The Acid Tests of Life

At the end of his long and complicated sentence running from Ephesians 1 verses 3 through verse 14, Paul prays for his Ephesian audience: 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my…

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TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY

Did man in sin desire salvation, and for that matter petition God for it? If we were to cast our minds back to the scene in the Garden of Eden, when man fell to sin by choosing to listen to Satan instead of to God. We hid from His presence out of guilt and shame….

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Praying as Sons

Jesus once remonstrated with two of His disciples, James and John, whom he had nicknamed ‘Sons of thunder’, when they suggested to call down fire from heaven to destroy a Samaritan village whom they perceived to be opponents of their mission. On their way through to Jerusalem, Jesus had asked the two to go ahead…

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Further Reflections on Adoption

Adoption is used in the Bible and in everyday life to refer to the transfer of an individual from one family to another. Further, adoption in the Bible connotes the placing of the person so adopted as a ‘son’ in the second family. The key verse is Ephesians 1:5. he predestined us for adoption to…

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THE BELIEVER’S TRUE DESTINY

Talks of “destiny” have almost become pulpit lingua franca in most Christian circles today. “Steps to maximising destiny”, “contending with ‘forces’ militating against one’s destiny” etc are common topics of sermons and prayer meetings. The golden question is, what is the believer’s destiny? Paul in the Ephesians 1:5 makes a very profound statement that is…

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ELECTION AND EVANGELISM

“If you preach holiness at crusades, nobody will come to your church”, a preacher once said to me. “You must first draw people in with miracles, signs and wonders, once they are in the Church then you can preach to them holiness.” What a travesty! Is evangelism truly devoid of the preaching of holiness? The…

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CHOSEN, SO WHAT?

The preaching of God’s grace in election has frequently been associated with antinomianism – which is the belief, that those who are saved by faith under the gospel dispensation of God’s grace are released from the obligation of obeying the moral law. This is not new – there were some who misconstrued Apostle Paul’s teaching…

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ELECTION – THE TWO VIEWS

“Do you think we shall see Mr Whitefield in heaven?” asked a follower of John Wesley. “No, sir,” replied Wesley, “I fear not. Mr Whitefield will be so near the Throne and we at such a distance we shall hardly get a sight of him.” This conversation which took place nearly three centuries ago sadly…

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