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Difficult Bible Passages: Proverbs 18:21

May 14, 2020

This is another passage so often massacred by Christians:

I really must retitle this series. Most of the passages I have looked at are not all that difficult to be honest. But most of them have been massacred by various

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Closing Churches During the Corona Crisis

Apr 1, 2020

What are we to make of forced church closures during this time?

Plenty of changes are happening with COVID-19. One of them is the forced closure of so many churches in the West. Some pastors are defying government orders and

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Which Gospel?

Mar 31, 2020

The contrast between the real gospel and a false gospel could not be greater:

The Apostle Paul told us what he thought about those who preach another gospel, and not the real gospel. In Galatians 1:8 he gives us a

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Difficult Bible Passages: Psalm 91:10

Mar 10, 2020

Does this verse mean Christians are exempt from Coronavirus?

With everyone talking about the Coronavirus, many Christians have been appealing to this particular passage. In some translations it says that ‘no plague will come near you’. Are they right to

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On Christian Ministries and Biblical Balance

Aug 26, 2019

We must avoid both being hyper-critical of everything, and being accepting and undiscerning about everything.

As I have said so many times over the years, getting the biblical balance right may be difficult, but it is what all believers must

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Making a Mockery of the Faith

Aug 25, 2019

How should we think of Hollywood and its constant mockery of the faith?

When I recently saw trailers on the television for a new show that mocked Christian televangelists, I had two initial reactions: One, here we go again: Hollywood

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Suffering and Glory – Part One

Aug 17, 2019

Everyone wants glory, but few want suffering. But the two are bound together:

Hands up – who wants glory? Hands up – who wants suffering? It is not hard to know which option will be the most popular. We all

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Suffering and Glory – Part Two

Aug 17, 2019

“No cross, no crown” is how we referred to this matter in Part One. Throughout the Bible our present sufferings are tied in with our glory to come. I have already looked at some key passages on this, but many

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Suffering and Christian Growth

Jun 5, 2019

It goes without saying that over time Christians are meant to grow spiritually, experience progressive character development, and increasingly become more Christlike. Scripture is certainly quite clear in what it expects of believers.

God wants us to be like him,

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Gutting the Gospel

Jun 4, 2019

Those who are Christians have been entrusted with the gospel. That is just what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:4: “we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people

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Prayer, Faith and Testing God

Mar 29, 2019

OK, these are certainly some rather large topics that I am attempting to cover in a very short article. But it follows on from a piece I penned yesterday on the absence or silence of God. In it I mentioned

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On Prayer, Faith and God’s Will

Nov 8, 2018

Avoiding unbiblical extremes and staying within the bounds of the data of Scripture is paramount for the Christian. I have been writing of late on issues of faith versus presumption, and examining the name-it-and-claim it and positive confession teachings.

It

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