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Thoughts on Advent (1): Preparation

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We are now in the Advent season. Advent means “coming”, and for Christians we primarily celebrate the first coming of Christ: the incarnation of the Son of God ...

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Thoughts on Advent(2) : Believing & Pondering

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In the gospel of Luke, along with a multitude of the heavenly host, an angel announces the birth of Christ to local shepherds. The same shepherds then go to Bethlehem to see the child, recounting the angelic visitation to Mary, Joseph and anyone else who would hear. There was no doubt much excitement and activity around the manger. ...

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Thoughts on Advent(3) : Eager Anticipation

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One thing she said really struck me: “In those days we had to wait for things a lot more than we do now and we put up with hardship along the way. There is something good about anticipation”. Whether it was waiting and saving to buy a house, waiting and saving oneself for marriage or waiting for the war (and rations!) to end there was a goodness about eagerly antic...

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Thoughts on Advent (4): Why did Jesus appear?

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Christmas Day celebrates the birth and appearing of Christ. We think of his incarnation, Immanuel (God with us), the Word made flesh, the Son of God made son of Mary. But why did baby Jesus appear? John tells us: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). ...

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Thoughts on Advent (5): A New Year, Adoption and the Advance of the Kingdom

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This kind of adopting love also fuels the advance of the kingdom. John says, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love” (John 15:9). Part of abiding in this love is to obey Jesus: “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). And this means bearing fruit that abides, i.e. the fruit of conversions (John 15:16)....

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Meditations on Meekness - Part 5

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So the main point I want to make is that meekness is missional. Paul lists seven virtues in chapter 3 and verses 1 and 2. Notice the last one, “to show perfect courtesy”. The Greek says, endeiknymenous prauteta ...

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Meditations on Meekness - Part 4

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Meek people are teachable people. They welcome God's Word. That word, "receive" means "welcome". To receive is an intellectual exercise in that it means to understand and apprehend what is being taught in the Word....

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Meditations on Meekness - Part 3

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In our meditations on meekness we would do well to seek to understand that phrase, "the meekness of wisdom". What does it mean?...

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Meditations on Meekness - Part 2

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Psalm 37 is perhaps the best place to look for a biblical definition of meekness. In fact the Beatitude in Matthew 5:5 is taken directly from that Psalm and verse 11. The wording is virtually parallel. Further on in verse 22 we read, "For those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land". In other words the blessed man inherits the land just as the meek man does. So, bless...

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Meditations on Meekness - Part 1

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The beginning of true meekness is that we trust in the Lord not ourselves. That's the only way meekness can be produced. Apart from faith it is impossible. That's one of the reasons God presents us with difficult circumstances ...

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Cultivating Thankfulness Part 3

In Ephesians 1 we see how the gospel fuels thanksgiving and how thanksgiving inspires a life of intercessory prayer....

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Cultivating Thankfulness - Part 2

We can cultivate thankfulness in the way we express it in prayer. The Apostle Paul is a great example of a man of prayer and we can learn some lessons from him through studying the structure of his petitions....

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Cultivating Thankfulness - Part 1

When I was a child, whenever we went to visit someone else's house, my parents always used to tell my sister and me, "Don't forget to say 'please' and 'thank you'". Of course that sometimes simply meant we were polite, not truly thankful. And we can be like that in the church, polite on the outside, seemingly grateful, but quite the opposite within. So for the three weeks ...

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Six Principles of Closet Communion: The Key for Christian Life and Growth

There is no doubt that the key to Christian life and growth is communion with God…on your own! You’ll hear many people say that they pray throughout the day with arrow prayers or they pray with other people. This is good, but this is not the foundation. Jesus constantly went to be with his Father in prayer (Matt. 26:36; Mark1:35; Luke 4:42, 5:16, 6:12). If he did this,...

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Lessons From Our Vacation

Our need for rest is humbling. It demonstrates that we are not God. God never sleeps (Ps. 121:4) and Christ upholds the universe with the Word of his power (Heb. 1:3). God is not taxed and tired out by life. He is the source of life (Gen. 1; John 1:4). Knowing that we are dust (Ps. 103:14), created, not the Creator, is a biblical mandate for the need of rest, whether that...

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Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is Good

It seems that recent tweets I made about biblical manhood, womanhood and marriage have gained attention in the UK. Several national newspapers picked up these tweets and there was reaction from both Christians and non-Christians. Some people were very upset; others were very encouraged. ...

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Forgiveness - Part 2

Last week we defined forgiveness. But practicing it is not that easy, especially if the other person is selfish, a habitual sinner, or even abusive....

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Forgiveness - Part 1

Christ came, “to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God…” (Luke 1:76-78). The birth of Christ in Bethlehem was always about the death of Christ at Calvary. Therefore, forgiveness, which brings relational peace between God and man, is at the very heart of the gospel. However, forgiveness is on...

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Reading Biographies: Ann Judson

For my last series in reading biographies I choose Ann Judson, the wife of Adoniram; the book, Ann Judson, Missionary Wife by Arabella Stuart....

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Reading Biographies: George Müller

The Lord’s instructions are simple. You pray to me and ask. I will supply you with what you need to bring you through. You will praise me. The part we play is to ask for and receive help. The part God plays is to provide in response and receive our praise. The provider gets the praise the receivers get the reward of God’s help....

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Reading Biographies: Hudson Taylor

That is a daily default position of apprehending the new covenant reality of being a new creation “in Christ”, and then to continually rely upon his work for us and trust his word to keep and guide us. I think this is the hardest thing for Christians to grasp. Satisfaction in Christ alone means that we can have joy in suffering knowing he is working for our good and hi...

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Reading Biographies: William Carey

Hebrews Chapter 11 gives the example of heroes of the faith, which is meant to encourage us to “run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Heb.12:1). It behooves us, therefore, to remember past leaders who still speak God’s word to us as we consider the course of their whole lives. In the pages of a biography we can consider their lives and doctrine and w...

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Tension That Strengthens

“Lessening the tension in a crisis is not of itself a good thing." Why? Because we can be tempted to rush in and deal with the symptoms without discovering the cause. Lloyd Jones is speaking in the context of true conversion as opposed to simply moral and philosophical reform....

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Calvary Grace Gospel Work

On Christmas Eve there will be a service at our house in Canmore. It comes out of the community group that has been meeting here for the past couple of years. God has blessed this Gospel work and I believe it is significant that the people in this group have keenly endorsed an “official” service....

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