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December 2018
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A sudden realisation

Growing up in a Christian family has meant that I learnt about God from a very young age. For as long as I can remember I’ve believed in God, attended church services, prayed and read from the Bible. I used to assume that this made me a Christian. But when I was around 15 years old I started attending Bible study groups held by a local church, where I learnt even more about God, as well as meeting some amazingly kind people. Gradually, it began to feel as if every church sermon at the time was aimed at me and the wrong things I’d done....

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December 2018
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Finding the Creator

As a teenager, sadly, I had no time for God, but I believed that there was a Creator. In the early 1950s I left Sheffield, having been called up for national service and I was stationed at RAF Chivenor in North Devon. One day when off-duty and visiting Rock Park in Barnstaple I noticed how beautiful the flowers were. A local man approached me and engaged me in conversation. He recognised that I was from Chivenor and kindly invited me that day to have tea with himself and his wife in their home. They were Christians and they also invited me to attend a service...

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December 2018
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From traditional to real

Born in Poland, I followed the traditions of the Roman Catholic religion for the first 18 years of my life: christened as a baby, having religious lessons, and attending Sunday ‘mass’ with my parents, as all the other children in my village did. I was taught to believe in God’s existence, the concept of sin, hell and heaven. What I lacked, however, was peace with God. I questioned the purpose of life and felt a deep sense of unhappiness. I have always enjoyed reading and was led to a book called The Master. Based on the Gospel of John, this book presented the life of...

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December 2018
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Who do you think you are?

My uncle David is the family historian. He has spent many hours researching the family tree and has discovered relatives in Australia and Argentina. My uncle is not alone in his desire to trace his genealogical roots. The BBC series Who do you think you are? is very popular. In the programme, famous people research their family history, in an effort to discover how the past has shaped their lives. Family trees Family trees can give us a sense of identity and provide an historical anchor for our lives. In times of increased social mobility and family disintegration, we want to know who we are...

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December 2018
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My Lord and my God!

It’s exciting! It’s amazing! It’s fantastic! As incredible as it seems, yet by faith I believe it’s true. Permit me to give a testimony, a wonderful witness that I could only make by God’s sovereign grace. Here it is: ‘The God of the Bible is my God!’ Let me be specific. My God is the God of creation, the one who spoke the world into existence. The Bible begins with this marvellous statement, ‘In the beginning, God’. He is the one I worship. My God is the God of Noah, who secured this man’s family from the Flood which came upon the world because of...

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December 2018
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The wise and the foolish

History is littered with dead kings. Destined to reign from the beginning of life, they have come at last to their throne. But only for a time. Always, sooner or later, they have come into conflict with death. And death has always carried the day. There is, however, one remarkable exception to this universal rule. Long ago a child was born to be king, encountered death, submitted to it, but could not be held by it. He now sits upon the throne of a kingdom that is coextensive with the whole of physical and spiritual reality and he is destined to reign forever. Real facts...

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December 2018
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Joseph — unsung hero of Christmas?

Joseph — the legal guardian and earthly father of the Lord Jesus — is often overlooked in the Christmas story. Matthew’s Gospel however relates the account of the birth of Christ more from Joseph’s perspective than Mary’s. Matthew tells us: ‘Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly’ (Matthew 1:18-19). From the above, if we could picture an...

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December 2018
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A hymn of hope for those in despair

Who wrote this song? The author is most surprising: a Jewish priest who’d been struck dumb for nine months! Zacharias was his name, and the cause of his lack of speech was unbelief. Zacharias just hadn’t reckoned that his elderly wife could possibly become a mother for the first time, even though God himself had sent an angelic messenger to confirm it to him. Now the period of waiting had ended, the miracle baby had arrived, and the name John had been given to him, in accordance with God’s direction through the angel. As the Baptist, John would be the forerunner of the Lord Jesus...

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December 2018
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‘The Word became flesh’

In just these four words John the apostle, in the first chapter of his Gospel, gives us the reason for celebrating Christmas. It is amazing how much can be said in a few words. Four words to describe one of the most significant, amazing and pivotal events in the whole of human history. John is speaking about the birth of Jesus and is telling us that the baby born at Bethlehem already existed before this birth. Indeed, in another four-word statement John tells us that, ‘The Word was God’. In the same way, the first chapter of the first book of the Bible (Genesis) opens...

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December 2018
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Facing the future

Mary’s hopes and dreams for her firstborn son were overshadowed by prophecy, but she never forgot who held the future for Jesus. Last year I wrote about the difficulties facing childless parents at Christmas, when everything seems to focus on ‘family’. This year we will be celebrating our own family ‘miracle’: a son finally granted to us, expected shortly before Christmas Day. While we give great thanks to God for the medical breakthroughs that made this possible, and for God’s protection over us during a testing and traumatic loss of his twin sister Diana at 5 months, we also are full of wonder and questions...

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December 2018
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Mary’s Song

This month people all over the world will celebrate Christmas. For many, it will simply mean time off work to sit back, relax and indulge in chocolates, presents, and elaborate roast dinners. However, the true meaning of Christmas is much deeper. Christians celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died and rose from the dead as a sacrifice for sinners. As the Bible says: ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2:11). Often the Bible passages which are read out at carol services are accounts...

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December 2018
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A sight for sore eyes

Our eyes are wonderful things! Each one is a slightly asymmetrical globe, about an inch in diameter. The front part of the eye that you see in the mirror contains the iris (the pigmented part), the cornea (a clear dome over the iris), the pupil (the black circular opening in the iris that lets light in), the sclera (the white part), and the conjunctiva (a thin layer of tissue covering the front of the eye, except the cornea). Just behind the iris and pupil lies the lens, which helps to focus light on the back of the eye. Most of the eye is filled with...

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