Carried around by the wind one moment and driven back the next. Holy moly, if that is what you are like, you will never receive anything from God, and your life will be lead by divided loyalties. In fact, you will seek to separate yourself from God as much as possible. ~N.H. Hoekes

  • You cannot read [the book of Romans] without it affecting your heart and your faith. Samuel T. Coleridge called it “one of the most profound books in existence.” F. Godet referred to Romans as “the greatest masterpiece which the human mind has ever conceived and realized,” and called it “the cathedral of the Christian faith.’ F. B. Meyer regarded Romans as “the greatest and richest of all the apostolic works.” Jensen called Romans, “Paul’s masterpiece,” while Findlay referred to it as “Paul’s magnum opus.” Baxter regarded Romans as “the charter of evangelical Christianity,” and Griffith-Thomas stated, “A thorough study of this epistle is really a theological education in itself.” Godet was convinced, “the probability is that every great spiritual revival in the church will be connected as effect and cause with a deeper understanding of this book.” Even within the last century, this has been proved. When the Swiss theologian, Karl Barth published his book, The Epistle to the Romans in 1919, it created a theological tsunami that overwhelmed the liberalism of Europe in the twentieth century. The impact of [Romans] on the history of Christianity has been phenomenal. Maybe more than any other portion of Scripture, Paul’s letter to the church in Rome has sparked revelation and renewal in the church of Jesus Christ. So this begins our inspection of this amazing letter to the Church of Jesus Christ! ~N.H. Hoekes, from the introduction to a study on Romans

  • When you begin to read your Bible, how do you pray? Do you open the pages and say, “Lord, show me yourself?” The Bible isn’t merely a book to read just so you can learn what is going in the world. It isn’t merely a book to read so you can receive guidelines on how to treat your wife and kids. The Scriptures are designed to lead you to stand in the presence of the Living God, to feel Him, to know Him, to sense His love, His wisdom, His strength, His might, His incredible grasp of circumstances, His control of human events, and to empower you to understand your relationship to Him, to have Him stand in your presence living, breathing, compassionate. That is what the Scriptures are for. That is the wonder of the Scriptures. No other book has that quality. Christ can step out of the pages and be a Living Presence in your life and heart. All you have to do is pray and ask Him to give you that spirit of wisdom and of revelation. Because it will not come any other way . . . if your Bible study time is dull and dreary, take that as a hint and begin to pray that it will come alive, that you can know your Father. Remember what Jesus prayed: “Father, I thank you for our relationship, and I pray that men may know you, the only true God, for this is eternal life” (John 17:3). And if you want life — life with that quality of abundance which characterizes Yahweh — then that is the way to have it. It comes with knowing Him, knowing who He is and what He is like ~N.H. Hoekes

  • Each believer, you and the fella sitting next to you possess everything you will ever need, simply because you have Christ. In Him is every spiritual blessing and everything that pertains to life and godliness. Right now, not when we reach Glory, but now, in our everyday, normal life, we have what it takes to live life as God intended. Any failure we may experience is not because we are lacking anything, but because we have not appropriated what is already ours! No, I am not saying that it is a lack of faith, perse, but rather, a lack of knowledge. We don’t know, what we don’t know. ~N.H. Hoekes