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1 Mar, 2011

Heaven and Hell: What do they have in common?

by Gareth Edwards

Heaven and Hell: What do they have in common? Our university lecturers set examination questions that began, ‘Compare and contrast…’ to draw out our knowledge of two related issues. I always found it easier to see the stark contrasts rather than identify the similarities. The same is true for Christians in discussions of heaven and…

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1 Mar, 2011

It is not death to die

by John Legg

It is not death to die In the year 1881, Jessie Murray, a missionary in China, wrote home describing the death of a Chinese schoolgirl: ‘It seemed as if she had been … to the very door of heaven.’ She had said she was, ‘Inexpressibly happy. I wish you could come – there is nothing…

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1 Jan, 2011

Confidence in prayer

by John Richards

Confidence in prayer Prayer is our greatest privilege as Christians and yet it’s also one of our chief struggles. There are no doubt many reasons for this, but the one I want to concentrate on here is that we struggle in prayer because we don’t believe the gospel. Or at least we don’t believe it…

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1 Jan, 2011

A prayerless orthodoxy

by John Woolley

A prayerless orthodoxy Jesus taught us that ‘men always ought to pray and not lose heart’ (Luke 18:1). The first sign of life is the baby’s cry; the first sign of spiritual life is ‘behold he is praying’ (Acts 9:11). Prayer lies at the heart of Christian living. This is why it is the first…

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1 Jan, 2011

A prayer for today

by Graham Harrison

A prayer for today The following article was written while the writer was on holiday in New England. Spiritually the place is far different from the 1740-50s when Edwards and others knew such remarkable evidences of the mercy of God in what has become known to history as ‘The Great Awakening’. One Sunday morning I…

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1 Jan, 2011

Then all the people said ‘Amen’

by Paul Yeulett

Then all the people said ‘Amen’ It’s a most dispiriting feeling. You’ve come to the end of the service, having preached your heart out, and you’re pronouncing the benediction. As you near a conclusion, the pitch, volume and tempo of your voice rise, the adrenalin is pumping through every vessel, your body shaking, up to…

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1 Jan, 2011

The ‘Powerhouse’ of the Church

by Andy Christofides

The ‘powerhouse’ of the church It is often said, and rightly so, that the prayer meeting is the ‘powerhouse’ or the ‘heartbeat’ of the church. To know the true state of a local church, therefore, we look not at the Sunday morning congregation, nor at the satellite works amongst young people, children, men or women,…

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1 Jan, 2011

Getting started in prayer

by Paul Yeulett

Getting started in prayer When Jesus’ disciples asked him ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples’ (Luke 11:1) they were representing every generation of believers that has lived ever since. Which of us can say that we find prayer straightforward? How many of us have sat down or perhaps knelt to pray…

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1 Jan, 2011

Conversational Evangelism

by Michael Ots

Conversational evangelism One of my fellow students when I was at Bible college was Italian. I’d always had the impression that Italian drivers were quite crazy and the first time I was driven by him I realised my preconceptions had been quite right. I remember one particular journey across Scotland in a minibus that he…

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1 Jan, 2011

Watch and Pray

Watch and pray In gold letters on the clock face of the parish church at Madron, near Penzance, are the words: ‘Watch and pray – time hastes away’. Previous generations who looked to the church tower for the time of day were thus continually reminded of Jesus’ exhortation to Peter in Gethsemane: ‘Watch and pray.’…

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