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The Hindrance of Self-Effort

January 15, 2018

The saying; “God helps those who help themselves” is supposed by many to enshrine the truth of Christianity. But this is only a half-truth as it can lead us to place the emphasis on self-effort. We mistakenly think that God has lost His power and needs our help! It may go against our human reasoning…

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How different are you?

January 4, 2018

Ideally real Christians are different from others, not by degree but in kind. They have God in their lives whilst others do not. Because they have God they have a bent towards walking in righteousness – a proactivity towards purity and holiness – and when they fail, which often happens, they feel it…

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2018 - The only way is forward!

December 26, 2017

Have you been in a tight corner? In Exodus chapter 14, verse 15 we read of the children of the Israelites being caught in a corner with the Red Sea in front of them and Egypt’s chariots behind them. It is not surprising to read that they acted like frightened sheep! They felt utterly abandoned. But …

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Kneeling we conquer

December 15, 2017

We all experience difficult times in our Christian lives, but we must remember that behind every human opponent lies the invisible power of darkness. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual powers that control them. For this reason, “we do not wage war as the world doe…

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God’s power tools

December 4, 2017

Do you enjoy an exciting life? When we commit our lives to God utterly we never know what is going to happen. We are born into a new world. We have to learn the laws of that world. The old laws won’t work. Many of us make the mistake of thinking we can have a new life in God on the level of self-dir…

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You’re not alone in your crisis

November 29, 2017

What happens when we run against life and are brought to a full stop? Most of us have at some time or another come to a situation where we could not see a single step ahead. Our scheme of things may have tumbled about our ears and we stand feeling helpless and bewildered among the ruins. On such occ…

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What is the hardest thing God asks us to do?

November 20, 2017

Perhaps the easiest things are to speak for Him, or to do some work for Him. But most of us find that the most difficult task is to listen to Him. So often when we think we are listening to God we are hearing only the echoes of our own restless, disturbed and anxious thinking. We have to be very sti…

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Contagious Christian Living

November 15, 2017

What are the marks of a vital experience of knowing Jesus Christ? It is not a question of uniformity of opinions, because one finds spiritual vitality among the most varied sects and creeds. It is not acceptance of anyone particular form of worship, because virile Christians are found using all form…

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You were born for such a time as this

November 2, 2017

Do you, like Frodo to the wizard Gandalf in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings series, lament your fate and ask, “Why was I born at a time like this?”

Grandalf’s reply you might remember was “You were born for a time like this.” If we follow scripture you might remember that Jeremiah was…

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The Only Way is Forward

October 22, 2017

Have you ever come to a stage in your spiritual experience when it seemed a heavy burden and you began to consider letting it all go and reverting to life before you became a Christian? Back then you did not have to consider things like discipline and responsibilities like you have to now. Do you re…

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The Acid Test of Christianity

October 8, 2017

 I recently attended a conference lead by Dr Clifford Hill who produces a bi-monthly CD on the state of the nation. He and many others are saying that God is shaking the nation because its departure from God’s way. There can be no revival of Christianity in England until there is a reawakening amon…

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Summus Moribundus

September 29, 2017


I have recently heard about the death of a much-loved Christian minister and it has made me stop for a moment to consider the brevity and flimsiness of my own life. Having spent my student days in Durham I have been greatly influenced by the Venerable Bede, a seventh-century English monk who portra…

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Is God Too Small?

September 27, 2017

Do I limit God by thinking that He is too small? When I say I cannot do what others do because I am built differently, or don’t have the right temperament, or am just not cut out for that sort of work, I immediately restrict God’s power in my life along that line. God does not want servants who can …

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It's not the easy way

September 18, 2017

Most of us at our noblest moments in life dream that we would like to do something big for God during our lives. We want the personal assurance and satisfaction of having been on a high experience with God. It would be a thrilling experience to remember. Accordingly, we are always looking for the bi…

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Are You In Step?

September 13, 2017

If we are to be successful and happy in life we need to be in step with life. I have tried to do most things in life but there is one thing that I have yet to master and that is how to dance without standing on everyone’s toes. Somehow, I just don’t seem to catch the rhythm and I miss the beat. Ther…

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Some Insights Into Criticism

September 4, 2017

Human beings have many valuable gifts which depending on how we use them can be a real blessing or a curse. Perhaps one of the most significant is the ability to think critically. It lies behind all of man’s greatest scientific achievements. Yet in the spiritual life it is a hindrance rather than a …

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The Event That Changed The World

August 30, 2017

What would you think was the event that changed the world? The dropping of the atom bomb by the Americans on Japan in 1945, the outbreak of Second World War in 1939, the execution of Charles Ist in 1649? When you think about it you can come up with numerous answers even if you are a Christian. I won…

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Do it now

August 20, 2017

 

One of the most fruitful sources of ineffectiveness in Christian living is what I call the “time-lag factor” – this is the time between when we have an apprehension of a truth before we see its fulfilment in practical Christian living. Most of us either in church or in our devotion have seen a…

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The Root of the Problem

August 14, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone who stops to think for a moment will realise that the root of all the world’s trouble lies in the selfishness of men and women. If only we could rid the world of selfishness we should have a new and better world. The trouble is that each of us can see very clea…

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Finding Happiness

July 28, 2017

 

To be contented every day and to be confident that in its unfolding hour’s lies happiness seems, at first, and impossible goal. There is a story of old John Tauler (1300 – 1361), he was a German Dominican monk and one of the greatest mystics and preachers of the Middle Ages – which proves its …

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