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A vision of two cities

Recently I have been reading, and meditating and praying from, Isaiah 24-27, sometimes called Isaiah’s “Apocalypse.” While there is little that is fully apocalyptic about these chapters, they are certainly eschatological, describing worldwide divine judgment and salvation at the end of history. By God’s Spirit Isaiah provides for his own people a vision of the future that will enable them, if they desire, to walk in God’s ways…

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God alone is faithful

About 30 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Apostle Peter wrote to believers scattered across Roman provinces—what we now know as modern Turkey (1 Peter 1). These people were suffering some persecution as a result of their faith in Christ. This part of the Bible has its twists and turns, but it doesn’t take long to read on and find out how it ends. By this stage, Jerusalem had not yet fallen; more persecution was to come for the believers.

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Caring for people in Asia

When providing pastoral care in any context, people require a lot of your time and attention. Amongst Asians, there is an expectation that the pastor will be available at any time of day or night to be there for members of the church and their families. In many cases, it’s also expected that the pastor and the pastor’s spouse provide pastoral care together.

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Three lessons on faith and works

I have been interested in this subject for the last 20 years. It began when I was studying the Gospels at seminary. Jesus seemed to speak a different language, especially in the Synoptic Gospels, than what I was used to.

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Thousands of books loaned

The BST library has 929 borrowers and more than 12,000 books have been loaned this year. Through the generosity of our supporters, BST was able to buy 341 new books and subscribe to journals and online databases.

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Four characteristics of being a Christian

If someone were to ask you what a Christian should be like, the obvious answer is to be like Jesus. There are characteristics that set Christians apart.

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We have no desire to go ahead except by God’s leading

This year marks 69 years since the college made 1 Cross Street, Toowong its official campus.

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How can we be sure God loves us?

So why is it that God’s love for us often seems to be something we know better in our minds than in our hearts? Is there something to be learned from my experience with Jackson? At first the answer would appear to be an unequivocal no. If my children feel unloved because I have failed them in some way, then it’s my fault. But if we feel like God does not love us, surely God is not to blame.

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Understanding God leads to praise and repentance

The Bible is replete with accounts of believers coming together to pray to God. An interesting account occurs toward the end of the book of Nehemiah, which records the people of God coming together for a half day of fasting and prayer. Why would they ever do such a thing?

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Fleeing to God

What is the one thing in your life at the moment that you know God wants you to do but you are not doing it? Where you are holding back? Resisting? Or even being plain disobedient?

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