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5 Biblical Steps to Enduring Growth

5 Biblical Steps to Enduring Growth

Paul Wells

Books on Christian Growth often follow one of three basic approaches. The most common of these follows a systematic theology model, sometimes taking into account the order of salvation, or more often focussing on biblical sanctification or holiness. The second type focusses more exclusively on holiness and practices that promote it, such as prayer. More recently the tendency is toward down to earth Christian self–help manuals, majoring in ‘how it feels’ to be a believer or how to tackle mental heal

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Wow– a Giant!

Wow– a Giant!

Eryl Davies

That is no exaggeration. As a nine–year–old boy in a mid–week children’s’ meeting in our village Presbyterian church in North Wales, during the winter months an elderly lady serialised the story of Thomas Charles (1755–1814) on a weekly basis. And it was exciting. In fact, I remember being one of the children who wanted her to carry on with the story. Why wait a week before hearing more? We were enthralled. ‘No’, was her firm and regular response, ‘come again next week and hear more’.

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Proving Ground

Proving Ground

Graham Hooper

There is no such thing as untested Christian faith.
Testing is part of Christian experience. Not in the sense that God sets us tests we have to pass to qualify to be Christian. If he did, none of us would make the grade! But our Christian faith is tested and ‘proved’ in life generally when we face sickness, bereavement, and family problems, or when we experience doubt, depression or injustice. We naturally start wondering, ‘Is God really there? Does he care about my life? Why do I have to wait so

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Those ‘Yuk’ Moments!

Those ‘Yuk’ Moments!

David A. Smith

We all have them. ‘Yuk’ moments. Some notice them. Some are unaware of them. Some ignore them. Many form addictions in an attempt to eradicate them. What are they? They are those moments when for whatever reason we feel a lack of fulfilment and purpose and a feeling of emptiness washes over us instead.

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Escaping the Riptide of Vanity

Escaping the Riptide of Vanity

Joe Barnard

John is a 38 year old Christian man. He ends most days physically and mentally exhausted having spent almost no time before God in prayer, Bible reading, or quiet reflection. Most nights he feels guilty about being lazy. The thought occurs to him that, if – after tucking in the kids to bed – he could just muster a final ounce of effort, he could read a chapter of the Bible before collapsing on the couch.

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Four of Satan’s Favorite Tactics

Four of Satan’s Favorite Tactics

Joe Barnard

One of the events that contributed to the Union army winning the Civil War occurred when a Yankee soldier found a detailed copy of Robert E. Lee’s orders for the Antietam campaign on a cigar wrapper. The wrapper quickly passed through the ranks until Northern officers found themselves holding a cheat–sheet to victory. A subtle and cunning enemy is far easier to counter when you know with precision what his next move will be.

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5 Ways to Help Someone with Depression

5 Ways to Help Someone with Depression

Paul Ritchie

The support group, AWARE, states that in the Republic of Ireland one in ten people are suffering the symptoms of depression at any given time. The figures are likely to be similar in the United Kingdom. That being the case, you can be sure that there are probably more people in your church who struggle with depression and anxiety than you realize. So, how can you help them?

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How to Do Family Worship

How to Do Family Worship

Terry. L. Johnson

It is not uncommon for families to be convinced that they ought to do family worship, to want to do family worship, to talk about doing family worship, and yet fail ever to establish a consistent pattern of actually doing family worship. Men in particular seem easily intimidated, seeing themselves as inadequate, fearful they won’t know what to do, or that they won’t know what to say. We assembled The Family Worship Book hoping to alleviate these fears. All the necessary resources may be found there

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