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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT
September 2000
General

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Reformation in Missions Some years ago my wife and I attended a church which had convictions about the Reformed faith. Just before Christmas we heard its children singing a well-known song in Sunday school — Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer! Clearly, a church may be reformed in doctrine but not in practice. This is especially true in the realm of missions.   God has given the local church the responsibility for preaching the gospel and planting new churches. The church at Antioch sent out Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1-4). Paul and Barnabas reported back to their local church all that God had done through them...

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Forgotten children
December 1998
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Forgotten children

Every morning around the world, 100 million children wake up with nowhere to call home except the streets of the world’s cities. They are the ‘Forgotten Children’. Can you remember how loving hands touched you as a child? The gentle stroking of a fevered brow; the careful bandaging after scrapes and bruises; the hand-in-hand in a bustling crowd; the tender hugs and stories at bed-time? These touches were the expressions of a family and a society that cared for its children. No future Several years ago, on the main street of Ipanema in Brazil, the body of nine-year-old Patricio Hilario da Silva was found with...

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Twenty years of mercy
May 1998
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Twenty years of mercy

Elders of the Grace and Truth Christian congregation reflect on how God has led them. Over the years, God has blessed the church, the Body of Christ in Israel, as well as our own congregation. We are here through the merits of Jesus the Messiah, our Lord and Saviour. It is our privilege to tell you about God’s dealings with Grace and Truth, which was founded in Rehovot in May 1978. Opposition Early in Grace and Truth’s life, the Orthodox Jews did all they could to obstruct us from meeting freely to worship God. On one occasion we witnessed the forcible visit of a number...

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Luther and the Internet
January 1998
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Luther and the Internet

If Luther were alive today, I believe he would be embracing the ‘Internet’ with characteristic zeal. The Internet is a sophisticated network of computers that enables its users to exchange files, images and even music via the world’s telephone network. It provides the means to communicate effectively with millions of people all over the globe. Just like the printing press, some of its output is less than edifying. The Internet has sometimes been demonized by the media as an anarchic underworld of pornography and paedophilia. It is true that there is pornography on the Internet, but this is no reason to outlaw this new and...

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Whatever my lot
November 1995
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Whatever my lot

Just after the Arab-Israeli war in 1967, I spent ten weeks in Jerusalem. One afternoon I was invited to have tea with Mrs. Bertha Spafford Vester, who had lived there all of her ninety one years. A fascinating woman, she was the fifth daughter of Horatio Spafford, who wrote, ‘It is well with my soul’. The story of that beautiful hymn is familiar to many, but Mrs. Vester added details which were new to me. The great Chicago fire of the 1870s caused Spafford, a wealthy businessman, to take stock of his life. Wanting to know Jesus better, he decided to sell everything and move...

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