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The Water of Life – Edgar Andrews

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August 2006
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The Water of Life – Edgar Andrews

Many Reformed churches today are suffering a serious spiritual drought. Compared with fifty years ago, there are few conversions to Christ, little evidence of personal piety and a decided lack of enthusiasm for mission and evangelism. Commitment to Christ and his church is at a low ebb. We considered this briefly in July’s ‘Comment’ column,…

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Begotten not made – Roy Mohon

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August 2006
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Begotten not made – Roy Mohon

A recent article by Laura Nelson (ET May) pointed out that although the Bible refers to God overwhelmingly in male terms, God is not male in the sense of being physically male. But if there is no physical sexuality in God, why does the Bible describe him in male language? My purpose here is…

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June 2006
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The gospel of Judas – GOOD news or BAD?

If it's not the talk of the town already, I guess it soon will be. With the launch of The Da Vinci code on film, and the recent rediscovery of the 'gospel of Judas', religious mystery and intrigue has rarely had a better press. Perhaps received wisdom as taught by the church is not…

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Cyprus in the New Testament

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June 2006
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Cyprus in the New Testament

After being ruled by Egypt from 570 BC, Cyprus was enslaved to King Cyrus of Persia before becoming part of the Greek empire - which lasted until about 58 BC when the Romans took over until AD 330.   Barnabas   A letter from King Agrippa (Acts 25:13) to a certain Caius says, 'Jerusalem…

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Ruin, Redemption and Regeneration

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May 2006
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Ruin, Redemption and Regeneration

It has been rightly said that every sermon should contain the three Rs - ruin by sin in Adam, redemption by the blood atonement of Christ, and regeneration by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit.We rejoice in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:3). It is indeed the message of God…

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Togetherness in Christ

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April 2006
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Togetherness in Christ

Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ' (Philippians 1:1-2).You won't find the word 'togetherness' in your English Bible. The term you will find is…

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New kinds of revelation

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April 2006
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New kinds of revelation

Last month we began to look at the subject of personal revelations - subjective experiences that many interpret as God speaking to them without employing Scripture. In this article we shall consider more closely two specific 'new kinds' of revelation that have become popular today.Imperfect prophecyOur first concern is what some claim to be…

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Whatever happened to common grace

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April 2006
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Whatever happened to common grace

We who are committed to 'the doctrines of grace' tend to confine that grace to our salvation in Christ - 'salvation by grace'. However, there are other works of God's grace, which he does equally for the unsaved. These have a large place in the teaching of our great theologians, but seem to have…

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April 2006
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Grace goes international (2 Kings 5:1-8)

Naaman was the man who had everything: position, esteem, adulation, success, bravado - and leprosy. Of course, many Bible handbooks or footnotes in Bible translations hasten to assure us that this was not necessarily Hansen's disease, i.e., modern leprosy, but may have been some form of psoriasis or scabies or other skin disease. This…

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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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