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KNOWING THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD You cannot enjoy the relationship with God until that sin has been dealt with. That is by far the most serious consequence of the fall. No one at all is excused from the problem by Derek Cleave [On the Wednesday evening of the Aberystwyth Conference of the Evangelical Movement of […]

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Date August 25, 2002
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A SON PAYS TRIBUTE TO A CHRISTIAN MOTHER Mrs. Louise Otten, the mother of Walter Otten, the editor of the Lutheran weekly newspaper, “Christian News,” died in her 92nd year on June 25. Her son has written this tribute to his mother in the Christian News, and so opens a window on evangelical Lutheranism in […]

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Date August 16, 2002
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MARRIAGE: IF AND WHOM 50% of all marriages end in divorce, and there is no statistical difference between believers and non-believers when it comes to the likelihood of a failed marriage by William Smith Our Scripture Readings are Genesis 26:34,35; 27:46; 28:6-9; I Corinthians 7:7-9, 39 & 40 and our text is, "She is free […]

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Date August 16, 2002
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NO KIDDING Children are a covenantal blessing. Children are not an unmixed blessing, and I would quickly disabuse any starry-eyed romantic who thinks otherwise by William H Smith There was a time when we thought there might be no kids for us. We were scheduled for a doctor’s appointment to discuss among other things the […]

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Date August 16, 2002
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WE COULD USE A LITTLE HELP DOWN HERE by William H Smith My father, who’s been in heaven since 1988, inadvertently taught me about praying to the saints. I was struggling with what to say and do with one of my sons who seemed to be adrift. We met for breakfast one morning, and as […]

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Date August 16, 2002
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CHRISTIANITY AND EDUCATION The early Christians believed in basic teaching for every church member, whether a child or a new convertby David Feddes Jesus and most of his early followers were Jewish. Many Jewish families emphasized education and wanted their sons to learn a trade in order to earn a living, as well as learning […]

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Date August 13, 2002
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CHRISTIAN HOPE IN DEATH "What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death? The souls of believers are at death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory, and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves till the resurrection."by Geoff Thomas What are the common characteristic views of […]

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Date August 13, 2002
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DEATH IS A DEPARTURE The greatest reason the apostle believed in life after death was his never to be forgotten encounter with the risen Lord Jesus Christ as he was on his way to arrest and imprison followers of Jesus Christby Geoff Thomas Paul saw death as a ‘departure’ (Philippians 1:23). He does not see […]

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Date August 13, 2002
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HEAVEN IS BEING WITH CHRIST Heaven means Jesus Christ, that is, being with Jesus. That is the only heaven there is. It is Christ’s home and he is never away from his home for a moment. by Geoff Thomas Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was often asked why we are not told more in the New Testament […]

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Date August 13, 2002
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CALVIN’S INSTITUTES AFFECTING SICILY TODAY That night my heart was full of love for the Lord, but also a new feeling, more specific, had filled my heart; love and pain for those souls that live in sin and away from Him by Roberto S. Torre At the end of 1992 the Lord Jesus called Roberto […]

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Date August 9, 2002
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BALANCING THE NEED TO EVANGELISE AND BUILD IN POLAND I strongly believe that in our daily work in the church we cannot forget about what we have. Most important are the people by Wieslaw Kamyszek When we read in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2 and verses 41 to 47 we […]

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Date August 9, 2002
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BANNER OF TRUTH MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE, LEICESTER, APRIL 2002 Some 370 men, from a variety of countries, listened to a fascinating account of the progress of this annual gathering, which began in a modest way by Frank. J. Orna-Ornstein The Rev. Iain H. Murray gave the opening address, "Forty Years on – 1962-2002", at this year’s […]

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Date August 9, 2002
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THE PLACE OF PREACHING "Has the time come for our view of the importance of preaching to be revised downward?" by Bill Smith At the opening convocation of my seminary in 1969 Dr. Ralph Turnbull addressed the topic Should Preaching Be Denigrated? One of the things that got my attention was that, to my knowledge, […]

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Date August 4, 2002
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THE PERILS AND VALUES OF READING The greatest of dangers is to play off intellectual culture against spiritual fervour – we need them both by Geraint Fielder There are two verses in the New Testament which highlight the battle for the mind of man; a battle which was going on in the days of the […]

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Date August 4, 2002
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SEVEN YEARS IN PINEDA DE MAR, SPAIN by Diego Guirao It has been seven years (though it seems like only yesterday) since my family and I arrived in Pineda de Mar, with the hope of serving the Lord in this work, together with Bernard Coster’s family and some brethren. We continue the work with that […]

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Date August 4, 2002
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