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Dressed for Battle

Nov 6, 2019

This new book on the whole armour of God is well worth reading:

Thirty years ago the Berlin Wall came crashing down, as did the menace of Soviet Communism. It involved a monumental struggle of ideas and of nations, but

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No One Believes In Me Anymore

Nov 3, 2019

I learned afresh about the reality of spiritual war while in Ghana, and the need for believers to fully engage on that level:

If you are up on your Christian music, and/or you are an old guy – like me

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On Having an Influence

Nov 1, 2019

Are you having a godly influence?

We all have some sort of influence on others – for good or for ill. Since I am talking about Christians in this piece, it is hoped that ours is an influence for good

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The Dynamics of Spiritual Life

Oct 26, 2019

This older book on renewal and reformation is still well worth reading:

My title might have a nice ring to it, but believers who have been around for a while will recall seeing it elsewhere. Forty years ago a very

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On National Prayer

Oct 11, 2019

On the importance of national prayer and fasting:

It is not just individuals who pray. Entire nations can be involved in times of corporate prayer as well. Ancient Israel had such times of national prayer, as have other nations. Often

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It’s Time To Ban the “H” Word

Oct 10, 2019

On the near-heretical abuse of the word “heretical”!

Hamburger? Hockey? Hollywood? Helicopter? Hatchet? Hotdogs? Hound dogs? No, the word I have in mind is “Heresy”. “Oh that word,” you say. “Haven’t you written on that often before Bill?” Yes, sadly

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Are You Really a Christian?

Oct 5, 2019

This is a shocking case of a believer’s walk not matching their talk:

Often a divinely-appointed confluence of events will lead to a new article. Last night two things occurred at roughly the same time, and the result is this

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Difficult Bible Passages: Matthew 6:1-18

Oct 4, 2019

What did Jesus mean when he warned about praying in public?

There can be at least two difficulties with this portion of Scripture. One, I have seen people misuse and abuse this text, missing the actual point that Jesus is

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On Depression

Oct 2, 2019

A few thoughts on Christians and depression:

Christians and depression. Some think the two can never go together, but I beg to differ. Let me say at the outset that I am not speaking as a psychiatrist or psychologist or

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Two Wings of a Plane: Truth and Love

Sep 18, 2019

Which should we champion: truth or love? Why not both?

One of the worst things we can do as believers is to seek to pit one biblical truth against another, as if we must choose between alternatives. Too often biblically

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Do You Ever Feel Like Giving Up?

Sep 12, 2019

When you are tempted to give up, think on these things:

I don’t know about you, but being a bit of a melancholic, I can often get discouraged and even be tempted to give up. Not to give up on

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The Raising of the Cross

Sep 8, 2019

Here we find combined great art and great theology.

Those who are somewhat switched on not just to basic Christianity but to the world of great art will know that I have a double meaning in my title. I refer

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Difficult Bible Passages: Ezekiel 23

Sep 6, 2019

Some of the most shocking words in all of Scripture are found in the book of Ezekiel.

There are many parts of the Bible – especially in the Old Testament – that lots of people today would be squeamish about.

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Do You Care?

Sep 3, 2019

Do you care about the things that God cares about?

I am not asking a rhetorical question here, but a very real one. Do you care? Of course how you reply depends on what you care about. Many folks care

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Thinking About the End of the World

Sep 2, 2019

How would you live if you knew the world was going to end today?

So what would you do if you knew the world was going to end in 12 hours? Yes I know, the hyper-leftist American Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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