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November 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Singleness

A man gives his testimony I was single until I got married in my mid-forties. I can testify to the many temptations and challenges to my purity during that time. There were times when I felt frustrated by my singleness, and jealous of the married people around me who seemed to be enjoying fulfilled sex lives. So, what helped me to obey God in singleness? Here are a few considerations that helped me along the path of sexual purity. It helped me to realise that I was in a spiritual battle. Satan is an active agent in the battle to draw Christians into sin and...

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November 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Finding the right marriage partner

Marriage might not be as popular as it once was, but many young people will still look forward to that special day when they will stand next to the person they have chosen to spend their lives with and say, ‘I do’. Indeed, in a recent survey, 72 per cent of 18 to 35 year olds still intend to marry. Over 40 years later, I look back fondly on that day when we were all dressed up and celebrated our wedding day with our friends and family. Of course, it is more than a party; it has a very serious side, as we are making...

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November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Ligonier survey of UK

What do professing evangelicals in the United Kingdom actually believe about God, Jesus Christ, sin, and eternity? Ligonier Ministries’ — founded by the late R.C. Sproul to support local churches in gospel ministry — recent State of Theology survey for the UK uncovers some answers. For the first time, Ligonier has taken the theological temperature of the UK, the purpose being to help Christians better understand today’s culture and to equip the church with another tool for discipleship. Some of their key findings and their reflections on those findings are given below (also, see TheStateOfTheology.co.uk): Evangelicals Only 2-3% (up to about 2 million) of the...

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November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Central Asia

Central Asia clampdown on Christians

Christians in Central Asia are facing worship bans, arrest and torture, as Islamic nationalism gains ground in their countries. Pastors in the underground church have been describing their ordeal to Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release has launched an appeal to help the church in Central Asia. Security police in Tajikistan arrested and fined ten Christians in August for handing out gospel literature. Release International says the group had gone to the Pamir mountains to give out tracts. They were fined about £750 — more than most Tajiks would earn in six months. In neighbouring Kazakhstan, a new religious survey has...

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November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Russia

To the ends of the earth!

For almost 70 years, SGA(UK) has been ministering in the former communist-dominated countries of Central and Eastern Europe, often in areas formerly unreached by the gospel. Some 20 years ago a link was forged with believers in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Ministry engagement there led to involvement in other central Asian republics. The mission’s activities are centred in leadership training but include many other support ministries for churches, leaders, and needy groups such as orphans and widows. Now SGA(UK) is going where we have never been before! In fellowship with the four other SGA ‘families’, in USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we are supporting a...

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November 2018
Articles > Guest column

The means of grace (3)

When you are weak in your faith, where do you go for strength? When you are discouraged, what are your sources of encouragement? When you doubt, struggle and need God’s help, when and where and how do you find it? Our world, and even the church, offers many and varied solutions to our problems: self-help therapy; entertainment; mindfulness; family and friends; Charismatic experiences. We could go on. Some of these may help, yet many either offer only a sticking plaster to our deeply felt problems, or are just so un-biblical as to be dangerous. The triune God has clearly given us the ‘means’ by which...

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November 2018
Articles > Historical

Robert Roberts Clynnog — the hunchback preacher (1762-1802)

Once on a preaching tour of Anglesey, Robert Roberts was in the town of Amlwch. His preaching was in full flow, gripping the congregation. The presence of God was very real. A pale-faced youth turned to his friend in awe and whispered, ‘Is he a man or an angel?’ His friend replied, ‘An angel, of course. Did you not know?’ ‘No I never knew’, said the other, ‘Dear me, how much better than a man an angel can preach!’ Prisoner of hope Robert Roberts was born in Llanllyfni on 12 September 1762 and was one of 13 children. He was an able child, learning to...

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November 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Discerning and obeying God’s will

Many today seek guidance over such things as work, education, employment and financial planning. But Christians have an omniscient and omnipresent Consultant, ever ready to help us when we call on him. Paul warns us in Ephesians 5:15–17: ‘See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is’. Many issues Many have had distressing experiences after learning it is not God’s will for them to do something. There was someone who migrated to another country only to return in about a...

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November 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

On His Majesty’s service

The Bible contains startling stories of slave girls and slave drivers, but what does it say about being a servant? My children are great, and generally do what they’re told. But there are times when, if I ask them to help, they sometimes say, ‘Not now, Dad. I’ve been working all day, I’m too tired!’ I think Christians can be a little like that. We all like the idea of being a servant, providing someone else is doing the serving! But that isn’t of course how it should be. Although Jesus took the nature of a servant and washed his disciples’ feet (John 13:1-11), he...

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