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Everything in May 1998 issue

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May 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Saved by a cup of water

A condemned captive was once brought before an Asiatic prince for execution. The executioner already had the sword of execution raised over his head, when, impressed by intolerable thirst, the prisoner asked for water. A cup was handed him. He held it, apprehensively, lest the executioner would strike while he was in the act…

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May 1998
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning cults – The International Church of Christ (2)

The scene? A crowded London underground train. The time? About 8.00 am on a weekday and only four years ago. Unexpectedly, a conversation was initiated by a pleasant, friendly, young woman. Sitting next to her, and now engaged in the conversation, was Lucy, a young biochemist on the way to her research laboratory. Within…

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May 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Israel

Twenty years of mercy

Elders of the Grace and Truth Christian congregation reflect on how God has led them. Over the years, God has blessed the church, the Body of Christ in Israel, as well as our own congregation. We are here through the merits of Jesus the Messiah, our Lord and Saviour. It is our privilege to…

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May 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seals of faith

The bread and wine are symbols of Christ’s flesh and blood. Sacramental use of these elements is a holy use of ordinary things and as such is to be conducted with the utmost reverence. Why? Because these symbols speak of Christ’s provision of redemption for his people. 1. Setting apart the elements — as…

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May 1998
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Adversity in the workplace

For most Christians of working age, the working world is familiar territory. Either full-time or part-time, they work in the offices, factories, research centres, hospitals, schools, libraries or supermarkets of what is often called the ‘secular’ world. A small number of Christians are employed in a ‘Christian’ environment — a Bible college or the…

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May 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Israel

Messianic believers threatened but encouraged

Antagonism towards Messianic groups in Israel has been increasing since the introduction of a bill in the Jewish parliament to outlaw ‘missionary material’. Opposition from ultra-orthodox Jews is thought to be the source of a number of incidents over the past few months in which Messianic believers have had their property damaged and threats…

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May 1998
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Where union is not strength

A notable incident took place during the reign of Amaziah, King of Judah. We read about it in 2 Chronicles 25:5-13. After Amaziah had established himself on the throne, he determined to fight the Edomites. He counted his men of war, but they seemed few in number. Accordingly, 'he also hired one hundred thousand…

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May 1998
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Asia > Western Asia > Israel

Israel – fifty years on

From poverty to plenty The modern State of Israel, established fifty years ago, is a remarkable phenomenon. A nation exiled for almost 2,000 years returns home under the most distressing circumstances the world has ever known. Torn and battered from the Nazi ‘holocaust’, the population has swollen from an initial 600,000 to now over…

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May 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Spiritual gifts and the Bible

Over 500 ‘ordinary Christians’ gathered in Chester on Saturday 31 January for this important conference. The opening devotions were led by Chairman Martin Grubb, who stated that the aim of the conference was to ‘encourage contentment and confidence in the Christ of Scripture’, rather than to ‘supply verbal hand-grenades to throw at our charismatic…

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May 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

A matter of death and life

Death is commonplace on television. We see it portrayed in many different ways in fiction, and we also see it in fact. Some of the more harrowing pictures have left impressions we are unlikely to forget, such as the images of Nazi concentration camps with countless emaciated corpses piled high in silent condemnation of…

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May 1998
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

So why don’t we pray?

If God has indeed 'shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God', it is only 'in the face of Jesus Christ' that this knowledge may be found (2 Corinthians 4:6). A constant stream of books and sermons encourages the church to pray. Exhortation to pray is…

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May 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Israel > Jordan > Palestine

The gospel and Arab Palestinians

The Arab Palestinian population is estimated to be about 7 million worldwide. About 1.2 million live within the internationally recognized borders of Israel. Another 2.1 million live in Gaza and the West Bank. In Jordan the Palestinians are estimated to be 1.8 million. In addition, there are many hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who,…

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Historical

May 1998
Articles > Historical

Defenders of the faith – Basil of Caesarea and the deity of the Holy Spirit

While the first book devoted to the subject of baptism was written by the North African theologian, Tertullian, at the end of the second century AD, it was not until the middle of the ninth century that a book on the Lord’s Supper appeared. Similarly, while there were a number of books on the…

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May 1998
Articles > Guest column

The label has come off the bottle

Once upon a time (during the second century, to be precise) a man called Montanus mixed a pleasant-tasting poison and put it in a large unbreakable bottle. The poison had the power to reproduce itself so, as long as a few drops remained, it didn’t matter how much of it was used. Given time,…

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