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Mutual Debts in Marriage

The apostle Paul is responding to questions that had been asked him by the church of Corinth. We see this in his words: 'Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.' One of the questions evidently was, 'Is it best not to marry?' Perhaps another was,

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The Pilgrim Concept

The Bible is full of pilgrimage. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews speaks among others of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who are described as ‘strangers and pilgrims on the earth’. ‘Strangers’ literally means foreigners, people of a different culture and language. ‘Pilgrims’ are

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The Pattern for the Church

When we speak of the sufficiency of Scripture, we mean that the Word of God provides all that we need to know in order to be saved, to be sanctified, to worship, and to organise and operate the church of God (2 Timothy 3.16-17). Historically, Baptists, Independents, and Brethren have been notably

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The Golden Chain of Blessing

The apostle is about to unfold the great 'cycle' of spiritual experience for Christian workers, proved repeatedly in his own ministry to souls. He will teach the golden chain of - pressures: prayer: encouragement: thanksgiving - and commend it strongly

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Are there Gossips Among Us?

Gossip has been defined as idle talk or compulsive chattering and news-mongering, including the spreading of groundless rumour. It is not always hostile or malevolent. But this article focuses on the kind of gossip that complains about others behind their back, exposing

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Companions of the Apostle Paul

Towards the end of Paul's remarkable letter to the Colossians, written during his first imprisonment in Rome, he names seven men who assisted him at that time, men whose lives continue to challenge and encourage us today. These were not the only fellow workers of Paul, for such significant pastors as

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A Spiritual Growth Check

The well-known command to grow in grace and knowledge was given by Peter as the essential antidote to backsliding and apostasy, the apostle having just written: 'Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.' From the second chapter

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Exercising a True Deliverance Ministry

The title of this article is obviously not meant in a charismatic sense. We offer no advice on how to cast out demons, rather on how to help true believers who have been heavily influenced by charismatic ideas, and who have come to see them as wrong. They

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Expository Preaching - Benefits and Pitfalls

What exactly is ­expository preaching? It is preaching that draws the message from the biblical text, clearly and methodically, honouring the sense of the text, and the style of communication employed. Before looking at classic examples from sermons of

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How We Treat the Holy Spirit Within

The personal indwelling of the infinite, eternal Holy Spirit in the believer is such an amazing blessing and privilege that the mind never wholly grasps it. A daily succession of joys, sorrows, temptations and trials produces various reactions in us, often without stirring

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Humility Essential for Blessing

The words - 'serving the Lord with all humility of mind' - are from the parting speech of Paul to the Ephesian church elders at Miletus. They knew him well as he had been the founder of their church and its pastor for three years. How they loved him, especially for his total

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Long-term Resentment in the Young

It hardly needs to be said that ­­­­parenthood is a tremendous responsibility, and we are glad of every word we have in the Bible showing how we should go about it. In Ephesians 6.4 Paul gives direction to fathers. Mothers seem to be out of the picture, but obviously this cannot

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