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December 2014
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God’s love to the rebellious

I was born in the railway town of Crewe, on 25 April 1962, the youngest of three boys. My father was pastor of a backstreet church there. My early days were good ones. The things I used to do were typical of what boys did. However, being a pastor’s son, expectations for good behaviour…

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December 2014
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Life through Christ

I came to live in Flint when I was four years old. It was a Saturday; and on the Sunday I was taken to Sunday school. I continued to go to church, took part in all its activities and eventually became a Sunday school teacher. A few years ago an incident occurred which led…

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December 2014
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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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