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On Public Rebukes

Sep 22, 2011

Someone on another site said recently that it really bothered him that Christians criticise other Christian leaders in public. He wanted absolutely nothing to do with this and thought it was absolutely disgraceful and unchristian behaviour.

So what do I

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Whatever Happened To the Cross?

Sep 18, 2011

Why is it that the things most emphasised by the early church seem to be the very things we belittle, ignore or omit today? Why is it that the central features of the gospel enunciated and championed by the first

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Peace At Any Price

Sep 18, 2011

There comes a time in the life of any Christian leader when he has to decide just who he will serve. Will he go the easy way, or the way that God directs? Will he seek to please men or

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The Saint Must Walk Alone

Sep 11, 2011

This is the first time in over 1800 articles that I have done something like this. My first 1808 articles were written entirely by myself, but here I want to allow another to write instead of myself. While I have

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Prophets Who Stand Alone

Sep 11, 2011

It is always easy to go with the crowd. It is always difficult to go against the crowd, and to stand alone. Any true prophet of God knows exactly all about this. They stand alone, misunderstood and condemned by their

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Why Do We Hoard What We Have Been Given?

Sep 7, 2011

There are many very strong warnings in Scripture about what we have been entrusted with, and our responsibility to rightly use it. In Luke 12:48 we find these words of Jesus: “From everyone who has been given much, much will

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The Fellowship of the Burning Heart

Aug 28, 2011

I am beginning to see that there are really only two broad camps in the Christian world. I am being very simplistic and general here, but at the end of the day it seems there are basically just two sorts

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Woe To You Evangelicals

Aug 27, 2011

I am an evangelical. So let me for the moment confine my remarks to fellow evangelicals. If you are a non-evangelical, but want to read on, hopefully you will benefit from this as well. I wish here to simply offer

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Earthen Vessels

Aug 21, 2011

If an alien were to come to planet earth (or, to be less melodramatic, a brand new Christian) and read the New Testament for the first time, if he (or it) was observant, one name would keep cropping up. No,

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Wanted: Men and Women of Courage

Aug 20, 2011

Whenever a time of crisis erupts, more than ever, there is a pressing need for individuals to take a stand, and to do so courageously. And unless you are blind, deaf, and dumb, you would know that we are certainly

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‘The War Lasted a Long Time’

Aug 15, 2011

I am typing this article while in Canberra. Because of my work I do a lot of traveling. I speak at many places and I attend various conferences and seminars and rallies. While I much prefer to stay at home

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Victory Through Defeat

Aug 10, 2011

OK, I need to make two confessions here at the outset. First, this title is not mine; it comes from A.W. Tozer. Second, I will use anything as an excuse to further push the riches of Christian spirituality as found

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It’s a Great Time to Be Alive

Aug 9, 2011

The headlines are looking bleak: another global economic crash seems to be inevitable; cities in Britain are burning; America has for the first time in its history been given a downgraded credit rating; European nations are going bankrupt, and rioting

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How To Live a Quiet and Peaceful Life

Aug 3, 2011

Good news folks: I have discovered the secret to being able to live a life with no conflict, no disquiet, no opposition, and no rough sailing. Of course not every trouble and difficulty in life will be avoided, but one

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World Changers Or World Imitators?

Aug 1, 2011

The Christian’s relationship to the surrounding culture can take many different forms, but for simplicity’s sake I would like to argue that there are basically only two main options here: either the Christian will change and transform his world, or

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Abandoning One Another

Jul 15, 2011

The Christian life is meant to be one of preferring one another, loving one another, and caring for one another. But sadly at least in the West often things are the reverse, with Christians looking after Number One, and having

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Love and Truth, Again

Jul 12, 2011

Some topics can never be exhausted, be it with one article or a hundred. Some issues keep cropping up which need to be addressed over and over again. This is one such topic. I have written on it numerous times

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On Christian Gifting and Character

Jun 20, 2011

This article, specifically penned for believers, deals with a somewhat curious feature of the Christian life. We all know of famous Christian leaders who seem to have an amazing anointing and calling of God, yet succumb to moral failure –

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Loving God and Keeping the Commandments

Jun 18, 2011

A sad situation is enveloping large parts of the evangelical church today, especially those associated with the emergent church. Increasingly we are being told that love is the only thing that matters in the Christian life, and any talk of

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