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Forgiveness and prayer

Mark 11:25 “When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Why is forgiveness an essential precondition for effective prayer? We cannot approach a holy God … Continue reading

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Hardness of heart

Mark 10:1-12 Divorce has always been a touchy subject. John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed because he criticised Herod Antipas for divorcing his first wife and marrying the wife of his brother. Our current cultural climate encourages easy divorce … Continue reading

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The nature of Hell

Close to where I grew up is a small but very old church containing a remarkable wall mural depicting the “ladder of souls”. As men and women climb up the ladder towards heaven, they run the gauntlet of demons who … Continue reading

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Spiritual surgery

Mark 9:43-48 “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, where the fire never goes out.” (verse 43) This is one … Continue reading

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Gethsemane

In the garden of Gethsemane, we witness one of the most private moments of Jesus’ life – and also one of the most dramatic scenes in the gospels. While Jesus and His disciples are waiting for Judas to join them … Continue reading

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Discovering yourself

The pursuit of happiness has a long history (it had a prominent place in the American Declaration of Independence), but only in the last few decades has the great awakening come: true happiness is to be found by discovering your … Continue reading

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Seed and soil

Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 This parable is about evangelism, isn’t it? As we talk about Jesus, we’re ‘sowing seed’ in people’s hearts, which hopefully will lead to them committing their lives to Him. We know that the ‘seed’ we’re sowing is good … Continue reading

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