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Welcome to our collection of archived articles.  Here you will find a growing library of material that will help you in understanding the Word of God.  From devotionals to doctrinal pieces; from hot topics to history we believe there is much to benefit the reader.  As Christians we believe the Bible to be the foundation of all we believe or do.  The Apostle Paul writes: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  The Westminster Confession of Faith draws out the implication from this: “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture…”  Thus the articles here are bible-based and we would pray that as you read you would be motivated to “… [receive] the word with all readiness of mind, and [search] the scriptures daily…” (Acts 17:11).

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Why am I Spared?

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2018/07 Why am I Spared?   The habit of keeping a diary was once more common than it is today. In Christian circles, the diary of

The Primacy of Preaching

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2018/07 The Primacy of Preaching Preaching reaches its pinnacle when the message is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. What is a dinosaur? One definition is

The Woman of Samaria

2018/07 A Word To Women The Woman of Samaria John 4:1-44 The Samaritan woman stated accurately, “…The Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John

The Jehovah’s Witnesses

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2018/09 The Jehovah’s Witnesses   One of the most prevalent religious sects active in our province today is the self-styled Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW). They are

Dare to be Different

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2018/09 Dare to be Different September is a month of change for our young people. For some, it is the start of a new term

Strong as Oaks

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2018/09 Strong as Oaks When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of America on 29th August 2005, its 175mph winds and torrential floods were devastating.

Rejoicing in Victory

2018/09 Rejoicing in Victory We are rapidly approaching the 100th anniversary of the armistice in the First World War. On 11th November 1918, the war

The Drugs Problem

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2018/07 The Drugs Problem Humanly speaking, man is unable to solve the drugs dilemma. This is because man fails to address the core issue -

Mothers of Salem

2018/07 A Word To Women "Mothers of Salem" Matthew 19:13-15 Many years ago, in Sweden, a party of visitors were invited to meet the king’s

The Protestant at the Mass

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2018/07 The Protestant at the Mass - Should I Attend or Not?   This is a question that arises from time to time. A Roman Catholic

All The Way My Saviour Leads Me

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2018/07 All The Way My Saviour Leads Me   As Moses approached the end of his life, God used him to give words of counsel

The Importance of Sound Doctrine

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2018/07 The Importance of Sound Doctrine Increasingly and sadly, within evangelicalism, there is a diminishing appetite for what the Spirit of God identifies as sound

For Thou Hast A Little Strength

2018/07 'For Thou Hast A Little Strength' Revelation 3:8 These words are addressed by the Saviour to the church in Philadelphia. The words, “little strength”

2018/05 WANTED – WORSHIPERS

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2018/05 Wanted - Worshipers It is a mark of the incredible love of God that He invites sinners to worship Him and provides the way

2018/05 ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME

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2018/05 All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name Rev E P Scott, a missionary to India, one day saw a man who was very clearly

2018/05 CHRIST-LIKE CHRISTIANS

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2018/05 Chris-like Christians According to his teaching, “neighbour” crosses all boundaries, real or imagined, of culture, class or creed; and according to the commandment we

2018/05 CHIRST HONOURING THE LAW

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2018/05 Christ Honouring the Law  Assured that the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us through the righteousness of Christ, we say with Paul:

2018/03 JAMES HANNINGTON MISSIONARY

2018/03 James Hannington Pioneer Missionary in Uganda   James Hannington grew up in the South of England. He was from a wealthy family. He had

2018/03 READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

2018/03 Read Any Good Books Lately? I’m tempted to put it still more pointedly: ‘Read any books at all lately?’ Market research informs us that

2018/03 SERVING THE KING

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2018/03 Serving the King Every one of us can do something for the Lord! If the church is to go forward, it needs faithful attenders,

2018/05 A WORD TO WOMEN

2018/05 A Word To Women Three verses of Scripture summarise all we know about Anna. Although we are given so little, the little reveals much.

2018/03 WANTED – WORKERS

2018/03 Wanted - Workers maybe God is calling you to go further...The God who calls you into His work will supply your need as you

2018/03 THE NINETY AND NINE

2018/03 The Ninety and Nine May we ever have an interest in the individual and do all that we can to bring him to Christ. The

2018/03 THE RESURRECTION – WHY IT MATTERS

2018/03 The Resurrection - Why it Matters This time last year the BBC carried a striking headline on its online news service: “A quarter of

2018/03 A WORD TO WOMEN

2018/03 A Word To Women Elisabeth is an outstanding Christian woman. Luke 1 reveals all we know of the one who was chosen to be

2018/03 LORD WHAT IS MAN?

2018/03 Lord, what is man that thou takest knowledge of him! Man, who is made a little lower than the angels, is a piece of dust

2018/01 A WORD TO WOMEN

2018/01 A Word To Women The book of Esther is a thriller. Under threat from a scheming and evil enemy, the Jews faced being wiped

2018/01 WANTED – NON-CONFORMISTS

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2018/01 Wanted - Non-conformists Have you ever felt under pressure from others to do something, go somewhere, or say things outside of your normal pattern

2018/01 A FRESH START

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2018/01 A Fresh Start He who wanders from God will never be truly happy until he gets right with God. The hustle and bustle of

2018/01 THE YEAR OF OUR REDEMPTION

2018/01 The Year of Our Redemption ‘The year of my redeemed is come’ Isaiah 63:3 The year of His redeemed is the great joy of

2017/11 A WORD TO WOMEN

2017/11 A Word To Women The story of Ruth begins in Israel with the family of Elimelech and Naomi. Set during the period of the

2017/11 PROFITABLE BIBLE STUDY

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2017/11 Profitable Bible Study - Some Practical Tips The more time you spend contemplating what you have read in your Bible, the more beneficial it will

2017/11 TESTIMONY VS REPUTATION

2017/11 Testimony vs Reputation What sort of a reputation do you have? What sort of a testimony do you have? Maybe you think I am

2017/11 HERE WE MUST STAND

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2017/11 Here We Must Stand Christianity is about living in this world, in conformity to the Word, not about shutting oneself away in some religious

2017/11 THE SEED OF ABRAHAM

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2017/11 The Seed of Abraham ‘For verily He took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham’

2017/09 MARTIN LUTHER AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

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2017/09 Martin Luther and Christian Education For you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, and it is hard to reform old sinners, but it

2017/09 A WORD TO WOMEN

2017/09 A Word To Women Deborah, a prophetess and judge, lived in the period when Israel had taken possession of the Promised Land, but before

2017-09 QUIET TIME

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2017/09 How To Have a Meaningful Quiet Time Time is precious. The Christian’s quiet time before God is even more so. In an age where

2017/09 WATCH YOUR WALK

2017/09 Watch Your Walk we need to take care to check our lives and clear them of any rubbish (sin). An amazing number of gadgets

2017/09 LUTHER’S FRIEND – Philip Melanchthon

2017/09 Luther's Friend - Philip Melanchthon He carried his Bible everywhere, studied it carefully, and was able to discern how completely its truths had been set

2017/09 GOD’S WAY IN MAN’S WRATH

2017/09 God's Way in Man's Wrath ‘The wrath of man shall praise thee’ Psalm 76:10. An ungodly world is filled with wrath against Christ and

2017/07 A WORD TO WOMEN

2017/07 A Word To Women The Lord gives gifts to His people and it is our duty to use these as He directs. Miriam is

2017/07 WHY AM I A FREE PRESBYTERIAN

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2017/07 Why Am I a Free Presbyterian? Evangelism has always been a vital part of the ministry. It has at its heart the great objective

2017-07 THE BOY MARTYR OF BRENTWOOD

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2017/07 The Boy Martyr of Brentwood Young Christian, don’t be ashamed to take your stand for the Lord. Don’t allow youth to prevent you standing

2017-07 KATHERINE VON BORA – MRS LUTHER

2017/07 Katherine Von Bora - Mrs Luther Katherine was an obvious blessing to her husband. This proactive, resourceful, independent woman lifted domestic and financial burdens

2017/07 THE RAINBOW OF THE COVENANT

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2017/07 The Rainbow of the Covenant ‘He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth’. The beloved

2017/05 FOUR DECADES IN SPAIN

2017/05 Four Decades in Spain Looking back over these 40 short years, it is appropriate to record our heartfelt gratitude to the Lord for His

2017-05 THE CRAIGS CONVENTICLE

2017/05 The Craigs Conventicle Enabled by God Dr Paisley ensured that no one left the field without knowing they were sinners and in need of Christ

2017-05 A WORD TO WOMEN

2017/05 A Word To Women Rebekah was a woman who showed early spiritual excellence but finished her life in a disappointing way – an example

2017/05 THE TRUTH ABOUT TRANSGENDER

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2017/05 The Truth About Transgender Sin is always sin, no matter how you describe it or dress it up. In modern society it is impossible

2017-05 STAND-UP FOR JESUS

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2017/05 Stand-up For Jesus Are you willing to stand out and stand up for the Lord? It is not easy, and it will cost. 2017

2017/05 THE MESSAGE: JUSTIFICATION

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2017/05 The Message: Justification As the sinner trusts Christ for salvation, His perfect righteousness is credited to that sinner’s account before God, and he receives the

2017/05 THE THRONE OF GRACE

2017/05 The Throne of Grace Whatever comes from this throne is all of grace, otherwise it is not suited to the nature of the throne.

2017/03 THE DAVEY TRIAL: NINETY YEARS ON

2017/03 The Davey Trial: Ninety Years On This month marks the ninetieth anniversary of an event to which many of our readers will have heard

2017/03 A WORD TO WOMEN

2017/03 A Word To Women We often want God to answer our prayers immediately. However, like Sarah, we may have to wait. God’s timing is

2017/03 Thinking Right in a Wrong Thinking World

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2017/03 Thinking Right in a Wrong Thinking World Recently I read a strange story, a cross between a fable and science fiction. It told of a

2017/03 WIIFM?

2017/03 What's In It For Me? (Part 2)   Last issue we asked the question: ‘What’s in it for me?’ Some may object that presenting

2017/03 The Greatest Recovery

2017/03 The Greatest Recovery “I restored that which I took not away.” Psalm 69:4 Satan and sin are robbers against both God and man. Satan,

2017/03 LUTHER’S HEIDELBERG SPRING

2017/03 Luther's Heidelberg Spring One day is the reason why this year is especially significant for scholars of the Reformation: October 31st 1517. It was

2017/01 A WORD TO WOMEN

2017/01 A Word To Women God always provides a way to escape. Let us use that escape and save ourselves much shame, sorrow and pain.

2017/01 PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

2017/01 Past, Present, Future Young people of old did exploits because they loved the Lord more than anything else, sacrificing comfort and popularity because of

2017/01 WIIFM?

2017/01 WIIFM? What's In It For Me? What’s in it for me?’ is a question that shows the carnality of the natural man. ‘If I

2017/01 WALK WISELY

2017/01 Walk Wisely “See then that ye walk circumspectly.” Ephesians 5:6 The righteous have a new name, ‘one that is written among the living in

2017/01 DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN

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2017/01 The Darkness before the Dawn How many consider the Protestant Reformation to be just an unfortunate breach in Christianity brought about by arguments over

2016/11 A WORD TO WOMEN

2016/11 A Word to Women ‘There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people

2016/11 WHY WORK?

2016/11 Why Work? Our works don’t earn salvation but they do provide evidence of salvation The hymn writer expresses God’s truth in the words: ‘Thy

2016/11 SEEING THE DAY OF CHRIST

2016/11 Seeing the day of Christ “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it and was glad.” John 8:56 Desires after

2016/09 A WORD TO WOMEN

2016/09 A Word to Women ‘Little children, abide in him.’ (1 John 2:28) The expression, ‘little children’, appears quite a few times in Scripture. It

2016/09 JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

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2016/09 Witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses For many Christians today, the idea of sharing the gospel with a Jehovah’s Witness is a daunting prospect. It seems

2016/09 REPENTANCE

2016/09 Repentance Some who profess to love the Lord Jesus deny the very meaning of His name. He came to save His people from their

2016/09 THE SOMME

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2016/09 The Somme The 1st of July is embossed on Ulster calendars on account of two historic events.  It was the original date of the

2016/09 HUMILITY

2016/09 Humility “Be clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5) The essence of true humility is contentment with being as nothing that Christ may be all

2016/07 ‘FATHER’ GAVAZZI

2016/07 The Remarkable Life of “Father” Gavazzi That’s the title I would give to a biography of “Father” Gavazzi.  Unfortunately no one, either in the

2016/07 A WORD TO WOMEN

2016/07 A Word to Women A few little fishes (Matthew 15:34) There are two notable occasions when the Lord Jesus fed great crowds of people.

2016/07 WITNESSING TO MUSLIMS

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2016/07 Witnessing to Muslims All Christians will have a desire to share the gospel of Christ with people they meet. As we rub shoulders with

2016/07 TAKING & TRUSTING CHRIST

2016/07 Taking & Trusting Christ You may never have heard of Robert Sandeman but you may agree with his teaching about saving faith. He was

2016/07 THE BISHOP’S TEXT

2016/07 The Bishop's Text He made much of Christ, knowing that the preacher who makes little of Him can hardly be deemed a preacher of

2016/07 1966 – REMEMBERED?

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2016/07 1966 Should it be Remembered? 1966: To most in the United Kingdom the year means only one thing: the triumph of the English soccer

2016/07 PRECIOUS PROMISES

2016/07 Precious Promises All the promises of God are made to us in Christ and He Himself is the very first promise (Genesis 3:15).  When

2016/05 PRAYING FOR MISSIONARIES?

2016/05 Do You Pray For Our Missionaries? Praying for our missionaries is not an option, but an obligation, and not just for a few ‘missionary

2016/05 A WORD TO WOMEN

2016/05 A Word to Women “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) Vineyards are not a common

2016/03 ROMAN CATHOLICISM – PART 2

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2016/05 Roman Catholicism Part 2 Last time, we looked at the opportunities afforded to Christian young people (indeed to us all) to positively witness for

2016/05 IT’S DONE… SO DO!

2016/05 It's Done... So Do! The statement of Jonah from the belly of the whale: “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9) should never stop

2016/05 ROME & THE REFORMATION

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2016/05 Rome and the Reformation Father’ Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, participated at the inauguration of the Church of England’s Tenth

2016/05 SELINA – COUNTESS

2016/05 Selina Countess of Huntingdon Praise for the Countess of Huntingdon emanated from many sources. Even King George III expressed the wish that “there was

2016/03 CONSIDERING MISSIONARY SERVICE?

2016/03 Considering Missionary Service? Why Bible College? The Whitefield College two year diploma course provides an ideal training for missionary candidates and also for those

2016/03 E M BOUNDS

2016/03 E M BOUNDS His Books Survive - But Who Was The Man? The name of E M Bounds is inextricably linked to his many

2016/03 EXHALTED SAVIOUR

2016/03 The Exhalted Saviour “Thou hast ascended on high” Psalm 68:18 We rejoice in a risen and exalted Saviour. It was ordained that He should

2015/11 WORD TO WOMEN

2015/11 A Word To Women “Command the children of Israel that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the

2015/11 BEHOLD HE COMETH

2015/11 Behold He Cometh We all know that we are to wait for the Lord Jesus Christ to return. Yet the complexity of some of

2015/11 CHRISTIAN SABBATH?

2015/11 Is there a Christian Sabbath? On Sunday 13th September, the first fully timed marathon to be staged in County Tyrone passed through the village

2015/11 SAMUEL RUTHERFORD

2015/11 Samuel Rutherford A Visit to Anwoth The first gospel message ever revealed promised the manifestation (appearance) of a Saviour (Genesis 3:15). There would be

2015/11 FOR THIS PURPOSE

2015/11 For this Purpose The first gospel message ever revealed promised the manifestation (appearance) of a Saviour (Genesis 3:15). There would be One “manifested to

2015/09 WORD TO WOMEN

2015/09 A Word To Women “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2) What lessons

2015/09 THE WILL OF GOD

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2015/07 FOUNDATIONS The Will of God Understandably, this subject arises with great frequency on most Youth Fellowship schedules. Young people face major decisions with regard

2015/09 A MAN IN THE GLORY

2015/09 A Man in the Glory As they watched Him ascend, the disciples were given a sight to encourage them along the way for He

2015/09 A HOSTILE WORLD

2015/09 Can We be Heard in a Hostile World? I hold no brief for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI). Indeed, as you might expect,

2015/09 GOD’S NAME IN CHRIST

2015/09 God’s Name in Christ The name of God is seen in its brightest and best character in Jesus Christ, for he is God “manifest

2015/07 MISSIONARY MINDED CHURCH

2015/07 What is a Missionary Minded Church A common expression used among evangelical Christians is “missionary-minded”. But what does it mean? Who or what is

2015/07 THANK-YOU MR RAIKES

2015/07 Thank-you Mr Raikes! I  suspect that at your Sunday School last Lord’s Day, nobody thanked the Lord for Robert Raikes. I would further venture