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All articles & reviews tagged with purpose

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May 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus’ Prayer Life

If we are to be Jesus’ disciples, then by definition, we are to learn of him. How then are we to learn from one we have never met? We cannot hear the words that come out of his mouth as those described in the Gospels did; but we can read those words, and hear…

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March 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Taking the wrong turning

Some Christians are obsessed with knowing whether they are ‘in the will of God’. What do they mean? Usually they have in mind a plan for their lives that God drew up in eternity, and which they are now duty-bound to discover and follow, rather like a road map to a specific destination. In…

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May 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

Mind your own business

Our Lord revealed to Peter the way he would glorify God in death; and Peter looked at John and asked, ‘Lord, what will John do? In what way will John suffer?’ It is really difficult to determine the reason Peter asked this of Christ. Was he genuinely concerned for his friend John? Was he…

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May 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

Cross purposes

One of the ways in which older writers sometimes illustrate the presence of cross purposes in our lives is from the workings of a clock, or a watch. ‘Cross purposes’ are those providences which seem to run contrary to us, and for which we can see no apparent meaning at the time. If we…

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