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Profile of the Lukewarm

This post is an excerpt from a book called 'Crazy Love' by Francis Chan. In chapter 3, he provides a list of characteristics that make up a 'lukewarm' Christian - people who live comfortable lives without real affection toward God (see Revelation 3:15-16). Read and reflect.   Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe "goo...
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Questions to ask before going to a party

Let me tell you the story of how I got kicked out of a club. It's around 10:30 pm as we head to the Cargo Bar for a friend's 20th birthday party. Since I was driving, I was not planning to drink and since I am an unfit nerd, I was not planning to dance. Being super crowded as clubs are, the loud music kills my ears. Random 20-year olds in cheap smart casual shirts and dresses with a high...
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Stumbling Blocks

Church and culture Being a Christian in our modern world is undoubtedly a challenging way to live. By choosing God's ways, we are saying ‘no’ to many others. Sometimes this leads us to a few dilemmas concerning our position as Christians in society. An example of this is whenever we take a stand for our faith; we are saying that we are different to all other faiths. This exclusive claim of Chri...
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The Forgotten Sin

Christians are forgetful people. Well, at least I am. I forget many things in life. From morning till evening I forget things I need to do. Quite often I forget to wake up on time, forget to eat breakfast, forget to brush my teeth, forget to do tasks at work, forget to do readings for university, forget to save money, forget to eat healthily, forget to stop buying books, forget to get home in...
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7 Steps To Your Best Rebuke Now

Excuse the horrible title, but I wanted to use it to get your attention. Now that you're here, let's look at some principles for straightening the path of a brother or sister in Christ. These are based largely from a recent leadership training series at ACTS11 and on my experience.   1. Rebuke for the purpose of Christlikeness As Christians on this Earth, we are experiencing a proc...
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Death into Divine

Here's a great quote written by Andrew Rivet which was quoted in Archibald Alexander's book Thoughts on Religious Experience, which was quoted in John Piper's sermon The Death of a Spirit-Filled Man, which was quoted in Nancy Guthrie's book O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, which I read and am quoting here. Andrew was a French Theologian who fell severely ill after preaching a sermon on Christm...
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Humour and the Almighty God

All my life I’ve been a bit of a cheeky joker. Since entering youth group in year 6, I always had a way with words, and it didn’t stop when I came to the bible, only serving as more catch-phrases. I’ve grown up with a natural inclination to pull jokes about pretty much anything, especially theology.  Nevermind that it wasn’t funny, I would have often have ‘killing-spree’ moments to beautifu...
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Why do I do what I do?

There has recently been a big deal of questioning from inside and outside of me about why I do what I do. More specifically, why the pursuit of theology? It took me some time to begin the process of continually working this out. Here's my current answer, as a pilgrim on the way. If 'theology' is the study of God then we must get it right. Not because of 'logy' itself, but because of the 'theo...
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A Framework for Christian Growth

  I recently attended Overflow Conference 2014. It was a day with inspiring preaching by Francis Chan complemented with worship through song led by Trevor Hodge, intellectually challenging workshops and opportunities to flood the city of Sydney praying and spreading the gospel with strangers. About halfway through the conference, I realised that the structure of the conference could be describe...
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Top 10 Websites for Christians

Now I'm still a youngster, but I love online resources for reading, hearing, watching and thinking about Christianity. Obviously (though perhaps not so obvious in our lives) the greatest resource is the bible itself. I wrote a recommendation of a book on the book here. Thank God for also communicating to us in secondary means such as what we have as the internet today. These are just 10 of my pe...
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