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November 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus Christ:begotten or created?

One of the issues which continually surfaces when dealing with the cults is that of the deity of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. They attempt to deny his deity by twisting Scripture, reading it out of context. removing or inserting words and phrases, attributing new or inaccurate meanings to words, or by retranslating the Bible.…

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November 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Child Protection and The Church

The issue of ‘child protection’ may seem too remote for Evangelical churches to worry about. After all, an ill-treated child comes to our attention so seldom that we would be overreacting to give the subject any priority. But is that really the case? What would you do? What would you do, for example, if…

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November 1999
Articles > World Mission > Mexico

Real Missionary Work

What Evangelicals commonly call ‘missionary work’ (admittedly, a very broad field) involves much that does not meet the biblical criteria for missions. Let me tell you some things which have happened on the mission field and which, in my estimation, are an abomination in the eyes of God. Ice cream Several years ago, a…

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November 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Have you been baptised in the Holy Spirit?

Last month we asked what the New Testament means by the phrase 'baptised in the Holy Spirit'. We saw that six out of seven uses of this expression refer to the inauguration of the new covenant age on the day on Pentecost. We also saw that while believers experienced the ministry of the the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Visiting in Kenya

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November 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Visiting in Kenya

— an Englishman’s impressions   Keith, pastor of the Nairobi church, was working on the theory that the more I saw and did the better. So on Wednesdays we went pastoral visiting from about 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. We met five families altogether. One man had been suffering from depression and this had…

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Historical

November 1999
Articles > Historical

Too Much of a Good Thing?

More are hurt more by lawful things than unlawful, just as more are killed by fat than poison. Violent sin frightens us, but how many die through excess in using legal things without limitation? Rest is lawful, work is lawful, eating and drinking are lawful, but many destroy their health with too much. Family…

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Historical

November 1999
Articles > Historical

The Conversion of Hugh Bourne

One of the most powerful spiritual awakenings in our nation took place in the early decades of the last century. As with many such works of God, a spiritual leader was raised up as a chosen instrument. Hugh Bourne was the son of a drunkard farmer, whose wife was religious but unenlightened. He was…

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Historical

November 1999
Articles > Historical

Fathers of the Early Church – Part 4 – Two issues for today

Previous articles in this series: Fathers of the Early Church - Part 1 - Why should we take notice? Fathers of the Early Church - Part 2 - The letter of Diognetus Fathers of the Early Church - Part 3 - Eusebius   4. Two issues for today by Jonathan Bayes So far in…

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Historical

November 1999
Articles > Historical

The Fall and Rise of Wang Ming Dao

The year was 1949 and the first unified central government for forty years was in power in China. Christian believers were fearful. At the Peking (Beijing) Christian Tabernacle, the congregation prepared itself for Communist rule. Wang Ming Dao, the pastor, continued to hold tenaciously to Scripture. The Christian, he affirmed, should obey the authorities…

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November 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Directions for Church Life

In 1 Thessalonians 5: 15-23 we have a list of imperatives to apply to the church today. Follow that which is good. There is much temptation and moral evil around us, and believers are vulnerable to them. Do not be caught up in vengeance, hatred and cynicism, but do good to all men. Honour…

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November 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Sola Scriptura — a necessity today

Martin Luther, reflecting on his momentous calling, wrote 'All I have done is to put forth, preach and write the Word of God, and apart from this I have done nothing'. In our own days of widespread apostasy, ignorance and superstition, I cannot help but feel that Christians need to look back to the…

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News

November 1999
News > International > Australia

Letter from Australia

I write this letter in the comfort and security of my study. We have just returned from three weeks holiday at a small seaside village called Lennox Head. It was just Val and I and the dog. There was no telephone in the house where we were staying and I didn’t turn on my…

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Spirituality: John Owen on the Holy Spirit and the mortification of sin

Historical

November 1999
Articles > Historical

Spirituality: John Owen on the Holy Spirit and the mortification of sin

In the providence of God, the last few decades have witnessed a massive resurgence of interest in the Puritans. Central in this resurgence have been the works of John Owen (1616-1683) who was described by some in his own day as the ‘Calvin of England’. J. I. Packer says that he was ‘England’s foremost…

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November 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

A Woman with a Plan

She thoughtfully lays out the dress and shoes she will wear. Next she chooses just the right shades of makeup, mascara and lipstick. After, she fixes her hair just so, with meticulous care she fixes her face, lashes and lips. When she finally puts on her dress and shoes she is something to behold!…

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Missionary Spotlight – Suffering in the Sudan

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November 1999
Sudan

Missionary Spotlight – Suffering in the Sudan

The Sudanese [Ethiopia] will raise their hands in prayer to God’ (Psalm 68:31). This is the ‘battle cry’ that many Sudanese Christians have adopted. This young church has seen much suffering since independence came to Sudan in 1956, along with civil war as the Arab north began to dominate the African south. The few…

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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering the Word in Kenya

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November 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Ministering the Word in Kenya

I became a believer in 1971, but did not grow much in the knowledge of the Scriptures during the first years of my Christian life. It was not until 1975 that I came into contact with the doctrines of grace. I became a member of a Reformed Baptist church in Nairobi when it started…

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Missionary Spotlight – The Biblical Seminary of Colombia

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November 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight – The Biblical Seminary of Colombia

Perched on the side of a mountain, the Biblical Seminary of Colombia is afforded a magnificent view of the city of Medellín. The population of the city and its environs has reached three million people. At some 4000 feet above sea level, and quite near the equator, the climate is a balmy springtime all…

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Guest Column

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November 1999
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Influential words from wise men     Over the years certain sayings have helped to clarify my thinking and have had a formative influence in my life. One such saying comes from Daniel Rowland (1711-90) who said that throughout his life he had been seeking to learn four lessons: ‘to repent, without despairing; to…

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November 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Ten Reasons why God made the Stars

Have you ever stood outside on a clear night and gazed at the sky — and wondered? Indeed, there is all the more to wonder at, now that man has begun to explore the depths of the universe. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second and the nearest star (other than the sun) is…

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