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July 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preach the Gospel

Nothing is more distinctive in the Great Commission than what Christ actually sent his apostles to do in the world. They were to 'preach the gospel'. The various relevant statements in the four New Testament Gospels and in Acts differ in language and emphasis, but they complement each other to provide what in modern…

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Historical

July 1997
Articles > Historical

Revival Snapshots – 1859 in Ulster

The year 1859 stands out as a most memorable year in the history of revivals, not least in Ulster. It has been called 'The year of grace', when God rent the heavens and came down. Some 100,000 souls were brought to repentance and faith and added to Christ's church in Ulster in the course…

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July 1997
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Always the same faces – what a privilege!

There is perhaps more discouragement and depression among preachers of the gospel than in many other professions. They carry the burdens of many in their congregations and frequently have no one to turn to for help and encouragement when they themselves become discouraged. They faithfully pray, prepare and preach only to find that week…

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Historical

July 1997
Articles > Historical

Of whom the world was not worthy – Mrs Bartlett

Mingling among the vast throng of worshippers converging on the Surrey Gardens Music Hall to hear the youthful Spurgeon was a middle-aged woman, petite and neatly dressed in black. Lines of suffering marked her face but the high cheekbones and resolute mouth added a look of courage and determination. Lavinia Bartlett was a regular…

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July 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

True Repentance

When scientists tell you something that involves cells that you cannot see with the naked eye, unless you have sufficient scientific knowledge and a microscope powerful enough you cannot verify their claims. The same is true in spiritual matters. 'Except a man is born again, He cannot see [understand] the kingdom of God' (John…

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July 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

What have we done wrong?

John and Mary were twenty-five years old when they were married. That was twenty-five years ago and they have just celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with their two children, twenty-three-year-old Jack, and Martha who is twenty-one. In many respects the celebrations were a happy occasion with relatives and close friends from their church coming…

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July 1997
China

Missionary Spotlight – China

Features Third largest land-mass in the world: 3.5 million sq. miles. Highest population in the world: 1.2 billion. 67 million belong to ethnic minorities in border areas like Tibet and Inner Mongolia. Bounded by Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, North Korea, Russia. Very high plateaux and mountains, as well as desert. Frequent…

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July 1997
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Calf Path

One day through the primeval wood A calf walked home, as good calves should, But made a trail all bent askew, A crooked path - as all calves do.   Since then 300 years have fled, And I infer, the calf is dead. But still he left behind his trail - And thereby hangs…

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July 1997
Hong Kong

Missionary Spotlight – Hong Kong

Features An area of 413 sq. miles, parts of which are attached to mainland China, namely New Territories and Kowloon, a mountainous peninsula. The most important area in the territory is Hong Kong Island. This is the largest of 230 islands and has one of the world’s finest natural harbours. The waters of its…

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July 1997
United Kingdom

Street preacher or prison visitor?

It happened to Peter, Paul and Silas. It would also have happened to our Lord himself had the Pharisees had their way. What happened? They preached publicly in the open air, incurred the displeasure of the authorities and spent time in prison as a result. It is not new to preach in the open…

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July 1997
China

Hong Kong – an uncertain future

Hong Kong is a city of paradox and contradictions. This becomes clear the moment you touch down at busy Kai Tak airport. Hong Kong in Cantonese means ‘fragrant harbour’ but even as you reach for your luggage in the overhead rack some very different odours from the filthy harbour permeate the cabin! Hong Kong…

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