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November 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

What’s wrong with shadows?

Recently I noticed a picture on the wall of my dentist’s surgery, a glorious view of the sun setting over a lakeside where the water was perfectly still. I leaned forward to read what I hoped was a text, but was disappointed. The caption said: ‘If you always face the sun you will never…

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Historical

November 2000
Articles > Historical

The forgotten revival

One of the most amazing works of God ever to take place in Cornwall was at Mousehole, the scene of the Penlee lifeboat disaster in December 1981. Mousehole today is a godless and materialistic community, but the exceptionally large Methodist chapel gives a hint of the mighty acts of God in the past. The…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka

Kept by the power of God The civil war continues here in Sri Lanka. Amidst fighting between Tamil Tigers and government forces we are being kept by the power of God. Indiscriminate searches and arrests are the order of the day, along with exploding land mines, claymore mines, grenades (yesterday, two were killed in…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The mystery of sovereignty

God is utterly sovereign in all things, yet we human beings remain responsible for our actions. This is one of the most difficult, yet also one of the most crucial, teachings of the Bible. We cannot easily see how both these things can be true at the same time, but the Scripture certainly teaches…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Evangelicalism divided

We tend to assume that an Evangelical will remain constant in his beliefs, but history teaches us otherwise. We need to know not just what a man has believed in the past, but what he now thinks and believes. Cardinals Manning and Newman, and William Wilberforce’s son, Robert, all started out as Evangelicals, but…

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Historical

November 2000
Articles > Historical

The life of God in the soul of Man

Reminiscing on Henry Scougal’s work The life of God in the soul of man, George Whitefield noted, ‘I never knew what true religion was till God sent me this excellent treatise’. That such a spiritual giant as Whitefield should speak so highly of Scougal’s work should surely compel believers today to seek out and…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Western Africa > Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – The ‘Christian’ scene in S. E. Nigeria

‘The New Jerusalem Hairdresser’s’, ‘The Heavenly Bakeries’, ‘The Mount Zion Hotel’ — everywhere you see evidence of a past influence of Christianity. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ or ‘I’m covered by the blood’ is often painted on the front of lorries, while on the back is painted some Muslim slogan! It seems that whatever…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Philippines

Exciting discovery During a recent visit to the Philippines I was invited to speak to a group from the ‘Worldwide Church of God’ (WCG) in Cubao, Quezon City. It was one of the most exciting and moving meetings I have ever attended. The group call themselves the Cubao Berean Fellowship, because their one desire…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Lessons from a broken tree

All night the wind howled. The heavy wooden beams of our log house groaned in protest. In the morning I wandered around our property surveying the damage. Broken branches littered the ground. To the north, the gale had felled a wood-pecker-riddled tree. To the south the wind had snapped off the top half of…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Missionary Spotlight – Theological Education in France

Owing to the separation of church and state in France, there are no departments of theology in French universities, apart from the University of Strasbourg. This is a blessing, as it means that all the churches have had to maintain their own educational structures outside the state educational system. Yet it can be a…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Broken bridges

As a young boy growing up in the Roman Catholic Church, I will always remember the clear and emphatic claim of my teachers and contemporaries that ‘salvation is only through the Catholic Church’. Again, ‘there is only one true Catholic and Apostolic Church, and anyone who leaves the Church will be lost forever’. These…

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November 2000
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Universal Pentecostal Church (4)

Two years ago a respected pastor in the UPC died. His name was Pastor C. K. Lazarus. Years earlier, as a young man, he informed his UPC leaders that he had decided ‘to do the ministry remaining unmarried’ (The Voice of Pentecost, February 2000, p.6). He received a positive response: ‘The gospel workers of…

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November 2000
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Take-over bid

It has always been a danger. The Old Testament prophets were aware of it. The New Testament apostles consciously resisted it. The pulpit stands for the authoritative Word of God, its public reading and preaching. The pew, through long usage, has become a symbol for the hearing and reception of that word. And the…

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Historical

November 2000
Articles > Historical

Krishna Pal

It was Lord's Day, 28 December 1800. At the end of that memorable day William Carey's associate, William Ward, wrote in his Journal: 'Blessed Day!' Well could he write that because on that day, the first caste-Hindu convert had publicly professed his Saviour in believers' baptism. It was a great triumph for the gospel.…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Meditating on God

In our hectic and exacting lifestyle today, an oft-neglected privilege and duty is that of prayerful meditation on the Lord and his Word. A fruitful time of meditation, reading the Word and seeking the Lord, is needful for a healthy spiritual life. Christian meditation is a holy exercise of the mind, by which we…

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Historical

November 2000
Articles > Historical

Open-air preaching

A camp meeting [preacher] or open-air preacher should go straightforward, and should strike home at every blow. Set sermons, prepared for chapel pulpits, are of little use. The open-air preacher should have his mind upon Luke 24:16-17: ‘Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Love the Word

The Word of God should be central in the lives of God’s believing people. We need it for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:15-17). It gives us delight and joy, and an expectation of extraordinary glory, as the Holy Spirit reveals to us the wonders of God’s grace in the…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Oceania > Melanesia > Fiji

Missionary Spotlight – Fiji update

During the last two months the homes of ethnic Indians in Fiji have been stoned, looted and burned by thugs. Families have had to flee into the bush at night for their own safety. There is little law and order here. All this could lead to a civil war if things are not settled…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes – Suffering persecution

The eighth Beatitude is somewhat different from the others. It is also in sharp contrast to many people’s view of what would be normal Christian experience. They might think this would put people off: ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…’ (Matthew 5:10). A while ago I read a report in a…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Believer beware!

‘The days are evil’, wrote the Apostle, and it appears that they still are. We can hardly find words to describe the depths to which we have sunk in our own day. There was just as much evil in former days, but our generation is guilty of new depths because of the attitude of…

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November 2000
Articles > Guest column

Self-service or God’s service?

I have recently been studying the Book of Haggai for a course I teach on prophecy. The message of Haggai begins by stating a problem: the Hebrews have returned from exile in Babylon in order to build the temple in Jerusalem. But the people are saying that ‘the time has not yet come’ (1:2).…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ and his church

A bride from eternity We often speak of the glorious themes of Scripture, which recur and develop through the Old Testament and on into the New, as 'threads' in the fabric of the written Word of God. There is the scarlet thread of Christ's atoning sacrifice and the types and prophecies that point to…

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