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Ephesians 6:1-3: Children obey your parents: Part 3

Obeying your parents, why should we do it? On the one hand we have the pragmatic view of psychology which has finally admitted the age old wisdom of God’s ways and tells us that every child needs loving parents for various reasons. On the other hand we have evolutionary views that tell us that we should be able to evolve beyond the need to have parents. Parenthood as an institution is no longer seen as sacred, but rather it is tolerated only in so far as it is useful. Today you can divorce your parents; you can legally have...


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Ephesians 6:1-3: Children obey your parents: Part 2

Obeying your parents, why should we do it? On the one hand we have the pragmatic view of psychology which has finally admitted the age old wisdom of God’s ways and tells us that every child needs loving parents for various reasons. On the other hand we have evolutionary views that tell us that we should be able to evolve beyond the need to have parents. Parenthood as an institution is no longer seen as sacred, but rather it is tolerated only in so far as it is useful. Today you can divorce your parents; you can legally have...


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Luke 2:22-38: Jesus presented at the Temple

Jesus being presented at the temple is usually not seen as a very important part of the birth narratives in the gospels, but it is important for several reasons. Jesus presentation of the temple gives the final birth hymn, the Nunc Dimittis, that goes along with the Benedictus; the Magnificat; and the Gloria in Excelsius. It is the first visit of Christ to the temple. It is significant that He who is the temple, and the Word tabernacling among us comes to the temple and certain Spirit led things confirm His identity and purpose. This visit is important because...


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Romans 13:2: Obeying and Disobeying the Government

INTRODUCTION: Michael Cassidy, the founder of African Enterprise visited P W Botha in South Africa on October the 8th 1985. ‘It was the time of the National Initiative for Reconciliation, and Michael hoped for signs of repentance and for assurance that apartheid would be dismantled. He was to be bitterly disappointed. This is his account of what happened: ‘I was immediately aware on entry to the room that this was not to be the sort of encounter for which I had prayed. The President began by standing to read me part of Romans 13.’ One of the verses that...


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1 Samuel 7:3: True Repentance

Outline God-directed obedience Wholehearted obedience Sacrificial obedience Inward obedience Loyal obedience Introduction The bible discusses two types of sorrow over sin.  There is godly sorrow which leads to repentance, and there is worldly sorrow which ends in destruction, 2 Cor. 7:10, ‘ For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.’  We can see these two different types of sorrow demonstrated in the denial of Christ by Peter and Judas.  In the case of Peter we see a man who is sorrowful but who eventually returns in repentance to Christ, but...


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