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Historical

August 1997
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Revival snapshots – John Elias in North Wales

'Brethren, when I am in the dust this young lad will be a great man.' These were the words of an old minister in Wales, speaking of John Elias (1774-1841). Another testimony concerning him asserts, 'He was, without a doubt, the most popular preacher that ever rose in Wales.' When he was born, North…

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August 1997
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Of whom the world was not worthy – John Blackadder

A frightened child was lying face down in the loft of his home. With one eye glued to a chink in the floorboards, he was watching with horror the scene being enacted in the room below. With bared swords soldiers were slashing through furnishings and thrusting their weapons into every conceivable hiding-place. Together with…

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July 1997
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Revival Snapshots – 1859 in Ulster

The year 1859 stands out as a most memorable year in the history of revivals, not least in Ulster. It has been called 'The year of grace', when God rent the heavens and came down. Some 100,000 souls were brought to repentance and faith and added to Christ's church in Ulster in the course…

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July 1997
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Of whom the world was not worthy – Mrs Bartlett

Mingling among the vast throng of worshippers converging on the Surrey Gardens Music Hall to hear the youthful Spurgeon was a middle-aged woman, petite and neatly dressed in black. Lines of suffering marked her face but the high cheekbones and resolute mouth added a look of courage and determination. Lavinia Bartlett was a regular…

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June 1997
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Jane – Of whom the world was not worthy

Twelve-year-old Jane was one of a group of young people who came each Sunday afternoon to Legh Richmond's home shortly after he began his ministry in Brading on the Isle of Wight in 1797. Some of the children seemed bright and responsive as he taught them from the Scriptures, but Jane, a quiet child,…

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May 1997
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Leonard Dober – A volunteer slave

Leonard Dober could not sleep that night. As he tossed on his bed he struggled to banish from his mind an urgent appeal. A slave from the West Indies had entreated that someone should come to his island and bring the knowledge of Christ to a people destitute of a spiritual light and sunk…

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December 1996
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Some things have not changed

Believers today may easily become despondent as they look at the state of the world. Sin and corruption abound and there is little true preaching of the gospel in evidence. However, although the evidences of the abandoning of Scripture and apostasy in the church may change and even become more apparent, basically these problems…

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December 1996
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The revival that healed a nation’s wounds

The serious situation in Ulster today is comparable with the tragic days of the early 1920s. Politicians are at their wits' end and God's people are praying for another revival. In the 1920s Ulster was dispirited by serious unemployment and mass emigration. A reign of terror brought fear and a sense of hopelessness. Politicians…

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November 1996
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Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) – a child of light

Picture a six-year-old boy with tears running down his cheeks, not because of the usual upsets of childhood, but because he is recalling his sins. If you could read his mind, you would see flashes of joy shoot into it, not because of the passing delights of a child, but because he has been…

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October 1995
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Herman Witsius – Man of Covenant

There has always been two ways of viewing God in relation to man. He is seen by some as the God of order, ruling his universe with standard which reflect his eternal nature and which are revealed through the Scripture and which are demanded of man. What man cannot do to keep God's covenant…

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September 1995
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The beauties of Ralf Erskine

Wlan of Aberdeen published Ralf Erskine's writings under the above title, he was not thinking of the appearance of the man he admired but of the spiritual gems revealed in his fine sermons and poetry. Gentle James Hervey gave most of his books away but he kept Erskine's Gospel sonnets on his writing desk…

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September 1995
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A timely quote…

'As God can send a newborn or people no greater blessing than to give them faithful, sincere and upright ministers, so the greatest curse that God can possibly send upon a people in this world is to give them over to blind, unregenerate, camel, lukewarm and unskillful guides. And yet, in all, ages we…

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