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The Bible and Life

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The Bible and Life

The Bible is a fascinating book. By most estimates it is far and away the bestselling book of all time and its cultural impact cannot be overstated. It was authored by thirty-plus individuals from a variety of occupations and social backgrounds over a period of more than a thousand years. Within its pages we find historical narratives, legal documents, poetry, prophetic writings, proverbs, parables, pastoral letters, and more. 

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Monday Matters: On work and faith

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Monday Matters: On work and faith

Most of us spend the majority of our waking lives working. Some of us work a conventional 9-to-5 job, some of us are self-employed, some of us are voluntary workers, and some of us are stay-at-home parents. All of these roles are necessary for any society to function properly. But many people assume that pastors, priests, missionaries and other people in "godly" professions are doing more important work than those in "secular" professions.

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Christmas: God's answer to the cry of humanity

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Christmas: God's answer to the cry of humanity

To those who are unfamiliar with the Gospel, the celebration of the nativity story at Christmas must seem odd. It is certainly a strange story: a virgin betrothed to a carpenter gives birth to a child in a stable in an unremarkable corner of Roman-occupied Palestine; local shepherds are told by angels that the child is the saviour of all mankind; and astrologers "from the east" (possibly Zoroastrians from Persia) come bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Why is it that we commemorate this bizarre and improbable series of events every year?

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Prayer Series

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Prayer Series

If we are honest, most of us would admit that we don't give prayer the importance that it is due. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Perhaps we doubt that God is interested in our prayers or that our they carry weight. We may feel that we can manage our circumstances without recourse to prayer. Or perhaps we simply don't know how we are supposed to pray. 

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