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WHEN VIRTUE IS VICE
by Philip Owen - Saturday, March 29, 2008

“The standard by which conduct is ever to be measured is the standard of simple loyalty to the will of God.  If even a virtue interpose, it thereby becomes a vice.”  G. Campbell Morgan

“RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES”
by Philip Owen - Saturday, March 22, 2008

In an age when men are being taught to trust in themselves, the Word of God trumpets a clear warning against such self-confidence.

Walk In The Spirit
by Philip Owen - Sunday, March 16, 2008

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). What profound simplicity this verse, which summarizes virtually the entire scope of a believer’s life, contains. 
 
            Do we, as believers, need victory over sin and our flesh? The solution is to “walk in the Spirit.” Do we want to find the will of God for our lives?   Then we must “walk in the Spirit,” for doing so will deliver us from the “lust of the flesh,” a term which incorporates, not merely unholy sexual desire or pecuniary greed but all the sins and weaknesses inherent in our humanity, including our will and emotions. Do we want to find the secret to living a life that will glorify God? Then we must “walk in the Spirit.” Nothing that the Lord desires for us and nothing

THREE GRAVE DANGERS CHRISTIANS FACE TODAY
by Philip Owen - Sunday, March 9, 2008

The spiritual battle never changes, so we should not be put off by the fact that our title suggests three dangers that face present-day believers but that our text comes from the Book of Deuteronomy. In the sixth chapter of this book, we read some of the instructions of the old servant of God, Moses, as, facing his own death, he prepares a new generation for the dangers that await them. His words serve as a warning from God to every generation, and duly prepare us for three specific dangers.

            Failure to properly instruct our children (see Deut. 6:6-9). “Thou shalt teach them [the commandments of God] diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkedst by the way, and when thou liest down, and

THE MYSTERY OF CHRISTIAN LIFE AND SERVICE
by Philip Owen - Sunday, March 2, 2008

Respecting our Christian life and service, it has sometimes been said, “Pray as if it all depends on God; work as if it all depends on you.” Aphorisms are useful but run the danger,  through brevity or wit, of unintentionally distorting the truth of the Word. May I suggest that the principle expressed above is a “near miss” when it comes to summarizing Scriptural truth regarding our life and service as believers. Though not so neatly expressed as the statement above, the Scripture lays out several truths. First, the reality is that there is no “as if” in our lives; in the ultimate sense, everything is dependent upon God. Second, once we have acknowledged the first point, we believers do play a crucial part in the “success” of our lives and service that involves the exercise of our own will, the expending of our own effort, and the employment of our own time and resources (including prayer). But, third, we should give our all in our service to the Lord because He requires it, because

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