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April 1995
Articles > Historical

The Ancient Church

We do not know who the first church member was. It may have been Adam, or perhaps Eve. Scripture does not say explicitly. But at the very least, God had called out a people for himself by the second generation of mankind. Abel is identified by Christ as 'righteous', and the author of Hebrews…

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April 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Who does God choose?

Christ's ministry had nothing to do with his physical attributes. We incorrectly project positive - even attractive - attributes on Jesus because we assume anyone who can draw that kind of crowd must have had decent looks. (Have you ever seen a painting of Christ that made him look ugly?) Yet look at what…

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April 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The empty tomb

He who was both human and divine, God manifest in flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), and had lain for two full days in 'the dust death' (Psalm 22:15) now in a brief moment was adorned with a 'glorious body' (Philippians 3:21). Jerusalem slumbered in the final hour or so before the dawn. The bright yellow…

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April 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

THE CALVARY ROAD

The Calvary road was long and hard, The Calvary road was lonely; Christ trod this road, bruised, battle-scarred, And he could tread it only. He turned not back when fierce the fight, Nor thought he of surrender; He scoffing bore and cruel spite, For love of the offender. On to the bitter cross he…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ in all the Scriptures

Why did those two despondent disciples, foot-sore and weary from trudging on the Emmaus road, turn round and walk the eleven kilometers back to Jerusalem late that evening? Reason would have suggested a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, a new day for a new deed. But they returned that evening not the…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge of a hard saying

Some people believe that the gospel of sovereign grace is a hard message. By this they do not mean that it is hard to understand. Often they have understood it perfectly and that is the problem. When the biblical gospel is faithfully preached, many people do not like what they hear. This is true…

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News

March 1995
News > United States of America

Letter from America: What of these people?

As the aircraft gently lifts off from Chicago, it leaves behind one of the busiest airports in the world. At first, it heads out over Lake Michigan before turning sharply around and flying back over Chicago. It is already dark outside, as I sit with my head pressed against the small window. Below, the…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cross of Christ

In the New Testament, the word 'cross' invariably refers to the instrument on which Jesus Christ suffered death. The Greek word properly signifies a stake, or upright pole; but the Romans modified this form of punishment and scholars have therefore found it difficult to determine the precise form of our Lord's cross. It is…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The language of faith … and a personal response.

This article is a response to The language of faith, a personal view Dear Stuart, That our preaching should be as lucid as possible is not the issue, nor that there are certain archaic expressions in a few verses of some hymns as well as in some verses of the Authorized Version. You quote…

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March 1995
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Israel

The church in Israel today

There is no doubt about it: the church of Christ in Israel has grown numerically over the last few years. Evangelism and the immigration of believing families, particularly from the former Soviet Union, have been the major sources of this growth. In addition, the number of Jewish-Christian families in Israel has also grown over…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The language of faith a personal view …

Everything that is said in a local church must be in a language understood by all; this the Word of God teaches clearly (1 Corinthians 14:1-25). But how narrowly should we interpret the word 'language'? What if everyone in the church speaks the same national language, but the vast majority also speak a dialect…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching the gospel properly: 3

It is time to be more positive, but there is, of course, no single way of preaching the gospel properly. God uses preachers of many different styles and methods to call his elect. It would be very dull if we all used exactly the same approach. Certainly, I have neither the right nor the…

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