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The Errors of Phariseeism

Taking away from the word of God constitutes serious error, and we all shudder at the heresies of theological liberalism – going doctrinally askew is something we scrupulously avoid. However, adding to the word of God is equally wrong and equally erroneous (Rev 22:18-19), and one that we should be at pains to eschew. This seemed to be part of the reason why the Pharisees went so wrong; adding to the word of God might have started small and with good intentions, but it quickly spiralled out of control into a convoluted, hypocritical, and legalistic system.

My Genuine Child

Paul wrote to two younger men on separate occasions to reiterate the work he had given them while with them. Timothy, he left in Ephesus, while Titus he left on Crete. When you read what they were to do it becomes clear that these were not shy and retiring young men. They were emboldened and prepared to face down error where it reared its ugly head. They were commendable young men.

Alone in Company

Loneliness has long since known to be hazardous. We all associate with someone who prefers their own company, and from time to time we all favour a period of solitude, whether it be for concentration or meditation. However, it is generally true that human beings are made for companionship, yet, 9 million people in the UK state that they are always or often alone. This illustrates the point: most prefer company, but 1 in 5 is lonely. Our society has all the connectivity it requires and more, and yet the disconnection of loneliness is higher than ever.

The Secret of a Prosperous Spiritual Life

As a young man with a young family, I have grappled with the problem of how to prioritize my responsibilities to myself, my family, and the assembly. I am quite sure I’m not alone in this difficulty. Although he was writing about three thousand years ago in a different cultural setting, the psalmist offers some relevant guidance. The individual is brought to the forefront with the phrase, “every one” (v 1), for what is about to be said must influence each of us.

Teaching in the Upper Room: Comfort for the Troubled Heart–Words Of Strength [2]

If you address an audience with word of comfort, there will always be a listening ear. Speaking a word of consolation to an individual can be refreshment to their soul. When the Lord Jesus addressed His disciples, He had a room full of young men who were deeply troubled. In this article, we will resume considering the confusion and sadness that the disciples were experiencing in the upper room and how the Lord sought to comfort their troubled hearts.

Knowing Things Vs. Loving People

In reading through 1 Corinthians lately I was reminded of a conversation I had recently about the supposed dichotomy between doctrine and love; the tension between knowing things and loving people. On the face of it, it looks clear. Here is the verse in question (I’ve abbreviated it to the present it in the form in which it was explained to me in my recent conversation);

Running after God

The prophet Jeremiah could not understand why the wicked people around him seemed to prosper. Called by God to pronounce sentence on the rebellious nation of Judah, he saw no repentance in response to his preaching, and no sign of imminent judgment on the horizon. On the contrary, sinful men and women carried on as normal with nothing to check their selfish behaviour, while Jeremiah, with his unpopular message of coming judgment, became the special target of their hostility. Should he relax his methods and message?

Confession (Part 2): Confess With Confidence

This is the liberating truth of 1 John 1:9, “But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness” (NET). Nowhere in Scripture is a sin atoned for because of the confession made by an offender, rather, as Christians, ‘we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement (Ro. 5:11 KJV).

Confession (Part 1): Confess Anywhere

True confession is indispensable to a believer’s spiritual progress. Perhaps this is one of the principle reasons why so many appear to be spiritually stagnant and helplessly stranded. Run aground on the river of time the desire to be loosed and continue on to flourish diminishes daily, until it all but disappears. To neglect confession is to bring spiritual progess to a tragic halt. Despite it’s value, confession of sin remains largely misunderstood by the people of God. If this error is impeding spiritual progress avail yourself of this simple resource that will draw you ever closer to God.

The Soft Whispers Of Scripture

I am fascinated by the bible character Elijah. There are a number of reasons for this, but one is that he seems to mirror the life of the average Christian: Moments of unparalleled greatness, closely followed by periods of crippling self-doubt. For example, the man who faced off King Ahab and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Ki. 18), is the man who in the very next chapter, is hiding in a cave from Jezebel.

Guidance In The Wilderness

Guidance is a tricky subject. As a younger Christian, there was no subject about which I had more questions, and now that I’m older, there is no subject about which I get more questions. The issue is often framed like this; how can I know the will of God for me? Good question; Paul encouraged the Ephesians not to be unwise, "but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Eph. 5:17).

The Preparation Of The Messenger

Before John stepped onto the public stage later in chapter 3 as the forerunner of Christ, we learn there was years of preparation beforehand, in order that he might be an effective witness for His Lord. We last read of him many decades earlier where; "the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit, and was in the deserts until the day of his shewing unto Israel" (Luke 1.80, Darby).

Cast Off Cloak For Christ

Vancouver, British Columbia, is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the city because of it’s beauty, but not too far from the mountains and serene landscape, on the east side of the city there are the hundreds suffering souls who daily live on the streets in poverty.