“The beauty of heeding the Lord’s call.”

One of the clear teachings of Scripture alone is that our coming to faith alone in Christ alone for our salvation is all by grace alone.  Yet it is this very teaching that causes some confusion in people’s minds about God’s sovereignty and our responsibility in the process of salvation.  Some are quick to say that God is unfair in choosing some to be saved in Christ and not others.  Others suggest that since it is all up to God’s choosing anyhow,  why  worry about it.   If there is nothing we can do, let’s just sit back and let God...
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It's dangerous saying 'no' to God

Have you ever thought about the fact that it is only the pinnacle of God’s creation who can actually say 'no' to God?  It is true that all creation groans under the weight of sin, but it is only human beings who can disobey and say 'no' to God. It is a foolish thing to say ‘no’ to God as Jonah also experienced when he was asked to go to the city of Nineveh.  However, it is not only foolish, it is downright dangerous to say ‘no’ to God, for you may not be given too many opportunities to say ‘yes’...
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I feel sorry for my grandkids

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Why on earth should I feel sorry for my grandkids? When I was a teenager we rarely ate out. Fast food (where I lived) was pretty well limited to fish and chips from Greasy Joe’s. My grandchildren can choose between Hungry Jacks and Pizza Hut, between Red Rooster and Mackers – and that’s only four of a dozen options. Why should I feel sorry for my grandchildren? Our home didn’t have a telephone – Mum and Dad finally got one after I left home and got married. All except the youngest of my grandkids have smart phones. They can stay...
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Being priestly

This past week Henk and I attended the Vine Project at the RTC Melbourne campus. Colin Marshall presented a one-day course on how to set up structures that may help in assisting churches in making disciples and hence fulfilling the Great Commission.  He mentioned four ‘P’s, “Preaching, prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, people – engaging all of God’s people, and patiently persevering” and four ‘E’s, “engaging, evangelising, establishing and equipping.”  One church who has started the Vine Project anticipates that it would be a twenty-one-year project.  They have changed the name of their small bible study groups to ‘gospel’...
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"The danger of too many words"

One thing that I have learnt over the years and continue to learn is the danger of sin when too many words are spoken. On several occasions, I have said things (or even printed words or allowed them to be printed) without giving proper thought as to whether they were admirable or praiseworthy. On some occasions, they ended up giving offence, even when no offence was intended. The words of Proverbs 10:19 spring to mind, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” James also gives us a timely warning, “My dear...
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