God’s Revolution

According to that original revolution, rescued humans are set free to be what they were made to be. “Forgiveness,” achieved through God’s Son’s “giving himself for our sins,” is the key to the liberating victory. Sin matters, and forgiveness of sins matters, but they matter because sin, flowing from idolatry,...

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Citizenship Values

Just before ANZAC day the Australian government revealed that it is in the process of revamping our citizenship tests in an effort to assess people coming into Australia.  In a multicultural society like ours it is essential to clarify the values and laws that bind our variety.  It makes sense...

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Redeeming People

In the Bible the word ‘redeem’ means ‘to purchase’ or ‘to ransom’. To redeem an object or person is to transfer ownership from one to another. When the Israelites were freed from slavery to pharaoh, they believed themselves to be owned by God. ‘By the greatness of Your arm They...

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Judas & Peter

Have you ever compared Judas with Peter? Both men betrayed Jesus. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow...

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Ironic Easter

When I first read Mark’s account of Good Friday (Mark 15), I was left feeling that Jesus, in his silence, was both powerless and a victim.  But a careful examination of the people involved says otherwise. Barabbas wanted to make God’s kingdom come through violence (v.7).  Barabbas means ‘son of...

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Euthanasia

Does euthanasia work? If death is permanent and brings relief from the sufferings of life, then yes, euthanasia works!  But what if death is temporary? Christians believe in the resurrection of the dead. When the Lord Jesus returns all people, both living and dead, will physically rise again to be...

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Repentance & Remissions

Repentance must go with remission, and you will see that it is so if you think a little upon the matter.  It cannot be that pardon of sin should be given to an impenitent sinner; this were to confirm him in his evil ways, and to teach him to think...

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Niagara Falls

The Lord knows right well that you cannot change your own heart, and cannot cleanse your own nature; but He also knows that He can do both.  He can cause the Ethiopian to change his skin, and the leopard his spots.  Hear this, and be astonished: He can create you...

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La Jument Lighthouse

LA JUMENT LIGHTHOUSE One of my favourite photos is that of the lighthouse, La Jument.  Google it!  The photo captures the moment a 30m wave crashes around the lighthouse just as the keeper opens the door. Lighthouses amaze me!  They withstand not only the violence of storms but also the...

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Black Swan Event

I love fables, those make believe stories of talking animals and pretend places that give you something to think about.  Some people think that Christianity is a fable. Is this true?  The apostles did not think so. “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to...

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