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Green Panic and False Prophecy

Aug 19, 2012

One very good disincentive to going around making up wild and fanciful predictions can be found in the ancient book of Deuteronomy. At the end of the 18th chapter we find a pretty good deterrent to panic mongering and telling

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Lest We Forget

Apr 25, 2010

Today is the 95th Anzac Day commemoration. The motto of this remembrance of what the Diggers did is “Lest We Forget”. The phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling’s 1897 poem “Recessional”. We use it of other important historic events, including the

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Habakkuk, Trust, God and the Nations

Sep 18, 2016

The book of Habakkuk is as amazing as it is brief. Three short chapters totaling just 56 verses contain so much theological, pastoral and apologetic richness. In many ways it is a lament (Habakkuk taking his complaints to God) as

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Was Ancient Israel Meant to Have a King?

Mar 20, 2016

Plenty of debate actually arises over the issue of the monarchy in ancient Israel. Especially when we see imperial presidencies like Obama’s in America (Trump’s could well be the same if he gets in), Christians are now talking a lot

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On the Sufficiency of Scripture

Feb 29, 2016

Just as we speak about the various attributes of God, so too we can speak about the various attributes of Scripture. Thus we can speak about the authority of Scripture, or the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture. As to the latter,

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Bible Illiterates

Jan 22, 2016

Tragically there are so many believers today who say or think the following: “If only God would just speak to me”. Of course the simple truth is this: he already has. He has spoken to us clearly and sufficiently in

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God’s Omnipresence

Jan 14, 2016

The omnipresence, or immensity, of God is another amazing divine attribute worth considering. On the one hand it can be rather straightforward to understand. Simply put, God is unlimited in relation to space. He is present everywhere and in all

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Josiah, Revival and the Word of God

Dec 27, 2015

The need of the hour is revival. All believers should be praying for heaven-sent, life-changing revival. Without it the West looks to be all but finished. While whole libraries have been filled with books on revival, let me look at

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Sanctification: Cooperating with God

Mar 22, 2015

Let me set things straight at the outset: in terms of our initial regeneration, this is a work purely done by God. We do not contribute to it. There is no synergism here. It is by grace through faith alone.

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No Other Gods

Jan 24, 2015

I am reading the book of Exodus again and I had just gotten up to chapter twenty, where the Ten Commandments appear. I found myself stopping dead in my tracks as I read the very first one. As it says

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Time To Get Our Priorities Right

Sep 26, 2014

The Bible is a realistic book. God knows that his people can often get their priorities wrong, can often concentrate on self, and can often forget about the things of God. Thus there are plenty of warnings found throughout the

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Jesus, Justice and Vindication

Sep 5, 2014

It is amazing just how many Christians have an absolutely pathetic and unbiblical view of who Jesus is. Far too many believers still think of him as a tree-hugging greenie, a peace sign-flashing hippy, or a door-to-door salesman offering personal

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Warnings About Riches: Old Testament

Jun 10, 2014

Let me say at the outset, in order to avoid any misunderstandings, that I am a firm believer in wealth creation and the free market. Time and time again it has lifted the masses out of poverty like no other

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Rebutting the Climate Alarmism Ideologues

Mar 1, 2014

A defining feature of contemporary Western culture is the establishment and defence of certain ideological shibboleths that dare not be gainsayed. These PC orthodoxies are enforced with all the fanaticism of any religious cult, and those who dare to resist

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Back to Christian Basics

Feb 23, 2014

One of the most tragic realities of contemporary Western Christianity is the fact that so many Christians simply do not read their Bibles. Certainly many – if not most – do not read the Bible regularly, daily, and determinedly. This

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“We Were Bored”

Aug 23, 2013

The tragic drive-by shooting of Australian Chris Lane as he was out jogging in Oklahoma this week raises all sorts of issues. It is a horrific killing and the family needs prayer big time. And already the left is trying

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