Archive for October, 2012

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Hating the people we love (14:25)

Jesus said that to be his disciples we must hate even our closest relatives.  Did he mean it?  Are we really supposed to hurt and harm those we love best?

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Perfect happiness in a fallen world?

God’s design for family life was perfect.  Yet can marriage bring us perfect happiness in a fallen world?   Would singleness be preferable? Paul the realist knows that marriage and singleness alike involve trouble and frustration.  Yet for the Christian, there can still be contentment.

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An evangelical church?

We call ourselves an evangelical church. No, you won’t find that word on our notice-board, but we’ve always been happy to identify ourselves in that way…

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Invited to the banquet (14:15-23)

The Pharisees were sure that they would be at the banquet of the kingdom.  But when the summons arrived, they made excuses.  How many folk make the same mistake!

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God, the Family and the Fall

It was God who designed the family.  But why?  Answer: so that the family together could reflect His Triune being.   Family life has been damaged by the Fall.  But families still bear the mark of their designer – and families can be restored through Christ.

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