William Knelsen

Category: Faith

Christ the Conquerer

C.H. Spurgeon reminds Christians of their victory. It is a sweet victory. He has conquered every foe that obstructed the way. Cheer up now you faint-hearted warrior. Not only has Christ travelled the road, but he has slain your enemies. Do you dread sin? He has nailed it to his cross… Do you fear death? […]

Prosperity, a Hope, and a Future

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV) The context of this verse is that God is making a promise to the nation of Israel. When people read this verse, they often miss the rest of […]

The Murder of Christ was God’s Idea

Today we celebrate Good Friday. This is the day we remember the death of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He was beaten, whipped, ridiculed and shamed in a way that none of us can imagine. Yet, as we see in this passage, God was the one who planned it. Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves […]

A New Commandment

Today is Maundy Thursday. This is a day I never observed growing up that I can remember. But I have come to realize over the last couple years just how powerful it is to think about what Jesus must have experienced the day before he was crucified. This day is called Maundy Thursday because of […]

The Love of God (part 2)

The love of God is not demonstrated only when we experience material blessing. The female slaves in the sex trade thanking God for strength to live one more day are able to be as grateful for God’s love as those of us who sit in a comfortable, warm home while we do our devotions. This […]

The Love of God (part 1)

A common part of our prayers is gratitude. This is appropriate, as we could never express our gratitude in this lifetime for how much God has given us. Psalm 9:1-2 is one example of such a prayer. However, I wonder what we are thankful for. Just this morning in my prayers I found myself thanking […]

Tenderizing the Heart

Although we may not get an immediate application from daily reading of Scripture, John Piper states that our devotional life will act like a marinade in order to tenderize our heart. Here are my thoughts on that topic. Ask Pastor John Podcast:

Deep Intimacy with Christ

I have recently become quite interested in Puritan writings. In addition to regularly reading Valley of Vision, I have read some Jonathan Edwards, Richard Baxter and other random Puritan writers in various works I have in my Logos Bible Software collection. What draws me to reading these authors is the incredible depth of intimacy they seem […]

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