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Words of wonder from a forgotten figure
December 2012
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Words of wonder from a forgotten figure

Words of wonder from a forgotten figure Simeon is not as well known as the shepherds or the wise men, but he tells us far more about the meaning of Jesus’ birth. Whenever we think of the people who saw the Lord Jesus Christ as a newborn infant or as a young child, our minds instinctively turn to the shepherds and the wise men.     Both feature in nativity scenes, on Christmas cards and in carols such as ‘While shepherds watched their flocks by night’ and ‘As with gladness men of old’; and we may be familiar with their stories.    The shepherds were local Jews,...

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Let’s get this party started!
December 2012
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Let’s get this party started!

Let’s get this party started! ‘It’s the season to be jolly’, but have we forgotten the reason to celebrate? This year is the last time the Girard Annual Christmas Open House will be held at my flat. It’s been a seven-year tradition: inviting everyone from church, work, school and university to see how many people can possibly fit into a 12×7 foot space.     The record is 29 at the same time and I did wonder if the floor would hold firm! It’s a little bit of giving and gospel, mixing it up between friends of all beliefs or none, giving food and extending invitations...

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Drawn to Christ
December 2012
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Drawn to Christ

Drawn to Christ As a 15-year-old growing up in the city of Coventry, I had one focus in life — cycling was my passion. Every day I would be out with the local cycling club, training or involved with time trials. I was not really that good but I just loved the sport.     So it came as a surprise when a good friend of mine invited me along to her church youth group. I politely declined. I had never even considered whether there was a God or not and I had no concept as to what a Christian might be.     Party invitation My...

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The sinking of the Iolaire
December 2012
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The sinking of the Iolaire

The sinking of the Iolaire In the Western Isles, where people over the years have so much depended on boats for their livelihood, many families have become familiar with the experience of bereavement, as news has reached them of vessels lost at sea and their men drowned. Among the shipwrecks off the Isle of Lewis, probably none has been more tragic or aroused such pathos as that of the Iolaire, which went down in the early hours of 1 January 1919. Two hundred and five men drowned within sight of the lights of Stornoway. Scarcely a family was left untouched in Lewis by this horrific...

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December 2012
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My eyes were opened

My eyes were opened I started coming along to Camberwell Evangelical Church when I was just 14. My new friend from school had invited me along. She’d been brought up in the church and thought I might enjoy playing rounders in the park with the rest of her young friends during the summer.     I had a really good time. Everyone was friendly and kind, and at the end we all sat down on the grass and some guy stood up for about 10 minutes and talked about God. It was there that I first heard that I was a sinner and that one day...

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The mystery of the incarnation
December 2012
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The mystery of the incarnation

The mystery of the incarnation If you were visiting someone in a nursing home and they asked you to read them the Christmas story, you would probably read from the early chapters of either Luke’s or Matthew’s Gospel. We usually think that these events are described in those Gospels and that Mark and John are silent on this part of Jesus’ history.     However we can easily overlook the fact that John has a very profound, if brief, statement about Jesus’ birth: ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us’ (John 1:14).     Someone not familiar with the Bible could easily read this...

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Silent night
December 2012
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Silent night

Silent night There are few things as stunning as a night sky full of blazing stars. Trouble is, you hardly ever see one. Why not? Because of light pollution.     There is so much light from buildings, towns, cities and street lamps. You really need to be out in the ‘middle of nowhere’ to see a starry night in all its splendour. The dark background is vital.     The same is true of Christmas. The story has been made so sentimental, so ‘jolly’, that you can hardly see the splendour. Comic camels, a grumpy innkeeper, Santa — it’s all ‘light pollution’ that robs us of...

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LOVED from before birth
December 2012
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LOVED from before birth

LOVED from before birth There is a verse in the Bible in which King David celebrates God’s care for him, while he was a baby growing in his mother’s womb.     He says, ‘Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them’ (Psalm 139:16).    In the same way, even before I was born, the Lord was watching over and preparing my path in life.     When two weeks old, I was adopted by my family; at that time, there were no Christians in it. When...

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