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March 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Prepare to be an amazing old person!

Like it or not, if you continue to live, you’ll get old. As you look around at all those ancient people in the grocery store, golf course, retirement village and nursing home, don’t be smug — you’ll be there soon enough! It will do you well to prepare to make those years the best…

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Ministering to those dying without Christ

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Ministering to those dying without Christ

Ministering to those dying without Christ ‘It is sad beyond words to watch mom’s health failing and see her fear and anxiety or detached numbness as she faces each day. She wavers back and forth. It is all sad and full of despair.’ ‘There is no longing for glory, no hope of future joy,…

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Preparing to be an amazing old person

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March 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Preparing to be an amazing old person

Preparing to be an amazing old person It’s not uncommon for God to use older people. Take Caleb, who fought giants as an octogenarian. Or Moses, who led a cantankerous people up to the promised land, aged 120. Remember Anna, the widow, who served God with prayers at the temple in Jerusalem. God delights…

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Whatever happened to church faithfulness?

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June 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Whatever happened to church faithfulness?

Whatever happened to church faithfulness? 'On one occasion, [Michael] Faraday lectured to a distinguished panel of scientists. The Prince of Wales (after Edward VII) was present. For an hour Faraday held his audience spellbound as he demonstrated the nature and properties of the magnet'. 'His lecture closed with a demonstration that brought the house…

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When ball becomes Baal

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June 2008
Cults and other religions

When ball becomes Baal

When ball becomes Baal Here in the USA, it's rare to see kids playing sports in the neighbourhood anymore. We're now organised and 'professionalised' - including uniforms, state-of-the-art facilities, endless trips to the field, competitive coaches, equally competitive parents, and the after-season tournaments designed to give parents 'bleacher bottom'. In addition, you've got to pay…

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March 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Getting out of debt

It is a sad proverb, but so true: 'The borrower becomes the lender's slave' (Proverbs 22:7). Tossing and turning through the night, the heavy borrower is a depressed soul. He dresses with prison clothes every morning and lugs his shackles to work - that job that offers so little hope for setting him free.…

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Conquering the shy gene – Jim Elliff

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August 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Conquering the shy gene – Jim Elliff

Like it or not, much of church life and our impact on society depends on conversation. Do you do much of that? It is the responsibility of everybody in the church - including the shy people. There may be a 'shy gene' somewhere in your make-up, but if it becomes an excuse to ignore others…

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