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August 1, 2014

The new man

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In chapter 6 of his epistle to the Romans the apostle Paul compares baptism to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our "old man" dies and is buried in baptism, just as Christ died and was buried. Then we arise from the baptismal pool to "newness of life" (Romans 6:3-6). Read more…»»

July 25, 2014

Renewing our strength

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As God's called out ones, we are not to be of the world, but we live in the world (John 17:15-16). However, living in the world does not mean that we are immune to what happens around us. Today's world can be a discouraging place. Read more…»»

July 18, 2014

The beginning of sorrows

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When Jesus Christ was asked by His disciples about the signs of His promised return, He told them to look for a series of developments that would culminate in His 2nd coming. Read more…»»

July 11, 2014

Sanctified by Truth

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If you ask the average Christian what is the most important thing for a Christian, you might hear that love is the only thing that matters. After all, Jesus' disciples are to be recognized by their love for one another (John 13:34-35). Yes, that is true. But love is not the only characteristic of Jesus' disciples. Read more…»»

June 20, 2014

God's Jewels

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The prophet Malachi brought a message from God to the Jews in Judea at a time after the return of some of the Jews from Babylonian captivity and prior to the birth of Jesus Christ. Read more…»»

June 13, 2014

The Father's call

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How do we come to Jesus Christ? Do we just look for Him on our own and then find Him? That's what you hear at times in today's Christianity. But Jesus Himself contradicted this idea: "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44). Read more…»»

June 6, 2014

Power and growth in knowledge

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Nearly 2000 years ago at this time of year a miracle occurred when the New Testament church was born. God poured out the holy spirit on the disciples. Read more…»»

May 30, 2014

Keep your heart

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King Solomon exhorts us in the Proverbs to be mindful of our heart, i.e. our general inward attitude: "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23). We know that our heart is not the source of eternal life, so "life" in this verse pertains to living, our general quality of life. The Proverbs tell us what a positive effect a merry heart can have on our general outlook in life. Read more…»»

May 23, 2014

Speaking the same thing

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Because of its past as the capital of the British Empire it comes as no surprise that more languages are spoken today in London than in any other city of the world – more than 250 of them! When reading a statistic like this, who realizes that this variety of languages is not a human invention but rather the result of God's intervention? Read more…»»

May 9, 2014

Break with culture: Mary's testimony

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Among the Greeks, women held a near slave status. Wives were not allowed to eat with their husbands' guests nor to leave their house unescorted. Infanticide for baby girls was seen as justified. Women were looked upon as inferior and impure compared to men. Read more…»»

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