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December 2006
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Teen testimony -afraid to sleep

I was born and brought up in a Christian family and I have been going to church since I was very young. When I was eight I asked God to forgive my sins because I didn't want to go to hell, but nothing changed in my life.Over the next few years I sat through…

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I cast a spell

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December 2006
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I cast a spell

In my teens I found myself drawn to books about eastern philosophies, the occult and new age. Under the surface I harboured a deep unhappiness but I drowned these feelings with alcohol, drugs and comfort eating.I thought suicide might be a way out. Once during an argument I tried to get out of a…

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Top priority

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December 2006
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Top priority

Every day we face a barrage of things that need to be done - work, meetings, shopping, phone calls, cleaning, DIY, people to see, books to read, and so on. The only way to cope is to set priorities and deal with the important issues first. But, how do we know what is important?…

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Nothing made sense

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December 2006
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Nothing made sense

I came from a good working class home and left school at fifteen - when a lot of questions suddenly seemed important to me. Who am I? Where do I fit into the scheme of things? Can we find happiness in a world where most people are out for themselves? Nothing really made sense.Religion,…

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A glorious thought

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December 2006
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A glorious thought

Sandi's story I was in hospital suffering from depression. Hearing that I wanted to attend church, a fellow patient invited me to go to hers.I was not brought up as a Christian, so when I first entered Spring Road Church in Southampton I found it strange that there were no stained glass windows, crosses…

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What’s your problem?

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December 2006
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What’s your problem?

Many people get annoyed if someone tries to talk to them about Christ. 'Religion is a private matter', they say, 'so keep it to yourself!'But Christianity is not private at all - according to Jesus it is a message to be proclaimed to the whole wide world (Mark 16:15)! The apostle Paul took this…

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December 2006
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Toy story

'In my opinion', said the Teddy Bear, 'Christmas is overrated'.'Yeah', chipped in the Barbie Doll in a frilly dress, 'It's just an excuse for a party. But, heh! There's nothing wrong with that, is there?' 'We're all robots', gloomily intoned the shiny mechanical figure (made in Japan); 'Just robots, nothing more'.The toy shop was…

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Led to find Christ

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December 2006
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Led to find Christ

I came to England from China for a short stay. One morning, I was trying to place a large bag of garbage into a bin outside the place where I was staying. I was struggling with the bag but a Chinese man passing by kindly volunteered to help me. I discovered later that he…

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Guru-mania, or finding your roots

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December 2006
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Guru-mania, or finding your roots

Our 'mobile' generation, ever on the move, has developed a powerful sense of its own rootlessness. So it's not surprising that discovering our family roots has become a major pastime. Surpassing the nation's fitness fads, cooking concerns, and a myriad other self-help gigs, genealogical research (GR) is now big business.A simple search for 'genealogical…

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What if Jesus had never been born?

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December 2006
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What if Jesus had never been born?

On one of my overseas trips an in-flight documentary caught my attention. An anthropologist was waxing eloquent about the 'incredibly advanced Mayan civilization' of Central America in the 15th century. They didn't have a written language, but they were 'incredibly advanced'.The Mayans built spectacular pyramid temples - all without the wheel! Of course, they…

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Help! I’m allergic to God

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December 2006
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Help! I’m allergic to God

The medical columnist of a USA newspaper received an unusual letter. The writer complained of a phobia that sounds strange but may be more common than we think! She claimed that whenever she went to a church she felt weak and dizzy, and within a few minutes began to perspire. Her doctor had suggested…

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The humiliation of God

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December 2006
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The humiliation of God

The humiliation of God is not the first thing that springs to mind when we think of Christmas. The mood of the season is festive. The carols we sing speak of the King of heaven coming to earth to usher in a reign of peace. Even the familiar nativity scenes are cosy and attractive…

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