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One Message Two Responses

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Imprisoned and beaten but vindicated and triumphant in Philippi, Paul and Silas traveled west to Thessalonica and Berea to share the gospel message. Reasoning from Scripture, Paul and Silas shared how it was necessary for Jesus to suffer and rise from the dead. And in so doing, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah! In both […]

God Speaks to His Children

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As Paul, Silas, Timothy and Luke continue with their missionary and pastoral journey, we find the Holy Spirit altering their original itinerary on two separate occasions. Have you ever asked how Paul worked out that God didn’t want them to go to Asia and Bithynia? Was it through an audible voice, a dream, a lack […]

The Real Test

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I love meeting with God in the mornings.  He is so present and reveals Himself through His word and His Spirit.  It’s wonderful, holy.  I choose His will over mine and surrender my heart to Him, thankful that I am His and He is mine. Then I step into the day. How do I live […]

A Model of Church decision Making

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How churches make decisions varies from denomination to denomination. Acts 15 shows us that in contrast to decision-making by one or more individuals in a place of authority, the early churches made their own decisions, under the Lordship of Christ, through a meeting of members. We read in Acts 15:4:  “When they [Paul and Barnabas] […]

The Gracious Hand of the Lord (part 2) – Ezra 7:6

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A couple of months ago, on our long service leave, Sue and I were on a tour in Europe with a busload of strangers. On the second day of our tour we visited a historical site. I noticed a member of our group who was so engrossed with taking selfies that he didn’t realise he […]