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All articles & reviews tagged with providence

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April 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

What about fleeces?

In earlier articles we have seen that God guides his children primarily by his Word. There may be times when he leads us in mysterious ways, but we are always to seek guidance from Scripture. It is likely that some will point to situations in their own lives when they have sought guidance by…

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March 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Taking the wrong turning

Some Christians are obsessed with knowing whether they are ‘in the will of God’. What do they mean? Usually they have in mind a plan for their lives that God drew up in eternity, and which they are now duty-bound to discover and follow, rather like a road map to a specific destination. In…

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February 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Lord, where do I go from here?

Is that sometimes the cry of your heart? That's not surprising. David prayed: 'Show me the way I should go' (Psalm 143:8). Christians probably pray more for guidance than for anything else. We sincerely want to know God's will, and yet sometimes it seems hard, even confusing. Perhaps one of our problems is inconsistency.…

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December 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

It pleased God

'But when it pleased God to reveal his Son in me...' (Galatians 1:15) - this was in God's appointed time, and according to God's predestinating will. When Paul starts off this brief account of his conversion by saying, 'But when it pleased God', etc. then he is throwing us back to the previous few…

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May 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

Cross purposes

One of the ways in which older writers sometimes illustrate the presence of cross purposes in our lives is from the workings of a clock, or a watch. ‘Cross purposes’ are those providences which seem to run contrary to us, and for which we can see no apparent meaning at the time. If we…

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November 1995
General

Whatever my lot

 Just after the Arab-Israeli war in 1967, I spent ten weeks in Jerusalem. One afternoon I was invited to have tea with Mrs. Bertha Spafford Vester, who had lived there all of her ninety one years. A fascinating woman, she was the fifth daughter of Horatio Spafford, who wrote, ‘It is well with my…

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October 1995
Reviews > Book

A book that changed me

My life seemed like a jigsaw puzzle of many pieces. It was not until I read John Flavel's The mystery of Providence (Banner of Truth) that I realized there was a divine purpose holding every part together, and providing the plan. I was a schoolmaster for many years, eventually becoming the head of a…

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