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June 2004
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Is God calling you to the mission field?Both of our page three news items concern overseas mission. Have you ever wondered if the Lord is calling you to be a missionary? If so (or even if not so!), here is a checklist to focus your thinking and that of any church engaged in this…

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May 2004
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Engaging the enemySometimes we are faced with evil situations we cannot change. Most depressing are those that militate against gospel progress. They may continue for years. An influential person in the workplace ‘rubbishes’ the witness of an evangelical Christian. An unconverted person ‘has it in’ for a converted member of their family. Or maybe…

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April 2004
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The empty tomb of Jesus Christ declares that a time is fast approaching when every grave and cemetery will be emptied. Not only those who have died within living memory, but the whole human race, will be raised at the general resurrection of the dead, at Christ's Second Coming. Never again, after that climactic…

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March 2004
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Taking sin seriouslyWhen Ezra tore his clothes, plucked his beard and ‘sat down appalled’, he was experiencing conviction of sin (Ezra 9:3). He did not mourn his personal sin, of course, but that of his fellow repatriates — who had been freed from captivity only to inter-marry with idolatrous Canaanites (9:1-2).Nevertheless, Ezra identified with…

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February 2004
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When the apostle Paul lists the 'fruit of the Spirit' in Galatians 5:22-23, he leaves 'self-control' or 'temperance' until last.The list begins with high-profile things like love, joy and peace. So is this ninth fruit an afterthought? Not at all, for it is basic to true Christian living.The terms 'self-control' and 'temperance' do not…

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January 2004
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We do not normally associate 'fighting' with 'gentleness' but surprisingly Scripture does just this. The association can be found in 1 Timothy 6:11-12: 'pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith…' The conjunction of gentleness with fighting is even more arresting when we remember that Paul's original manuscript would…

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April 1998
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The Easter story does not reflect well on the first followers of Christ. Always slow to understand his mission, the disciples variously betrayed him, denied him, went to sleep on him, or abandoned him, at the moment of his greatest need. Jesus himself, of course, was not taken by surprise by these things. He…

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January 1995
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We are pleased to learn that Gul Masih will begin 1995 a free man in Pakistan with no death sentence for blasphemy hanging over his head. Four years is a long time to spend in prison on trumped-up charges without the comfort of family, and under constant threat of abuse. We thank God that…

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