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Should Christians gamble?
September 2006
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Should Christians gamble?

Some time ago the front page of one of Singapore’s tabloids reported that a dishwasher lady had gambled away $92,000 of her family’s money (from the sale of a flat) by playing the jackpot and had resorted to begging from strangers to feed herself.   According to an Inland Revenue source, jackpot machines here gobbled up more than $600 million in the last financial year (this amount excludes other forms of gambling). This obsessive and addictive game has adversely affected many families and Christians are not immune. This is a great cause for concern, especially with the explosive increase in Internet gambling that is occurring...

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Building the church in dark days – Alun McNabb
August 2006
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Building the church in dark days – Alun McNabb

We report at length Alun McNabb's ministry at the Crumlin Fraternal Conference, Co. Antrim, on 3 June because we believe it makes some important statements.Alun McNabb's theme was 'Building the church in dark days' and he addressed it in two sessions. In the first session he took as his text Psalm 100:4: 'Enter into…

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Conquering the shy gene – Jim Elliff
August 2006
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Conquering the shy gene – Jim Elliff

Like it or not, much of church life and our impact on society depends on conversation. Do you do much of that? It is the responsibility of everybody in the church - including the shy people. There may be a 'shy gene' somewhere in your make-up, but if it becomes an excuse to ignore others…

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Togetherness in the gospel
June 2006
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Togetherness in the gospel

'I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now' (Philippians 1:3-5).Although togetherness in Christ is implicit from the outset of the letter to the Philippians, the word 'fellowship' does…

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Conviction and conversion
May 2006
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Conviction and conversion

Miller Avenue Church is small — forty congregants on Sunday morning is a good crowd. One of the many advantages I enjoy as pastor of a small church is that I can observe the spiritual birth and growth of people quite easily. Though I have been a pastor for over three decades, it has…

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Togetherness in the church
May 2006
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Togetherness in the church

'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).Forgive the pun, but the coin in koinonia (fellowship) has two sides. Last month we saw…

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Evangelical superficiality
April 2006
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Evangelical superficiality

'God? He's my big mate in the sky', proclaimed a Christian taxi driver. A young Christian, asked why he always used the name 'Jesus' and never 'Lord', explained, 'Because "Jesus" is more acceptable to people outside the church. It's more "user friendly".' 'I don't pray to the Lord, I pray to Jesus', explained a…

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Sport and the Christian
March 2006
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Sport and the Christian

'Sport should never become a religion, but true religion does have something to say in the world of sport' (Derek Cleave).Sport is an area of modern human culture that has received little attention from adherents of the Christian faith. True, in recent years there has been a plethora of biographies and autobiographies of sports…

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