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The normal Christian life (part 2)

Mark 8:27-9:29 (read part 1 here) So should the normal Christian life be a never-ending victory parade? It looks as though it ought to be, but I’ve found three reasons in this section of Mark’s gospel why it isn’t. Mark … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 1)

Mark 8:27-9:29 It’s good to read Christian books… but some of them don’t half make you feel inadequate. ‘The normal Christian life’ is the title of a classic book by Watchman Nee – which I’ve never actually read, but from … Continue reading

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Parables

Mark 4:10-12,21-25 The Kingdom of God has always been a difficult concept to grasp. In first-century Palestine, when Jesus went around saying, “The Kingdom of God is near,” most people assumed that He was about to start a political revolution. … Continue reading

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The God who forgives sins

We believe in… the forgiveness of sins… Mark 2:10 “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” The Jews made a close link between sin and suffering, and everyone present in that house would have assumed that … Continue reading

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The cup of God’s wrath

“In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; He pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.” (Psalm 75:8) The cup of judgement … Continue reading

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“Love your neighbour”

If an unbeliever is asked to sum up Christianity in a sentence, this is probably what they will come out with. And it isn’t exactly wrong; but it isn’t totally right either. Firstly, it’s incomplete. The full quotation  (from Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Fan your gift into flame

II Timothy 1:6,7 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”       (verse 6) This was Paul’s last letter before his execution. … Continue reading

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