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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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Testing the spirits

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May 2011
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Testing the spirits

A response to David Robertson's Fleabytes broadcast on the Pope's visit.

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ET Comment – Violent demonstrations

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February 2011
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ET Comment – Violent demonstrations

Violent demonstrations In London quite recently there have been orchestrated student demonstrations against the Government, and these demonstrations turned violent.      Millions of pounds worth of damage resulted, and not a few injuries to the police and others. Some had the audacity to threaten members of the royal family as they travelled to a function.…

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January 2011
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ET Comment – Tyndale’s legacy

Tyndale's legacy In 1611 the Authorised Version of the Bible was completed. Four hundred years on, we stand back, and in this article by Rt Rev. John B. Taylor, admire a marvellous translation largely achieved through William Tyndale's sacrificial labours. 'What finally do we say of Tyndale's legacy to the English-speaking world? First and…

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ET Comment – Innocent fun?

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November 2010
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ET Comment – Innocent fun?

Innocent fun? Every year as we approach the end of October, the aisles of our local supermarkets fill up with witches hats, plastic devil's horns, Frankenstein heads and the like. Halloween puts in its unwelcome appearance. In the USA, as you might expect, they do all of this on a much bigger scale. Whole superstores are…

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October 2010
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ET Comment – Why revivals stop

Why revivals stop Studies of revivals sometimes look at what causes revivals to stop. The usual answer given is that sins in the church like fanaticism, disunity and pride so grieve the Holy Spirit that he withdraws his gracious influences.     But that explanation has its limitations. If sin is the fundamental obstacle, although biblically relevant,…

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