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December 2014
Evangelistic

Early impressions of Moldova

Maureen Wise, compassionate missionary to Moldova, shares impressions on serving the Lord in Eastern Europe. The initial buzz of conversation in the plane had quietened as passengers lapsed into reverie or sleep. I was returning from Moldova and, starved of news for the preceding months, I was devouring the contents of a Romanian newspaper I had been given when boarding. My eyes fell on a cartoon. It was December 2006 and Romania was about to join the European Union. The cartoon depicted the President of Romania, European flag in hand, triumphantly looking westwards and running with all speed towards Europe. The Republic of Moldova, although...

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December 2014
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Where is God when things go wrong?

Ten years ago, on 26 December 2004, the worst recorded tsunami, and one of the worst earthquakes for human casualties ever, took place. Its epicentre was off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. About 250,000 people from all over the world, including many holiday-makers, were killed, one third of them children. The appalling devastation following this disaster resulted in countless number of people asking the age-old question, ‘Where is God when things go wrong?’ It is a question often asked in the wake of tragedies and disasters, ‘natural’ or human. A reader’s letter, published in the Daily Telegraph, put into print the conclusion reached by many:...

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December 2014
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Be careful who you listen to!

Some decades ago in America, a train was travelling west in the depths of winter. It was freezing cold and snowing heavily, with blizzard conditions. On board was a young woman with her baby who wanted to leave the train at one of the remote stations along the route. Owing to the region’s remoteness, one of the guardsman’s tasks was to call out the names of stations as they approached, so people would know when to disembark. Frozen The woman was a stranger to the country, so on several occasions she went up to the guardsman and said, ‘Please don’t forget me. I need to...

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December 2014
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Real goodness

Alcohol abuse and physical abuse were common in our household from as early as I can remember and, when I was six, my parents got divorced. I stayed with my mother, who instilled a moral compass and good values in me. At home life wasn’t easy for me. I was the eldest of two and sibling rivalry was fierce as single parenthood took its toll on all of us. Good life However, to the outside world, everything had to look perfect. I was quite capable of covering up my sinful deeds and so everything was ‘perfect’: I was the perfect daughter, friend, girlfriend and eventually...

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December 2014
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Knocking at the door

I don’t have a dramatic or magical testimony. I was brought up in a Christian home. I attended church regularly and read the Bible occasionally. I thought I was a Christian because I did all the stuff that Christians do. But, deep down, I didn’t have peace in my heart. At one point during my early teens, everywhere I went there was someone who was talking about God. I absolutely hated it, I didn’t want God and was running away from him. But the message about God’s love kept coming to me through various different means, like Christian television programmes and Christian friends. I remember...

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December 2014
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Homeless at Christmas

Homeless people! We hear lots about them in the news, and sometimes we see them. They huddle in corners of the streets, pulling their tattered garments about them. Sometimes they take refuge under bridges to stay dry. In the winter, charity organisations afford them places to eat and sleep. They are pitiable, to say the least. This month I am reminded that something like this was the condition of the Saviour of men, Jesus Christ, who is my Lord and my God. He was born in a stable, lived his few days on earth with friends and disciples, and was buried in a borrowed tomb....

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December 2014
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Surprised by forgiveness

I was born in a small village in south Buckinghamshire. At the age of two months I was christened in the local parish church just across the road. It was here I went to Sunday school. Three things from then stand out in my memory. When speaking about David and Goliath, the vicar demonstrated a slingshot and broke one of the window panes! I remember learning about ‘Mr I’ finding it impossible to cross a chasm to heaven on a tightrope. And I learned the children’s hymn ‘There is a green hill’. As with many children, starting secondary school saw all church attendance cease. After...

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December 2014
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Redeemer Croydon

In September 2013, my family and I moved into Croydon to plant what is now Redeemer Croydon. The time since then has been the steepest learning curve I’ve ever experienced. It has been thrilling, exhausting, joyful, draining, and ultimately, under God, fruitful. In the year leading up to our launch, the Lord assembled a committed launch team of 50 adults, exactly the number I’d been praying for, for well over a year. He also provided a perfect venue and everything else needed for us to launch with strong momentum. And, in post-launch, God has given us steady and significant growth. The year has been characterised...

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December 2014
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Learning from Simeon and Anna

Among the delightful aspects of the story of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is this incident involving Simeon and Anna, two elderly people in the Temple (Luke 2:22-38). They were part of a group of people earnestly waiting the coming of the Messiah — the One who God had promised would secure eternal salvation for all God’s people. Simeon Simeon was a great man in every way. God was real to him. He enjoyed a very close relationship with God and lived an upright life before everyone. And he was special in one particular way: the Holy Spirit had made it clear...

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December 2014
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Turned around

I grew up in a Christian family that attended church every Sunday morning and evening. I happily accepted the things I was told, as fact. But, towards the end of primary school, it was becoming obvious that living in a Christian family was not ‘normal’. I had problems at school and was unhappy, yet very much wanted to ‘fit in’. It was at this point that I started to resent Christianity. At the age of 12, I was bored stiff with church. My priorities were definitely not there. My resentment against church and Christianity grew hugely, as I began to blame my ‘weird’ upbringing. My...

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December 2014
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Christmas – truth or tradition?

Truth and tradition have always been in contention. And this is especially true when it comes to the subject of Christmas. This is a season full of traditions, from Santa Claus, to Rudolph the reindeer, to Christmas trees. These are harmless and happy traditions, except when they push the truth out of Christmas. God’s plan The truth is that Christmas is the invention of God. By Christmas I don’t mean 25 December, but the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Saviour of the world. The truth is that God planned this event in all its details. He prophesied it in...

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December 2014
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A Christmas letter

As Christmas approaches, some children write a letter to Father Christmas, ensuring he knows their wish list! At a Caring For Life (CFL) Supporters’ Day in September, one young lady who is supported by CFL read out a letter of a very different sort. Karen was referred to CFL by her parents when she was 16, struggling with Asperger’s Syndrome and her behaviour out of control. Karen was angry with everyone and everything. Having no structured routine she slept all day, and stayed awake all night listening to loud music and making her parents’ life impossible. Home A local newspaper ran a story about a...

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