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Putting unity first

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July 2012
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Putting unity first

Putting unity first Unity is a common theme in the New Testament. Paul spoke of it in 1 Corinthians 1:10: ‘I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same…

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June 2012
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Why read church history?

ET COMMENT Why read church history? Why should we be interested in history? The humanist studies it to celebrate human accomplishment. His is a revisionist mindset, writing God out of the frame and so manipulating the evidence to suit his agenda. But the honest student of history focuses on the facts wherever they lead…

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May 2012
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Sound an alarm!

ET COMMENT Sound an alarm! As the Anglican Church prepares for an even more uncertain future, with the resignation of Archbishop Rowan Williams from Canterbury at the end of the year, nonconformist evangelicals cannot afford to be complacent. There is an elephant roaming within their own camp — it is called unbiblical ecumenism.   …

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Avoiding two extremes

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April 2012
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Avoiding two extremes

ET COMMENT Avoiding two extremes Maximalism is a trend in the arts that finds its counterpart in some Reformed preaching today. The word can be used to describe the erroneous belief that every time any portion of Scripture is expounded, the gospel is being proclaimed.    Such a belief is incorrect, since texts like Galatians…

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Fresh, passionate and urgent prayer

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March 2012
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Fresh, passionate and urgent prayer

Fresh, passionate and urgent prayer In Acts 4, the Christians are living in a fresh experience of Christ. Some have seen the risen Lord and the day of Pentecost is fresh in their minds.     Most are recent converts, ‘first generation’ Christians. Their lives have been freshly and wonderfully transformed by a living and…

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‘Not … apart from your Father’

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February 2012
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‘Not … apart from your Father’

‘Not … apart from your Father’ This phrase in Matthew 10:29 — ‘Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’ — teaches that the Lord is closely involved in all of our lives.     He is active, as Jesus says,…

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A new year’s resolution from the fall of Babylon

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January 2012
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A new year’s resolution from the fall of Babylon

‘Babylon’ in the Bible is a symbol of the apostate community with false religion at its heart. Priesthood and ceremonies were not add-ons to Chaldean society, but permeated it. Medieval society replicated this pagan alliance, except that the priesthood and ceremonies had a Christian veneer. Such a union is still found in many states…

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RPCNA Synod

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October 2011
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RPCNA Synod

RPCNA Synod The 180th synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) met at Indiana Wesleyan University from 28 June-1 July this year.     Ruling elder, Steve McMahon (Midwest presbytery), was nominated as moderator and the Monday evening began with a gripping sermon from Matthew 16, entitled, ‘I will build my church’,…

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How much should I give to mission?

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September 2011
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How much should I give to mission?

ET Comment How much should I give to mission? In the ancient world the followers of the Babylonian, Greek and Roman religions gave one tenth of their income to their religions. In the Old Testament even before the giving of the law (Exodus 20), Abraham paid a tithe to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:20) and, under…

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Sending missionaries costs money

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August 2011
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Sending missionaries costs money

ET COMMENT Sending missionaries costs money Our Lord Jesus Christ, before his ascension into heaven, said to his disciples (and that includes us as well) — ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’. Obedience to this command calls for money as well as man power. It takes money to…

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Celebrating superiority

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July 2011
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Celebrating superiority

ET COMMENT Celebrating superiority Have you ever noticed that the sins you hate most may just be the sins closest to your heart? I hate the sin of envy, and I think I hate it so much because it is so often very near to me, just waiting to strike, to cause me to…

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Rapping hard on the door

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June 2011
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Rapping hard on the door

Rapping hard on the door   I was asked recently by an experienced minister, ‘In a prayer meeting, after you’ve asked God for something, what more can you do?’      The question reflects the accepted norm in many, if not most, contemporary church prayer meetings. People take it in turn to bring their requests…

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