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An extract from Ned B. Stonehouse, J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1987) pp. 198-200. (The ordination of J. Gresham Machen took place on June 23, 1914, at Plainsboro, NJ, just outside Princeton. Although few details have been preserved of the occasion, as Stonehouse reveals, the re is a manuscript […]

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Date September 1, 2017
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Ian Hamilton discusses his first time reading John G. Paton’s Autobiography as a young Christian, and the ‘seismic impact’ it had on his Christian walk.

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Date August 29, 2017
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A Trip to Prague I had never been to Prague and had the scantiest knowledge of the Czech Republic, but one day I was reading a newspaper and in the Travel section saw a cheap three day excursion offered to Prague. I thought about it and booked a flight and an hotel there. The Czech […]

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Date August 28, 2017
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John Hurrion was born in Suffolk, circa 1675, in a period when those who had stood apart from the Church of England after the Act of Uniformity of 1662 were undergoing persecution. Almost the only knowledge we have of his youth is this statement: ‘In his younger years, he was brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.’1 […]

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Date August 25, 2017
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Today (Monday 21st August), the remains of Erroll Hulse, a dear friend and elder statesman in the Reformed faith, will be interred in Cuckfield, England. My mind is, therefore, very much in that part of the world as the sun comes up here in the heart of Africa. I wish I could be there to […]

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Date August 21, 2017
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One sometimes meets Christians who use scriptural words and thoughts with no more feeling than if they were licking stamps. They seem to belong to a religious world whose citizens live always north of the Arctic circle of emotion. Their spiritual affections are buried beneath yards of ice and snow. When they venture to talk about […]

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Date August 18, 2017
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‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.’ , Revelation 14:13 I wrote on this very important and comforting issue a few weeks ago. I wish now, however, to take it one step further. […]

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Date August 14, 2017
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The members of First Church (not the real name of the church) consistently made false accusations against one another. They would regularly throw verbal mud at one another. At times, they would even form alliances and fight against one another. Some of their claims were silly. One elder accused a teenager of rebelliously going to […]

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Date August 11, 2017
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On my bed night after night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him. , Song of Solomon 3:1 David Brainerd was born in Haddam, Connecticut in April, 1718 and regularly attended the local Congregational Church, as almost everyone did in Eighteenth century New England. However when he was […]

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Date August 8, 2017
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Europeans should not forget their most pressing moral issue: abortion. , Lord Nicholas Windsor At the close of the last century, as the reckoning was drawn up in Europe for the actions and reactions of the twentieth century, could we not have been forgiven for tending a little toward the view that we had, after […]

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Date August 7, 2017
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Some of us who are advanced in years can lay claim to  remembering life in a God-centred church and, to a certain extent, in a God-centred nation. The influence of  three centuries of the Shorter Catechism being memorized in the home, the church and the school had left its mark. The opening question: ‘What is […]

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Date August 4, 2017
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‘. . . I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.’ , 1 Corinthians 9:16 Even a cursory reading of the Acts of the Apostles clearly shows the zeal the Apostle Paul had for preaching the gospel. The man was relentless. He went far, fast, and furious with the […]

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Date August 2, 2017
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Our dear friends and supporters of our ministry in this Northern Siberian city of Nizhnivartovsk, After six years of slow and painstaking labour, because we had to do most of the work ourselves, we completed our wooden church in 2014. We came here in 1991 on the first evangelistic mission to Siberia within living memory, […]

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Date July 31, 2017
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‘. . .teaching you publicly and from house to house’ , Acts 20.20 I know what many church pundits are saying, ‘Intentional, “drive by” evangelism does not work any more. People are too secular for this kind of thing. What we need to do is to develop relationships with people by joining a local workout […]

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Date July 28, 2017
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‘I have continued to this day to give away perhaps more copies of [this] little book, than any other. It has been monumental in my personal life, in my ministry, in my preaching…’– DECHERD STEVENS Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was a master of both […]

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Date July 27, 2017
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Let me introduce a contemporary church situation in England, and go back a time (a few hundred years in fact) to give it its origin, a contrast, and a perspective. I must take you back to William Bridge who is about as anonymous a Puritan preacher as you can find. Bare facts are the following, that […]

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Date July 26, 2017
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“. . . the spirits of the righteous made perfect.” -Hebrews 12:24 Now My dear friend, if you are a Christian, one truly born again by the work of the Holy Spirit, then our gracious God has brought you from death unto life, from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son, […]

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Date July 24, 2017
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Muriel Ruth Cook, for 50 years a member of the church at Nottingham, and formerly for 6 years at Watford, passed away to her eternal rest on September 23rd, 2016, aged 96. The following is culled from her writings, left for the family, sermon/diary notes and letters. *     *     * Muriel […]

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Date July 21, 2017
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“Should it be according to thy mind?” (Job 34. 33) This is the second half of a sermon preached by John E. Hazelton at Streatley Hall, London, on August 1st. 1909. The occasion of this wonderful discourse was the death of his only son. The first section may be found here. Secondly, the proper reply […]

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Date July 19, 2017
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“Should it be according to thy mind?” (Job 34. 33) This is the first half of a sermon preached by John E. Hazelton at Streatley Hall, London, on August 1st. 1909. The occasion of this wonderful discourse was the death of his only son. The whole verse reads: “Should it be according to thy mind? […]

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Date July 17, 2017
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‘Why do you go to church twice on a Sunday? Isn’t once enough?’ In many churches the Sunday evening service is disappearing. There are two main reasons for this. First, demands from employers have increased enormously over the last 30 years. Weekends have become precious. Two Sunday services are seen as taking up too much […]

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Date July 14, 2017
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Requests for prayer; we hear them over and over again. As we read the New Testament Scriptures (and especially the letters of Paul), as we come week by week to Prayer Meeting, as day by day we use our missionary prayer guides. Christians asking fellow Christians to pray for them. Why do we make such […]

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Date July 12, 2017
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“What hath God wrought?” -Numbers 23:23 Wouldn’t you love to see two hundred and twenty-five people join your church by profession of faith in an eighteen month period? Wouldn’t you love to see a vast number of college students repent and believe the gospel, being transformed in life, thought, and deed, being used of God […]

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Date July 10, 2017
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This is the second of a two part series on salvation in the Old Testament, the first of which can be read here. Clearer Revelation in the New Testament Thus the Old Testament is not corrected by the New Testament but is rather more clearly explained and expanded in light of New Testament revelation. The […]

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Date July 7, 2017
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 Adam and Eve In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1) On the sixth day of creation, the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Now the LORD God had planted a […]

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Date July 5, 2017
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