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Book Review: Sacrifice

Sacrifice – Costly grace and glorious privilege by Simon Guillebaud My rating: 3 of 5 stars This short book is a simple call to give everything to follow Jesus because Jesus gave everything for you. It takes just one verse (Romans 12:1) and breaks it down into five short chapters on sacrifice: grace-full, urgent, voluntary, holy and logical. I know Simon personally and I know he lives what he preaches, that his heart has always burst every time he hears of a call to action, it spurs him on and…

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How the BBC is normalizing transgenderism

I’ve written previously on the remarkable rise & progress of transgender rights. What took gays and lesbians decades to achieve is being won in years for trans folks. It’s clearly the next thing in the progressive agenda which is why I occasionally write about it. As Christians we must be aware of what is happening in the wider culture and work out our response even if it seems we are powerless to stop it. I’d been collecting articles on the issue and the thought struck me that the number of these articles is…

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Why the Bible can be translated and the Qur’an cannot

For Muslims the Qur’an is only truly the Qur’an in its arabic form. This is because of their beliefs surrounding how the Qur’an came to be. The belief that the Qur’an is a literal transcript of the Word of God from a safely preserved tablet (lauh mahfuz) in heaven revealed to Muhammad in Arabic This belief says that there is a tablet in heaven in arabic and Muslims believe that the Qur’an they read in Arabic is exactly the same as that heavenly tablet. A second reason is that, as…

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The Spirit bears witness

I’ve recently been reading the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith and the first part deals with our understanding of the Holy Scriptures. It says, We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church of God to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scriptures; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, and the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the…

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Overcoming hindrances in your prayer life

In the middle of Greg Haslam’s big book on preaching is a section by Terry Virgo on the preacher giving themselves to the word and to prayer. Terry writes, Since prayer surrounding our ministry in the Word is so vital, we need regularly to examine whether we are as devoted to prayer as we should be. Terry then identifies a number of reasons why our prayer life might be flagging:  A lack of sense of purpose A lack of discipline A lack of planning A lack of clear objectives And what…

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Book Review: The Story of God’s Mighty Acts

The Story of God’s Mighty Acts by C. H. Spurgeon My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the text of a sermon that CH Spurgeon preached of between 5000 and 9000 on July 17th 1859 at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall. It is essentially a call to the church to pray for God’s sudden and mighty power to break out in revival. To remind the church that what God has done in the past, He can do again. You can feel the force of the words and see that…

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Relational Mission: The prayers of many

In the fourth chapter Mike brings a neglected subject into focus: corporate prayer in the church. Prayer in churches is often solely focused on the prayer life of an individual rather than the prayer life of the church. Drawing inspiration from Jonathan Edwards’ A call to united extraordinary prayer Mike calls the churches in Relational Mission to regular evenings of corporate prayer. Before that, he briefly outlines some characteristics of prayer that it is important to remember. Prayer is intimacy Prayer has primacy Prayer is corporate Prayer has drama Prayer is about asking Prayer…

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Spurgeon on revivals and charismata

When revival happens there are usually strange occurences which unsettle believers and cast doubt in their mind. People falling over, shrieking, amongst stories of wonderful conversions. It’s not a new problem. Here is Spurgeon reflecting on the revival that was happening in Belfast at that time: Witness the great revival which is going on in and around Belfast. After carefully looking at the matter, and after seeing some trusty and well-beloved brother who lived in that neighborhood, I am convinced, notwithstanding what enemies may say, that it is a genuine…

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