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[The doctrine of eternal justification, a chief tenet of Antinomian Hyper-Calvinism, is dealt a crushing blow by the Puritan John Flavel in an appendix to his Vindiciarum Vindex. Flavel rightly describes it as an attempt to fight against the free grace of God under grace’s own colours. Hence its success in deceiving the unwary. The […]

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Date January 22, 2004
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In recent months I have attended the funerals of two dear friends and much-respected ministers of the gospel. Both their funerals were deeply moving occasions, as hundreds gathered to honour the lives and ministries of two of God’s choicest servants. As I have reflected on their funerals, one feature common to both has indelibly impressed […]

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Date January 22, 2004
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Introduction One of the Sovereign Grace Union’s current pamphlets bears the title The Centrality of the Cross. It bears witness to the solemn truth that the religion of our Lord Jesus Christ is the religion of redemption by His crucifixion. In the words of Herman Bavinck: "the cross of Christ is the focal point" of […]

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Some thoughts prompted by ‘Genius, Grief and Grace,’ by Dr Gaius Davies, (Christian Focus Publications; 2001; £8.99) written by Stephen Clark in the ‘Evangelical Magazine’ of September 2003, and January 2004 and reprinted by permission. Dr Gaius Davies is a Christian psychiatrist, whose involvement with the Evangelical Movement of Wales goes right back to the […]

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Date January 22, 2004
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Old Testament Readings: Leviticus 13: 45,56; Numbers 5: 1-3 Gospel Reading: Mark 1:40-45 “Will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep […]

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Date January 21, 2004
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Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 21-28 Two weeks ago we had a man most had never met come into our congregation to preach God’s Word. We knew that Dr. Derek Thomas was a seminary professor, an author, and a staff minister who preaches regularly at a large Presbyterian Church. But we have never experienced him as […]

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Date January 21, 2004
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D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones and British Evangelicalism by Stephen Clark Book review article of “Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) and Twentieth Century Evangelicalism” by John Brencher (Paternoster Press 2002, 267pp). Let me begin by articulating some biblical principles upon which all Bible believing Christians are (at least in theory) agreed. First, there is not a perfect man on the […]

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Date January 21, 2004
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150 or so people, including 35 women, were present at the Carey Conference with representatives of 15 nationalities. Praise Hymns were sung; both mornings began with prayer meetings; the report sessions from men living in a dozen countries was one of the high spots. Geoff Thomas: "The Remarkable Jonathan Edwards." I spoke on Edwards. A […]

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Date January 21, 2004
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Kobe Bryant picked up a four million dollar diamond ring this week. As you probably know, this Los Angeles Lakers star basketball player recently admitted to adultery and is charged with worse. He has publicly apologized to his wife, and she has said she will stand by him. It is hard to think of the […]

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Date January 17, 2004
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It is the 1250th anniversary of the death of Boniface, missionary, preacher, bishop, extender of papal authority and martyr. To understand him one has to know something of another Englishman twenty years older than Boniface who was his inspiration and role model. This man was called Willibrord and was born in the north of England […]

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Date January 17, 2004
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George Mueller lived over 100 years ago in Bristol, England and was famous for caring for thousands of orphans and seeing God answer his daily prayers for their provision. Hegave this message when he was 59 at a New Year’s service. It is a powerful call to be in the Word of God every day. […]

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Date January 17, 2004
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SAMUEL DAVIES AND THE POWER OF REFORMED PREACHING On November 1, 1755, a killer earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal. The quake was a monster- one of the worst in history. Some 60,000 people died, and, according to estimates, the earthquake would have registered a whopping 7.85 on the Richter scale. Special circumstances made the earthquake even […]

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Date January 16, 2004
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How common the phrase today, "I hate controversy"; it is in most people’s mouths; it is constantly on the lips of the people of God. We venture to assert that controversy is essential to the existence of the Church of God. What did Jesus Christ mean when He said: "Think not that I am come […]

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Date January 16, 2004
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The apostle Paul writes, "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us" [Ephesians 2: 7, 8a] One of my favorite television shows, which I get to watch sometimes on Mondays, is Great Hotels. My wife thinks I watch […]

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Date January 16, 2004
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There are times in the life of faith when all the lights seem to go out. Perhaps, as yet you have never known this experience. Perhaps you have only ever known the sweetness of the Lord’s gracious love bathing your soul and reassuring your heart that he is yours and you are his. If this […]

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Date January 16, 2004
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I was surprised at our last Presbytery meeting to learn that a minister of our Presbytery had recently joined the Presbyterian Church, USA, a liberal denomination with which our denomination has no relations. However, there is an explanation. This man has left his wife and is seeking a divorce. What seems so surprising, then, is […]

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Date January 9, 2004
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The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 22, Sermons and Discourses, 1739-1742 byJonathan Edwards. Edited by Harry S. Stout and Nathan Hatch, with Kyle P. Farley. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. Pp. 582, $95.00 cloth. This most recent volume of Jonathan Edwards’s Sermons and Discourses is the fifth sermon volume in the Yale Works of […]

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Date January 9, 2004
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By Christopher J Tokeley The Magazine, ‘In Writing’, of the Evangelical Library in London has been a great inspiration to me as has the Annual Lecture, both of which continue to fuel my desire to read more. I was very impressed by the travels of the first Librarian and founder of the library Geoffrey Williams. […]

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Date January 9, 2004
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by Phyllis Hunt, C.S.S.M. 1955. GENESIS tells how it all began The world, redemption, sin and man. In EXODUS we plainly see How God can set His people free. LEVITICUS shows the way to God Only through sacrifice and blood. In NUMBERS the tribes in order stand –Ready to take the promised land In DEUTERONOMY […]

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Date January 9, 2004
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This conference was Nigeria’s 2nd Annual Reformed Bible Conference and the first East of the Niger. The venue was the Reformed Tabernacle of Christ’s Reformed Baptist Church, Rumuodara, Port Harcourt. Invitation was extended to Pastors, Bible college students and church officers- “Come, let us ask for the old paths”. The Theme for this year – […]

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Date January 8, 2004
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FAMILY CHRISTIAN STORES OPENS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Zondervan’s Family Christian Stores, the largest chain of Christian bookstores in America will begin opening its doors for business on Sundays, the company announced. Taking a phased approach, the retailer will begin in Dallas, its largest market, opening for business from noon until 5 p.m., and gradually […]

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Date January 8, 2004
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(A Testimony) [The following anonymous testimony shows how the doctrines of grace affect our whole outlook on life. We trust it will help others who find themselves in a similar situation to that of the writer. Ed.] Introduction My early Christian years were spent in evangelical churches where the ministry of the Word was far […]

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Date December 30, 2003
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Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 29-39 One of the great preachers of the last century was the Welshman, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I have heard a story about him that I have not been able to locate, but it sounds true of him. Once a woman, who was leaving church, said to him. “Dr, Lloyd-Jones, listening to […]

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Date December 30, 2003
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Who, when given a choice between experiencing joy or sorrow, would choose sorrow? It is natural and completely understandable that we should prefer pleasure to pain. The benefits of delight are numerous. Those who are cheerful usually enjoy more sound physical and emotional health than do those bearing the burden of affliction. The joyful ones […]

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Date December 30, 2003
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People who go to rock, country, or pop concerts have to listen to an “opening act” before the person or group they went to hear takes the stage. People who go to the movies or plays know that often there are several scenes before the main character appears. Sometimes it can be that way even […]

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Date December 30, 2003
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