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All Articles from January 2009

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Bringing families to Christ

Bringing families to Christ   In addition to daily social and educational work, Christian Compassion Ministries also holds several Bible-based evangelistic camps each year. The camps are tailored to specific groups, such as those on the Educational Assistance Programme (EAP) or those living on the street.   EAP camps   Last April, the ninth…

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Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student

Article

January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student

Meet a student   Cyrell Corong is 17 and in her second year of college, studying information technology. CCM has sponsored her for the past six years.        Cyrell says: ‘I have three sisters and two brothers. My father is a construction worker and was not earning enough for all of us to…

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Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines

Article

January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines

Compassion for the Philippines   http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM) is a Bible-based ministry of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC). The mission was founded in 1995 as the church became aware of four or five street families living under makeshift roofs and the appalling poverty of local street children.      CRBC was given a…

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Remember the days of old

Article

January 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Remember the days of old

Remember the days of old Paul Bassett rehearses the story of Melbourne Hall  Evangelical Free Church, Leicester (1878-2008) The philosopher Hegel stated that 'history teaches us that history teaches us nothing'. If that is true of secular history, it certainly isn't true of God's history - the story of his church. In fact God commands us:…

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The valiant Vaudois

Historical

January 2009
Articles > Historical

The valiant Vaudois

The valiant Vaudois Many people think that the only 'Christian' churches in existence before the sixteenth century Reformation were the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches - but they are mistaken. Actually, down through the centuries isolated groups have clung to the major doctrines and teachings of God's Word which were revived by such reformers as…

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A mission policy for a local church

Article

January 2009
General

A mission policy for a local church

A mission policy for a local church   In last September’s ET we saw that ‘God is a missionary God’. This is the first and fundamental idea we must grasp if we want to establish biblical principles of mission and ensure that our practice as churches has clear purpose and direction.   We saw…

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Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila

Article

January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila

Visit in Manila   Sarah Platt visited Manila in December 2007 to work alongside CCM for four weeks.   Q: What were your first impressions of the Philippines?   A: Manila is completely different from other countries I have visited. I went in the coolest time of the year, but nothing could have prepared…

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Article

January 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Revival

How we love to hear of souls being saved and lives turned around by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Up and down the land, in our churches and communities we preach to this end — that sinners will be converted and built up in ‘the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ’.   Jesus said…

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Guest Column – Our enemy & our armour

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January 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Our enemy & our armour

Our enemy & our armour Guest Column The Christian life is spiritual warfare. To engage in the fight effectively, believers must equip themselves with supernatural protection - what Paul calls 'the whole armour of God' (Ephesians 6:11). We need divine armour because we face a formidable foe. Paul calls him 'the devil' which means, 'slanderer'. He constantly…

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Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘

Article

January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘

A day in the life ‘   Jenny is a CCM social worker and is responsible for about 70 children from CCM’s Educational Assistance Programme. This helps to provide uniforms, shoes, books and an allowance for children from the slums so they can go to school.      During a typical day, Jenny will visit…

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Saying hello to everyone

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January 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Saying hello to everyone

Saying hello to everyone At a dinner I attended recently, someone mentioned a study on the effect of simply greeting people by saying 'Hello'. I need to work at being more outgoing, so today I decided to purposely greet everyone I came in contact with.      At a store I saw a feeble, elderly man shuffling…

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Historical

January 2009
Articles > Historical

John Newton

John Newton   Marylynn Rouse of the John Newton Project has compiled these thoughts from John Newton on following Christ in 2009   Preaching on Isaiah 40:4, John Newton said: ‘[Our Lord] came to preach the gospel to the poor, to fill the hungry with good things, to save the chief of sinners, to…

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The local church – heaven on earth?

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January 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The local church – heaven on earth?

The local church - heaven on earth? How was your last Sunday? How is your local church? Perhaps you have mixed feelings about it. In a sense that is natural and inevitable - our churches are full of sinful, weak, inconsistent people just like us and are far from perfect. But there is, I think, a…

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Edifying the church of God

Article

January 2009
Americas

Edifying the church of God

Edifying the church of God   The FIEL conferences for pastors and leaders (in Brazil, Portugal and Mozambique) represent the culmination of our mission objectives. FIEL’s ministry consists of serving God by serving the church, in co-operation with the church, for the edification of the church. We seek to reach this goal, by God’s…

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Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Historical

January 2009
Articles > Historical

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)   The bicentenary of Horatius Bonar's birth has slipped by with little notice being given to a great man of God. We might ask 'Why?' Probably because he made it clear that he did not want anyone to write about his life.   It is not surprising, therefore, that relatively little…

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Article

January 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – Which way the Free Church of Scotland?

Which way the Free Church of Scotland? In a recent candid statement the Free Church of Scotland (FC) promoted the commemoration of St Andrew's day in Scotland - a commemoration held along with 'leaders and representatives of Scotland's churches'.  The stated purpose was to 'encourage our church communities and all people in Scotland to celebrate…

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