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Ancient newspaper headlines

When I recently heard of a friend’s close encounter with a wild pig while out walking, I thought of how much his seven-year-old son would enjoy retelling the experience to his friends. I can imagine that with the retelling the pig will seem bigger and more scary and he will feel braver than during the […]

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Aseity

There is only one Being who is not dependent upon anything, namely, God. This attribute is called ‘aseity’ and has profound implications for how we perceive God, ourselves, and the universe. Parmenides: ‘Out of nothing, nothing comes’ (ex nihilo nihil fit). If interested, check out R.C. Sproul speaking on Aseity on the Ligonier Ministries website […]

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Already and not yet

Micah 5:2-4 is quoted in part in Matthew 2:6, which cites the passage as indicating that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, the town of David. From an insignificant beginning would arise a continuation of the Davidic kingly lineage. Not just any king, this king will rule in the strength and majesty of […]

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Advent

I’m actually a little late beginning this, Advent is the four Sundays prior to Christmas and obviously I have missed the first one. However, my excuse is that I don’t like to go into ‘Christmas mode’ before the start of December. But ‘Christmas mode’ in our society and Advent are two very different things: The […]

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I am not what I once was

In his old age, when he could no longer see to read, John Newton heard someone recite this text, ‘By the grace of God—I am what I am.’ (1 Corinthians 15:10).He remained silent a short time and then, as if speaking to himself, he said: “I am not what I ought to be—ah, how imperfect […]

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Whatever is lovely

Love one another with brotherly affection. (Romans 12:10) Our church had a ‘bring and share’ service today – no sermon, instead members of the congregation shared how God has been at work in their lives. One person spoke of God’s grace in helping overcome character weaknesses, a family of God’s sustaining them through a tough […]

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Whatever is just

How many times do you say, out loud or in your heart, “it’s not fair!” ? I know the thought goes through my mind frequently. Yet when I consider statements in the Bible like those of Jesus in Matthew 5:43-45, I have to concede that indeed life is not fair, but the unfairness comes down […]

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Whatever is honourable

A scan through my concordance gives me a partial list of who I should honour: God (Revelation 4:11) My parents (Exodus 20:12) All marriages (Hebrews 13:4) Members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:26) Those we send out to serve Christ (Philippians 2:25-30) Political leaders (1 Peter 2:17) Everyone (1 Peter 2:17) In considering […]