But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Friday, 29 May 2020 13:22

Restoring Wasted Years Featured

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Do you feel that so much of your life has been wasted? There is hope if you do:

I stayed up till 2 this morning watching the first two hours of the three-hour live stream memorial service for the great Christian evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias. I just now watched the final hour of it. No...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 18:08

The Messianic Feast Featured

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Some thoughts on the Messianic banquet:

We all like to eat. And most of us enjoy dining in community. The Bible actually speaks quite often about food, about eating, about feasts, and about dining with others. Both Testaments speak to these things repeatedly. Tasting, eating and feasting is just...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:22

Praying Against Enemies Featured

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How should we understand biblical prayers against one’s enemies?

Some might think I got my title wrong, and that I meant to say ‘Pray For Your Enemies’. Yes, there certainly is a place for that, as Jesus stated (Matthew 5:44, eg.). But is there also a place to pray for justice, and...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:17

Encouragement for the Journey Featured

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We all need some encouragement as we seek to serve Christ and the Kingdom:

Here are some biblical truths you can bank on: Anyone living a committed Christian life will face opposition. How can it not be? Satan and his minions exist to thwart, oppose and challenge God and his people – and that...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 15:13

Bible Study Helps: Ezra Featured

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Here is some help for your study of the book of Ezra:

Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book, broken up sometime during the early church. Along with Esther, these make up the final three historical books which appear just before the Wisdom literature. Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 13:39

Bible Study Helps: Nehemiah Featured

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Here are some aids to assist you as you study Nehemiah:

Nehemiah continues the story we find recorded in the book of Ezra. Just as with Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book in the Hebrew Bible. They both tell one story which covers a period of around a century....

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:46

Bible Study Helps: Esther Featured

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Here are some helps as you read through the Old Testament book of Esther:

Having just reread the Old Testament book of Esther, I am again struck by its many unique features. It is the only book, along with Daniel, to be set entirely outside of the Promised Land. Unlike other Old Testament books, it...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:48

25 MORE Key Quotes from Ravi Zacharias Featured

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Here are another 25 gems from the great Christian apologist:

The legacy of Ravi Zacharias will last well beyond all the years he spent on earth (74). For half a century he ministered gospel truths all around the world, speaking to kings, royalty, politicians, students, and anyone who would listen....

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:04

Vale David Pawson Featured

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The famous Bible teacher David Pawson has just passed away:

Hot on the heels of the sad passing of Ravi Zacharias, we have just had another giant of the faith pass away: the well-known and well-loved UK Bible teacher David Pawson. He just died at the ripe old age of 90. One article says this about...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:41

Corona: All Lives Matter Featured

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Numerous experts are warning that the lockdowns are far worse than the virus:

Job losses, unemployment, malnourishment, starvation, depression, mental health problems, suicide – these are just some of the direct results of draconian lockdown and shutdown policies that governments have foisted...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 13:36

3 Lessons from the Life of Ravi Zacharias Featured

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Here are a few things I learned from him:

We all can glean much from the life and work of the late Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. So many of us have been touched by his life in so many ways, and the tributes and testimonials continue to pour in. Just after he passed away, I posted two articles...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:47

25 Key Quotes from Ravi Zacharias Featured

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Here are 25 gems from the great Christian apologist:

Having just passed away at age 74 after nearly a half century of ministry, Ravi Zacharias has left us such a rich legacy, and a wealth of important Christian thinking and reflection. I have already penned a piece on his life and work, offering...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 22:32

Vale Ravi Zacharias Featured

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The great Ravi Zacharias has just passed away. He was a true champion of God and for God:

The world has just lost one of the greatest Christian apologists and evangelists of recent times, and a wonderful, humble servant of God. Ravi Zacharias has just passed away after a battle with cancer of the...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 15:20

On the Wrath of God Featured

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Is the wrath of God a divine attribute?

How should we understand the wrath of God? That the entire Bible teaches that God’s perfect holiness and hatred of sin entails wrath and judgment on unrepentant sinners is perfectly clear. This is one of the clearest themes found throughout Scripture....

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 14:55

On Teaching Featured

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Some thoughts on Christian teachers and teaching:

God has appointed teachers for the body of Christ, and teaching is a spiritual gift and office (see for example Ephesians 4:11-12 and Romans 12:6-8). Of course we all know of misguided Christians who take the erroneous view that they have no need of...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 13:58

On Dealing With Discouragement Featured

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Are you easily discouraged? Here is some help:

I suspect most people get discouraged at times. Indeed, if you are like me, you will often be discouraged, deflated, demoralised, and dispirited. Some folks are more prone to this than others, and that includes Christians as well. And here I wish to...

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Friday, 15 May 2020 15:34

The Throne of God Featured

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We must not lose sight of the throne of God:

Throughout Scripture we read about God’s throne. It of course speaks to the rule and reign of God. It tells us about God’s sovereignty, his majesty, his dignity, his holiness, his justice, and his transcendence. Plenty of verses could be...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 15:21

The State is Not Absolute Featured

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Do not forget that in the Old Testament both prophet and priest kept kings in check:

The biblical Christian constantly needs to maintain biblical balance and deal with dangerous and incorrect views concerning Christian truths. The disciples 2000 years ago were continually doing this, and we still...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 21:58

Further Thoughts on the Passing Corona Scene Featured

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My latest ruminations on the corona craziness:

Here is a collection of random reflections on the corona crisis, some older, some newer.

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According to the latest government figures, 2.7 million Australians are now unemployed or underemployed due to the corona lockdowns. But the alarmists told us...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 13:02

Difficult Bible Passages: Proverbs 18:21 Featured

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This is another passage so often massacred by Christians:

I really must retitle this series. Most of the passages I have looked at are not all that difficult to be honest. But most of them have been massacred by various folks, such as cultists and heretics. Sadly however they are also mangled by...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 13:47

Fear, Fascism and Fealty Featured

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It is amazing what a bit of fear can do in a time of crisis:

If you wanted to conduct a grand social experiment to see how easily the masses can be controlled by means of fear, you do not need to look very far. While history is replete with examples of this, one simply needs to look at the opening...

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So kind of our glorious leader to give us a handful of freedoms!

OK, in just a matter of minutes the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews will be announcing the possibility of relaxing a handful of restrictions, at some time in the future. Given that he has had the most draconian and over the top lockdown...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 14:58

Lost and Found Featured

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What do you search the most for?

Most of us have experienced the sadness of losing something of value. And most of us – hopefully – have also experienced the joy of finding some of these lost objects. There are spiritual truths to be found in all this, so let me mention three things that...

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Friday, 08 May 2020 01:21

Celebrating V-E Day (and Christian Hope) Featured

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The V-E Day celebrations of 75 years ago have nothing on the celebrations Christians will have when Christ returns:

Exactly 75 years ago much of the world was celebrating the defeat of the Nazis and victory in Europe. After six long years of war that would eventually cost around 75-80 million lives...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 15:13

The State, Mandatory Health Care, and Eugenics Featured

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Some thoughts on government power, the public good, and mandatory policies:

Australian leader Scott Morrison recently said that those in some sports codes should not be allowed to play unless they are vaccinated. As one report put it: “Prime Minister Scott Morrison says players who refuse to...

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