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Epaphras, A Man of Prayer: Colossians 1:7-8, 4:12-13, Philemon 23

Real men of prayer are not often found, especially in this busy, fast-moving, “jetomic” age, which age an anonymous wit has summed up as follows: “Hurry, worry, and bury.” Yet, in every period of man’s hectic history, God has always had those who have spent much time in secret communion with Him, even to this very hour. Apart from such prayer warriors the Church of Jesus Christ would be virtually powerless. If we but knew what we owe as believers to the ceaseless intercession of our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, coupled with the faithful intercession of men and women of God, surely we would afresh be driven to our knees in true praise and thankfulness to our Lord, at the same time availing ourselves more often of the priceless privilege of prayer.

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Editorial: A Sober Read

Every Christian should read some Church history. The Pilgrim Church by E.H. Broadbent (available from Gospel Folio Press at www. gospelfolio.com) is a worthy choice of a book giving a good overview of the history of the church from the Day of Pentecost to the last century. At times the reading may be difficult as we are confronted with unfamiliar places and people, some with unpronounceable names, yet the cumulative effect of reading the entire history gives one a sober perspective on the church.

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The True Church

Where is the one true church? What is this one true church like? What are the marks by which this one true church may be known? Such questions may well be asked, and here are some answers.

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The Rapture & The Tribulation

Beyond a doubt, biblical prophecy is one of the most important subjects in the Bible. The sheer weight of its biblical references attest to this fact. The return of the Lord is mentioned in every book of the New Testament except two. The return of the Lord is mentioned in 211 chapters of the New Testament, and prophecies connected to the return of the Lord are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. Nevertheless, many believers shy away from the study of prophecy and are confused as to what the Bible teaches on the subject. Satan loves to confuse and distract believers from the most important aspects of biblical truth. This is clear concerning prophecy. There are more competing views of prophecy than almost any other aspect of Bible study. One of the most neglected, and yet important, subjects of end times prophecy is whether the church will go through the tribulation. Many believers have never considered this topic, yet our view concerning it will determine our understanding of salvation, the security of the believer, and the finished work of Christ.

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A Prayer for Spiritual Enlightenment: Ephesians 1:15-23

William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate, was an art collector. It is said he was looking for a particular painting. He sent an agent to look for it in Europe but it could not be found. Sometime later, while going through a warehouse, a helper discovered it! He had the painting all the time and did not know it.

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Fear of Silence

Everywhere they can be seen, heads bobbing, shoulders pointing, toes tapping, fingers drumming. They come in all sizes, shapes and styles. Male or female, young or old, they can be found almost anywhere, jogging in the park, sitting in the airport, on the way to school, or just gazing out there-somewhere. They have one thing in common, those little earphones, attached by an umbilical wire to a miniature tape recorder fastened to a belt or tucked in a pocket.

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The Last Words of David

As we read through scripture, we discover that the Holy Spirit has been careful to preserve the ‘last words’ of many men of God before they left the scene. For example Moses, 1 Jacob, 2 The Lord Jesus, 3 and the Apostle Paul, 4 were careful to leave ‘last words’ which imparted words of wisdom, warning, assurance and advice concerning the future, for the benefit of following generations. In our present study we wish to consider the ‘last words’ of David the Shepherd King of Israel .

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He Faileth Not

Each happy morn when I awake,
This promise for the day I take,
“I’ll never leave thee, nor forsake,”
He faileth not.

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