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The Lord told me – I think!
March 2006
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The Lord told me – I think!

A conservative Baptist denomination presents a story in its newsletter concerning one of its members deployed in Iraq. This middle-aged soldier declared that often, as he wrestles with problems of various types, 'God just reveals the answer to me'. A leader from his church back home also claims to have heard from the Lord.…

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Small words
February 2006
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Small words

big meanings! (1)I am interested in words, and I hope you are too. There are several reasons for my interest. I can still remember the sense of enlightenment when, as a young child, I was taught to read. Words began to make sense and, as it were, speak to me.A more basic reason for…

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The Spirit gives life
February 2006
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The Spirit gives life

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63)Rejection is the most common reaction of men when they hear the gospel. The Lord himself had taught these people and done miracles in their presence, but when they…

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Two-tier Christianity
February 2006
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Two-tier Christianity

What do we look for to see if someone's faith is genuine? Some would tell us that there are two kinds of Christians - those who show their faith by holy lives and others who do not. It is almost a two-tier Christianity.To give examples: there are those who teach that some Christians (the…

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The Lord of glory
February 2006
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The Lord of glory

James 2:1 makes reference to 'our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory'.This is a truly remarkable statement because the word 'glory' can ultimately only be applied to God himself - who declares in Isaiah 42:8, 'I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other'. The Westminster Confessionputs…

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Labour not in vain
January 2006
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Labour not in vain

When Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel at Antioch, Pisidia, the Jews 'were filled with envy' and spoke against the gospel, contradicting and blaspheming God. They wilfully and deliberately refused to believe the revelation of God concerning his Son. Despising Christ, despising the gospel of the grace of God, and despising the messengers of…

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January 2006
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Clothed with Christ

What would you give to a primitive stone-age tribe - nicknamed Aucas ('naked savages') by their Quechua neighbours - to win access to them for the gospel? On 6 October 1955, Nate Saint lowered from his plane a small aluminium kettle with coloured streamers attached, containing brightly-coloured buttons and a bag of rock salt.…

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Carnal Christians – do they exist?
January 2006
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Carnal Christians – do they exist?

Question - According to popular teaching there is a category of people who can be called 'carnal Christians'. Is this concept biblical? Let us see.Many teach that there are different kinds of Christians - carnal, spiritual and natural. A carnal Christian is one who has been saved but who remains 'carnal', that is, his…

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Deconstructing evangelicalism
January 2006
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Deconstructing evangelicalism

Massive cultural shifts within Western society have resulted in what might be called the deconstruction of 'evangelicalism'. This much-loved, time-honoured and once comprehensible term for New Testament Christianity has been forced to bear new and often contradictory meanings.Efforts to categorise the current state of professing evangelical church life tend to go out of date…

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Pietism and subjective Christianity
January 2006
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Pietism and subjective Christianity

Balance. Is there anything more elusive? Most of us strive constantly for balance - whether with our time, money, diet or relationships. If few of us feel we have found the right balance, the same can be said for the historical church. God's people tend to swing from one extreme to another, causing considerable…

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Calvinism and open-air preaching
November 2005
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Calvinism and open-air preaching

A recent ET correspondent asked - 'What about a special piece by a Calvinist on starting up open-air preaching?'  So I make an effort to oblige.There is a general view abroad that Calvinism impedes evangelism. This, of course, is a myth. The thing that impedes evangelism is spiritual laziness, and there are as many…

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What is the Bible?
November 2005
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What is the Bible?

The Bible is differentJust as the Lord Jesus Christ is different from all other leaders, religious or otherwise, so the Bible is different from all other books. Those leaders and those books are of earthly origin. Such religious leaders are men or women with all the weaknesses and failures of sinful humanity. And all…

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