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All Articles from September 2006

Exciting progress in PNG

Article

September 2006
Papua New Guinea

Exciting progress in PNG

Missionaries Bob and George Walker and Jack Housley hiked in to visit the Bisorio people of Papua New Guinea, 24 years to the day they first presented the gospel to them in 1982. Today New Tribes Mission no longer has missionaries working among the Bisorios. The work was completed in 2000. The Bisorios express…

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Passive obedience

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September 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Passive obedience

'To obey is better than sacrifice' (1 Samuel 15:22) While struggling to learn New Testament Greek, I was taught to distinguish between the 'active' and 'passive' voices. My tutor's explanatory illustration has stayed with me - Active voice: think, 'Jesus healed the leper'. Passive voice: think, 'The leper was healed by Jesus'.At the very centre…

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A lifetime ministry – W. B. Forsyth at 100

Historical

September 2006
Articles > Historical

A lifetime ministry – W. B. Forsyth at 100

It is 1932 in north-east ­Brazil. A young missionary is facing a hostile crowd summoned by the Roman Catholic priest to stop him preaching. The priest calls out ‘What bishop ordained the preacher?’ The firm reply comes back, ‘The Lord Jesus Christ who said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” ……

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Should Christians gamble?

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September 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Should Christians gamble?

Some time ago the front page of one of Singapore’s tabloids reported that a dishwasher lady had gambled away $92,000 of her family’s money (from the sale of a flat) by playing the jackpot and had resorted to begging from strangers to feed herself.   According to an Inland Revenue source, jackpot machines here…

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The paths of righteousness

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September 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The paths of righteousness

'He leads me in the paths of   righteousness' (Psalm 23:3)The Lord our shepherd leads his sheep into all righteousness. From the moment of our new birth as children of God and at each key juncture of our pilgrimage through this world - at the dawn of each new day and at every single step…

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Article

September 2006
Lebanon

MERF and Lebanon

In 1971 Lebanon was a prosperous, democratic multicultural haven in the Arab world — a centre for business, education and tourism. But sadly, the 50,000 Lebanese Protestants identified in an early 1950s census had dwindled to barely 3000 regular churchgoers. Three young believers in Beirut, of various nationalities, met regularly for prayer, Bible study…

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Scientology

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September 2006
Cults and other religions

Scientology

'The fastest growing religious movement on earth' - that is what Scientology claims for itself. It is a staggering claim and there is no firm evidence to substantiate it. However, the official web-site reports that Scientology has 'more than 3,200 churches, missions and groups in 154 countries'.In Great Britain they claim a membership of…

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Article

September 2006
Articles > Comment

Comment God speaks; do we listen?

Evangelicals can never remind themselves enough of the centrality - not just importance - of Scripture. The Bible is the only book in which God has spoken (Hebrews 1:1-2). In no other place are the 'unsearchable riches' of Jesus Christ displayed and salvation found. The Scriptures are God's self-revelation in a verbal form. They…

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Evangelicals in Lebanon

Article

September 2006
Lebanon

Evangelicals in Lebanon

There are an estimated 20,000 Protestants in Lebanon. These comprise Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Church of God, Nazarene, Brethren and Charismatics. The Presbyterian and Congregational churches are similar, and form 75% of the Protestant community. The Presbyterian Synod covers Lebanon and Syria (there are several thousand Presbyterians in Syria also). The evangelical missions that established…

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The struggle for Lebanon

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September 2006
Lebanon

The struggle for Lebanon

This month’s missionary spotlight demonstrates that in the past Lebanon has played a unique role in Christian mission in the Middle East – surely a point not lost on Satan either. In this article we chart the conflicts that have raged over the last 60 years as Islamic forces have struggled to take control…

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At the eleventh hour -John Cowper

Historical

September 2006
Articles > Historical

At the eleventh hour -John Cowper

My mother! When I learnt that you were dead,Say, were you conscious of the tears I shed?In these words the poet and hymn writer William Cowper recalled his grief over the death of his mother in 1737. The loss left deep scars on the sensitive six-year-old, for Ann Cowper, only thirty-four when she died,…

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Hezbollah

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September 2006
Lebanon

Hezbollah

Hezbollah (Hizbullah, Arabic for ‘party of God’) is an Islamic political party and militia group ­functioning within Lebanon. It was founded during the Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990. In June 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon and sided with one of the country’s ‘Christian’ factions against the many other, mostly Muslim, factions. Other powers, including Syria…

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The water of life 2. The Spirit and the church

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September 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The water of life 2. The Spirit and the church

Last month I argued that there can be no real evangelism without the Holy Spirit. Now I want to show that without the Holy Spirit there can be no true church.  The concern that underlies these articles is that many Reformed churches are neglecting the Holy Spirit. We have right views on his person…

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The church – divine and human

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September 2006
General

The church – divine and human

When it comes to ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) it is ­important to make one thing clear from the very start – according to the Bible the church is both a divine and human organism. This is why Holy Scripture presents the church as a body, having a head and members. The divine…

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Article

September 2006
Lebanon

Lebanon profile

Lebanon is located north of Israel at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and shares a border with Syria. It is a beautiful land of plains and mountains, with about 3.8 million inhabitants, nearly all Arab. Lebanon was once wealthy — an economic centre of the Middle East — but decades of war…

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