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Messy Church: Compromise

I Corinthians 8 The Council of Jerusalem had asked Gentile Christians to abstain from ‘idol-food’ (Acts 15:28,29). But it seems that many in Corinth were ignoring this instruction – for the very practical reason that ‘untainted’ meat was unobtainable. The … Continue reading

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The most important thing is…

What is the most important aspect of the Christian life? There are certainly a number of things that we should consider to be important (Acts 2:42 tells us that the very first Christians devoted themselves to apostolic teaching, fellowship, breaking … Continue reading

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Love hurts: A happy ending?

Hosea 3 After years of persistent infidelity, Hosea’s wife had finally left him for another man – not a kind and loving husband, but a cruel and heartless man who turned her virtually into a slave. She made no move … Continue reading

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Holiness: What is it?

Holiness is a much-misunderstood concept. It conjures up images of solitary hermits shutting themselves away from the distractions (and also the needs) of the world, or of self-righteous Pharisees condemning lesser mortals for their failures (Luke 18:11,12). But Biblical holiness … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: The coming judgement

I Peter 4:5-9 When ridiculed for taking sin so seriously, we need to remind ourselves just how serious a matter it is. The judgement of God awaits every single individual on this planet; and death is no escape. And we … Continue reading

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The test of obedience

Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His … Continue reading

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Bearing the cross

What is the significance of the Christian crucifix – and can it be ranked alongside the symbols of other religions? Although a common practice, and regarded by many believers as an ‘essential’ part of their faith, the fact is that … Continue reading

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