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February 2014
Evangelistic

Notable truths from Noah’s Times

The stories of the Old Testament are entertaining, but they were not written merely to entertain us; they were designed to confront us with important spiritual truths. In Hebrews 11:7 — ‘by faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith’ — the author refers his readers to the story of Noah and the ark. Warning Although this story is thousands of years old, it has great meaning and significance for us. It tells...

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December 2013
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‘Waves of love washed my bitterness away’

To say that Matt Collis had a difficult childhood is an understatement. But he found a way to deal with the cruelty and sadness. He shares his story of how despair gave way to hope and a new start. Following the divorce of my parents when I was two years old, my mother, twin brother, sister and I left our home town to live in the Midlands until I was about seven.   Carefree life   We were a poor family, living on a council estate and our mother had bouts of depression and nervous breakdowns. She was often bed-bound, so we didn’t know much...

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December 2013
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Why Jesus came

Most people I talk to accept that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and made an impact on the world by his teaching, but that’s about it; and others have done the same sort of thing — so Christmas is a nice story for children, but has nothing to do with them as adults. But the Bible takes a very different view of things. It teaches us that Jesus was a unique person — God who became a man through his marvellous birth by Mary at the first Christmas. This Jesus came into the world to make a profound difference to the lives of men and...

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December 2013
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Drawn by God’s grace

My father was a volunteer Sapper in 1939 and, by the end of the war, a ‘convinced atheist’. I was born in 1948 and brought up to question what religion had to offer. I attended a CofE church for a while as a choirboy, where I developed a sarcastic view of the church in that I believed it only existed for old people and those afraid of dying. As I didn’t fit into these categories, church was irrelevant!   Royal Engineers   I left school and worked on several farms, which I enjoyed, before realising that this was not getting me where I hoped to...

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December 2013
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The right ingredients

Why putting the Christmas pudding together reminds Simoney Kyriakou of God’s perfect timing It has taken nearly 20 years for me to adapt a Christmas pudding recipe to match the tastes of my family. As it falls to my lot to make the puddings each year along ‘acceptable lines’, I know it takes about a year to get it right. Firstly there’s the fruit, using the proper spices and soaking it throughout the year. Then comes the suet: vegetable only, but not so much that the pudding gets stodgy. And the bread has to be soft, seeded bread. The mind boggles! Then there is the...

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December 2013
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Christmas evangelism

Pray for all the efforts that are being made to point to the coming of Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. Pray for calendars, leaflets and tracts that will be given out. Pray for special Christmas evangelistic services. Pray that the words of the Christmas carols will cause people to think deeply about Christ. Pray that people might be struck by the words that are read out from the Bible.   ‘Waves of love washed my bitterness away’ To say that Matt Collis had a difficult childhood is an understatement. But he found a way to deal with the cruelty and sadness. A...

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December 2013
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A warm welcome

My name is Lucie Boulter and I have been attending Melbourne Hall, a church in Leicester, for 16 years. I was introduced to the church by my then boyfriend, now husband, Carl Boulter. He and his family had been attending Melbourne Hall through the generations and still continue to worship there. When Carl first brought me to the church, I believed that I was a Christian. I had been brought up in a good home where I had been taken to church on special occasions such as Christmas. I had been christened and confirmed in the Church of England and felt that this was all...

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December 2013
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God’s astonishing love

‘Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!’ (1 John 3:1). The apostle John begins his first letter, in the New Testament, with an exclamation of astonishment. He was an old man when he wrote these words. It’s safe to say that he had seen more astonishing things than any man his age. He had seen Jesus make the lame walk, the deaf hear and the blind see. He had seen him cast out demons, still storms, feed multitudes and even raise the dead. John was present on the mountain when Jesus’ robe of...

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Have a truly happy Christmas!
December 2013
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Have a truly happy Christmas!

Have a truly happy Christmas! May the star of truth lead you to the blessed Saviour, as it did the Magi! How the Lord first spoke to the Magi who came from the East is a mystery which the Bible does not explain. We only know they followed the star and brought their gifts to Jesus. God’s Word, the Bible, is the bright light in this dark world. It is our only guide to final truth: it is inspired and infallible. But remember, the Bible will always lead you to Jesus Christ. May you, like the shepherds, hear the ‘good news’ of the gospel! Can...

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Christmas presents for the children
December 2013
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Christmas presents for the children

Jesus took it for granted that his disciples would share with their offspring: ‘You … know how to give good gifts to your children’, he once declared (Luke 11:13). It is natural and normal to love children. Christmas is a time to express that love by giving presents. The quality and quantity of gifts depends, of course, on economic realities. Millions, because of poverty, simply cannot give expensive gifts to children at Christmas. Many relief agencies and other institutions are now involved in helping to meet the needs of poor families. Yet, undeniably, there is no substitute for some physical expression of love at Christmas...

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December 2013
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Drawn to Jesus Christ

My early life was in a caring and settled family. My father spent life in military service. He was a man of integrity and ordered discipline, something I have since come to appreciate. He passed from this life when I was in my early teens. I recall that, through his long illness, he displayed great spirit and gracious character. Following his passing, I continued to grow up with my widowed mother, who worked hard to sustain the home without the support of her husband. Again, I am thankful for all she undertook for me. Seeds sown I was encouraged to attend Sunday school at the...

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December 2013
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Getting the big picture

Here’s the story of my journey to faith. I was one of five children — the only boy. I guess you could say that I was brought up in a religious family insomuch as it was a norm to walk to church three times each Sunday! But that was as far as religion went in our family at that time, as far as I can remember. My father struggled with alcohol dependency, which resulted in his early death at the age of 44, when I was 13-years-old. It was at this time that I first started to form my own personal assessment of ‘religion’. As...

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