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December 2015
Evangelistic

Delivered from addiction

As a fun-loving teenager, I would never have dreamt that I would have become an alcoholic in my twenties. But become one I did. Leaving school at 17, I started work on a Bournemouth newspaper. Alongside this, I worked in various bands as a musician. Between these two career paths, I drifted as time passed into a pattern of increasingly heavy drinking. Reckless In one of the bands in which I played, I fell for the lovely girl singer. We settled down and, in time, a family came along. However, it was the ‘settling down’ that I struggled with and refused to do. I gravitated...

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May 2015
Evangelistic

Whose side are you on?

On Monday 5 June 1944, almost every soldier aboard the British troop ship, Princess Ingrid, gathered for a church service. The next day was D-Day, the beginning of the liberation of Europe.

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Seeking & finding

Before coming to know the Lord Jesus, I used to think the Bible was changed every year. When I first heard about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I thought Christianity changes every time. And when I began to be a friend of Jonathan, now my husband, I said to him, ‘I don’t mean to offend you, but I don’t believe in religion. Religion is man-made. I believe in a relationship with God’. But he said, ‘That’s what Christianity is, a relationship with God’. Seeking I never used to understand why some people wore a crucifix. I know a man died on a cross and...

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Learning from Zacharias and Elisabeth

400 years of silence! This was a long time to wait for God to reveal the Saviour, who had last been spoken of by the prophet Malachi, in the very last book of the Old Testament. Many of the Jews had forgotten all about it. In many Jewish families, husband-wife relationships were breaking down and little love was evident between parents and children either. For these, family life was full of tension, while religious life was largely empty and lacking in joy and reality. Hope Not so with Zacharias and Elisabeth. God had kept his promise of a Saviour alive in their hearts — their...

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December 2014
Evangelistic

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 were high. My parents taught my brothers and me the Scriptures, from an early age. Family devotions were important and I can remember them to this day. We even went through Pilgrim’s progress together. As a youngster, these things, on top of going to church and attending Sunday school and youth...

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December 2014
Evangelistic

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 me to stop attending the church. I now realise that if I had been a Christian I wouldn’t have left. My sister, Joan, would at times ask me to go to church, but I never would. Around two years ago, John, a member of the church, took me out to look...

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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
Evangelistic

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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