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World Mission – ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them’ (Mark 10:14)
October 2010
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World Mission – ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them’ (Mark 10:14)

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them’ (Mark 10:14)   Doug Nichols, founder and director emeritus of compassionate ministry Action International Ministries (ACTION), recently wrote:   Today is my 68th birthday. What better way to celebrate than to send out a special plea for the gospel and compassionate care to be brought to the needy children of the world.      There are some 160 million street children throughout the world, including 1.5 million children on the streets in the Philippines, up to 40 million in Latin America, and 18 million in India alone.      There are also an estimated 145...

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World Mission – We cannot stay out of prison!
August 2010
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World Mission – We cannot stay out of prison!

We cannot stay out of prison!   ‘Hi Tim. What on earth are you doing in here again?’      ‘Breach of licence. This geezer said I had threatened him, and I’m back inside. You know me, Gerard. He was lying’.      Tim smiled wryly and looked knowingly at me. At previous prisons he was known as the gentlest prisoner on the block. Some chaplains wondered if his proneness to suggestibility produced a wrong conviction for his original crime. His unusually long recorded police interview is to interviews what Wimbledon’s recent marathon first round match between Isner and Mahut is to tennis. After it, he confessed...

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Pastor Training International
August 2010
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Pastor Training International

Pastor Training International Churches across the world, especially in developing countries, need godly, well-taught pastors, who preach clear, biblical, Spirit-empowered sermons.      Pastor Training International (PTI) assists pastors and preachers in some of the poorest areas of the world by providing training conferences, reformed books and correspondence mentoring. PTI conferences have grown from four across Zambia and Malawi in 2005, to 16 across Africa, Asia and Europe this year.      In January, Ken Brownell returned to Yangon in Myanmar (Burma), where he led a conference on expository preaching for 60 pastors. Ken also visited Thailand and met with Christians training and church planting in the...

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Worship and the Great Commission (2)
August 2010
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Worship and the Great Commission (2)

Worship and the Great Commission (2) Edgar Andrews   Worship and evangelism are more closely linked than is often appreciated, as we saw last month in considering Joshua’s encounter with the Commander of the army of the Lord (Joshua 5:13 – 6:5).   What is the link? It is that only those who are members of a worshipping community are properly equipped (both personally and corporately) to fulfil the Great Commission.      The present article is intended to draw out more fully the lessons implicit in this passage in Joshua and apply them to ourselves.   1. God retains control    Although Joshua was the...

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June 2010
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Satan’s army

Satan’s army     The Lord’s Resistance Army terrorises southern Sudan, northern Congo, the eastern Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda.      In 1986 a Catholic, self-proclaimed ‘prophetess’ named Alice Lakwena founded an ethnic, Acholi militia in northern Uganda in response to what she believed was the voice of the Holy Spirit ordering her to overthrow the government of Uganda.      By 1987 Lakwena’s ‘Holy Spirit Movement’ was finished: Lakwena had fled (she died in Kenya in 2007) and some 5000 of her soldiers lay dead.   Child abduction   Under the leadership of Joseph Kony, a spirit-medium and former Catholic altar-boy, the survivors regrouped,...

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August 2009
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Engaging with mission

Engaging with mission   In this article on the church and mission, Daniel Grimwade takes a final look at being so missionary-minded that we are of great earthly use.   In previous articles, we have examined five principles about mission taught in Scripture: mission begins with God, who has chosen to save sinners; conscious faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation; we seek to reach nations and not just individuals; the local church has been given the responsibility for mission; and mission requires people prepared to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. From these principles flow ten important conclusions.   Missionary work challenges...

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Christian literature
August 2009
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Christian literature

Christian literature   Christians should love literature because God loves literature. He used literature to reveal himself to us. His holy counsel came in written form. He is the most important author of the most important book — the Book of books!   Consider what past servants of the Lord said about books. C. H. Spurgeon, preaching on 2 Timothy 4:13, said: ‘Paul was inspired by the Spirit, but he still wants books! He had been preaching for at least 30 years, and yet he wanted books! He had seen the Lord, and yet he wanted books! He had had a wider experience than most...

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Willing to suffer for Christ
May 2009
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Willing to suffer for Christ

Willing to suffer for Christ   In this series examining the great subject of mission, we have so far looked at four principles: (1) mission begins with the God who has chosen to save sinners; (2) conscious faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation; (3) we seek to reach nations and not just people; and (4) the local church has been given this great responsibility.   The final question we must consider is this; who should the church send? God’s agency for mission is the local church, but churches send out missionaries who are people. What type of people does the missionary cause need?...

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