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Paul’s Farewell Speech

Nov 21, 2014

Gotta love reading through the book of Acts again. It is jam-packed with spiritual treasures. Having just reread Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesian elders as found in Acts 20:17-38, I feel compelled to look at this amazing speech in

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Paul and His Unacceptable Behaviour

Jun 14, 2013

It has recently been brought to our attention that the apostle Paul was involved in an ugly incident involving those of other faiths, causing an uproar which is now making the headlines. Reports are emerging that while recently in Ephesus,

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Fr Paul Marx, RIP

Mar 31, 2010

On March 20 Father Paul Marx passed away. He founded Human Life International and was involved in pro-life activism for forty years. Pope John Paul II called him “the Apostle of Life.” And President Ronald Reagan once said to him,

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Beware of Satisfaction

Sep 19, 2016

When the Rolling Stones sang about not being able to get any satisfaction back in 1965, that may in fact have been a good thing. And when they sang about how ‘you can’t always get what you want’ in 1969,

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The Need for Perspective

Aug 13, 2016

Anyone who has flown on a plane knows about perspective. From many thousands of feet up in the air we can see things far differently than when we are earth-bound. We start to see a much bigger picture, and can

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Phelps and the Gold Standard

Aug 11, 2016

The Rio summer Olympics are not even halfway over yet, but already some major records have been broken. One that stands shoulders above all the rest is the ongoing performance of swimmer Michael Phelps. The American athlete had already taken

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Rio, Christ and the Olympics

Aug 6, 2016

Millions of people have just watched the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympiad, the summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro. Now they will settle down for over two weeks of sport, competition and athleticism. And it will be quite a

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God’s Suffering Servants

Jul 9, 2016

Jesus said quite explicitly on various occasions that the servant is not above the master (Matthew 10:24-25; Luke 6:40; John 13:16; John 15:20). The disciple of Christ cannot expect to be exempt from what his Lord has gone through. And

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Women in Combat Part 2

Feb 19, 2016

The issue of women in the military, and specifically, women in combat, arose again in the US Republican debates. While contenders Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie (who has since dropped out), all supported women in the military, including

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No We Are Not All God’s Children

Jan 13, 2016

One of the clearest teachings of Scripture running from Genesis to Revelation is that there are two classes of humanity: those who belong to God and those who do not; those who will live with him forever and those who

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And Even More Dumb Quotes and Posters

Dec 21, 2015

As part of my ongoing series on dumb sayings and posters, I offer a few more for your enjoyment and edification. Given that the social media supplies us with a non-stop supply of such things, I have a bottomless well

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Another Gospel

Dec 6, 2015

In the contemporary West the concept of absolute and universal truth has largely been abandoned, and we are now awash in a sea of relativism and subjectivism. Because of this, we have largely lost the ability to make fundamental and

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Marriage Wars, Truth Wars, and Tolerance Wars

Aug 26, 2015

When you don’t have solid answers, arguments and facts to make your case, then simply demonising and shouting down opposing voices is always a neat way to proceed. And this is the normal operating procedure for the homosexual activists and

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Do We Have God’s Heart On This?

Jul 10, 2015

One good test to decide if we really are sons and daughters of the Living God is if we share his heart on important issues. The true child of God will of course think as God thinks and even feel

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Rebutting the Vines’ Deception

Jul 4, 2015

I don’t usually like to draw undue attention to apostates, to wolves in sheep’s clothing, to false teachers, or to those who are clearly demonically deceived. But let me do so here, since some of this deception gets a wide

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