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Concerning Cults

Article

September 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Reflections (5)Last month I emphasised that our gospel outreach witness should include sharing the gospel with members of various cults. Too often, we have ignored or neglected these people for a variety of reasons. But they really need the gospel.Occasionally I hear former cult members complain that no one had shared the gospel with…

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Article

September 2001
Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight -Open doors in Mozambique

What makes serving the Lord in Mozambique so exciting is knowing that the gospel is reaching many areas for the very first time. The church is in her first generation, and work done now could have a lasting impact for generations to come. What an opportunity! Past and present Throughout the 470 years of…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

September 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Benjamin Beddome Part 1 Part 2    Benjamin Beddome Part 3 In the third and final instalment of our study of Benjamin Beddome, we want to look at his hymnody. At the time of Beddome’s death in 1795, almost his only publication was his Scriptural Exposition. In the years that followed, however, a good…

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A delightful inheritance

Article

September 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

A delightful inheritance

My father went to be with the Lord in 1995. He was an example of Christian love and service both to the church and his family. A few years previously he had informed me, his only child, where certain legal documents were kept.When he could see the end approaching, he called us to his…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

September 2001
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

1.   Marion VeitchMarion Fairlie, from Lanark in Scotland, was an attractive girl. As she grew to womanhood she was surrounded by many would-be suitors. But only one thing mattered to her - she must marry a man who shared her faith.These were troubled days for the Scottish church. With the Restoration of Charles II…

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Review

September 2001
Reviews > Book

A book that changed me: Martin Luther – selections from his writings

This odd little book still occupies an honoured position on my bookshelves after over thirty years. ‘Little’ refers to its 4 by 7 inch format. It is not short, being almost 1.5 inches thick! I was an unsaved young man when I first encountered this volume in a bookshop. In my search for something…

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Children, fathers, youths

Article

September 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Children, fathers, youths

3.   Characteristics of spiritual youthIn previous articles we considered the passage in 1 John 2:12-14 where the apostle addresses his readers as children, fathers, and young men. I suggested that John was not writing to three different groups within the church but to the whole church as having the characteristics of children (new life…

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Euthanasia – – the real issues

Article

September 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Euthanasia – – the real issues

Much of the current debate about euthanasia takes place on a largely philosophical level. As we weigh the arguments, discussing all the pros and cons in the abstract, we can easily miss the real issues. What are they?PeopleThe debate is about people, not abstractions. It is very easy to be taken up with the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Mozambique’s legacy

Article

September 2001
Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight – Mozambique’s legacy

In the 1300s, Arab slave traders colonised the north of Mozambique and people groups like the Yao, Makonde, Makwe and coastal Makuas were converted to a ‘folk’ Islam. Two centuries later this Arab Islamic influence gave way to Portuguese, Roman Catholic, domination. This continued for 500 years, until Portuguese colonialism was replaced by the…

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Missionary Spotlight – From Brazil with love

Article

September 2001
Brazil

Missionary Spotlight – From Brazil with love

Portuguese is still spoken widely in Portugal’s former colonies such as Brazil and Mozambique. With this in mind, the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) undertook — around the time Mozambique gained independence in 1975 — to produce a major revision of the Scriptures in Portuguese.   Updated edition   The task of providing Portuguese Scriptures…

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A heart of gratitude to God

Article

September 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

A heart of gratitude to God

In the Old Testament the Hebrews were constantly reminded of God. As a result, the concept and language of thanksgiving should have been prevalent in their lives. But, like us, they were often forgetful of the goodness of God.For example, ingratitude reared its ugly head when, after the exodus, Israel grumbled repeatedly about the…

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Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, 2001 Synod

News

September 2001
News

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, 2001 Synod

The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland is gaining increasing attention in the British evangelical scene. Unlike other Reformed and Presbyterian bodies, however, it is relatively unknown outside its own territory. The current state of the church was well illustrated at its recent annual Synod, held in June in Belfast. Delegates met in an atmosphere…

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Visit to Haiti

Article

September 2001
Haiti

Visit to Haiti

The travel ‘advisory’ on Haiti from the US State Department is enough to put fear into any tourist: ‘Haiti continues to experience civil and political unrest. Protests and demonstrations, which can turn violent at any time, occur periodically throughout the country… There are no ‘safe areas’ in Haiti. Crime, already a problem, is growing’.…

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The Lord’s Prayer

Article

September 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s Prayer

5.   ForgivenessEven the slightest acquaintance with life, and with our own hearts, confirms the fact of sin. The Bible teaches that man is fallen. He is a sinner. He sins against other men. But above all, he is a sinner in the sight of God. David sinned in his immorality with the wife of…

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Animal rights

Article

September 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Animal rights

A UK drug-testing company at the centre of an intimidation campaign by animal rights activists has been given banking facilities by the Government at the Bank of England.It is understood that Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), which carries out cancer and other medical research, will be given a bank account in an unusual move by…

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Guest Column

Article

September 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Worship todayThe most important thing about worship is that it should be oriented to God and not to man, though the wonderful thing is that, as we glorify God, he blesses us and deeply satisfies our souls.Reformed churches subscribe to the ‘Regulative Principle’, which means that what we do in worship must be authorised…

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