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The unjust judge

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June 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

The unjust judge

Last month we saw how discouragement is one of Satan's major weapons. Depressed and discouraged Christians pose little threat to his kingdom and bring no glory to God. Jesus told the parable of the 'unjust judge' to help us resist the temptation to 'lose heart' (Luke 18:1-8).The Greek word translated 'lose heart' (AV 'faint')…

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Fifty years

Historical

June 2002
Articles > Historical

Fifty years

Theworld has changed greatly in the past 50 years. When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, space travel was still a dream and computers were just mechanical calculators. TV was in its infancy and it was the Coronation itself that launched TV as a popular communication and entertainment medium.AttitudesBut…

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Missionary Spotlight-Les Echos de la V’rit’: 10 years on

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June 2002
General

Missionary Spotlight-Les Echos de la V’rit’: 10 years on

January 2002 saw the 10th year of publication of Les Échos de la Vérité, the miniature French-speaking brotherof Evangelical Times! Les Échos is an 8-page newspaper, published quarterly by Éditions Europresse, an organisation that is part of Evangelical Press’ missionary work to the French-speaking world, chiefly Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Coupled with this newspaper, Europresse is involved in broadcasting Christian radio programmes to French-speaking countries via radio stations like FEBA, Family Radio and ELWA. New opportunity In 1990, ELWA’s transmitter in Monrovia, Liberia, was destroyed in the civil war. Suddenly, we found ourselves without an airwaves voice in vast areas of Western Africa....

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Marks of a Christian

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June 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Marks of a Christian

Suppose that you need to sit two examinations to obtain a professional qualification. They carry equal marks. The second paper assumes and applies the knowledge of the first. You sit the first paper and feel you have done well. Can you afford to stay in bed on the day of the second paper? Surely,…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

June 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

Tommy LeeGood soldier of Jesus Christby Faith Cook'We have done enough to make an end of him' cried a voice, as stones, clods of earth and other missiles rained down on the young Methodist preacher. This was Thomas Lee's first experience of that mindless brutality so often meted out to itinerant preachers in the…

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O sing unto the Lord-the hymns of Philip Doddridge (4)

Historical

June 2002
Articles > Historical

O sing unto the Lord-the hymns of Philip Doddridge (4)

Of all Doddridge's hymns, O God of Bethel is probably the best known. It was one of his earliest hymns, being written in 1731. The original manuscript still exists, and is headed 'Jacob's vow', the theme being derived from the patriarch's first encounter with God. The version of the hymn most commonly sung is…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

June 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Samuel Pearce (1766-1799) Part 3In this short series on the spirituality of Samuel Pearce (1766-1799) we have been reflecting on his passion for the salvation of his fellow human beings.Given his ardour for the advance of the gospel, it is only to be expected that Pearce would be vitally involved in the formation, in…

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Article

June 2002
South Africa

John Blanchard in SA

John Blanchard has recently returned to the UK from a remarkably fruitful tour of speaking engagements in South Africa. Organized by the Alpha and Omega Trust in conjunction with Christian Book Discounters, the tour took him to several towns in the Johannesburg and Pretoria area, to the south coast town of George and to the Western Cape, where he carried out many engagements from a central base in Cape Town. All of his engagements focused on Christian apologetics. As well as speaking in churches of at least seven different denominations, from Dutch Reformed to Baptist, he addressed audiences at the country’s four largest universities —...

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Heaven

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June 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

A building from God (2 Corinthians 5:1-11) by Gordon J. Keddie One of the most searching challenges in the Bible is undoubtedly Solomon's charge to young people in Ecclesiastes 12. He first says: 'Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you…

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Missionary Spotlight-Lusaka

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June 2002
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight-Lusaka

We are thankful to the Lord for his upholding grace. It has been an extraordinarily hot, humid month, and at times we have felt drained. But I am very encouraged by the tremendous work undertaken by our church elders at Lusaka Baptist Church, Zambia. We now have four elders and it is my joy to work alongside them. They are devoted to the great doctrines of God’s free and sovereign grace, and are men of grace and maturity who love the souls of the Lord’s people and are leaders in evangelism. The deacons also are highly committed brethren who shoulder many responsibilities in the church....

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June 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-William Branham (Part 1)

The name of the late William Branham may have no significance at all for you or your church. If so, I am delighted. But why should I now tell you about Branham? There are three reasons for doing so. One reason is that Branham's disciples are contacting increasing numbers of evangelical pastors and churches.…

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Missionary Spotlight-Encouragement in Ukraine

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June 2002
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight-Encouragement in Ukraine

Ukraine today is a privileged country. For more than ten years we have been free to proclaim the Word of God without being persecuted. During the 70 years during which it was illegal to worship God publicly, Christians used to meet secretly for Bible study by the light of candles. To be caught in possession of a Bible, hymnbook or Christian literature could mean being sent to Siberia for years. Today there is political and religious freedom in Ukraine, but Evangelicals are viewed as a sect. The main population is Orthodox. Unbelievers find it hard to accept that people can glorify the name of God...

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Missionary Spotlight-Benin

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June 2002
Benin

Missionary Spotlight-Benin

Europresse (the French branch of Evangelical Press) held its annual preachers’ course conference in Benin, West Africa, in February 2002. Students from both Benin and Togo attended. Pastor Robert Strivens from England and I were welcomed at the airport by Eric and Paulin, leaders of the Grace Church in Cotonou, Benin. Our hotel was quite run-down. Still, we were in Africa, and the smiling faces of the brethren made up for the lack of comfort! Conference A brother from Cotonou put his car at our disposal and we travelled about 100 miles north to Bohicon, where the conference was held in the compound of the...

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Guest Column-A needy pastor

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June 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column-A needy pastor

May I share with you something I have felt particularly keenly while serving the Lord as pastor of Lusaka Baptist Church?The friends here in Lusaka have made me feel the great responsibility of shepherding the flock of God. Perhaps it has been their responsiveness to the Word of God and their sensitivity to the…

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Early British Christianity

Historical

June 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity

Patrick and ColumbaAfter six years of slavery in Ireland Patrick, now 22, had a dream. He heard a voice telling him to return to Britain and informing him that a ship was ready. So he ran away. He walked for 200 miles to a port, probably on the south coast of Ireland, where he…

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