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Willow Creek’s big adventure

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April 2008
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Willow Creek’s big adventure

Willow Creek's big adventure   It has been a tough year for the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, the flagship congregation of the 'seeker-sensitive' movement. Most know that Willow Creek has set the pace for 30 years in its redesign of the local church. More recently Rick Warren, and his Saddleback Community Church,…

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Getting out of debt

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March 2008
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Getting out of debt

Getting out of debtIt is a sad proverb, but so true: 'The borrower becomes the lender's slave'(Proverbs 22:7).Tossing and turning through the night, the heavy borrower is a depressed soul. He dresses with prison clothes every morning and lugs his shackles to work - that job that offers so little hope for setting him…

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God’s plan for the local church

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February 2008
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God’s plan for the local church

God's plan for the local church The Irish Biblical Reformation Conference was held on 3 November 2007 at Edenmore Golf Club. The guest speaker was Stephen Rees, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Stockport, and his subject was, 'God's plan for the local church'. He began by stating that this was a subject close to his…

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How do you view your rivals?

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January 2008
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How do you view your rivals?

How do you view your rivals?The apostle Paul was generous when it came to people he might have considered rivals. He wrote, 'Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel.…

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Loving children by example

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January 2008
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Loving children by example

Loving children by example ‘Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour’ (Ephesians 5:1-2). If, as the apostle Paul admonished us, we ‘follow God as dear children and walk in love’, then our children will observe us and learn lessons more powerful than words alone can impart. Loving your child by example is part of your calling as a Christian parent. As a parent, I realise that God has given me a tremendous responsibility. Of course,...

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Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers

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January 2008
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Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers

Outdoor preaching - questions to gospel ministersBack in the 1920s Frank Cockrem, then Secretary of The Open-Air Mission, wrote a pamphlet - challenging and encouraging preachers of the gospel not to confine their invaluable ministry within the four walls of their churches. Such challenge and encouragement are needed even more urgently today. In fact,…

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Ten wrong ways to listen

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September 2007
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Ten wrong ways to listen

Ten wrong ways to listen by Gary Shepard'But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves' (James 1:22)Beloved, it is a wonderful blessing to any preacher's heart when those to whom he is called to minister love to attend and gather together to hear the gospel. It is encouraging…

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Which church is the true church?

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September 2007
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Which church is the true church?

Which church is the true church?Many in the ecumenical movement were offended this July by a Catholic document published for the Vatican by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The offence was caused by (among other things) the declaration that Protestant churches are not proper churches of Jesus Christ.Structured around five questions…

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Am I pentecostal?

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August 2007
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Am I pentecostal?

Am I pentecostal?by Kent PhilpottMy sermon for the last Sunday of May was entitled 'A safe place'. The sermon for the first Sunday of June was 'I am pentecostal'. The one explains the other. Or, to put it another way, because I am pentecostal (no capital P) there is a good chance that the…

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After the split – Stephen Ridgeway

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July 2007
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After the split – Stephen Ridgeway

After the split by Stephen RidgewayWe know it happens. We see it happen. Yet nobody wants to talk about it. When it is over, people try to move on but acrimony often follows. Some liken it to bereavement, citing depression, anxiety attacks and guilt feelings as symptoms of its devastation.  Minors too are stung…

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Clarifying the call – Christopher Ash

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June 2007
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Clarifying the call – Christopher Ash

Clarifying the callIn summer 2005 Generation Next conducted a survey of 400 men who were either in or contemplating the gospel ministry. The results showed significant confusion about what constituted a 'call'. This is a practical and important question - how do I know that Christ has called me to 'prayer and the ministry…

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Amen! A plea from the pulpit – John Woolley

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June 2007
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Amen! A plea from the pulpit – John Woolley

AMEN!a plea from the pulpit A ministerial friend of mine shared with me recently his discouragement while leading public worship. He likened the worship service to a graveyard because of the deathly silence that followed his leading in public prayer. 'There was no audible response. There was no Amen from God's people', he lamented. Indeed,…

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