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All Articles from May 2009

Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia

Bolivia presents great openness for Christian work. Churches are growing and there is much progress to celebrate. But the situation presents challenges. Bolivian churches range from big city-centre Charismatic fellowships, attended mainly by the middle classes, to small outlying shanty town or country village fellowships, with poorly trained leaderships. Challenges abound in determining correct…

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Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

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May 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

Grace in the Sermon on the Mount Guest Column I faced a huge problem almost as soon as I became a Christian. I joined a church and was baptised. My thirst for the Word of God was great, and my enthusiasm for knowledge compelled me to read the Bible. So far so good. I began as most…

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Witness at work

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May 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Witness at work

Witness at work One gets the impression sometimes that Christian believers consider work to be a necessary evil rather than a blessing from God. This is both bad theology and bad psychology. Remember that work was given to man in his perfect state - before the Fall and not after (Genesis 2:15).  Work is an…

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He ascended into heaven …

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May 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

He ascended into heaven …

He ascended into heaven ... The day known as 'Ascension Day' by Christians who follow a church calendar, falls on 21 May 2009. It commemorates Christ's glorious ascension into heaven, forty days after his victorious resurrection on the first 'Easter Sunday'.  Luke provides the fullest description of this particular milestone in the work of the…

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Does creation really matter?

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May 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Does creation really matter?

Does creation really matter? That the Bible is the Creator's direct revelation of himself is seen as irrelevant by most people in our 'enlightened' twenty-first century. So how can Christians help restore confidence in the Scriptures within society at large and among churchgoers? We live in a 'feelings-led' culture, where few believe in absolutes and most…

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Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up

On the edge – 3800 metres up   Bolivia, in the heart of South America, is a land of contrasts: geographically, with its mountains, valleys and tropical jungles; ethnically, with Aymaras, Quechuas, Creollos and others; politically, with a left-wing government popular in the western Andes and a right-wing opposition pushing for autonomy in the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty

Bolivia’s poverty   As long as sin, corruption and injustice are in the world, there will always be a mission field, and the church will be called to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples for Christ from every nation.   Bolivia is a country where there is much injustice and inequality –…

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Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims

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May 2009
Islam

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims   Every Christian needs to consider himself or herself a missionary. Our mission is to make Christ known to those who do not know him, whether they live thousands of miles away or just next door.   The migration of Muslim-background people to the West has resulted in…

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Article

May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Bolivia

Republic of Bolivia   Area: 424,162 square miles.   Neighbours: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.   Environment: Land-locked, with the Andes mountains (Nevado Sajama 6,542 m) and plateaus in the west, and Amazon and Plate river systems in the east. The climate varies accordingly, from cold semi-arid to tropical.   Population: Over 9…

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May 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – A life of worship

A life of worship We debate over forms of public worship but nothing can bring our services to life unless we ourselves worship in Spirit and in truth. And that requires not just attendance at public worship but lives of worship. Abraham (or Abram) can help us here. The chief symbol of Old Testament worship was…

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The 1857 Day of Humiliation

Historical

May 2009
Articles > Historical

The 1857 Day of Humiliation

  The 1857 Day of Humiliation — Spurgeon’s sermons   The 1857 Day of Humiliation   When a crisis hits a nation there are a number of things its monarch or government can do. One is to call for a day of prayer to seek the Lord. Of course, any British politician making such…

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The pastor’s praying

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May 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The pastor’s praying

The pastor's praying The main purpose of Paul's first letter to Timothy is stated in chapter 3, verse 15, namely, that pastor, elders, deacons and the flock may all know how to behave in the 'household of God, which is the assembly of the living God, a pillar, and fortress of the truth'. This 'behaviour' includes…

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Willing to suffer for Christ

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May 2009
General

Willing to suffer for Christ

Willing to suffer for Christ   In this series examining the great subject of mission, we have so far looked at four principles: (1) mission begins with the God who has chosen to save sinners; (2) conscious faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation; (3) we seek to reach nations and not just…

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