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Christmas: When God Visited This Planet

Dec 22, 2009

When noted philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell was asked how he would respond if he found himself standing before God asking him, ‘Why didn’t you believe in me?’, Russell replied, “I would say, ‘Not enough evidence, God!’”

In 1927 he

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Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

Dec 12, 2009

One very significant – yet often neglected – Old Testament passage is Numbers 11:29. There Moses says this: “I wish that all the LORD’S people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” All Christians today

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David’s Mighty Men: Godly Discontentment

Nov 29, 2009

I was recently speaking and teaching interstate at some churches and Christian groups. A number of these groups, I was informed, had actually broken away from a larger Pentecostal denomination. They had simply grown disillusioned with what their megachurches were

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We Need to Hear Preaching Like This

Nov 19, 2009

Once when George Whitefield was visiting New England he said, “The reason why congregations have been so dead is because dead men preach to them.” There is a lot of truth in this. Quite often the spiritual condition of a

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2012 and the End of the World

Nov 17, 2009

If you knew the world was going to end in one week, would you do anything different? I recently posted a question quite similar to that on a social networking website. I received only two responses: one person said ‘yes’

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Thinking About Revival

Nov 17, 2009

Study the history of revival. God has always sent revival in the darkest days. Oh, for a mighty, sweeping revival today! (Adrian Rogers)

When we study church history, we learn of exciting outbreaks of revival and renewal which have had

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Leaders are Readers

Nov 9, 2009

This is an article about reading. If you don’t like reading, you will not likely enjoy this piece. Then again, if you don’t like reading, you are probably nowhere near this article in the first place! So for those of

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Lessons From the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Nov 3, 2009

As things continue to decline spiritually, morally, culturally, politically and ideologically, we need more than ever men and women willing to stand up, go against the tide, and provide some hearty resistance. We need, in other words, men and women

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Spirituality: No Magic Pill

Oct 21, 2009

I caught myself the other day saying this: “This is taking absolutely forever!” And what was I referring to? The few seconds it was taking to open a new web page on my computer! Such a silly reaction tells us

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What Sort of Gospel Are We Preaching?

Oct 16, 2009

Today I was reading the very familiar parable of the sower which Jesus gave (Matthew 13:1-23 = Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:5-15). Of course as many commentators point out, this is really a parable about the soil. It primarily deals with

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Prayer is a Verb

Oct 10, 2009

OK, yes I know: prayer is also a noun. But the point is, it is one of those terms that should involve us in actual doing, not just knowing. Indeed, it is somewhat strange to be writing about prayer, when

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Encouragement in the Face of Battle

Sep 19, 2009

Christians hold two passports. We are citizens of this world, but also of the next. Thus there is always tension in this life. Indeed, there is an ongoing struggle, a spiritual war which we daily find ourselves in. Those who

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The Church and Self-Esteem

Aug 23, 2009

An ad in a church bulletin recently caught my attention. It was advertising an upcoming ‘Self-Esteem Seminar’. Nothing unusual about that. There must be zillions of such self-help seminars being run in churches throughout the Western world. They have become

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Learning the Language of Babylon

Jul 23, 2009

In two earlier articles I looked at Israel in captivity, and lessons for the church. Here I want to pen a third and final article on this theme of living as a people in exile. In particular I want to

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On Being a Pilgrim People

Jul 10, 2009

The relationship between the people of God and the world which God has created is a lengthy and complex subject. Christians have had different ideas about how we should relate to this present world. It is not my intention here

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By the Rivers of Babylon

Jul 5, 2009

One of the saddest and most shattering passages in the whole of the Bible is Psalm 137:1-4: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there

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On Turning the World Upside Down

Jun 9, 2009

We live in very dark times. This website provides hundreds of examples of the gathering gloom which is overtaking much of the Western world. As the West seeks to jettison all traces of its Christian heritage, it is heading down

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