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PROPHECY SHALL CEASE Though building on the foundation begun by John Calvin and John Owen, Jonathan Edwards took the development of the Reformed doctrine of cessationism to new heights Jonathan Edwards on the Cessation of the Gifts of Prophecy. In the current Westminster Theological Journal (Vol. 64, No. 1 Spring 2002) Philip A. Craig has […]

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Date October 24, 2002
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COMPLETE IN CHRIST The following blessings are the possession of every single believer in the Lord Jesus Christ:- by Joseph Randall You are justified and have peace with God (Rom. 5:1) You died with Christ and to the power of sin’s rule over your life (Rom. 6:1-6) You are free from condemnation forever (Rom. 8:1) […]

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Date October 24, 2002
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GOD MADE THE STARS ALSO God’s understanding has to be infinite in order to count and name all 10 to the power of 22 stars. by Dr Monty White These words "He made the stars also" are found in the very first chapter of the Bible in the sixteenth verse. The writer Moses, has just […]

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Date October 24, 2002
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TEN MORE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHURCH’S WORSHIP SERVICE by Don Whitney 1. Plan worship only for people who can worship. Many churches plan their worship services as though unbelievers can worship. But the Apostle Paul makes plain in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that "no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit." […]

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Date October 21, 2002
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DR. ERIC HOBSBAWM: SELF- ACKNOWLEDGED SERVANT OF KARL MARX His identity is the Lord, the Master and Sovereign of the Universe, but now there is something new, he is the one who in addition becomes a servant by Geoff Thomas How did the Son of God appear when he came to earth? Like Superman? No. […]

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Date October 21, 2002
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THE INFLUENCE OF CHRISTIAN BOOKS We had begun reading Sermons on Ephesians when both of us became convinced independently that God was telling us to read the 200 sermons Calvin preached on the book of Deuteronomy by John Keble My wife Irene’s background is different from mine in that she was born and brought up […]

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Date October 21, 2002
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BELARUS: EUROPE’S MOST REPRESSIVE RELIGION LAW GOES FOR FINAL SIGNATURE by Felix Corley, Keston News Service Following the adoption this morning (2 October) by the upper house of the Belarusian parliament of the controversial amendments to the country’s religion law (see KNS article earlier today), the bill now goes to President Aleksandr Lukashenko for signature. […]

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Date October 15, 2002
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FACING DARK DAYS Many of us perhaps have little idea what it must be like to be in the depths of despair. by Ian Hamilton Sometimes Christians fall into the depths of despair. An extreme example would be Jeremiah, God’s faithful prophet. We can hardly imagine the inner anguish that caused him to cry out, […]

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Date October 15, 2002
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TOM WRIGHT’S VIEW OF JUSTIFICATION: AN ECUMENICAL INTERPRETATION OF PAUL Wright does admit that there are other important elements to the gospel than the mere proclamation that Jesus is Lord. For example, he places the cross at the center of Paul’s gospel by Dr. Sidney D. Dyer N.T. Wright is an Anglican whose works have […]

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Date October 15, 2002
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A VISIT TO ALBANIA My wife Anne and I returned on Monday from Albania where I was speaking at a conference. A week in Albania seemed a very long time. It’s a wonderful, tragic, beautiful, confusing country. Perhaps the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. The astonishing blue of the Adriatic sea, the towering mountains, […]

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Date October 13, 2002
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THE CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY OF CONDOLEEZZA RICE I started to think of myself as that elder son who had never doubted the existence of the Heavenly Father but wasn’t really walking in faith in an active way any more. Miss Condoleezza Rice (47) is the American National Security Advisor. She has reached the highest political office […]

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Date October 10, 2002
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JOEL BEEKE IN KOREA – PART 1 "I can’t get enough of Reformed theology," he said. "I’m convinced it’s biblical and is the right answer for the shallow Christianity I find in my congregation." September 25, 2002 We have had a wonderful trip to Korea. Here is a brief summary of our itinerary. Bracketed parts […]

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Date October 10, 2002
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JOEL BEEKE IN KOREA – PART 2 The Koreans love to sing. Some of their psalters and hymnbooks include English translations, so we could often sing along at the various lectures Mary Beeke writes: [Lois Mol, Myoung Jah, and I attended most of the KIRP conference, and did some sightseeing. We toured two palaces and […]

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Date October 10, 2002
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CHARLES G. FINNEY: THE ARCHITECT OF MODERN EVANGELISM He tried methods no one else would and almost everything he tried worked. by Thomas R. Browning [Part of larger work entitled "C.G.Finney: The Architect of Modern Evangelism," presented by the writer to the Department of Pastoral Ministries of Dallas Theological Seminary in April 2001] When the […]

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Date October 7, 2002
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ADDRESSING THE UNCONVERTED It is true, the Lord can, and I hope He often does, make that preaching effectual to the conversion of sinners, wherein little is said expressly to them, only the truths of the gospel are declared in their hearing by John Newton Sir, In a late conversation, you desired my thoughts concerning […]

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Date October 7, 2002
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QUESTIONS FOR YOUNG MINISTERS by Isaac Watts, D.D. 1] OF FAITHFULNESS IN THE MINISTRY. Do I sincerely give myself ‘to the ministry of the word;’ Acts 6.4. and do I design to make it the chief business of my life to serve Christ in His Gospel, in order to the salvation of men? Do I […]

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Date October 7, 2002
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JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH IN THE THEOLOGY OF NORMAN SHEPHERD Although Shepherd makes use of much orthodox terminology, I argue that he has articulated a doctrine of justification that is persistently ambiguous and that redefines the relationship of faith and works in a way at odds with the traditional, biblical doctrine by Dr. David Van Drunen […]

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Date October 3, 2002
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A WORD TO ORGANISTS The main parts of a Christian public worship service are simply the Word of God and prayer – the Divine instruction and initiative, and the human responseby D.L. Van Halesma Every pastor, organist, choir member, and worshiper has his views about church music. These views may be mere reactions to the […]

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Date October 3, 2002
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by Dr Fred Malone [For my wife Debbie in the trial of cancer] Introduction A time of suffering is a personal privilege with so many prayers and concerns. We appreciate it and feel it. But Debbie and I feel so many of you have and are going though greater trials than we have yet to […]

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Date October 3, 2002
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REMEMBERING ‘THESE FORTY YEARS’ It is interesting to consider how the Lord was at work through individuals in several countries during the 1950s to bring about the recovery of the doctrines of grace and the setting up of a conference which was to have such a crucial influence on the worldwide spread of the Reformed […]

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Date October 1, 2002
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HOW SHALL WE THEN WORSHIP? The greatest threat to the unity of Reformed evangelicals may not be our doctrinal differences but the possibility that we may be approaching a situation in which some may not be willing or able to worship together by William H. Smith Several years ago two of my sons moved to […]

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Date October 1, 2002
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THE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE Christians should speak out on these public issues because we know that God’s way is the best way – even for people who have no belief in God Back in 1988 a small group of Christians met near Loch Rannoch to discuss many concerns including an ambitious proposal from Colin Hart and […]

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Date October 1, 2002
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THE GOSPEL IN SIBERIA 2002: PROGRESS AND PROBLEMS by Roger Weil My journey to Siberia this year lasted two and a half weeks taking in four main centres, Nizhnivartovsk, Tiumen, Tobolsk and Nyagan. My thanks to those of you who prayed for me along the way, thus enabling me to bring help and encouragement to […]

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Date September 27, 2002
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TRUTH WORTH LIVING FOR AND PROCLAIMING I am deeply disappointed to see that the denominational officialdom and many dear brothers through the years surrendering their minds and wills to this all-inclusive mess of pottage. The Rev. Dr. Ben Wilkinson, one of the original ministers of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), has issued a statement […]

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Date September 27, 2002
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MAN’S RAGE, GOD’S PRAISE the important thing for us to do is not to consult our own reactions, emotional or otherwise, on this anniversary, but to bring this event before God by William H. Smith It’s too early to tell whether September 11, 2001, will prove to be “the day that changed America.” But there […]

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Date September 27, 2002
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