James Lawrence

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Oct 18

What Is the Gospel?

CultureWatch Bill Muehlenberg’s commentary on issues of the day… There are all kinds of Christians proclaiming all kinds of gospels. But there is a very easy test as to whether or not that which is being proclaimed is the true biblical gospel or just a pale imitation, if not complete counterfeit. The test is quite …

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Oct 11

Make the World Your Parish: Applying the Great Commission to Your Church

The Great Commission lies at the heart of the Christian faith. But how can a typical church think of global missions when there are so many local challenges to contend with? In this essay from Make the World Your Parish: Increasing Your Global Influence for Christ, Reggie Weems challenges pastors to encourage their congregations–big or …

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Jul 24

JUST CHECKING IN

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day, Decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray. Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle, The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn't shaved in  quite a while. His shirt was kinda …

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Mar 11

VirtueOnline – News – Reformation, Renewal and Revival – REDISCOVERING A DYNAMIC ANGLICAN MISSIOLOGY – Archbishop Ben Kwashi

REDISCOVERING A DYNAMIC ANGLICAN MISSIOLOGY A Paper presented by the Most Rev. Dr. B. A. Kwashi to MERE ANGLICANISM conference in Charleston, SC Jan. 18 -21, 2012 INTRODUCTION : APOSTOLIC MISSION AND MINISTRY [Archbishop Ben Kwashi] From its birth on the Day of Pentecost, the church, continuing the mission as commanded by Jesus, did not …

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Mar 03

How to Relate to God

    Psalm 28:1-9   ·    Mark 11:1-25   ·    Leviticus 7:11-8:36   ·    Read all March 2 Day 61 How to Relate to God In one of his last songs Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group Queen, asked the question: ‘Does anybody know what we are living for?’  In spite of the fact that he had amassed …

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Feb 26

Taizé – The value of silence

    The value of silence Three times a day, everything on the hill of Taizé stops: the work, the Bible studies, the discussions. The bells call everyone to church for prayer. Hundreds or even thousands of mainly young people from all over the world pray and sing together with the brothers of the community. …

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Feb 17

All About Easter

During Easter Season, the theme of worship is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Throughout this discussion, please note that Easter and Passover are the same thing. They fall on different dates, for reasons you will shortly learn, and they have different names only because this article is in English. According to scripture, …

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Feb 14

Easter: What is Maundy Thursday?

What is Maundy Thursday? Maundy Thursday – also called Holy Thursday, is the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter – the most important time in the year for Christians. This period ('The Triduum') is one big celebration, remembering the last supper, the crucifixion and the death of Jesus, and the Resurrection to new …

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Feb 14

Why Ashes on Ash Wednesday

Copyright ©1995-2013 by the Rev. Kenneth W. Collins. Reprinted with permission. As you know, Jesus retreated into the wilderness and fasted for forty days to prepare for his ministry. It was for Him a time of contemplation, reflection, and preparation. By observing Lent, most Christians join Jesus on His retreat. Lent consists of the forty …

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Feb 10

What’s wrong with the South Africa we love? : The Catholic Archdiocese Of Durban

What’s wrong with the South Africa we love? February 1, 2013 // If I were a true Christian my answer to the question: What is wrong with South Africa would be: I am! Yes, I am what is wrong with South Africa because I have not always thought, said or done what was needed, when …

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