Donald Norbie

A Call to New Testament Christianity: A Trojan Horse

    According to legend, the Greek armies were frustrated by the defenses of Troy. They built a large, hollow, wooden horse and secreted soldiers within it. This was pushed in front of the city gates, left there, and the Greek armies pretended to sail away. The Trojans were intrigued and pulled the horse into the city. Later at night the Greek soldiers came out, opened the gates to the city, and let their own army in. Troy fell to the Greeks and was utterly destroyed.  &...

Has Life Always Been Good to You or Do You Live in Quiet Desperation

Life often does not turn out as one had hoped It has been said that many people live their lives in quiet desperation. Youthful idealism has this glowing vision of the future, coloured with radiant optimism. And then real life comes along! At a fiftieth high school reunion a woman asked me, ‘Don, has life been good to you?’ No one had ever asked me that before. I had to think a minute. Then I said, ‘No, life has not always been good, but the Lord has always been good’. Tragedie...

Will You Die Well

Thoughts of Approaching Death All quotations are taken from the New King James Version. ‘The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years’, Ps. 90. 10. A hymn says, ‘Life at best is very brief’. Compared to eternity our life is just a little blip on the screen of time. During 2004 a woman died at 115 years old and was reckoned to be the oldest woman in the USA. She was reported as saying before she died, ‘Dying is so hard. I hope I...

What Is Your Motivation For Serving God

People may go into the Lord’s work for various reasons. Some may feel there is prestige connected with being in full-time Christian work. If one is lazy he might think he could get by while doing very little. Foreign mission work might attract one with its exotic geography and culture. Some might have a benevolent desire to help meet the needs of people, being moved by stories and pictures of the poverty and starvation. But when one actually gets involved in the Lord’s work, the gla...

Blurring the Distinctives

'When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them . . . You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way . . . Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it', Deut. 12. 29-32. There was a constant tendency in Israel to conform to the practices of the nations around them. There was not ...

Buy the Truth

'Buy the truth and sell it not', is the strident cry of Proverbs 23. 23. Surely as believers we desire to know truth and not error so that we can think and live to the glory of God. We should give other believers credit for being similarly motivated. And yet we must admit that believers differ on certain doctrines of Scripture. How did the early church come to know truth and discover the doctrine they would follow? Paul urged that the meetings of the church be open for several to speak a...

Deacons

There seems to be a flurry of interest lately, in the office of deacons. Books are being written and articles published. Some churches are wondering if they are scriptural if they do not have deacons. Others that have deacons wonder if they even know what they should be doing. First of all, it should be emphasized that elders are essential as an assembly matures and God raises up men with a shepherd‘s heart for the sheep. These should be recognized as leaders of God‘s people and al...

Is There Forgiveness

Often life does not turn out as one had hoped. One may feel a deep sense of failure as the years pass. Youth has come and gone; the direction of life has been set. It is too late to change course. As has been often commented we sometimes feel like saying, ‘How could we lose when we were so sincere?‘ Maybe you feel the same way at this moment. DELIBERATE SINS It may be that you have committed serious sin, deliberate wilful rebellion against the laws of God. Sin weighs on the conscie...

Job's Concern: A Timely Word For Christian Parents

Job is given God's highest commendation. God said of Job, ‘There is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil’, Job 1. 8. Surely such a man taught his children to fear God and to do what is right. He should have expected all of his children to become godly adults, a credit to their father and mother. We all can tend to become determinist in our philosophy, feeling that proper training will guarantee moral, responsible adults. We tend to fe...

What Is Love?

Today the word ‘love’ has been sadly abused by this post-modern culture. Many think of love as ‘sexual’ love alone. A rap star sings, ‘Let’s do like the animals do!’ So love has been denigrated to the sexual drive of the animal world. Here there are no moral boundaries, only the drive of instinct to propagate the species. We do not accuse dogs of immoral behaviour if they behave sexually with indiscrimination. But we are more than dogs; we are made in the image of God. L...
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