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All articles & reviews tagged with children

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September 1999
Articles > Guest column

Children in Church

So often we seem to be at two extremes in our approach to children in church. On the one hand the church service is conducted as a kind of mini children’s circus. The whole event appears to be centred on them. The singings are suitably chosen and the preacher demonstrates that if he hadn’t…

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February 1999
Articles > Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – The Republic of Philippines

Bing-bing Bing-bing was a girl of nine years. Neither she nor her younger brother, G-Boy, had ever been to school. They would visit the doors of the small rooms in the shanty community where she lived, offering to throw away the occupants’ rubbish for them. There are no dustbins, and the rubbish needs to…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Philippines

Compassion in the Philippines

Cindy sat in the church service, weeping. She is only ten years old and life, it seems, has been very hard on her. Her father and mother were separated when she was only about six or seven, and she then lived with her father and younger brother in the streets. Her father made a…

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September 1998
Articles > Guest column

How not to raise children

There are a multitude of ways of going wrong in the Christian life, but Eli’s way is particularly sad. Eli was an Old Testament priest who seems to have known God and bowed to his will. When Samuel informed him of God’s judgement upon his household, Eli responded with both grace and realism: ‘It…

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December 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

The power of example

'Train up a child in the way he should go.'Instructions, advice and commands will profit little unless they are backed up by the pattern of your own life. Your children will never believe you are in earnest and really wish them to obey you so long as your actions contradict your counsel. To give…

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July 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

What have we done wrong?

John and Mary were twenty-five years old when they were married. That was twenty-five years ago and they have just celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with their two children, twenty-three-year-old Jack, and Martha who is twenty-one. In many respects the celebrations were a happy occasion with relatives and close friends from their church coming…

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May 1997
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Teaching children

Communicating the gospel to our young people In many evangelical churches there is a disproportionate amount of energy given to children's work. Why is this? Some say that the age at which people are converted has fallen and we must work where God is working. More probably it is because it is now easier…

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