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God's Parallel Covenants

The Bible shows that all God’s dealings with men and women are conducted on the basis of two underlying covenants, either that of works or that of grace.These two covenants, in a way, run parallel with each other through history.

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New Calvinism - The Merger of Calvinism with Worldliness

When I was a youngster and newly saved, it seemed as if the chief goal of all zealous Christians, whether Calvinistic or Arminian, was consecration. Sermons, books and conferences stressed this in the spirit of Romans 12.1-2, where the beseeching apostle calls

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The Pilgrim Concept

The Bible is full of pilgrimage. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews speaks among others of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who are described as ‘strangers and pilgrims on the earth’. ‘Strangers’ literally means foreigners, people of a different culture and language. ‘Pilgrims’ are

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The Value of Covenants

Here are some of the personal spiritual benefits of understanding God’s covenants: First, they provide a clear view of how God deals with mankind, so as to preserve his own holiness, and to explain the Secondly, they show that any relationship with God is entirely his initiative and

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Humility Essential for Blessing

The words - 'serving the Lord with all humility of mind' - are from the parting speech of Paul to the Ephesian church elders at Miletus. They knew him well as he had been the founder of their church and its pastor for three years. How they loved him, especially for his total

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The Dissolving of Doubts

Adapted from one of a seven-part Bible study series preached at the Tabernacle in April-June 2017: ‘The Dissolving of Doubts’, a phrase taken from Daniel 5.12 meaning the untangling of knots. Other studies in the series addressed Doubts about the Faith, Doubts about God, Doubts about the Bible, and Doubts about the Doctrines of Grace.

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Cessationism — Proving Charismatic Gifts have Ceased

Does the Bible teach definitively that the charismatic gifts have ceased? Can cessationism (the view that they have ended) be proved? Some say that the cessationism cannot be conclusively

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How We Treat the Holy Spirit Within

The personal indwelling of the infinite, eternal Holy Spirit in the believer is such an amazing blessing and privilege that the mind never wholly grasps it. A daily succession of joys, sorrows, temptations and trials produces various reactions in us, often without stirring

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God's Love in a Pandemic

These are momentous days when we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide ‘discipline’ or warning from God, calling us to acknowledge and seek Him. And although we shrink from the thought, this is the reason for all unexpected catastrophes, whether epidemics, floods or vast fires.

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Recent Race Demonstrations

All manifestations of racial disrespect are disgraceful to sincere Christian people. They flow obviously from the Fall of man. All hatred, all superiority, all disdain, all persecution of ‘other’ ethnic groups and religions, together with all ideological persecution (which is the greatest killer in modern times), and all class prejudice is forbidden by the sixth commandment – ‘Thou shalt not ki...

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Should churches comply with government instructions about coronavirus?

It is now that doubts begin to rise, and various voices in the Christian world begin to question the almost universal compliance with government rules on the part of churches.

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Spiritual Joy

When the Holy Spirit first works in our lives, he does not communicate joy, but sorrow. He stirs our complacent and indifferent hearts, giving a deep sense of spiritual bankruptcy and need, and enabling us to see ourselves as we would never choose to do – as condemned sinners in the sight of God. He brings us to repentance and faith, and we experience a

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