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Historical

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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August 1995
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Three men on an island

There were once three ministers on an island, a Baptist, a Calvinistic Methodist, and an Independent. The island was the island of Anglesey, just off the coast of North Wales. The three men were Christmas Evans, John Elias and William Griffith. They were the greatest preachers of their denominations in the whole country, and…

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July 1995
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Spurgeon’s battle with hyper-Calvinism

On 19 May Iain Murray was asked to address the annual Grace baptist assembly on the subject of C.H.Spurgeon and his battle with hyper-Calvinism'. It is not that this group of 1689 Confessionalists are drifting in that direction, indeed a better grasp of experiential Calvinism would lift us all - pulpits and churches. But,…

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July 1995
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Hannah More

Covent Garden theatre was viewed by eighteenth-century evangelicals as the greatest corrupter of morals in the kingdom. Playwrights spent their lives dreaming of putting on plays there as the crown of their life's work. One popular dramatist Hannah More, though very young, succeeded in having her plays run for weeks on end at Covent…

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June 1995
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Henry Martyn: pioneer missionary

During the 1830s a great poet emerged in America who was speedily acclaimed as 'The Cowper of the West', because of his deeply experimental religious verse. His name was John Greenleaf Whittier and he, like Cowper, had the spread of the gospel at heart. Cowper's verses praised the work of the Moravians who had…

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May 1995
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David Brainerd: God’s Hiawatha

During my youth, two things fought for pre-eminence in my imagination: the call of the wild and my flights of fancy on the wings of poetry. I loved to follow in my mind's eye the adventures of Pathfinder and the Last of the Mohicans. Even more enrapturing were the true American backwoodsman tales of…

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