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All Articles from February 2013

We’re on the winning side!

Article

February 2013
Articles > Comment

We’re on the winning side!

We’re on the winning side! In Genesis 12, Abram was told that a great nation would descend from him and that the world would be blessed through him. Those promises have been fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.     All believers are grafted into the spiritual Israel (Romans 11:16-18). We’re part of God’s family…

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It’s contagious!

News

February 2013
News > Youth Features

It’s contagious!

It’s contagious! In 2000, three experienced Christian youth workers — Ian Fry, Trevor Pearce and Pete Woodcock — arranged a week-long conference for young people aged 14 to 19. The aim was to give young people and leaders an opportunity to give significant time to study God’s Word, to discuss it, hear it preached…

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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

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February 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2) The title implies that our churches are not as spiritually healthy as they should be. Among other things, church leaders should seek to strengthen the prayer life of their churches. This might mean preaching a series of sermons on prayer. There are many aspects of prayer…

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God’s great faithfulness

Article

February 2013
Evangelistic

God’s great faithfulness

God’s great faithfulness ‘I don’t want to go’. That is what I said about Sunday school when I was a child. Even so, I went along regularly. I frequently find myself singing, humming or whistling one of the songs I learnt there. The words come so comfortably into my mind: ‘Jesus loves me this…

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News

February 2013
News > Youth Features

The OAM trainee scheme

The OAM trainee scheme The words of the evangelist John Hawley were never so terrifying as when he turned to me in the middle of Oxford Cornmarket, saying, ‘Are you going to preach now, Simon?’ How is it possible for a nervy, stammering 17-year-old to stand up in Oxford city centre, with hundreds of…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1)

Historical

February 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1)

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1) Just over 200 years ago, in 1812, the Primitive Methodist Connection was officially established. How did this powerful movement for revival come into being? The earlier, Methodist revival of the eighteenth century had powerfully impacted society at large. Its call to repentance, emphasis upon the necessity of the…

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‘We have a problem!’

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February 2013
Evangelistic

‘We have a problem!’

‘We have a problem!’ Hurried jottings are usually worthless. But, in December 2011, a little notebook fetched nearly £250,000 in an auction in Dallas. Jim Lovell, now aged 84, is famous enough in his own way, but that was not the reason for the exorbitant price. It was where he was when he scribbled…

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Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine

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February 2013
Ukraine

Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine

Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine Alexei Bezkorovaynyy shares his testimony as to how the Lord first saved him and now uses him in outreach to his own people My life was full of darkness and helplessness. Only God could save me from the grip of Satan. I accepted Christ in winter 2007.…

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William Carey, tongues and mission

Historical

February 2013
Articles > Historical

William Carey, tongues and mission

William Carey, tongues and mission On 28 October 1800, William Carey baptised his first Indian convert in the river at Serampore. This happy event took place seven years after Carey landed in India. Not surprisingly, Carey and his fellow missionaries were overjoyed. The convert was a high caste Brahmin Hindu, a 35-year-old man called…

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God of peace

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February 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

God of peace

God of peace ‘Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all’ (2 Thessalonians 3:16). In this verse Paul is expressing his heart’s desire for the Christians at Thessalonica. He prays that they may know peace ‘at all times’ and…

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Article

February 2013
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > China

Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) (1)

Most Christians are familiar with the story of Gladys Aylward, the diminutive London parlour maid and missionary to China, enshrined in Alan Burgess’ best-selling book The Small Woman and in the 1959 Hollywood film The inn of the sixth happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman. But there are many facets to Gladys’ story that are less…

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Article

February 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Evaluating Christian views on origins (2)

Evaluating Christian views on origins (2) There are four views on origins popular among evangelical Christians — theistic evolution, old earth creationism, the gap (or ruin-restoration) theory and young earth creationism (see January 2013 ET). We should examine how compatible each of these views is with the Bible’s storyline. Theistic evolution is increasingly popular…

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Anne Bronte

Historical

February 2013
Articles > Historical

Anne Bronte

Anne Bronte Every part of man’s mind should be made captive to the obedience of Christ. And that includes the imaginative faculty (2 Corinthians 10:5). Travel down the centuries and see John Bunyan in Bedford gaol. That crushing confinement fails to confine his mind. Escaping in spirit, he creates a world of wonder and…

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Christian usefulness

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February 2013
Articles > Guest column

Christian usefulness

Guest Column         John Rubens Christian usefulness Some years ago, a friend of mine decided to take early retirement from his secular employment and, having done so, promptly resigned as a deacon of his church. His argument was that it was now time to sit back and let others do the work in the church.…

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Jesus is coming again!

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February 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus is coming again!

Jesus is coming again! In the pages of history, there have been some remarkable days when God has visited this world. At Sinai, at the time of the giving of the law to Israel, God came with terrifying power and the people trembled (Exodus 19:16). At Bethlehem, he came in great humility to bring…

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The golden verse

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February 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The golden verse

The golden verse ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28). I call this verse golden because it is of inestimable value to believers in all the situations of life. Only eternity will reveal how…

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Historical

February 2013
Articles > Historical

Athanasius and suffering

Athanasius and suffering Can we really understand the intense suffering our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ go through, if we have not felt it ourselves? Perhaps the best way we can try is to go back in church history and read about times of brutal persecution for the faith of Jesus Christ.   …

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