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2014

1 Mar, 2014

The time of our lives?

by Tim Curnow

The time of our lives? The passing years of course make us older but they also change our perception – and expectations – of age. As a child I used to think that thirty was middle-aged. Now aged 51, I know better! It’s a sobering thought that I recently entered the decade in which both…

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1 Mar, 2014

Midlife busyness

by John Richards

Midlife busyness ‘I’m concerned about our young families,’ a lady in church confessed to me. ‘How can we encourage them to have an interest in world mission?’ Ok, I thought, good concern but… ‘what makes you think they’re not concerned about world mission?’ ‘Well we rarely see them at missionary meetings. What will happen when…

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1 Mar, 2014

Worldliness in old age

by John Legg

Worldliness in old age Politicians today speak of the importance of ‘the grey vote’. We in the church must take that same section of the congregation into account. Those with grey hair (or none) make up an increasing proportion of our membership, those who have, in the words of the great Puritan theologian, John Owen,…

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1 Jan, 2014

Reflections on the Swansea mission

by Steffan Jones

Reflections on the Swansea mission It has been excellent to work together as many and varied churches. I believe this will have a long term impact on our church’s prayer life and desire for the wider kingdom. It has been very encouraging to see unity with others with whom we have not worked before and…

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1 Jan, 2014

What is Reformission Wales?

by Peter Milsom

What is Reformission Wales? Reformission Wales is an initiative of the Associating Evangelical Churches of Wales (AECW). It was launched at the AECW Annual Assembly in May 2012. It seeks to address the desperate spiritual situation in Wales through both church planting and church strengthening. Denominational decline in Wales The decline of the major denominations…

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1 Jan, 2014

Fading flowers

by Paul Yeulett

Fading flowers ‘The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever’ (Is. 40:8). At the beginning of 2014 it is good for the Lord’s people to stand back and remember what we are all about. Some verses of the Bible, like this one, stand out as texts for the…

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1 Jan, 2014

Who do you think you are?

by Gerrard Hemmings

Who do you think you are? Jacob on his deathbed calls for his 12 sons. As he stands on the threshold of eternity, he evaluates each son in turn, summing up his character in a few pithy lines. He then applies the lesson not just to his son but his descendants after him. Jacob’s words…

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1 Jan, 2014

Local church: Ammanford

by Sammy Davies

Local church: Ammanford Ammanford Evangelical Church is around 35 years old. It’s hard to tell exactly because reports vary. At the time of its birth people were more interested in speaking about Jesus than keeping records. It had, as its humble beginnings, a rag tag bunch of brethren believers who met together to enjoy fellowship,…

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1 Jan, 2014

The sermon you preach in your sleep

by David Murray

The sermon you preach in your sleep When was the last time you heard a sermon on sleep? We spend about 30% of our lives doing it, and nothing impacts our lives more than doing it, yet… pulpit crickets. Have Christians mastered this so well that we don’t need to be instructed on it? ‘Instruction…

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1 Jan, 2014

Women of the Reformation

by Sheila Stephen

Women of the Reformation: In the Court of King Henry VIII In Romans 16 the apostle Paul names a number of women who were partners with him in gospel ministry. This doesn’t mean they were apostles or church leaders, they were fellow workers, co-labourers, women who worked hard in the cause of the gospel. Since…

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