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December 1997
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Cross bearing

The Lord Jesus took up his cross, knowing that at the end of the road he would be nailed to it and there die. The cross he carried was God-given, for on it he would die in the place of his people. Christ told all who would follow him that they must be cross…

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December 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

It pleased God

'But when it pleased God to reveal his Son in me...' (Galatians 1:15) - this was in God's appointed time, and according to God's predestinating will. When Paul starts off this brief account of his conversion by saying, 'But when it pleased God', etc. then he is throwing us back to the previous few…

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Historical

December 1997
Articles > Historical

The conversion of John Cennick

John Cennick is one of the lesser-known figures of the eighteenth-century Awakening. He was born on 12 December 1718, at Reading. His parents were attached to the Anglican Church. His mother instructed him in the faith and ensured he was regular at church. He says she 'would not suffer me to play on the…

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December 1997
Articles > Evangelistic

The message of Christmas – Light in our darkness

'This is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil' (John 3:19) Nothing is more welcome than to see a light in the darkness. Darkness brings confinement to the elderly, fear to children, danger to travellers, frustration to those who have…

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December 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ the first-fruits

First-fruits of birth Jesus Christ fulfilled the law of Moses throughout his life. He said, 'Think not that I am come to destroy the law ... but to fulfill [it]' (Matthew 5:17). Under Mosaic law the Israelite worshipper was to give God the first-fruits of his fields: 'And now, behold, I have brought the…

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December 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

The power of example

'Train up a child in the way he should go.'Instructions, advice and commands will profit little unless they are backed up by the pattern of your own life. Your children will never believe you are in earnest and really wish them to obey you so long as your actions contradict your counsel. To give…

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December 1997
Scientific (including creation)

Alternative medicine

The popular appeal of alternative medicine is increasing. This article suggests a Christian approach to its evaluation. What is alternative medicine? Alternative medicine can he defined as therapeutic practice not included within the medical school curriculum. Alternative medicine therefore lies outside the scope of the basic medical sciences (including anatomy, physiology and biochemistry) and…

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December 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

Name of Jesus, highest Name!

Three hundred years ago, on 25 November 1697, in the town of Mörs in Prussia, merchant Heinrich Tersteegen rejoiced at the news that his wife had given birth to a son, Gerhard. His parents hoped to give him the education necessary to become a minister of the Reformed Church in Germany, but they were…

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December 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

Redemption

Writing to the Corinthian church, Paul declares that 'Christ is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption' (1 Corinthians 1: 30). In the first of a series of articles by different contributors, we consider what it means that Christ is made 'redemption' to those who trust in him. In Ephesians 1:7,…

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