A merry heart is a good medicine

Not many people know that this is a quotation from the Bible. ‘A merry heart does good like a medicine’ Pro 17:22. Some Christians are too morose for their own good and for the good of Christianity. Some people think that serious Christians should be morose; rather morose Christians need to learn their Christian behaviour …

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Homosexual Christians – an oxymoron?

There are real oxymorons – Unitarian Christians and Arian Christians – and there are what ought to be oxymorons but are only too real – flawed Christians and sinful Christians. Is it any surprise?  Biblical students and students of human nature should not be surprised.  So why is it a great surprise that there are …

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Correcting the miscalling of Demas

It is time to rehabilitate Demas, the companion of the apostle Paul, from the slander than judges him a turncoat or even worse an apostate. The King James Version translates 2Tim 4:10: 'For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia' 2Tim 4:10 …

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Scotland needs a Reformer

The main message from the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation is that Scotland needs a Reformer.  We have plenty of theologians and preachers, but no reformer. Scotland's Reformer was John Knox but we have fallen upon such backsliding times that we need a new one, but at present Scotland has no reformer.  A reformer …

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Martin Luther – Europe’s Reformer

Today we remember the 500th anniversary of the trigger that began the European Protestant Reformation, when Professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses for discussion to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. There are many theologians but few reformers.  We commonly speak of the first and second generation Reformers, but without the …

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The cost of abandoning sin

There is a literal cost when society abandons the concept of sin.  Many people will find that it reduces their bank balance. The state fines people when they break its laws.  On the other hand, God calls the breaking of His law 'sin' and He gives sinners a verbal warning.  Fines reduce one's bank balance; …

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Becoming dependent upon God

Human beings are dependent upon God, whether they like it or not, and slowly the human family is moving in the direction of acknowledging it. The more it speeds up, the better. As society has become more integrated, we have become dependent upon each other. It began in the family and developed with education. Now …

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