Almost Obedient?

God’s grace should never cease to amaze us. We should never overestimate our complete lack of merit or underestimate our sinfulness. All good things come from God and we deserve none of them. Our very best does not reach God’s required standard of perfection. Our very best effort at earning salvation would still leave us […]

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Christmas Journeys

Travelling over the Christmas season is fraught with excitement, anticipation and sometimes problems. People travel all over the country and all over the world to spend time with family and friends.¬†As I read Luke 2 I see several “Christmas” journeys. 1. Journeying to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-5) In the first 5 verses we read about Joseph […]

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Balancing On Your Bandwagon

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the […]

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Getting a Burden for the Persecuted Church

“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” – Hebrews 13:3 With no real benchmark for persecution in our personal lives, some Christians in the West believe they or others they know have suffered persecution. However, most Christians in the West […]

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The Missionary Manifesto – G. Campbell Morgan

The Missionary Manifesto, by G. Campbell Morgan, takes a detailed look at the commission given by Christ to believers to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Morgan goes into great detail and covers aspects of the commission which have not been brought to my attention before. His book has 6 chapters: The […]

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How Can We Pray for One Another?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Paul made this request, “Brethren, pray for us.” It is a simple request and one we desire for ourselves and one another. Sometimes we need some help to know how to pray for one another. Using the example of Scripture here are a few ideas. Pray for one other’s Sanctification – […]

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Dealing with Difficult Texts

We have all been there. While trying to share the Gospel an alleged contradiction or perceived error from the Bible gets thrown into the conversation to try and trip us up. Or, during our own reading of the Bible we find a passage that doesn’t make sense perhaps logically or measured against our own understanding […]

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Shrinking from the Doctrine of Reward

Principal Rainy (Robert Rainy 1826-1906), commenting on Philippians 4:15-19, writes, “We are not to shrink from the doctrine of reward because it has been perverted. It is true the good works of a Christian cannot be the foundation of his title to life eternal. They proceed from the grace of God; they are imperfect and […]

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A Brief Catch Up

It has been a very busy and blessed month so far. Quite often I have not had internet access and so I have been unable to update my site as I would have liked. My intention was to write of each church and trip as it happened, but lack of time online and lack of […]

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Words and the English

Jeremy Paxman in his book, “The English”, writes about the line of thought that explains the spiritual reformation that took place in Britain and its impact upon art and literature, politics and education. He explains the historical emphasis Britain had upon words, rather than images, and even the painters often focused on what was observed […]

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