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Missionary Spotlight

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May 2005
Norway

Missionary Spotlight

An opened door Today, in the prisons of Norway, there are men and women who, like many in Christ’s day, see no hope or future for themselves. But we praise God for the revolutionary changing power of the gospel.   High security prison   When the building of a new high security prison on the outskirts of Skien was proposed in the early 1990s, we realised it could become a useful focus for evangelisation and Bible study courses. We made this a matter of prayer. So let me tell you how God opened the ‘door’ of opportunity. The prisons in Norway are state-controlled and are...

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Trusting the Bible

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May 2005
Scientific (including creation)

Trusting the Bible

Creationists accept a straight forward reading of the Genesis account of creation, but many Christians worry that this is no longer intellectually credible. However, the evidence from Mt St Helens shows that any such worries are not founded in science.The earth may appear to be very old, but the articles in this supplement show…

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‘Ages’ obtained for the lava dome of Mt St Helens

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May 2005
Scientific (including creation)

‘Ages’ obtained for the lava dome of Mt St Helens

Many creationists believe the earth was created by almighty God some thousands of years ago. Evolutionists, on the other hand, maintain that the earth is about 4.6 billion years old. How can there be such a vast discrepancy between these dates? Many Christians find this a real problem for they think that the evolutionary scientists cannot possibly be wrong. Surely, the evolutionists’ dating methods cannot be that inaccurate? But they can. The ‘ages’ obtained by radiometric dating for the rocks from the third lava dome on Mount St Helens — unquestionably formed since the May 1980 eruption — demonstrate the serious unreliability of radiometric dating....

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Missionary Spotlight

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May 2005
Norway

Missionary Spotlight

A most unusual postman by Nat Rodgers We had stopped on our travels in the west of Norway to have some refreshments at a restaurant in the heart of Telemark, at a place called Morgedal — famous in Norway as being the place where modern skiing was invented. Outside the restaurant, we noticed a young postman sitting at a bench taking his morning break. What was so unusual was that he was also reading his Bible. In over 20 years here in Norway, this is the first time we have experienced such a thing! We introduced ourselves and discovered that Kjartan was preparing himself for...

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May 2005
Norway

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Kingdom of Norway   Area: 125,016 square miles.   Neighbours: Finland, Russia and Sweden.   Environment: Much of Norway consists of rugged mountains (Galdhopiggen 2,469 metres) broken by fertile valleys. Norway has one of the longest, most rugged coastlines in the world, deeply indented by fjords, with 50,000 islands. One third of Norway lies north of the Arctic Circle.   Population: 4.6 million.   Life expectancy: 79 years.   Literacy: 100%.   Principal cities: Oslo (capital), Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger   Urbanisation: 79%.   Economy: The Norwegian economy is prosperous and rich in natural resources, including petroleum, hydroelectric power (99%), fish, forests and minerals (nickel,...

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May 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment

PentecostIn focusing on the powerful preaching of Christ crucified, risen and ascended, Acts 2 defines a true outpouring of the Spirit of God. Genuine revival results in widespread repentance and faith, springing from the spiritual regeneration of large numbers of ungodly people, who have hitherto known only what it is to be fallen in…

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A force for good

Historical

May 2005
Articles > Historical

A force for good

John Newton persuaded William Wilberforce to stay an MP - thank God!by Peter BarnesImagine that a gifted young man, able to think on his feet and speak for three or four hours if need be, were to profess faith in Christ and ask for advice as to what he should do with his life.…

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Mount St Helens

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May 2005
Scientific (including creation)

Mount St Helens

Testimony to creationby Lloyd and Doris AndersonTwenty-five years ago, on 18 May 1980, Mount St Helens in south-west Washington State, USA, erupted with the force of 20,000 atom bombs. The eruption plunged two-thirds of a cubic mile of mountain into the valley below, destroyed 234 square miles of forest, and launched a mud flow…

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True worship

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May 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

True worship

The duty of worship He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for him and find him, though…

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He ascended into heaven

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May 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

He ascended into heaven

How important is the doctrine of the ascension? Most Christians would not rank it with doctrines like the death and resurrection of Christ, which are 'of first importance'. But is this the right way to think about this doctrine?The Scottish missionary Andrew Murray thought not. He said the ascension was ‘the most wonderful, the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Norway

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May 2005
Norway

Missionary Spotlight – Norway

Norway is a beautiful country. Mountains and fjords adorn its thousands of miles of coastline, which curves round to meet Russia in the extreme north-east. Large areas of Norway lie within the Artic Circle where, during two of the summer months, the sun never sets. There is corresponding darkness in mid-winter. The summer months allow for farming and fishing, both important sources of income. Norwegians are easygoing and peace-loving. Their country is modern and communications good, even in winter. People live well in snug wooden houses, enjoying every modern convenience. But as in other western countries, materialism dominates their outlook.   Christianity   Christianity first...

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Thomas Kelly

Historical

May 2005
Articles > Historical

Thomas Kelly

Very few Christians can trace their spiritual awakening to the reading of a Hebrew concordance of the Old Testament! But that is exactly what happened to Thomas Kelly as a twenty-two-year-old Irish law student.When he first came across the concordance (recently revised by William Romaine from an earlier edition) he was fascinated. More importantly,…

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Life in the blast zone

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May 2005
Scientific (including creation)

Life in the blast zone

- rapid recolonisation around the Mount St Helens volcanoby Philip BellWithin a year of the May 1980 eruption, foresters began a seven-year project to replant 18.4 million trees over an area of 45,000 acres. Today, a complex and healthy forest is the fruit of their labours. Considering the incredible devastation wrought by the volcano,…

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The geological legacy of Mt St Helens

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May 2005
Scientific (including creation)

The geological legacy of Mt St Helens

The 1980 eruption of Mt St Helens in Washington, north-west USA, was not the worst in recorded history. The 1902 eruption of Mont PelĂ©e on the West Indian island of Martinique annihilated the 30,000 inhabitants of the capital city St Pierre within a few minutes.The 1815 eruption of Tambora on the Indonesian island of…

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May 2005
Obituaries

Robert Procter (1918-2005)

Robert Proctor died on 28 January 2005 and his funeral was held at Kirkheaton Cemetery on Thursday 3 February, followed by a service of thanksgiving at Mirfield Evangelical Church. Pastor Graham Heaps (Dewsbury) took both services, with various family members (three of his four children) assisting. Robert’s son Philip gave a moving word of…

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Guest Column

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May 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The New Commandmentby Philip GristPerusing John's Gospel and the letters he wrote, I am not surprised that this man was known as 'the Apostle of love'. Unlike Peter, he didn't need to be asked 'Do you love me?'He loved the Saviour dearly and was always close to Jesus. Even at the cross, when the…

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