Book Reviews

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Fourteen – A Tale Of Two Sons

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER FOURTEEN A TALE OF TWO SONS Jesus told a story of a father and two sons. By telling parables, Jesus used one of the rabbinic teaching methods with great effect. “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” as it is known, is the third in a chain of three stories about lost things. The purpose …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Thirteen – Lest We Forget

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER THIRTEEN LEST WE FORGET Fellowship with God as His sons and daughters can lead to problems if we forget who our Father is. We must beware that intimacy with God does not become familiarity which borders on disrespect for who He is and contempt for His word. Moses had problems in the Israelite camp …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Twelve – Complete In Christ

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER TWELVE COMPLETE IN CHRIST If we are truly the sons and daughters of God, how can we ever attain the high standard Jesus set for us? Take heart! God views us from His perspective as already complete in Christ. God guarantees that what He began, He will finish. What has He done? He guaranteed …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Eleven – The Father’s Business

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER ELEVEN THE FATHER’S BUSINESS At the age of twelve, Jesus already knew that He was about the Father. His sojourn in the temple after His parents had set off home, had left the religious sages amazed at His understanding and His questions. From the beginning of time, God was writing His story, and regardless …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Ten – The Father’s Blessing

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER TEN THE FATHER’S BLESSING Unlike slaves who have no rights in the house, a son has a right to his father’s name, his father’s home and his father’s inheritance.  As children of God the Bible teaches us that we have these rights. The Father’s name It was Jesus’ mission to do two things – …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Nine – The Father’s Love

CHAPTER NINE THE FATHER’S LOVE It is time to explore the Father’s love and what it means to us, His sons and daughters. What does Abba’s love mean to us? Firstly, we cannot know the Father’s love without the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of sonship. He bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God. He …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Eight – Reconnecting The Umbilical Cord

CHAPTER EIGHT Reconnecting the Umbilical Cord Babies have an attachment to their mothers in the womb without which they cannot survive of grow. It’s called an umbilical cord. At birth the cord is cut because the baby has to learn to live an independent life from its mother. The parents’ role is to raise that child to mature self-reliant and …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Seven – The Disposition Of A Son

CHAPTER SEVEN The Disposition of a Son Those who are citizens of the kingdom of God, disciples of Jesus, reveal their citizenship, their connection to Jesus as His devout followers by the disposition they manifest. Those who are led by the Spirit, (not those who claim to be disciples of Jesus) are the children of God. We are to imitate …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Six – The Orphan Heart

CHAPTER SIX The Orphan Heart Another misconception that holds us back from enjoying the fullness of the Father’s love is “the orphan heart” which is the root of our slave mentality. From the moment Adam and Eve declared independence, they became orphans; they lost their fellowship with the Father and were alienated from Him by fear. They became slaves at …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Five – Slaves or Sons?

CHAPTER FIVE Slaves or Sons? Since we have already established that the whole of humankind was intended to be the family of God and that every person is potentially a son or daughter of God, how do we move from potential to actual? The operative word is “faith”. New Testament writers like John and Paul understood what Jesus came to …Continue reading →