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Sword magazine is a bi-monthly Christian printed magazine promoting 'the unchanging Word of God for an unyielding faith. We are in the process of migrating it to the web and, for a limited time only, are happy to make available our May/June 2017 issue in its entirety here. We would value your comments. You may, of course, subscribe to the print magazine at any time.

Volume: 12     Issue: 4

Tough, tender, Gospel

Let’s analyse the first-ever sermon – you know the one delivered on that first Day of Pentecost that added 3000 people to the church in a single day… (Acts 2: 1-41) 

Jeremiah’s warnings to his nation fell mostly on deaf ears. John McLaughlan sees parallels in today’s UK Church

In the book of Jeremiah certain dates locate his ministry in the history of Judah. Not every prophecy has a date attached, but one particular date occurs four times. It is the “fourth year of Jehoiakim” – according to 46:2 the year that Nebuchadnezzar finally defeated Pharaoh Neco at the battle of Carchemish.

An age with no use for truth has no use for history. Chuck and Karen Cohen expose today’s ‘reality theft’ – but God’s facts stand…

Racing towards 2018, we are amazed at how much of what the Word said would happen in the last days is happening:

Since World War I, pragmatism has ruled British Mid-East policy

The relationship between the UK and the Jewish people has been a series of peaks and troughs, with the latter sadly pre-eminent. Nearly every peak, though welcome, was inspired by selfish interests.

Are you smarter than your smart phone?

Music and silence-how I detest them both! … We will make the whole universe a noise in the end. We have already made great strides in this direction as regards the Earth. The melodies and silences of Heaven will be shouted down in the end. But I admit we are not yet loud enough, or anything like it. Research is in progress –Screwtape

The fictional devil, Screwtape, invented by CS Lewis, is an excellent guide to many who would, otherwise, be ‘unaware of [the devil’s] schemes’. It is essential to satanic strategy that the human thinking process should be hindered in every way possible – especially thinking about or with God: “...the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers…” 2 Corinthians 4:4) and he seeks tirelessly to control Christian minds also… “set your minds on things that are above” (Colossians 3:2).

Ignorance laughs at voters. Do you know the spirituality that drives the EU?

‘The United States of Europe must be a political reality or it cannot be an economic one.’Arthur Salter,

How does the Word of God speak about the People of God?

In the world people seek glory. Every field of human endeavour offers its own awards. High achievers receive medals, honours, titles and prizes. With the award comes admiration, honour and praise. The glory of this world usually leads to fame and fortune. A celebrity is listened to and gains the power to influence things.

Government threatens parents, seeks to protect abortion industry

The Scottish Government has announced that it will support a Bill to criminalise parental smacking, the Christian Institute reported on 6 September.1 The proposal mirrors a plan for Wales announced last year by First Minister Carwyn Jones. The Christian Institute has rightly warned that such proposals are a huge threat to families. It commented: “Even the mere suspicion of parental smacking could see children removed from their parents and questioned by government officials.”

It’s not easy following Jesus, yet we have been given all we need to do so

Time was when I was a half decent singer. Fifty years ago, I sang tenor and was fortunate to be part of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir. This was a valuable source of relaxation for me because, as Curate of an Anglican Church in Poole, ministry life was pretty hectic!

Christians persecuted in Australia !

An Australian media outlet has published a shocking catalogue of violence, hate speech, discrimination and attempts to silence those opposed to the redefinition of marriage, most of whom it says are Christians.1

Where should we focus our ministries – personally and corporately –as we seek to strengthen Christian witness in a post-Christian culture?

In these days when there are so many external and even internal pressures ranged against the Christian church, and where intolerance and persecution seem to be gathering strength and boldness, we need to gird ourselves for the changing landscape that lies ahead.

Neglect the neglected? Not a godly option…

Ever since he was a small boy, Sasha (not his real name) was neglected, and this was made worse when his mother died when he was still young. His father was an alcoholic and abandoned him, moving to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, while leaving Sasha behind in an orphanage.

The Scottish Covenanters had the right priorities Matthew Vogan explains…

 

They were on a Scottish hillside in fear of government troops arresting or killing those at this “illegal” worship service. Why would the young preacher pause his sermon and begin to pray for the restoration of the Jews?