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The gospel of peace
May 2010
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The gospel of peace

The gospel of peace John W. Keddie 'Having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace' (Ephesians 6:15)            With these words the apostle Paul alerts Christians to be always ready for Christian service.When I was young, at a Boy Scouts camp I went on my first serious hill walk. I only had a…

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Inside story
May 2010
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Inside story

Inside story   The historian Adrian Hastings described John Stott as 'one of the most influential figures in the Christian world' and 'the recognized senior theologian and thinker of world evangelicalism'. In 2005, Time magazine named him as among the 100 most influential people in the world.   In this book Roger Steer has…

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Cleaving to Christ
May 2010
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Cleaving to Christ

Cleaving to Christ Stan Evers Picture an old woman and two younger women standing on a road between Moab and Judah - three tearful widows in animated conversation. Let's get closer so that we can eavesdrop on their conversation.  We listen first to the older widow, whose name is Naomi.  'Return home'  What is Naomi saying…

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‘From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead’
May 2010
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‘From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead’

'From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead' Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The last recorded words of Christ - and penultimate verse of the whole Bible - are in Revelation 22:20, where the glorified Christ affirms, 'Surely I am coming soon'.     These words remind us that Jesus is…

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The all-sufficiency of Christ
April 2010
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The all-sufficiency of Christ

The all-sufficiency of Christ Is faith in Jesus Christ all that I need to be justified? Has Christ really done it all for me? Today we face a variety of teachings which directly or indirectly erode Paul's gospel by telling us that faith in Christ is just not quite enough.  We must add some little…

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‘He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty’
April 2010
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‘He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty’

'He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty' Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed Forty days after Jesus' victorious resurrection, Scripture tells us that Christ 'was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God' (Mark 16:19).             Luke recorded this event in…

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The breastplate of righteousness
April 2010
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The breastplate of righteousness

The breastplate of righteousness John W. Keddie In Ephesians 6, the first buttress against Satan's lies and deceptions is the truth of God's Word - the truth as it is in Jesus. What's next? It is the breastplate.  'Having put on the breastplate of righteousness' (Ephesians 6:14).The breastplate was a vital feature in any Roman soldier's…

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The third day he rose again from the dead’
March 2010
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The third day he rose again from the dead’

'The third day he rose again from the dead'           Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The earliest ever written Christian creed, encapsulating truths of 'first importance', stated 'that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with…

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Spiritual Warfare
March 2010
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Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare John W. Keddie The apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians by alerting believers to the malign spiritual forces they face.  Dr Lloyd Jones once wrote: 'I am certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the church today is the fact that the devil is being forgotten. All…

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Is it worth dying for?
March 2010
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Is it worth dying for?

Is it worth dying for?Paul SmithBelievers trembled, as well they might. In AD 303 the fires of Roman persecution were being stoked up with a new target - the New Testament scriptures.   The emperor's law demanded that all New Testament books be handed in to be destroyed. Faced with forfeiting God's word or their…

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‘He descended into hell’
February 2010
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‘He descended into hell’

'He descended into hell' Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The exact meaning of Christ's 'descent into hell' has been much debated over the centuries. The Reformed consensus is that when Christ died at Calvary, he actually experienced the indescribable torments of hell, without in any way becoming sinful himself. And he did this…

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Discernment ministry (2)
February 2010
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Discernment ministry (2)

Discernment ministry (2) Gary Gilley Despite the clear mandate given in Scripture for biblical discernment and critique (see January ET), most people continue to be critical of the whole concept of this ministry.  Ironically, those who preach most tenaciously the need for tolerance are themselves intolerant of any who seek to faithfully follow God's directives in…

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