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Volume: 14     Issue: 3

Who reigns in your house – Christ, or Mr Fixit? Providence is not a job for amateurs…

SWORD COMMUNITY Meeting each other at a screen near you.

Christine Carlebach helps to run the Saltshakers Web Fellowship meetings every Tuesday. Here is how it came to be: 

Does God just save nice people like you and me?

Think of the person you’d least like to reach with the Gospel (be honest now, we all have a nemesis out there, however we may deny it). I have someone in mind and it deeply shames me even to entertain such an unhelpful and self-condemning notion. But honesty has its downside, so I am giving us all a chance to redeem ourselves here.

The UN – united in hatred against Israel ?

In these end-times, surely we should be looking within as well as without?

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him” (Proverbs 6:16-19). These are: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. 

As we approach the fnal lap in these latter days, are we fully prepared to endure until the finish line?

Can we make any sense of history, other than “Well, it’s what God has planned?” Has He revealed His purposes in history? And, if so, how can we understand them?

Having seen that the One New Man and the renewed mind are central to God’s will and purposes, we need to see how the Holy Spirit, through Paul, wants to renew our minds and open our understanding, even while going over some territory, familiar to the New Testament reader.

Could there be a Gentile link between the early Jewish church and the modern messianic movement?

One Covenant or many? Peter Sammons unpacks a key concept that so many get so wrong.

Our Saviour God is a covenantinitiating and a covenant-sustaining God. On that basis we praise Him every day, and receive full assurance that, in spite of the fact that we too often break our side of the relationship, God never breaks His.

It’s the time of reckoning for the kingdom of the world. How does it all unravel?

Babylon the kingdom of this world will fall. It is the beginning of God’s judgment on a sinful world which as persecuted His servants.

In Revelation chapter 14 there are three fnal warnings of coming wrath. First the preaching of the gospel to people. Second the fall of Babylon and fnally the kingdom of the beast. This sets the order of end time events. Therefore when we come to chapters 17 and 18, which cover the fall of Babylon, we are going back in time.

For 1,300 years East Asia has been evangelised despite cruel persecution, yet today Christians greatly outnumber members of the Chinese Communist Party

Cruel persecution and courageous martyrs has been the recurring theme in bringing the gospel to East Asia over fourteen centuries. Four of the major divisions of Christianity: the Church of the East, Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants have struggled to tell the story of Jesus. Yet today, house churches in China continue to grow.

Do we sit back and watch the erosion of society … or do we take action?

The majority of respondents to a Government consultation opposed plans to teach children as young as five about homosexuality and transgenderism, the Christian Institute reported on 4th March. More than 11,000 people responded to the consultation, with 58 per cent saying the proposed content for Relationships Education in primary schools was not “age-appropriate”.

How an English Christian uncovered a Brazilian tragedy and decided to act

“Over the next few hours we would meet over a dozen young girls, each trapped in a life of abuse and exploitation, and all within the space of less than a square mile. What was most difficult to accept, though, was their ages – the youngest was ten, and most were younger than thirteen. We would later hear from the town’s children’s council that there were at least 200 girls involved in prostitution in the town, and the average age was just eleven.” (Highway to Hell, by Matt Roper)