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The conversion of Arthur Pink – Part 1 – Early years

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October 2004
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The conversion of Arthur Pink – Part 1 – Early years

Arthur Walkington Pink was born on 1 April 1886 - in Nottingham beside the River Trent and in what was then accounted 'the richest country of the world'. Queen Victoria had reigned over a rising prosperity for half a century, and the government of Robert Cecil, third marquis of Salisbury, ruled a quarter of…

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Luther on faith

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October 2004
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Luther on faith

Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. ‘Faith is not enough,’ they say, ‘You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.’ They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working, creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says,…

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Strangers on the earth – In the footsteps of Baxter and Bunyan

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October 2004
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Strangers on the earth – In the footsteps of Baxter and Bunyan

The late 17th century saw the last period of organized persecution of Christians in England and produced some of the finest pieces of Christian literature in the English language. The experiences of evangelical believers at that time have a number of things to teach us, as we may soon be facing similar challenges.Christians living…

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Does God perform miracles today? The story of Penicillin

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October 2004
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Does God perform miracles today? The story of Penicillin

This is part 1 of a 2 part series Part 2 is here I read recently a discussion between two well-known Evangelical ministers. One asked, ‘Is God still performing miracles today?’ The other answered, ‘God can certainly perform miracles today – in fact he can perform miracles at any time. But is he performing…

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Beware virtual history!

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September 2004
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Beware virtual history!

Christian faith stands or falls on history. Without the great events of revelation and salvation it loses substance. Its confessions contain vital historical references such as the facts that Christ was 'crucified under Pontius Pilate' and rose 'on the third day'.Theological liberalism, as exemplified by the 19th century Tübingen school, understood this perfectly, and…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’- Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

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September 2004
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’- Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Four marks of revival 3 The Farewell Discourse of John 14-16 contains some of the richest teaching on the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Among the things that our Lord teaches about the Spirit is that when he comes in Pentecostal power he would 'convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement'.…

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Revival in Essex

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August 2004
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Revival in Essex

If you are sometimes tempted to think that 'Old England' has gone for ever - that few quiet corners of the country remain to tell the story of past generations - then you must visit the sleepy village of Chrishall in Essex on a sunny morning in early summer.Thatched cottages stand along its winding…

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August 2004
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The onset of the 1904 revival – a timeline

These events are reported without theological analysis 1891: Evan Roberts (1878-1950), converted as a young boy, becomes a communicant member at Moriah Calvinistic Methodist (CM) Church, Loughor (near Swansea), aged 13. He is challenged by an exhortation of Moriah elder William Davies to seek the Holy Spirit and never miss a meeting. Later, Roberts…

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The dungeon flamed with light

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August 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light

Last month we saw that revivals may differ from one another in many respects. Yet there are some characteristics that recur in all revivals, whatever their historical setting and whatever leaders are involved. We now consider four of these characteristics.Australian historian Stuart Piggin defines revival thus: 'Revival is a sovereign work of God the…

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1904 – the Welsh Awakening

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August 2004
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1904 – the Welsh Awakening

A century ago, Wales experienced that last national religious revival - an awakening whose influence was felt in the four corners of the world and (according to the estimates of the time) brought in 100,000 new converts. Yet this great movement of the Spirit had small beginnings - that did not always involve the…

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Reflections on the Welsh Revival

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August 2004
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Reflections on the Welsh Revival

Scripture is full of counsel about the importance of remembering - something specially needful in an age that seems determined to abandon history. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, 'Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father; and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you'.Psalm 105 begins…

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Reflections on the Welsh Revival

Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

Reflections on the Welsh Revival

Scripture is full of counsel about the importance of remembering - something specially needful in an age that seems determined to abandon history. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, 'Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father; and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you'.Psalm 105 begins…

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