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Pressing on
January 2012
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Pressing on

Guest Column      PRESSING ON Have you ever been ‘apprehended’ by the strong arm of the law? Thankfully, that has never been my experience, though we have all witnessed it happen to others, at least on TV. But, the fact that you are reading these words suggests you have been — or perhaps are about to be — ‘apprehended’ by the stronger arm of grace, in the person of Jesus Christ.     The apostle Paul, who wrote the letter to the Philippians, knew what it was to be in the strong yet gracious grip of Jesus’ hand. As he looks back over his life, he is...

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November 2011
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Hector Morrison – Coping with Christians

Guest Column        Hector Morrison  COPING WITH CHRISTIANS  How do you cope with Christians who are ‘a pain in the neck’, who make life difficult for you? I wonder how many of us have struck on the way exemplified by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9?  He gives thanks to God for them! Even though there was much that was amiss with the church in Corinth. It had its divisions and cliques, some gross examples of sexual immorality, significant disagreements over the conduct of worship, and so on (nothing new under the sun then?). Yet, after his opening greetings, Paul goes on to express sincere gratitude to...

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Gospel Victories
October 2011
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Gospel Victories

GUEST COLUMN – GOSPEL VICTORIES Reading the news headlines is often depressing, particularly for the Christian. The world brims with bad news — corruption, immorality, violence, deceit, and sheer foolishness. If that were not enough to make one feel downcast on a sunny day, many Western Christians also feel weighed down by rising anti-Christian sentiments and struggles within the church.    Not yet In the Gospels we read of the disciples’ longing for the establishment of Christ’s earthly kingdom. Scripture reveals to us the anticipation of God’s people for the moment when every knee will bow and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord (Isaiah...

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GRATITUDE FOR GRACE
September 2011
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GRATITUDE FOR GRACE

Guest ColumnGRATITUDE FOR GRACEWilliam VanDoodewaard Do you have a critical, jaded spirit towards the church? In his Religious affections, Jonathan Edwards warns that, because of remaining sin, our spiritual sight is easily dulled ‘to all spiritual objects’. So, when a critical spirit rises, we should ask ourselves, ‘Is my spiritual sight clear? Am I seeing God’s supernatural, gracious work in his church?     ‘Am I rejoicing in God’s work of new creation, bringing life instead of death, beauty instead of ugliness, holiness instead of sin, love instead of selfishness, faith instead of unbelief? Do those around me hear gratefulness to God for his work? Or...

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August 2011
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Pursuing Beauty

In 2008 the American YWCA published a report entitled 'Beauty at any cost'. This stated that 'Every woman in the United States participates in a daily beauty pageant, whether she likes it or not.'

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July 2011
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What does redemption mean?

  Guest Column    Erroll Hulse   What does redemption mean?   One of the great texts of the Bible is where Paul declares: ‘It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption’ (1 Corinthians 1:30).   When all the wisdom of the Greek philosophers failed to find a solution for the plight of mankind lost in sin, God the Father provided the answer. The solution was vested in one person, perfectly equipped to achieve salvation for sinners.   Full salvation   In the Son of God, there...

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What is righteousness?
June 2011
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What is righteousness?

Guest Column    Erroll Hulse What is righteousness? In Romans 1:16-17 the apostle proceeds straight to the subject of righteousness: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.’ ‘For in the gospel righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith’.      We can see why Paul was not ashamed of the gospel, because it is good news. It is the power of God, because he is actively...

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Guest Column – A special day
February 2011
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Guest Column – A special day

A special day Gary Brady Dash: 'You always say, “Do your best”, but you don't really mean it. Why can't I do the best that I can do?' Helen: 'Right now, honey, the world just wants us to fit in; and to fit in we just gotta be like everybody else'. Dash: 'Dad always said our…

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