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April 2016
Articles > World Mission

The need for strategic missionary budgeting

Church leaders need to study. Preachers need access to quality literature, if their ministries are to be biblically sound. Those who teach churches must have an effective grasp of the truth, if they are going to nurture their flocks to spiritual maturity. However, for many pastors in the younger churches of the developing world,…

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COMMENT: The power of humility

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April 2016
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: The power of humility

Though achieving true humility takes patience and understanding of God’s Word, it is essential for being a convincing witness for Christ in today’s arrogant society. Humility isn’t thinking you’re not better than another individual. It has a much deeper root. And it is something God wants each of us to manifest in our daily…

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April 2016
Articles > Guest column

The preciousness of the local church

In March 2016’s guest column, we considered the prayer burden a number of men had for the success of the gospel, which resulted in their earnest crying to the Lord. Their desire was that the cause of Christ would prosper at home and abroad, for God’s glory.A key factor in that was the reviving,…

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April 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Saving Faith

How a sinner comes to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a mystery of grace. How someone who has opposed the gospel for years, suddenly is humbled by that same message is beyond explanation. How a lifetime of indifference to biblical truths is changed into serious devotion to those truths is baffling. There…

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March 2016
Articles > Guest column

‘I will yet for this be inquired of’ (Ezekiel 36:37).

Britain was involved in a number of conflicts around the world that divided opinion at home. There was widespread concern over the extraction of confessions and information by torture. Europe was pursuing huge trade agreements with China, at unprecedented levels. London was the focus of government attempts to improve security, due to varied threats.…

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Historical

March 2016
Articles > Historical

A golden chain of providences

For 80 long years, Courtenay Harris has carried the secret burden of a family tragedy which has shaped his entire life. It is a story he has found hard to share and yet one that magnifies the wonder of God’s providences in his life. The story begins in late June 1934. A broken-hearted young…

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March 2016
Articles > World Mission

Women missionaries (2)

Elinor Magowan, women’s pastoral worker at UFM Worldwide, asks Esme Zarate to explain what life is like for a woman missionary and her family in Peru. Elinor: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Esme: My name is Esme Zarate. I am married to Edward, who is Peruvian, and we have two children,…

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March 2016
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The tribunal

John Fairbrother, a retired primary school teacher who taught in inner Birmingham during the 1970s-90s, recalls a ‘run-in’ with the political correctness of his day. A new head teacher was appointed to the school. She was an advisor to the city education committee on multi-faith and multi-culturism, and picked up the fact that, when…

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March 2016
Articles > Comment

Pray for a real and lasting revival

We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but…

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Historical

March 2016
Articles > Historical

King Edward VI

Edward VI, Henry VIII’s only son, was crowned king at the age of 9, but died at the age of 15. He was a gifted young man and convinced evangelical, who, despite his short life, has impacted our national life down to modern times. On 27 January 1547, Henry VIII knew he was near…

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Historical

March 2016
Articles > Historical

Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (1)

Robust evangelical belief, whether Calvinist or Arminian, fell into rapid decay during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It has been customary to fix the largest part of the blame for this on Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and his speculations. Although Darwin’s writings were a significant contributory factor, in reality, decline set in years before his…

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March 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘You must be born again!’ (2)

Continued from You must be born again (1) Few people would grudge admitting they are less than perfect, that they make mistakes now and again, and could use help to do better next time. But say ‘sinner’ and mention ‘born again’, and their mood darkens. Nicodemus needed to be persuaded that he must be…

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