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February 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka – ‘Pearl’ or ‘tear drop’ of the Indian Ocean?

Aboriginal Vedda inhabiting the island were conquered by Sinhalese, who came from north India during the 500’s B.C. In the third century B.C. the island became a major centre of Buddhism. Tamils arrived from south India from 100 B.C. onwards. Conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils resulted in Tamils controlling the northern half of the…

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February 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ our righteousness

'Christ Jesus, who became for us ... righteousness' (1 Corinthians 1:30) A real Christian, says the Bible, is one who has been declared righteous, or 'justified' in the sight of God, through faith in Christ alone. That Christ has 'become our righteousness' means exactly what it says, namely that his perfect righteousness has been…

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February 1998
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Unity and peace at what price?

'But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him' (John 4:23) How much truth are you willing to give up for the sake of unity and peace? While such a question seems ridiculous, yet it…

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February 1998
Articles > Historical

Thomas Bilney – the forgotten Reformer

Just before his death in the flames, Hugh Latimer encouraged his fellow martyr Nicholas Ridley with these justly famous words: ‘Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as I trust shall never be put out.’ Latimer was indeed…

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February 1998
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Carried by the Swift

Christians, of all people, should be interested in history. The Bible, after all, is to a marked degree the history book par excellence. It is the record of God's mighty actions in creation and redemption. The twenty centuries that have followed since its completion have been the ongoing record of God's dealing with his…

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February 1998
Articles > Historical

Billy Graham – on faith and the future of Christianity

​Following the publication of Billy Graham's autobiography, American 'televangelist' Robert Schuller interviewed Dr Graham on his 'Hour of Power' television show in May 1997. We reproduce below extracts from a verbatim transcript of that interview, in which Billy Graham answers questions on the subjects of faith and his message for today. We have made…

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February 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka – Features

Physical: An island 25,328 square miles in area, 50 miles south-east of India. Hilly in the south. Adam’s Peak, standing 2243 metres high, is sacred to Buddhists. Population: 18 million. Sinhalese – 74%; Tamils 17%; Moors – 7% (partly descended from Arab seafarers); others – 2%. Population density – 622 persons per square mile.…

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February 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Lord, where do I go from here?

Is that sometimes the cry of your heart? That's not surprising. David prayed: 'Show me the way I should go' (Psalm 143:8). Christians probably pray more for guidance than for anything else. We sincerely want to know God's will, and yet sometimes it seems hard, even confusing. Perhaps one of our problems is inconsistency.…

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February 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

Monsoon for a tired pastor

In 1977 I was in Sri Lanka, visiting a Bible college and three Reformed Baptist churches. They worked me hard! I spoke forty-four times in fifteen days, including seven lectures a day for four days at the Bible college, where my task was to teach the prison epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon) to…

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February 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

The gentleness of Christ

In 2 Corinthians 10:1, Paul speaks of his attitude towards his readers. 'Now I, Paul, am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ,' he declares. The apostle has been reasoning with them and exhorting them, particularly in connection with gifts they had promised over a year ago for the needy churches…

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