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“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
1 Timothy 1:15

 

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Writings of Others.

“If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.”
“A true love of God must begin with a delight in his holiness.”
“I love those that thunder out the Word. The Christian world is in a dead sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can awake them out of it.”
Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758

“Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything – except his own nature.”
Henry Miller, 1891-1980

“Turning over a new leaf to cover the past, is not by any means the same thing as turning back the old leaves, and getting them washed in the Blood of the Lamb.”
Rev. William Haslam, 1818-1905

“Educate children without religion and you create a race of clever devils.”
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1769-1852

“I see a man cannot be a faithful minister until he preaches Christ for Christ’s sake.”
“I am just an interpreter of Scripture in my sermons, and when the Bible runs dry, then I shall.”
Rev Robert Murray McCheyne, 1813-1843

 

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THE BIBLE IS THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD
The Bible declares the holiness of God, the law of God, and the love of God.
It defines sin. It sets out God’s means of saving sinners through the sacrificial death of Jesus at Calvary. The Bible commands repentance for sin, and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ who died and rose again from the dead.
It declares that we cannot save ourselves simply by doing good. Forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life are entirely from God through Jesus Christ. That is the Christian Gospel of salvation from sin and its consequences as revealed in the written Word of God.

The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments is His complete and sufficient revelation of Himself to every generation.
The Old Testament reveals that God established a special people for Himself right from the beginning. Within His natural people, the nation of Israel, there was always a spiritual people who truly worshipped God from their hearts, a people who were His witnesses. The New Testament reveals that on the Day of Pentecost, God the Holy Spirit established the Church, according to all the earlier types and prophecies of the Jewish scriptures.
Today, the Christian church of true believers is still God’s living witness to Himself; their new life in Jesus should shine into the darkness of this world.
The law of God, and His commandments set out in the Bible are applicable to everyone, believer and unbeliever alike. Everyone is answerable to God for his or her thoughts, words, and deeds. In His love, God is the only Saviour of sinners, but He is also the righteous Judge of every member of mankind.

Unhappily, here in the UK at least, God’s law has been largely abandoned or ignored. Consequently, our nation is in a serious moral decline.
Is it possible that this sad state of affairs is partly due to the weakness of the evangelical church?
The New Testament Christians experienced effective communication with Almighty God, and many people were saved through their preaching of the Gospel. In similar ways from time to time through the following centuries, God the Holy Spirit worked in great power in and through the church, and consequently transformed society.
Do we fully believe that He is the same God today as He was in those times? Surely He does not change. His truth is everlasting. His promises are as trustworthy as on the day in which He first uttered them.
How urgently we need to cry out to the God of all Creation that prayer of the Psalmist: “Turn us again, O God.” We need Him to revive His people. Revival is a Biblical reality.
Our praying needs transformation. A renewing or reviving of the church can only come if our manner of praying is renewed and revived. Only then, will the preaching of God’s Word be transformed and regain its former effectiveness. Only then can we expect to see society affected. Only then can we expect God’s glory to be seen.
See our REVIVAL PAGE for several real-life confirmations of this fact.
Generally speaking, we are not experiencing those kind of things today in the UK.

We hope and pray that our website will encourage many to pray, perhaps in a new way, and to study God’s Word more diligently.
Together we need to hold on to that great promise that God is, “Able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20.

What’s in a Word?
WE LOVE WORDS.
In the beginning, God used words. In his wisdom, he has given words as the means of expression that is unique to human beings.
Words enable us to communicate our feelings, thoughts, ideas, imaginations, reactions, instructions and loads more. Words enable us to convey every element of human life and experience to others.
They are the most important line of communication between people.

Forms of communication multiply at an unprecedented speed, but writing is the one means of communication that has survived the advancing centuries.
Today’s technology has not made writing obsolete. Words are still being written, books are still being published, and information is still appearing in print.
Writing is here to stay. Marvellous!

The written word has power and influence that lasts well beyond the life of the writer. Take John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress.’ His work still attracts readers and influences their lives after more than 300 years.
The pen has always been superior to the sword.
“The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” Hebrews 4:12.

Writing and reading are fundamental to the development and advancement of people in every age.
In respect of the hymns and revival accounts on our website, we gladly acknowledge our indebtedness to the writings of other folk through the centuries.
Literacy is a major key to civilisation.
God has given to the human race the ability to write, but writing can be used for evil as well as good. Therefore, it is vital to have words that are beneficial. Whatever a Christian writer’s subject, it is important to write from a Christian perspective, or at least to treat the subject in a way that is honouring to God.

With God’s help, our website aims to do just that, and hopefully encourage others along the way.

Much of the content of the website is our own writing, so you are welcome to copy it – just acknowledge our authorship, please.

US:
We are very ordinary Christians. During our many years together, we have lived in several different areas of the UK. Smaller churches and fellowships have been our usual scene, but despite that, we have experienced various types of meetings.

For several years, we had the privilege of being involved in Christian work in Wales, including having a Christian bookshop.
Veronica and John Puckett During that time, John developed a strong interest in what made that small country ‘The Land of Revivals.’ This interest was largely aroused by Dr Eifion Evans’ book, ‘When He is Come,’ which deals mainly with the remarkable work of God in Wales in the mid-19th century. We discovered many more accounts of God’s wonderful reviving activity in the 18th and 19th centuries.
We had the privilege of meeting Christians who had personal experiences of the 1904 revival, and some who had experienced a mini-revival in Mid-Wales around 1920.
Returning to England with our children, we had some busy years with church and our small horticultural business. However, despite our many activities, we both found time to indulge our interest in writing.
God is good.

 

 

© John Puckett 2013