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You won't find many of these available to the general public. In some cases it's because the subject is controversial, but more often than not, it's just stuff that relates to the special circumstances encountered when living in a Christian community.

Cannibals for Christ


The cannibal sermon blew away most of Jesus' followers. They were not able to handle the scandal that came with discipleship. Can you?
(See also The Social Conscience Part 1.)

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Cut off your Hand!

Did Jesus say some things just to shock us, not really intending for us to take them literally? We don't think so. There is good logic and common sense, even in his most bizarre commands.
(See also The Forsake All Principle, and God's No Fool.)

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Fanatical Sacrifice


Physically forsaking all is elementary stuff compared to love. If what we do is not motivated by love, it is a waste. Outreach, for example, builds the kingdom of heaven; whereas love is the kingdom of heaven. We get more done not by working longer hours, but by letting God shape our spirits into what he wants us to be. One of Robin's best articles.
(See also The Forsake All Principle, Stressing Out!, Four Areas of Personal Renewal, and The Martha Syndrome.)

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Forsaking Your Parents


Sooner or later every adolescent will disagree with their parents about something. When the disagreement relates to a decision to follow Jesus, it takes courage as well as tact to express it well. This study offers answers to questions parents may have on such subjects as sex, finances, and breaking the law.
(See also The Narrow Way, We See What We Want to See, and Wise Doves.)

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A Letter from a Brother

A community member writes to another brother in the community who was going through temptations after visiting his family. Sadly, the brother who wrote this letter gave in to temptations a few months later, and left the community.
(See also The Cuddlies, and Forsaking Your Parents.)

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United We Stand

Roland and Dave team up to give some warnings to new disciples about sticking together when confronted by aggressive systemites.
(See also The Pizza Parable, Mark Those Who Cause Division, Try the Spirits, Reject Us, Reject God, and No Neutrals.)

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We See What We Want to See


The cult-busting mentality labels a group a cult, and then looks for evidence to support the label. It is virtually impossible to overcome such a bias by co-operating with such people.
(See also Sociology Lessons, and Confessions of a Manipulator.)

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Reading Minds

A study on the importance of listening carefully to what people say (or write), if we want to discern what is happening in their spirit.
(See also discernment, Advice for Counsellors, and Try the Spirits.)

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Discernment

Your step by step guide to reading minds. Includes inside tips on how to spot counterfeit faith and insincere flattery.
(See also Try the Spirits, The Holy Spirit, False Christs, and We See What We Want to See.)

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Hearing from God

It's easy to hear from God. But only if you are willing to accept what he wants to say. When we stop trying to get God to conform to our wishes, we can hear him clearly. It doesn't take expensive meditation classes to do it either.
(See also Fear Not!, change, Making Decisions, The Reno Principle, and dreams.)

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Dreams

Is it a message from God, or just indigestion? Dreams can teach us many things if we will take time to analyse them. We can control our dreams too, turning nightmares into supernaturally good dreams.
(See also Making Decisions, Direct Revelation, and Hearing from God.)

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Direct Revelation


This study emphasises one of the Eight Ways to Know God's Will. Revelations need interpretations and interpretations need applications if they are to be effective.

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Divine Authority


Being a gifted leader and having authority from God are two different things. God would not anoint two leaders in opposition to each other. So if we want to build God's kingdom (and not our own), we must be prepared to submit to God's anointed leadership.
(See also Mark Those Who Cause Division, Loose Cannons, opinions, and Reject Us, Reject God.)

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No More Mr. Nice Guy!

We all would like to be popular. Fran shows how popularity, too, must be forsaken if we are to be true to God.
(See also Prophets, Martyrs and Saints, and Hard Decisions.)

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Hard Decisions

We need to get the "nice guy" image into perspective with the urgency of a world that is walking into eternity unprepared. Hard decisions need to be made, and they need to be made quickly!
(See also Thou Shalt Judge, Burying your Talent, and The Tolerance Myth.)

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Reject Us, Reject God

Along with understanding our unworthiness, we must also understand our authority in Christ. If we are honestly doing our best to share the truth with people, and they reject us, there is a good chance that they are doing it because the truth has convicted them. At some point we need to warn them of the seriousness of doing this... even if it sounds arrogant when we do so.
(See also Peace that Disturbs, Solid as a Rock, and No Neutrals.)

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God Rules, You Don't

Another article distributed outside a churchy youth meeting (at Deakin University). This one aimed at getting young people to question the false grace teaching, and to accept God's right to make demands of them.
(See also Amazing Grace, and God's No Fool.)

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How We Differ from Systemites

There is plenty of salt in this comparison between us and the churches when it comes to evangelism. Are we really similar? Or are we diametrically opposed to one another? Get the hard facts here.
(See also We're Right and They're Wrong.)

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Wise Doves

How do you love people and brace yourself for a kick in the teeth at the same time? If we don't learn how, we'll be ripped off by a lot of sneaky snakes.
(See also Media Interviews.)

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A Martyr Complex

Persecution is one thing we are allowed as Christians to boast about. Of course the world does not like such boasting, and it will lead to more persecution. But that is all part of our tribulation message. Come die with us!
(See also Signs of the Times, Peace that Disturbs, and Prophets, Martyrs and Saints.)

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Prophets, Martyrs and Saints

Wanna be a saint? a prophet? a martyr? There are plenty of positions vacant, but few applicants. Lift your sights and aim for what should really be the norm for true believers. (See Our Mission, Positions Vacant, A Sense of His Story, Aim for the Sky.)

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The Narrow Way


This is a good one for new disciples... about not preaching the narrow way to people who do not want to hear it. We must learn to be hard on ourselves at the same time that we learn to be easy on others.
(See also Another Cornerstone, The Social Conscience Part 1, Reject Us, Reject God, and Universalism, Pros and Cons.)

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Unconditional Love?


Real love involves rules. Satan's counterfeit (which has captured the imagination of so much of the world today) omits repentance and even forgiveness. Check and you will see that the word "if" precedes almost all of the promises in the Bible. "If" is the key word in locating the condition that God expects us to meet before we get the benefits of his grace.
(See also The Tolerance Myth, The Cult of Selfishness, and Why Communes Fail.)

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The Cult of Selfishness

Do we need to be taught to love our selves before we can start loving others? That's what the self-esteem movement says. But how Christian is it?
(See also character, Pride Smashing, and Losing Your Identity.)

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The Tolerance Myth

What is the difference between tolerance and patience (or mercy)? Tolerating sin is cheap grace at God's expense.
(See also Thou Shalt Judge, and Hard Decisions.)

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Losing Your Identity

Clinging to a unique self-image can blind people to the benefits of identifying with others who preach the truth. Fear and pride are two of the biggest barriers to spiritual growth.
(See also Fear Not!, and Total Control.)

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Total Control


Half-hearts try to control God, rather than let God control them. They confuse their own pride and opinions with the voice of God, and kick against the very people that they should be supporting. Their fear stops them from leaving a group, at the same time that it stops them from lending full support. The freest people are those who are totally controlled by God. Get off the fence and choose.
(See also Fear Not!, malcontents, and Fear of the Devil.)

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The Split

In April, 1998, there was a split down the middle of our community. This was an attempt to explain the significance of that split as of May, 2000.
(See also Anarchy and Pacifism, Mark Those Who Cause Division, and The Body of Christ.)

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'Conscience' Issues

This article deals with people abusing the argument that they have a conscience problem about doing something that they do not want to do. It also deals with religious rules that people adopt about health and sex, which can result in self-righteousness if they have not come from genuine faith in God.
(See also Wanking, The Last Taboo, Confessions of a Religious Nerd, Financial Responsibility, and Living by Faith and Finances, part 2.)

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Bitterness

This article, written shortly after a big split in the community, examines the roots of that rebellion (bitterness) and the roots of that bitterness (hurt feelings over being criticised).

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Compliance in Defiance

One can go through the motions of obedience without opening up to the spirit of what is being taught. God is looking for more than that. (See also When OK is not OK.)

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When OK is not OK


When we are criticised, a sincere apology is often replaced with "Okay, I'll work on it." This is an attempt to avoid the real thing, and it's not okay.
(See also Advice for Counsellors.)

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Corporate Adolescence


One of the first articles urging us to see the bright side of people who have rebelled against us, but who still make efforts to practise and preach living by faith in Jesus and his teachings.
(See also The Body of Christ, Divine Love, and Divisions - Part of God's Plan?)

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Moral Adults

We must first recognise our weaknesses if we are going to grow. Others may or may not point them out, but in the end, we are the only ones who can deal with them. Sincerity requires that we face the truth about ourselves, even when it hurts.
(See also Honest Doubt, and Becoming Adults.)

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The Id and Honesty


Freudian psychology and Christian teaching merge in this radical look at honesty. It compares lying with deception in much the same way Jesus compared adultery with lust.
(See also self-righteousness, Reprobate Minds, and The Id and the Superego.)

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Giving to Those Who Ask

Dave deals with the difficult question of whether we should literally give people anything that they ask for from us.
(See also 'Conscience' Issues.)

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Empowerment

This excerpt from a general letter deals with the tendency for some community members to fear to think about what they would like to do, for fear that they will get in trouble if they do. Empowerment works on the assumption that we really do want to grow spiritually, and it allows us to have fun doing it.
(See also Empowerment Sessions, Heavy Burdens and Difficult Yokes, and Smile, God Loves You!)

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Empowerment Sessions


This is the how-to of setting up a personal program for empowering yourself. Worth re-reading from time to time.

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The Trend Toward Tolerance


A five-star study for someone wanting to understand how to show grace and discipline at the same time. It outlines a body of teaching from ourselves that tries to see truth outside of our own movement and outside of our own leadership. Then it considers how this fits in with our continued emphasis on discipline and high standards.
(See also Pastors and Teachers, In Spirit and in Truth, Divine Love, and The Body of Christ.)

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Conceding Defeat


This is really an article about pride, and how it can get us into arguments that lead nowhere.

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