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Say No To a Counsel of Despair

Aug 15, 2017

The Christian is both an optimist and a realist. We are optimistic because of God. God is greater than all our problems, all our calamities, all our trials, and all our opposition. With God we can overcome, we can have

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Apostates Destroying Our Churches

Aug 10, 2017

The Bible is full of warnings about those who would lead God’s people astray with lies and false teachings, and drag them into sinful, immoral lifestyles. We should steer clear of such people and have nothing to do with them.

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On the Promises of God

Jul 31, 2017

All believers should love the promises of God, and all should want to claim those promises. But the simple truth is, many of these promises are conditional. They are not automatic, in other words, but they very much depend on

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Five Hallmarks of Spiritual Maturity

Jul 8, 2017

The New Testament is full of exhortations and commands to grow in our Christian faith, to become all we can be in Christ, and to be mature, wise and complete as Christ followers. Spiritual maturity is the aim of the

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On Telling God How He Must Operate

Jul 7, 2017

Sadly there are many Christians who sit in judgment on other Christians and are effectively sitting in judgment on God as well. That is, they will tell other believers that this or that experience cannot be of God and that

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On Not Suffering Fools Gladly

Jun 23, 2017

I must begin this piece by making a confession. I have long thought about this phrase, and have long thought about writing something on it. But I figured it was more or less a worldly phrase, and maybe not one

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War Has Been Declared

May 27, 2017

Normally when a war is declared a nation changes gear and gets on a war footing. There can be no more business as usual when a country is under attack, and everyone is expected to contribute to the war effort.

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Lessons from Hachi

May 21, 2017

Lessons from who? OK, I never heard of Hachi either until last night when I watched a few minutes of a movie on television. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a 2009 film starring Richard Gere. It is based on a

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Are You Wasting Your Life?

May 20, 2017

This may be one of the most important questions any Christian can ask of himself or herself. Of course we don’t usually think in those terms. We assume that God is fully pleased with all that we do, and that

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Where Are All the Reinforcements?

May 17, 2017

In the Christian life we are not on a holiday but in a war. I realise that most Western believers do not think in these terms, but that is because carnality, compromise and cowardliness have so very much ravaged our

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Lessons from 2 Chronicles

May 14, 2017

Last night I was reading in Spurgeon’s Mornings and Evenings devotional. As would be expected from Spurgeon, every page seems to be loaded with spiritual gems and theological nuggets. It is amazing how much Spurgeon was able to glean from

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More Lessons from 2 Chronicles

May 14, 2017

As stated in my first article on this topic, there are heaps of spiritual truths that can be found in the accounts of the kings of Judah. Vital spiritual lessons can be gleaned from these stories, and we dare not

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A Time To Fight, A Time To Love

May 10, 2017

There is a time for everything, as Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 informs us. And in verse 8 we read that there is “a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace”. No, I

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“Why Are You So Negative?”

May 7, 2017

The Old Testament prophets were well known as bearers of bad news. Their hard words, especially about judgment to come and the need for repentance, did not exactly make them the life of the party. They certainly were not on

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This Is What Is Wrong With the World

May 4, 2017

Those who think there is far too much to read in the world – including on this site – would be greatly relieved if I simply followed in the footsteps of G. K. Chesterton. When an English newspaper asked him

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