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August 2004
Armenia

Missionary Spotlight-Artur Marandyan’s testimony

I was born on 1 November 1975, in Kirovogam (now Fanatsor) in Armenia. I was brought up in a good family, being the oldest of three children. My parents were nominal Christians. One day in 1988 my parents took us children away with them on a business trip. But we never returned to Kirovogam,…

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Revival in Essex

Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

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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Preaching Christ

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August 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament'Then  Paul... reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ"' (Acts 17:2-3).Preachers seldom have difficulty preaching from the Old Testament - but preaching Christ…

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The cutting edge

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August 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge

What does inerrancy mean? It means that the Bible is wholly true. Paul Feinberg has written, 'Inerrancy means that when all facts are known, the Scriptures in their original autographs and properly interpreted will be shown to be wholly true in everything they teach, whether that teaching has to do with doctrine, history, science,…

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Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

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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Evangelical – Roman Catholic relationships

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August 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Evangelical – Roman Catholic relationships

Last month I described in a simplified way some of the historical and theological background to Roman Catholic-Evangelical relationships (and the attitudes that accompanied them) from 1950 to the present time.Readers should now be in a better position to appreciate Leonardo De Chirico's valuable book, Evangelical theological perspectives on post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. In…

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August 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Cultivating Christian character (2)

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control ‘ (Galatians 5:22-23) As we seek to persuade people of the truth and efficacy of the gospel we need to bear some things in mind. Firstly, it is only the power of the Holy Spirit that can…

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What is revival?

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August 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

What is revival?

In evaluating revivals we must reason from valid theology. And if we are to be Evangelicals and not mystics, our authority must be Scripture, not just experience.The fundamental theological question must be: 'What is a biblical revival?' Acts 2 provides the normative answer. Revival is a surge of life from the Holy Spirit, bringing…

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August 2004
Armenia

Missionary Spotlight-Reaching the Ezids

It is estimated that there are 500,000 Ezids in the world today. Ezids are an ethnic group related to the Kurds, who live in Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. About 50,000 live in the Ararat valley of Armenia, where Hope to People missionaries from the Ukraine have been working for over a year.…

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Guest Column

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August 2004
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Guest Column

How often do you give time to meditate on the character of Jesus Christ? Have you recently considered the humility of Jesus Christ?The Gospels show that Christ's entire life was one of humility. We see the humble - and humiliating - surroundings in which he is born. With Mary heavily pregnant, she and Joseph…

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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

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

Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

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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No grapes, no nuts

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August 2004
Evangelistic

No grapes, no nuts

Christian Science (officially, the Church of Christ, Scientist) is a rather 'quiet' organisation that rarely hits the headlines. It is of interest, however, because of its apparent claim to link science and Christianity. But like the American breakfast cereal 'Grape Nuts', which contains neither grapes nor nuts, Christian Science it is neither Christian nor…

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Conversion

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August 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Conversion

Conversion is the change of life that accompanies regeneration. In the New Testament the word conversion indicates 'turning back', 'returning' or 'changing director' (cf. John 21:20).The New Testament uses the word 'conversion' to denote a decisive, God-ward reorientation: 'you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait…

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August 2004
Articles > Comment

Comment

Last month we considered the example set by Paul and his fellow missionaries when they evangelised Thessalonica. We saw that they, in turn, were following the example of Christ who, 'being in the form of God ... humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death' that he might redeem us to God…

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Missionary Spotlight-Compassion in Cambodia

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August 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight-Compassion in Cambodia

The ministry of Christ was characterised by compassion for the whole person. It was against the backdrop of ministering to physical needs (Matthew 9:36-38) that Jesus told his disciples to pray for workers for the spiritual harvest. It is difficult to maintain the balance between ministering to physical and spiritual needs while keeping the…

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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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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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John Eliot: Puritan Missionary to the Indians

Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

John Eliot: Puritan Missionary to the Indians

The Puritans were deeply committed to missionary endeavour. All the well-known Puritan and Covenanting ministers subscribed to a petition presented to parliament in 1641 'for the propagating of the gospel in America and the West Indies'. The best example of this spirit was to be found in New England. The Massachusetts Bay Company's Charter…

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Missionary Spotlight-Papua New Guinea

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August 2004
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight-Papua New Guinea

The Christian worker made his way round PNG villages that had called for his help and advice. These villages had heard and responded to the gospel during the last 50 years. Like the church at Thessalonica, their parents and grandparents had ‘turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God’ (1…

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