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December 2015
Evangelistic

‘God made all these things’

I wish to record my everlasting thanks to our dear and gracious Lord God for drawing me to himself and saving me, nearly 50 years ago, when I was a young mother, with four children. I didn’t even know what the words ‘born again’, and ‘being saved’ meant, as I had never heard them…

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The greatest of the great is come

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December 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The greatest of the great is come

In Nazareth, Mary was told that the child to be born to her would be a great person. He would have a great birth — the highest of all stooping to such a humble entry into the world. He would be great in his life, wholly free from selfishness, lust and greed. He would…

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Creation and evolution don’t mix!

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Creation and evolution don’t mix!

You may think there are enough problems for the Christian church without someone wanting to persuade you to believe in a literal creation, as described in the book of Genesis. But we must take seriously these issues, even if it means challenging the prevailing climate of scepticism and unbelief. You may say, ‘What does…

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December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The gift of God

Often, three questions come to mind when we open a present: Who is it from? What does it do? And finally (perhaps a little guiltily!), how much did it cost? The Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that was ever given, and I want to use those three questions and a verse of…

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December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is the Bible reliable?

There’s a very simple experiment that anyone in the Western world can perform. It starts by getting hold of a Bible printed before 1798. This is not hard. Some families have old Bibles. They can often be found in old churches, libraries, and second-hand book shops. You can also buy them on the internet.…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Delivered from addiction

As a fun-loving teenager, I would never have dreamt that I would have become an alcoholic in my twenties. But become one I did. Leaving school at 17, I started work on a Bournemouth newspaper. Alongside this, I worked in various bands as a musician. Between these two career paths, I drifted as time…

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December 2015
Articles > Comment

Oxford-trained scientist acknowledges the creator

Dominic Statham interviews biophysicist Dr Yusdi Santoso, who grew up in Bali, a province of Indonesia known for its beautiful mountains, stunning coastal regions and rich cultural heritage. Following high school, he moved to Singapore to study computer engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Yusdi then worked for a company specialising in bioinformatics, producing software…

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November 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

What is marriage?

The opening paragraphs of Chapter 24 in the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) describe the biblical parameters for marriage. ‘Gay marriage’ doesn’t feature, because homosexual desire and behaviour are both forbidden by Scripture (Romans 1:18-32). The WCF opens: ‘1. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: neither is it lawful for…

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November 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A plea for the tender lambs

It might seem a bit strange to be pleading for a gentler, more compassionate element in preaching, at a time when ‘love’, ‘grace’ and warm, fuzzy notions of ‘community’ appear to be emphasised, above all else, in many contemporary pulpits. Indeed, the doctrines of sin, judgement, and the necessity for repentance, are often excluded…

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Ten things on assurance of salvation

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November 2015
Articles > Comment

Ten things on assurance of salvation

1. Every believer should aim for full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22). 2. Assurance is not of the essence of saving faith. One may truly believe and yet lack assurance. 3. True Christians may sometimes doubt the truth of the gospel. Genuine believers may question whether they are truly saved. 4. The objective basis…

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Historical

November 2015
Articles > Historical

Catherine Parr (1512–1548)

Catherine Parr, the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII, played an important role in the lives of many key figures in the English Reformation. She was born in c.1512 into a minor aristocratic family, some three years after Henry VIII had married his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Her father died when she…

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November 2015
Articles > World Mission

The Society for Distributing Hebrew Scriptures

This year, 2015, the Society for Distributing Hebrew Scriptures celebrates its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1940 — probably the worst year possible of the last century — the Lord’s work through the Society began and continues to this day. The Second World War had begun and 1940 saw the Dunkirk evacuation, the Battle of…

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