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June 2017
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‘These 50 years’ (3)

A sermon preached at the thanksgiving service on the 50th anniversary of Evangelical Times (Hayes Town Chapel, 4 February 2017): ‘The righteous shall see it and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord’ (Psalm 107:42-43). Someone might say, ‘If God governs everything, then there is no place for prayer’. But the opposite is true. Prayer is an expression of confidence in God, and nothing inspires prayer more than faith in God. When Daniel was in Babylon he read the promises in Jeremiah 25 that the Jews were...

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May 2017
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‘These 50 years’ (2)

Continued from ‘These 50 years’ (1) A sermon preached at the thanksgiving service on the 50th anniversary of Evangelical Times (Hayes Town Chapel, 4 February 2017): ‘The righteous shall see it and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord’ (Psalm 107:42-43). An understanding of theprovidence of God proves his love.Life in this world displays to us the love of God. Creation carries the message ‘the Lord is good to all’ (Psa.145:9); ‘he makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good’. The goodness of God...

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May 2017
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‘The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad’ (Psalm 126:3).

The Iron Curtain came down during 1989-1990. Returning then from Romania, as shots were still being fired, killing mourners at burials, we had come through Hungary and were on our way home via Czechoslovakia. A few of the Czech believers insisted I visit the Old Town Square in Praha, the capital. In all my years, I had never seen it, although I got to know the inside of many a believer’s home there and preached in a good number of churches, one of them just around the corner. On that occasion, walking quite openly, a BBC reporter approached us with her interpreter to ask what...

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April 2017
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Plague summer

There are some dates in British history that everyone remembers: 1966, when England won the football world cup; 1066, the Battle of Hastings; and 1666, the Great Fire of London. Many people probably know what happened in 1665 also, the year before the Great Fire. That was when the Great Plague occurred in London and other parts of the land, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths. Fewer people realise that outbreaks of plague were, in fact, endemic in early modern England and throughout Europe. The second most serious epidemic of the killer disease in England broke out in early summer 1625, and ultimately around 40,000...

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April 2017
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‘These 50 years’ (1)

A sermon preached at the thanksgiving service on the 50th anniversary of Evangelical Times (Hayes Town Chapel, 4 February 2017): ‘The righteous shall see it and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord’ (Psalm 107:42-43). This text helps us consider history from the divine standpoint, to see events as the fulfilment of God’s purposes. It considers the past, not so much in terms of human actions and achievements, but as disclosing the providential government and character of God. ‘Whoso is wise and will observe these things [the...

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March 2017
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The Surprising story of David Michell (part1)

In 1957 David Michell was appointed ‘House Chairman’ at London Bible College a position something like Head Boy at a school. To all appearances just a stable and mature Christian, able to take on this position of trust. However, what most of his peers did not know was the surprising story of what had happened to this young man in his earlier life, or the extraordinary way that his future would subsequently unfold. David Michell was born in China in 1933. His parents were missionaries working with the China Inland Mission, now known as the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, missionary work in China having been stopped...

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March 2017
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50 years of Evangelical Times

The material below summarizes the information in the Powerpoint presentation that was given at the Thanksgiving. A recording of the whole service is available here. The very first issue of Evangelical Times was sent out in February 1967:   This first issue had been the result of a huge amount of preparatory work and research. Peter Masters: ‘We had addresses, pastors, membership and attendance details for over 5000 churches, chapels and missions…’ Prior to the production of the first issue a flyer had been sent to many churches and individuals encouraging support for this project as an outworking of biblical principles. This is the original...

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