Features of Apostate Behaviour

From The Sword & Trowel 2011, issue 2 Perilous times IN THE course of his prophetic words in 2 Timothy 3, Paul moves swiftly to list the chief features of behaviour…
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A Spiritual Growth Check

From The Sword & Trowel 2008, issue 2 Growth means dependence upon God, communion with Christ, daily engagement in holiness, prayer and proclamation. We cannot select one or two of…
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Sacred or Profane Worship? The Third Broken Principle

To be profane is to treat sacred and biblical things with irreverence or disregard, so as to violate and pollute them. Is the modern entertainment scene profane? Most definitely, because…
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Rational or Ecstatic Worship? The Second Broken Principle

Ecstatic worship is completely different to rational worship. Ecstatic worship takes place when the object of the exercise is to achieve a warm, happy feeling, perhaps great excitement, and even…
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Spiritual or Aesthetic Worship? The First Broken Principle

Aesthetic worshippers believe that genuine praise needs a ‘physical’ dimension greater than mere unison singing. It assumes that God is an ‘aesthete’ – sitting in the heavens and looking down…
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Witchcraft in a Modern Guise

From The Sword & Trowel 2011, issue 1 IN REVIEWING the sins of the flesh (in Galatians 5.19-21) the apostle mentions witchcraft, often today translated sorcery. He actually uses a word which…
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The Holy War – Do we dodge enlistment?

From The Sword & Trowel 2007, issue 2  ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,…
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Six Biblical Steps for Guidance

From The Sword & Trowel 2008, issue 1 This article presents the traditional view that we are to seek real guidance from the Lord in all the major decisions of…
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Spiritual Joy

From The Sword & Trowel 2007, issue 2 When the Holy Spirit first works in our lives, he does not communicate joy, but sorrow. He stirs our complacent and indifferent…
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Secondary Separation – When to Stand Apart from Biblical Error

From The Sword & Trowel 2013, issue 1 It is clearly a vital duty of Christians to stand apart from false teachers who deny the fundamentals of the faith. 'Do…
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Long-term Resentment in the Young

From The Sword & Trowel 2013, issue 1 'And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord' (Ephesians 6.4).…
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Humility Essential for Blessing

From The Sword & Trowel 2011, issue 2 ‘Serving the Lord with all humility of mind’ (Acts 20.19). THESE WORDS are from the parting speech of Paul to the Ephesian church…
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Expository Preaching – Benefits and Pitfalls

From The Sword & Trowel 2010, issue 2 Some benefits and common mistakes of consecutive expository preaching What exactly is ­expository preaching? It is preaching that draws the message from…
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Five Keys to God’s Law

Presenting basic rules for opening the Ten Commandments. Without these their deep purposes and challenges are usually missed. In a grand but dilapidated mansion run as a Christian conference centre,…
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Sanctifying Power – and Films, Music and Leisure in the Christian Life

From The Sword & Trowel 2014, issue 2 Is our continuing sanctification impeded by worldliness? Has the ‘moral resurrection’ of which Paul speaks come to a halt? Here is how…
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Long-Term Praying

From The Sword & Trowel 2018, issue 1 We constantly need the help of God in different situations, and we continually pray for individuals, but why does the Lord cause…
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Beware of the Counsel of Gamaliel

From The Sword & Trowel 2016, issue 1 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be…
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God’s Parallel Covenants

From The Sword & Trowel 2016, issue 2 From the beginning of the ­Bible we read of divine covenants, the word covenant being used twenty-five times in the book of Genesis alone.…
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New Calvinism – The Merger of Calvinism with Worldliness

From The Sword & Trowel 2009, issue 1 A new form of Calvinism took the shape of a movement from about 2005, but it differed from the original in its…
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Does the Lord Really Guide?

From The Sword & Trowel 2008, issue 1 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way’ (Exodus 33.13). Steps for Guidance…
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The Dissolving of Doubts

From The Sword & Trowel 2017, issue 1 Adapted from one of a seven-part Bible study series preached at the Tabernacle in April-June 2017: ‘The Dissolving of Doubts’, a phrase taken…
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The Awesome God

Three thousand years ago an outstanding king pointed out the way to know God, saying – ‘Stand in awe!’ But what is awe?      I remember a teenage boy…
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Biblical Roles of Men and Women

From The Sword & Trowel 2020, issue 1 Our starting point is Paul’s letter to the Galatians 3.28, where the apostle writes, in Christ ‘there is neither Jew nor Greek, there…
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Joshua’s Sixteen Resolutions

From The Sword & Trowel 2020, issue 1  ‘And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round…
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Should churches comply with government instructions about coronavirus?

From The Sword & Trowel 2020, issue 2   After these many weeks it may seem rather late to comment on this, but it is now that doubts begin to rise,…
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Recent Race Demonstrations

From The Sword & Trowel 2020, issue 2 In the light of recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations might I offer these comments.  All manifestations of racial disrespect are disgraceful…
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When God Commissions

From The Sword & Trowel 2016, issue 1 by Dr Peter Masters The call that makes all the difference to pastors and all converted men and women. All true believers should…
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God’s Love in a Pandemic

These are momentous days when we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide ‘discipline’ or warning from God, calling us to acknowledge and seek Him. And although we shrink…
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Raiders of the Soul

Towards the end of Christ's most famous speech He uttered these striking words: ‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves’.…
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Worship or Entertainment?

Where will your church be five or ten years from now? With the adoption of contemporary music worship, many have already changed beyond recognition. Yet more will do so. Our…
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The Golden Chain of Blessing

'Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God'…
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What Satan Can and Cannot Do

With Calvary before Him, the Lord spoke these remarkable words – ‘Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.’ He was…
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Seven Voices of Calvary

In the study of any passage in John’s Gospel, we first look at the verses in order to determine the dominant theme. That is always our first step. The way…
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The Seven Pillars of Counselling

Over the last 40 years, there has come in among Christians a great craze for counselling borrowed from the ideas of secular psychology, largely formulated by militant atheists holding a…
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The ‘Evangelical Covenant’ of Moses

This article will sweep through Deuteronomy 29 – 30 to demonstrate that it records how Moses presented an ‘evangelical covenant’ which was set beside and distinct from the covenant of…
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Cessationism — Proving Charismatic Gifts have Ceased

   We believe, however, that the ceasing of revelatory and sign-gifts in the time of the apostles is very plainly taught in God’s Word, so plainly, in fact, that the…
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Are there Gossips Among Us?

'Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people' (Leviticus 19.16). 'He that uttereth a slander, is a fool' (Proverbs 10.18). 'An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth…
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True Repentance for Believers

In the Book of Leviticus, the Lord speaks authoritatively to Moses, prescribing very precisely the order and manner of worship. They were not to devise services for themselves, and even…
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The Value of Covenants

Here are some of the personal spiritual benefits of understanding God’s covenants: 1 First, they provide a clear view of how God deals with mankind, so as to preserve his own…
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Sincerity First and Foremost in the Christian Armour

Of all the Christian virtues, love is named in the New Testament as the greatest and first, but when several virtues are presented as the Christian’s armour, sincerity is the…
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The Clothing of Humility – Putting on the Garments

‘Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace…
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The Deep Things of God

Wonderful things had happened at Corinth, six years prior to Paul writing these words. As their founding pastor, his preaching had resulted in many remarkable conversions; trophies of grace. This…
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Companions of the Apostle Paul

Towards the end of Paul's remarkable letter to the Colossians, written during his first imprisonment in Rome, he names seven men who assisted him at that time, men whose lives…
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Why Did God Allow Sin And The Fall?

‘What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid’ (Romans 9.14).            How could it be that God allowed the Fall, and all…
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Remember the Lord’s Day

'And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God…
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Remedies for Problems in Prayer

And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched…
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The Pilgrim Concept

‘These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers…
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The Doctrine of Biblical Separation

Biblical separation from denominational heresy and apostasy (nowadays including homosexual immorality) is no longer widely followed by evangelicals. Evangelical Anglicans remain in their deeply corrupt denomination no matter what; the…
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Mutual Debts in Marriage

'Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife to the husband' (1 Corinthians 7.3). The apostle Paul is responding to questions that had been asked…
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Exercising a True Deliverance Ministry

The title of this article is obviously not meant in a charismatic sense. We offer no advice on how to cast out demons, rather on how to help true believers…
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The Garden of Eden

‘Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them’ (Genesis 2.1). IT IS OFTEN claimed by those cynical toward the Bible that Genesis 1 is…
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Regeneration and Gospel Persuasion

        The Lord said to Nicodemus – ‘Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou…
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Recognising and Responding to Seasons of Exceptional Apostasy

'In the last days perilous times shall come' (2 Timothy 3.1) Perilous times The remarkable picture of the present age given in the prophecy of Paul in 2 Timothy 3 is…
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The Beginning of the World

THE BOOK of Genesis is in every way the foundational book of the entire Bible. It is the supreme book of beginnings, chronicling the origin of the universe and the…
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How We Treat the Holy Spirit Within

'What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?' (1 Corinthians…
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The Immeasurable, Personal Love of Christ to His People

‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake…
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The Cancer in all Human Relationships

Perilous times Following the evils of self-love, the apostle lists ten more evils, all of which are about relationships between people. A prominent feature of any perilous time is that…
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The Pattern for the Church

When we speak of the sufficiency of Scripture, we mean that the Word of God provides all that we need to know in order to be saved, to be sanctified,…
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The Battle for Souls

Years ago we used to say that we are ‘saved to serve’, but that little maxim is out of fashion today. It is, however, biblical and right. This article is…
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