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A Mind at Rest

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Life is more difficult when the mind is not at rest and by rest, I do not mean inactive but rather worry-free or free from distractions. We are taught in 2 Corinthians that the weapons of our warfare are prayer, the word of God, the gift of faith and the power of God the Holy Spirit. A stronghold ( 2 Cor 10:3-6) is what occupies the mind and it can be anything from a wrong thought or belief or a...

Restitution and the worship of God

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Being reminded of our need to be forgiven is very different from being reminded of our sins. In Leviticus chapters four to six we are taught about the offerings which God expected under the old covenant. The sin offering teaches us how seriously God considers sin to be, that even if a person sins unintentionally or even sins without being aware that he or she has, God still finds that person...

The rare jewel of Christian contentment

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When Jeremiah Burroughs described Christian contentment as a rare jewel he was not saying that Christian contentment is rare as if it is a gift which God gives sparingly, rather he was reflecting the truth that it is found only by some believers because it is something to be learned, “for i have learned in whatever situation I am to be content”(Phil 4:11). Paul expresses his...

Faith as perpetual belief

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Having addressed such issues as worry and doubt it’s time to move on, but for some, this could be like asking them to leave a friend behind. Since worrying requires no effort and causes a person to focus on self more than God, worry can only be left through conversion and the Christian who worries didn’t learn how to do this from God. Faith, on the other hand, is the application of...

Ascension and Pentecost

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The ascension of Jesus to the right hand of the Father (Psalm 110) and the coming of the Holy Spirit sets our attention on those things which must take place on earth. The earthly mission of Jesus is complete and now Jesus as the only mediator between God and man is also our advocate before God, and like all advocates, He must have something to say regarding our innocence. He is our witness, He...

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