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1 Mar, 2010

The condemned King

by Martin Downes

Mark 15 and the doctrine of penal substitution In order to establish the doctrine of penal substitution we are not dependent on a few isolated proof-texts here and there in Scripture. The doctrine is woven indelibly into the very fabric of the account of the crucifixion, with numerous threads drawn from the Old Testament. Rather…

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1 Jan, 2010

The false gospel of prosperity theology

by Albert Mohler

The false gospel of prosperity theology The ‘health and wealth gospel’ is a heady brew. Although its origins may be found in the United States it is being exported, and imitated, around the world on satellite television, through the internet, and at large scale conferences. It finds fertile soil whether we have already been affected…

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1 Jan, 2010

The correct use of money

by Michael Bentley

Lessons from the book of Amos When I started my final pastorate in 1984 there were only nine church members. Most of them were not in employment. Even though I received no pay, it was still difficult to find enough money to run the church. At one deacons’ meeting someone said, ‘Wouldn’t it be good…

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1 Jan, 2010

Turning points in church history

by John Legg

Nonconformists Christians must often define themselves by what they oppose, for example as Protestants or Nonconformists. What did they not conform to? The short answer is, ‘the Anglican church’, but there is more to it than just a dislike of formal worship or of the Establishment. We must look at their origins in the seventeenth-century….

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1 Jan, 2010

Economic ruin and restoration

by Trevor Macey

Economic ruin and restoration A while after God called me to preach He opened a door in Bude, Cornwall where we had a vision to begin a church. We needed finances to live so I started my own insurance-broking business. Despite the fact that I had little idea of how to run a business, it…

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1 Jan, 2010

Money matters

by Katie Taylor

Students standing out for Christ on campus [In 2010] students will leave university with an average debt of £13,501. Those starting in 2009 will pay over £3,000 per year just on tuition fees. Not surprisingly, in a recent survey, 59% of students said that their finances (not their studies) were their main worry. Money is…

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1 Jan, 2010

£21,640

by Graeme Powell

£21,640 There are over 2,350 verses in the Bible that relate to managing money, debt, wealth and possessions. Jesus spoke about these issues more than anything else and they represent approximately 8% of the Bible but are rarely taught or preached on. Pastors seem to avoid it for fear of being perceived as self serving…

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1 Jan, 2010

Sharing your faith with Muslims

by M. Hicham

Sharing your faith with Muslims ‘I’m scared-scared of the unknown; scared of being ridiculed; scared I won’t know what to say.’ The number one reason why people don’t evangelise Muslims: fear. But humans do some of their best work when they’re afraid! Almost every evangelist I know experiences fear beforehand. So don’t worry. ‘Yes, but…

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1 Jan, 2010

How should Christians give?

by Mark Barnes

How should Christians give? I was once quizzed by a man whose adult daughter had become a Christian and applied for church membership. He himself was not a church-goer and had many questions. One was, ‘What will she have to pay?’. I assured him there would be no charge! ‘But the church must need money,’…

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1 Jan, 2010

The challenge of learning disabilities in the church

by Pamela Marsden

The challenge of learning disabilities in the church In our busy lives we strive to attain in our community, in our work and with our family. We help our children to achieve at school, in church and on the sports field, receiving congratulations when they do well in their GCSE’s, A-levels and finally, one of…

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