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The Story Begins

In the beginning God created everything good through his son. ...

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The Forever View

We are surrounded by temporary things. What would life be like if we lived in the context of eternity?...

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A Gospel Vision

The Philippian church is a fascinating example of what happens when the gospel gets hold of a faith communinty. There are a few things we can learn from them....

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Big Words: Propitiation

Big words in the Bible are sometimes packed with big meaning - and that's true of propitiation. What is propitiation? How does it benefit it us? Why does God use big words? Can this help me in scrabble? Let's investigate!...

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The Prayer From Hell

What do you when there's no way out? What do you say when the game is up? A little prayer in a little chapter in a little book of the Bible gives us a BIG answers....

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Issues of the Heart

David, Paul, and Jesus all teach that, even though our hearts may be polluted with sin, they can be cleansed by faith. ...

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Let's Have A Drink

Have you ever felt the need or the desire to thirst for more? The Psalmist invites us to be refreshed as we meditate on God's glorious character....

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When My Strength Is Small

This is the story about a woman who felt weak - and God used her to do something great....

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The Portable Well

In warning the Corinthians about idolatry, Paul paints a powerful picture of God's perpetual provision for his people....

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First Things

Getting our priorities right is central to ensuring that arrive at the right destination. In 1st Corinthians 15, Paul reminds the Corinthians about "first things."...

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Figs, Temples, and Prayer

On the first day in Jerusalem after his triumphal entry Jesus challenges our faith and the religious status quo....

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Taxes, Tithes, and Temples

The disciples were perpetually getting side-tracked. Jesus uses his second day in Jerusalem to teach his followers how to keep the the main thing the main thing....

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Beauty and Betrayal in Bethany

A beautiful act of worship paints a prophetic picture of what Jesus is preparing to do....

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A Night To Remember

Jesus spent his last hours before his arrest eating and talking with his disciples. We tend to think that we'd never betray Jesus; he taught us to pray,"Lead us not into temptation."...

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Why Have You Forsaken Me?

The Victory of the Triumphal Entry quickly disintegrated into a fast-paced plot to kill Jesus that ended in his illegal execution. Where was God when all that was going on?...

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The Worst Saturday Ever

What happens when the greatest dream ever becomes the biggest nightmare possible? That's what faced the disciples on the worst Saturday ever....

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For!

The power of the death of Jesus is captured in one little word that can change our lives....

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Surviving The Storms

In life we face a variety of storms types. How do we respond? What do we do to navigate each storm?...

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Preparing To Worship

How do we prepare to worship God? In this post, Stuart Townsend gives three keys to getting our hearts ready to encounter God....

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Revelation

Hope in the future God has planned is one of the hallarks of the Christian faith. Following Jesus isn't only about enjoying and honouring Him today; it is also about living in expectation of the beautiful future he has created....

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The Jesus Way

How did Jesus respond to the needs of peoples around him? A brief glimpse from Matthew describes a very compassionate King....

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Escaping Mediocrity

Sometimes the view halfway up is good. But sometimes - God has something better for us....

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Giving Preaching a Proper Place

Why is preaching so important? In this guest post, Al Mohler describes the importance of expository preaching....

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An Evening Prayer

The idea of a vesper - an evening prayer of thanks and consecration, is more than a good idea - it's something that God's people seem to have done in many places in the Bible.  One example is Psalm 141, where David prays and lifts his had to God as an evening sacrifice.  I came across this vesper (evening prayer) from the Canadian and American Reformed Church, an...

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Restoration

God is not nostalgic; He works forward to bring greater blessing to his His people, even when they have difficulty believing....

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A Picture of Progress

What does gospel progress look like? It looks good - but sometimes it comes with problems, prison and praise. Ultimately - all the praise is to God's glorious grace. ...

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The Pathway To Maturity

God has a vision for our lives, and a pathway that will lead to the kind of maturity we hope for....

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About This Word Preach

Stop preaching at me! Instead, just be a nice person. Isn't this the Jesus way?...

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The Bible is a Beautiful Book

The beauty of the Bible is seemingly infitite.  Just like the mercies of God that are new every morning - God's word holds out for us an endless supply of God-centred truth.  Some of the great pastors, preachers, and theologians offer their thoughts on the beauty of scripture: “There is an infinite majesty about every line of Scripture, but especially abou...

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Boxing God

Can we put God in a box? The right answer is both no - and yes....

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Not What You Asked For

In John 17, Jesus identifies three key things that he has given to us. These are not necessarily what we asked for - but they are what He has given. And they are good things. ...

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Grace Works

Does God's grace mean that we don't have to obey God? If we are saved by grace, what does it mean to follow Jesus? The church in Antioch had a strong foundation of grace - and so should we!...

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Reasonable Faith in a Toxic Environment

Faith is central to being a Christian - without it - we can't know or please God. But in the cultural undercurrent of skepticism that pervades contemporary Europe, how can we we grow strong in faith? God's Word gives us some answers. ...

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An Enforced Peace

Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus has accomplished more than the personal salvation of lost people: He has laid the groundwork for the ultimate restoration of all things to His intended purpose. ...

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Cause and Effect

In life, sometimes we end up between a rock and a hard place. There are moments when the only action we can take is to trust God....

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Palm Sunday and Venn Diagrams

Who was in the crowd that welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem? And who wanted Jesus crucified? Venn diagrams help us understand. ...

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The Indicative/Imperative Dream

Jesus us gives us a new identity and calls us to obey Him. Faithfulness is both - and that's the Jesus dream for his people....

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A Good View

God reveals Himself to us in the Bible as good; his goodness is the proper lens through which we view and perceive the world....

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Out of the Dark Room

Have you ever landed in a dark room? Almost all of us have had a moment or a day or a week; a month or even longer - where it seems like where stuck in some kind of weird vibe, and we can’t get out. The good news is that God cares about where we are - and He offers a way into the light....

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Grace for a Dysfunctional Family

The story of Joseph is about God bringing salvation to the world by saving a family. And this family really needed the help of God - it was more dysfunctional than most families are today. But God is more powerful than the sin that marked it, and in the end, God wins....

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Reasonable Worship

We live in an age when it makes no sense to follow Jesus. Paul reminds the Christians in Rome that - in light of God's amazing mercies to us in Christ, living a life of sacrificial obedience to God is supremely reasonable....

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Gump, God, and Growth: The God/People Partnership in Progress

How do we grow? How do churches grow? Is it God or people who responsible? Or is it both? Scripture describes a beautiful synergism where God works with his people to fulfil a breath-taking picture....

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The Jesus Deal

Following Jesus comes with a high price tag. But the promised pay-out promised makes this the best deal ever. ...

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The Price On Your Head

We daily exchange time; our value estimation of time resides in our distinction between what is eternal and what is temporal....

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Fighting Words

Words are not neutral; not only do they chart our destiny, they affirm the reality that defines our lives....

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You've Got A Friend In Me

We all need friends - both human and divine; Jesus offers the ultimate friendship we can experience. ...

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Stuck In A Moment

We all have moments of doubt, and Elijah was no different. When God met him in a cave, Elijah was focused on his past. God re-directed him towards a future of hope and destiny....

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Planck's Constant Change

Although the Bible teaches permanent moral codes, we live in an age seeking to destroy every boundary. God offers a more certain way forward....

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Rest for the Weary Soul

David wrote that "The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul" (Psalm 19:7). To enjoy the refreshed soul on offer by God, we need to learn how to love God's law. ...

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Righteous!

The gospel both demonstrates and conveys God's righteousness: not only is God righteous is justifying sinners; He makes sinners righteous....

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A Picture of Grace

Grace is a beautiful word - and it is on full display in the life of King David, who didn't simply experience God's grace, but looked for opportunities to share it with others. ...

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Hating the Name of Jesus

The profile of each person's spiritual journey is unique; those journeys touched by God's grace, however, end well. ...

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The Joshua Tree

Life is a spiritual desert in which ultimate satisfaction is found in only one source. ...

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How We Know What We Know

How do we know what we know? This is the topic of exploration under the philosophical category called epistemology. Epistemology is a big word that simply means 'how we know what we know'. According to Jesus, knowledge is not morally neutral; faith precedes understanding. ...

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What About Holiness?

The word 'holy' is used as an adjective for many things - some not nice to say! But what is this word? What does it mean? Why does it matter that God is holy?...

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