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Free Will

Originally posted on Unashamed of Jesus:
“If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. Matthew 18:13 Often Christians are criticized by non-believer for worshipping an “Angry…

God of Love 26

The Soaring Eagle

“And so we know and rely on
the love God has for us.

God is love.”
(1 John 4:16)

John says of God’s children that we both “know and rely on the love God has for us.” This means that it has become more than just news. It is now real and personal, recognised and believed, received and trusted. God’s intention that we know it for ourselves is beautifully underlined in Paul’s great and glorious prayer:

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that…

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The Road to Zion (Part 2)


By Patrick Hawthorne

In The Road to Zion part 1, I referenced Hebrews 12:22-24, discussing that when we pray – pray in faith that is – we come in spirit before the audience of Almighty God in the presence of an innumerable company on angels and a host of witnesses. We don’t have to throw up shot gun prayers hoping one will stick.  We don’t have to think, “Maybe God will hear me if I whine a little or beg a little.”  Or, “Maybe if I repeat the same prayer over and over again, He might take notice of me.”

Unbeknownst to me, at the same time I was writing my article, a blogger friend, Pastor Jim at Domain for Truth, ( ) , was writing an article on prayer in which he reviewed a small book by Charles Spurgeon entitled, The Secret of Power in Prayer. Isn’t it wonderful…

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A Form of Godliness


By Patrick Hawthorne


I have been reading and meditating on the book of Malachi.  Listed seven times throughout the book is one word that expresses the condition of Israel.  That word is, “Wherein.”  Starting his letter, Malachi  -who is expressing the words of the Lord – writes, “I have loved you.”  Immediately this is met with, “Wherein have you loved us?”

“Wherein.”  A common way of saying this is “what do you mean?”  “What do you mean that You have loved us?  What do you mean we have offered You polluted sacrifices?  What do you mean we have despised Your name?”

On the outside looking in, Israel was doing everything right.  They were serving God, sacrificing to God, and being obedient to the letter of the law.  On the outside they had a form of godliness but on the inside, at the very core of their heart, had denied the…

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