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Small words

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April 2006
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Small words

Isn't writing wonderfully ingenious? I'm thinking about man as being creative - in particular, using his God-given ability with words.Though fallen in Adam, man being made in God's image retains this awesome gift. He is able to employ sequences of visual symbols to share ideas and thoughts - to facilitate communication between minds. And…

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The Man in the middle

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April 2006
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The Man in the middle

Three men stagger up the hill under the weight of heavy beams of wood, escorted by Roman soldiers and followed by a crowd of people, some cursing, some crying. The walk has been a long one, for the hill is outside the city walls.It is known by the locals as Calvary - 'the place…

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What is a Christian?

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March 2006
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What is a Christian?

What is a Christian and how do you become one? It’s a question that people still ask today. If you read the Bible in the book of Acts 11:26 (i.e. chapter 11 and verse 26) it tells you when Jesus’ disciples ‘were first called Christians’.Notice it doesn’t say Baptists, Methodists, Protestants, Charismatics or Brethren.…

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The Lord told me – I think!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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