No Salvation Without This Story

by Brent Karding

The story of Judah and Tamar is unpleasant and awkward to read. You won’t find it in any children’s picture Bible storybooks! If it were a movie, it would surely be at least PG-13. If you don’t remember this story, take a couple of minutes and read Genesis 38. Then, once you’ve cringed and grimaced […]

Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part 2)

by Brent Karding

We saw last week that to “hallow” God’s name means to set God Himsef apart as sacred; it is to treat Him as worthy of worship and honour, for He is worthy. Now, why is this request in the Lord’s prayer? Notice that “the Lord’s Prayer has six petitions,” three of them “Thy” petitions, and […]

Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part 1)

by Brent Karding

The “Lord’s Prayer” is a sample of the kind of prayer that pleases the Lord – the kind of prayer that we, as His disciples, ought to pray. This prayer is what our prayers should look like. Not that we should simply regurgitate this prayer daily, but it should be a guide for us in […]

Staying Alive

by Brent Karding

If you were to go to someone you work with, just an average unsaved person, and ask them, “What is the purpose of life?” what do you think they would answer? “To have a good time”? “To travel to as many places as possible”? “To work as little as possible and have as much fun […]

Singing with Understanding: Giving Him My All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

A Physical Saviour and a Physical Christmas

by Brent Karding

(The following is the devotional I gave at the Christmas banquet of Kingston Bible College and Academy last week.) At Christmas, our attention turns to a little stable in Bethlehem, and to a little manger inside it. And that manger, at that moment, was the centre of the universe. If you could see with spiritual […]

The Two Purposes of Church Music

by Brent Karding

Last month, we saw that is impossible to be filled with the Spirit and not have a song in your heart – and in your mouth! Ephesians 5:19 was the main source of our observations there. Today, I want to talk about the two purposes of church music, found in the same verse. But before […]

Singing with Understanding: When Love and Sorrow Met

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Music and Being Filled with the Spirit

by Brent Karding

I have been singing my whole life. When I was a child, my parents brought me faithfully to church. When the congregation sang, as soon as I was old enough to sing along, I sang! I can remember (before I took piano lessons, I think) noticing that the notes higher on the staff were higher […]

Like a Bloated Spider

by Brent Karding

What is the opposite of being thankful? I think the opposite of thankfulness is covetousness. To live a thankful life is to live in grateful contentment. To live a covetous life is to live in dissatisfied restlessness – never to be happy with what you have because you always want more. And covetousness is ultimately […]