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Roger Fellows ministers in Baptist and Orthodox Presbyterian churches in Ontario, Canada

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May 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus’ Prayer Life

If we are to be Jesus’ disciples, then by definition, we are to learn of him. How then are we to learn from one we have never met? We cannot hear the words that come out of his mouth as those described in the Gospels did; but we can read those words, and hear those instructions and commands as we read the Gospels. How much we can learn as we read, for example, the Sermon on the Mount or the Upper Room Discourse (John 14-16). But there is another way in which we can learn from Jesus, and that is by his example. Peter tells...

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June 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Contentment

The boss has just told you that you will receive an immediate 5 per cent pay increase. Would you be content with that? In these days when the average increase is more like 1-2 per cent, you might be very pleased, and as a Christian thank God for it. At least, I hope you would! But supposing the boss said the company is finding it impossible to compete with cheap imports from China and, unless everyone is willing to accept a 10 per cent pay cut, the company will have to close down. Would you be content with that? Most of us would be discontent,...

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March 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Hindered by Satan

Paul makes an amazing statement in his first letter to the Thessalonian church: ‘We wanted to come to you — I, Paul, again and again — but Satan hindered us’ (2:18). Can Satan hinder the work of God? Let’s note some other Scriptures. Before Paul had good news from Timothy that the believers in Thessalonica were progressing well, he expressed the fear that Satan might have tempted them and his work be in vain (1 Thessalonians 3:5). In Revelation 2:10, Jesus (through John) tells the Christians at Smyrna that Satan will put some of them in prison. After Paul’s amazing visions he was given a...

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April 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘The Lord led me’

We may often hear people say, ‘The Lord led me to this job’, or, ‘The Lord led me to marry this man’. In some cases, one cannot doubt the providence of God in the matter. However, there are times when people use this expression to justify sinful or unbiblical conduct. I heard someone claim the Lord’s leading of them when marrying an unbeliever, even though the Scriptures prohibit this (2 Corinthians 6:14). The argument was that the Lord led them to that person; they fell in love with them; and, as the partner did not openly oppose the gospel, it gave an opportunity to lead...

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August 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pursuing holiness

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘holy’? A person in a monastery? Someone with a halo around their head? A prophet dressed in sackcloth? Whatever our idea, we probably think of ‘holiness’ as something out of the ordinary. That corresponds, at least a little, with the biblical idea of holiness, which means to be different from the ordinary by being set apart for God. Early use of the word in the Bible was ceremonial. When the instructions for the tabernacle were given, certain areas, vessels or garments were holy. They were consecrated for special use in the worship of God. If Aaron’s...

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October 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The ABC of prayer

Do you pray? Do you realize that prayer is important? I’m sure some will respond, ‘Of course we do! We’ve heard that numerous times’. Yes and doubtless you will hear the same thing time and again. The fact is there are many things we need to hear repeatedly. The proof of that is the number of times we read similar exhortations in the Bible. How many times do we hear of the need for holiness or love? And likewise we read numerous times of the need for prayer. In Matthew 6 Jesus is teaching his disciples about religious duties, and he deals at some length...

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May 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pestering God

How do we pray? We perhaps give a lot of thought to the content of our prayers, but much less to the manner of our prayers. ‘What do we pray for?’ is usually more important than ‘How do we pray?’ We know that there are conditions for our prayers to be answered, such as faith, being according to God’s will, and coming from a pure heart. These are very important, but there other considerations. How persistent are we in our prayers? How earnest? How determined are we to get an answer? Persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8) A good starting point for addressing this is the parable...

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