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God’s Plan of Salvation

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

I cannot think of any where else in the sacred Text where there is such a comprehensive yet concise exposition of the Gospel of God concerning His Son and its ultimate outcome as outlined in the six short unambiguous statements recorded by an inspired apostle Paul. The following Meditation deals in summary form with each of these, trusting that it will lead to a greater appreciation of Whose we are and Whom we serve.

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The Biblical Doctrine of Hell

C. S. Lewis once listened to a young preacher conclude his sermon with the words that Christ rejecters would suffer “grave eschatological ramifications”. He asked him afterwards if he meant people would go to Hell. “Precisely” the preacher replied, “Then say so”, said Lewis. Yet we understand the reluctance of that speaker and today it might be more difficult than ever to present this topic seriously.

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Editorial: A Call For Moderation and Temperance

“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Phil. 4:5. Wuest states that the word moderation is the translation of a Greek word that means “not being unduly rigorous, being satisfied with less than one’s own due, sweet reasonableness, forbearance”. The thought here is that we ought
to show to all our sweet reasonableness in light of the imminent coming of the Lord for His Church.

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Isaiah 52:13-15: God’s Servant Will Be Exalted – Part 1 of 5

In this first stanza, God speaks about how His servant will be exalted and, in doing so, He makes three predictions concerning the Lord Jesus.

1. He will deal prudently: 52:13

Behold, My servant will deal prudently.” Four times in 1 Samuel 18 the NKJV translates “deal prudently”as“behave wisely”.After his victory over Goliath, “David behaved wisely.” Saul promoted him over all the men of war but then became jealous of him, removed him from his position and made him a captain, but “David behaved wisely in all his ways… when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.” Saul continued to provoke David and again sought to kill him but “David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name became highly esteemed” (1 Samuel 18:5, 14-15, 30). Whatever the circumstances in which he found himself, David did the right thing: he behaved wisely.

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The True Church

Where is the one true church? What is this one true church like? What are the marks by which this one true church may be known? Such questions may well be asked, and here are some answers.

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The Love Of Christ: A Meditation And Challenge

The phrase ‘the love of Christ’ occurs just three times in Paul’s epistles, although its truth permeates much more of the New Testament revelation of our Saviour than that. This article considers each of these occurrences in turn with the aim of encouraging us as true believers both to understand its significance better and also to respond to its challenge more wholeheartedly than we have so far done. For the love of Christ is God’s love seen in action in the only perfect Man who ever lived in this fallen world. What has it to teach us today?

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Glorification

In a world where believers are strangers and pilgrims the thought of heaven and home is a great hope and comfort. This world is not our home and there is something much better ahead for God’s people. As the old song says, “if heaven’s not my future home, Lord what will I ever do, my treasures are laid somewhere beyond the blue.” It is not just the place and all the joys associated but it is the person of the Lord Jesus that makes the destination compelling.

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The Rapture & The Tribulation

Beyond a doubt, biblical prophecy is one of the most important subjects in the Bible. The sheer weight of its biblical references attest to this fact. The return of the Lord is mentioned in every book of the New Testament except two. The return of the Lord is mentioned in 211 chapters of the New Testament, and prophecies connected to the return of the Lord are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. Nevertheless, many believers shy away from the study of prophecy and are confused as to what the Bible teaches on the subject. Satan loves to confuse and distract believers from the most important aspects of biblical truth. This is clear concerning prophecy. There are more competing views of prophecy than almost any other aspect of Bible study. One of the most neglected, and yet important, subjects of end times prophecy is whether the church will go through the tribulation. Many believers have never considered this topic, yet our view concerning it will determine our understanding of salvation, the security of the believer, and the finished work of Christ.

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The Heart and Hands of Leadership

The Heart and Hands of Leadership

“He chose David also his servant and took him from the sheepfolds: from following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.” Psalm 78:70-72

Leadership is a subject of intense scrutiny today. In every sphere and at every level of our society it seems there is a great crisis in leadership. Leadership is a critical subject in any organization but nowhere is it more critical than in the local assembly of believers. It is a fact that cannot be dismissed; the spiritual health and success of any assembly is directly proportional, to the quality and spirituality of its leadership. The concluding verses of Psalm 78 give wonderful insight into the essence of David’s leadership and lessons for today’s leaders of God’s people.

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The Emotions of Christ

In the events surrounding the last of the ‘signs’ of John’s Gospel – the raising of Lazarus, we get an insight into the heart and soul of the Word made flesh. It commences with the encounter that Martha had with her Master on the road as He approached Bethany. John is fulsome in the detailed discussion that took place and would indicate that all the while Martha was standing as they conversed. Her opening remark “Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died” has the feeling of a rebuke. Whereas Mary, while she used the same words said them on her knees weeping in an attitude of adoration and worship. This attitude corresponds with Luke’s account of the Lord’s visit to Martha and Mary’s home. The former over wrought, complains that she is left alone to serve while Mary sat at His feet. The word ‘weeping’ used of Mary and those who were with her was really a wailing, customary of those times. Whereas the word used by Jesus means the tears were running down His face! Divine eyes shedding human tears.

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