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Covid-19. Deeper into the desert and the priority of mission

This article is a supplement to the earlier prayer guide by introducing what I believe are some important additional directions for prayer in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. The central burden here is for us to know God’s will and timing for the ending of the pandemic and lockdown,

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Covid-19. Is there any word from the Lord?

  This was the question King Zedekiah asked the prophet Jeremiah when their nation was in profound crisis (Jeremiah 37:17). And it is surely also a question many are asking in our present crisis. Jeremiah’s answer to Zedekiah and to the other political leaders was not a comforting one (Jeremiah

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Passover tour of Jerusalem

This year, Jewish Passover and Christian Easter coincide almost exactly. This evening, Jews (and some Christians) will celebrate the Passover Seder, the remembrance of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. Tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, Christians will remember Jesus’ own celebration of Passover with His disciples and His subsequent arrest and trial. The events

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Covid-19. How to pray?

‘The effective prayer of a righteous man avails much’ (James 5:16). Covid-19 and the response to it are profoundly impacting the lives of all, both rural and urban, and, more than ever, prayer must be our first resort. Below, I offer some ways to pray in the current crisis. As

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Three types of ministry

Many years ago I heard someone give a word about attitudes to ministry which made an impression on me at the time and has stayed with me ever since. The essence of this word was that there are basically three types of ministries.  The first is chosen by God and

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What is effective prayer?

James reminds us that, “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”, but I have to confess that I much prefer the way the translators of the King James Bible put it, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  I have recently had cause to

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