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October 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Have you been baptised in the Holy Spirit?

Much of the Christian church in the last half of the twentieth century has stressed the matter of the 'baptism in the Holy Spirit'. Some of the fastest-growing churches worldwide put great stress on the necessity of being baptised in the Spirit. This 'baptism' is often described as something that occurs after conversion and…

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October 1999
Articles > World Mission > Americas > South America > Colombia

Missionary Spotlight – Will we ever see them again?

Nancy, Tania and Patti watched in horror through their tears, as the heavily armed guerrillas led their husbands away into the jungle. ‘Will we ever see them again?’ they asked. They are still asking that question seven years later. Dave and Nancy Mankins, and Rick and Patti Tenenoff were instructing a group of believers…

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October 1999
Articles > Evangelistic

Whose Child Are You?

The promise of a new start It might seem inappropriate to ask, but it is not meant to be rude or politically incorrect. When I ask, ‘Whose child are you?’ I am raising the issue of where we belong in a spiritual sense. Recent years have witnessed a general reawakening to human ‘spirituality’; to…

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October 1999
Articles > World Mission > Americas > South America > Colombia

Missionary Spotlight – The Jaws of Hell

Before the World Soccer Cup in June 1994, the Colombian team captain was interviewed. ‘Our objective when we go down to the field for a match is to give our people a moment of happiness’, he said. The fleeting exhilaration of such a moment was obliterated. Only two weeks into the Cup, a stunned…

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October 1999
Articles > Guest column

Children and Discipline

There are few things more lovely than disciplined children who know genuine happiness. There is a feeling abroad that discipline spells gloom and is inconsistent with love. Some Christian parents, who believe the Bible on the Incarnation, the cross, the resurrection and the Second Coming, seem to find it difficult to believe the Bible…

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October 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why did this happen to me?

Frank could not remember a worse day in his whole life. At work he had been called in by his boss to be told that the company would have to lay off a third of their staff. That included Frank. He was out of a job, and everyone knows that at fifty it is…

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Historical

October 1999
Articles > Historical

Fathers of the Early Church – Part 3 – Eusebius

Fathers of the Early Church - Part 1 - Why should we take notice? Fathers of the Early Church - Part 2 - The letter of Diognetus Eusebius was one of those men who had the ability to write a phenomenal amount. He is best known as the first person to write a history…

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Historical

October 1999
Articles > Historical

Fire and Water – Wang Ming Dao at war

Mao Tse Tung, Chinese political leader, had been employed as a young man in the library of Peking University. There he met with the students and dreamed with them of a New China, free from imperialism, poverty and the past. Mao sat with students at the feet of the university's librarian, a professor of…

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October 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forgiving and Forgetting

While preaching on forgiving and forgetting, C. H. Spurgeon commented, 'No one burying a mad dog leaves the tail sticking out!' When we forgive, we bury the beast of bitterness. But too often we mark the grave so we can return to brood. Jenny explained, ‘I can forgive her, but I can’t forget’. She…

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October 1999
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults- The United Church of God

The Readers Digest is a monthly magazine with articles of varying quality covering a wide range of subjects and interests.The magazine has a large circulation in Britain and North America, helped by vigorous advertising. Over recent months a new advert has appeared in this magazine on behalf of the United Church of God. The…

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Historical

October 1999
Articles > Historical

Giovanni Diodati : 1576 – 1649

For lovers of God’s Word and ways, there are names littered throughout church history which stir feelings of profound gratitude. These names are centuries old, many of them dating from the Reformation. They are the names of men and women to whom we owe an enormous debt. In many cases they laid down their…

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October 1999
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Growing Old

Most will have noticed that there are now a lot more old people in our congregations. But have we realised just how much the age profile of society is changing? In the last hundred years the average life expectancy in Britain has risen from fifty to eighty years. Fifty years ago, 60% of the…

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October 1999
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight- Colombia: Churches and Context

Roman Catholicism came to this part of South America during the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest. Evangelical Protestantism only began to make noticeable inroads after the 1840s. Calvinistic and Presbyterian missionary influences were quite prominent in those small beginnings, with input from both the United States and Britain. Church growth Since the 1950s significant growth has…

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Historical

October 1999
Articles > Historical

Puritan Missions in Ireland

They were the glory of John Owen's millennial dawn. With Thomas Goodwin, and countless unnamed Puritans, Owen believed that the sudden sparkling of independent churches in Ireland bore testimony to the goodness of God in the last and darkest ages of history. God was building his new temple in the midst of his enemies,…

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Historical

October 1999
Articles > Historical

Evangelical Spirituality Nourished in Prayer

Classical Evangelical spirituality holds that every aspect of the believer's spiritual life comes from the work of the Holy Spirit. This persuasion is ultimately rooted in Scripture. Historically speaking, however, the conviction has come down to Evangelicals via the continental Reformers of the sixteenth century, and from John Calvin (1506-1564) in particular. Calvin had…

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October 1999
Articles > World Mission > Colombia

Colombia fact file

Area: 441,000 square miles. Neighbouring countries: Colombia straddles the top of South America, with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador as its near neighbours. The Isthmus of Panama connects into Colombia’s north-west, so that Colombia has separate Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. Environment: A wide variety of terrain and climate, ranging from tropical, coastal lowlands in…

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