AuthorDaniel Ralph

How can you say…?

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In the Psalms, we can hear the Psalmist speak to his soul, ‘why are you cast down…’ and in many ways these words like the words of David in Psalm 11:1 ‘In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul,’Flee like a bird to your mountain’ address our identity. These words are spoken by David in a time of crisis and they express how the faithful may have...

Family: Children and the knowledge of good and evil

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We can learn a lot from what God commands His people to stay away from, everything from fortune tellers to keeping our lives free from the love of money. Children will grow up in a world where the knowledge of good and evil is out in the open and they do not automatically have the necessary wisdom to deal the challenges this brings. Therefore, children will need protecting and training as they...

Family: Words and Children

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God gave us language that we might understand the truth and that our communication would be truthful. Words have power, they can build up and they can destroy and therefore choosing our words carefully before we speak them is very important, especially when they are spoken to children who develop quickly and believe easily. The words that we speak are words that we believe and have therefore...

It’s not about singing it’s about authority and faith

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If not singing in church is a form of common sense and christian charity then we are bound by Romans 14 to consider the weaker brothers in the faith. However, this would be one way that we are misunderstanding the issue, when the issue is always about who are we following and is faith involved? Romans 13 is the classic passage on civil government where we learn that we are obeying God when we are...

A response to those who say we shouldn’t sing

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As I stated in my last post ‘Does God want us to sing?’, Romans 13 does teach that we are to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Rom 13:1). The point being made here, is that in principle, the civil government is a good blessing from God, without which there would be anarchy. However...

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