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November 2017
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The flip side of Christmas

Christians around the world are praising God for the gift of Jesus Christ to be the Saviour. The good news of Jesus’ coming was proclaimed by the angels, welcomed by the shepherds, and celebrated by the wise men. It is well to be reminded, however, that this glorious event was not good news to everybody. At least one, King Herod, was not glad that the Saviour had come. Matthew 2:3 says: ‘When Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled’. Herod was aware of the expectation among the Israelites that their king would some day come to earth. The possibility that the infant sought...

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December 2017
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The power of prayer

Hello, my story shows how wonderfully God answers prayer for our loved ones. My grandfather, whom I never met because he was killed in the First World War, became a Christian after he was married and had two sons. He prayed for his wife and family that they too would become believers, but he never saw his prayers answered in his lifetime. My father had no time for God; neither did my mother. I was born into this family, but God had his hand upon me from the age of three. I begged my mother to let me go to the Sunday school up the...

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December 2017
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Leonard Muggeridge — son of a famous father

Many of you will have heard of the writer and often controversial TV broadcaster Malcolm Muggeridge, but perhaps not many will know that his eldest son Len was converted to Christ as a young man and had a long and active life in service to God. Compared to his famous father, Len (10/10/28–1/3/17) was a humble, unassuming man, who did not draw attention to himself, but, through his godly life and cheerful witness, had a lasting impact on many people’s lives. This is his story and a testimony to God’s grace in his life. Len was born in 1928 in Cairo, where his father was...

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December 2017
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Something wonderful happened

I was driving home, and suddenly I felt so empty and lost. I became really upset, wondering where I was going with my life. What changed? I’d moved to Cardiff with work, and two people on my team became Christians. I’d watched them get baptised, and they’d told the stories of how their lives had completely changed for the best — and it made me seriously think! I thought I had a nice life, doing what everyone else was doing, focusing on things I thought I wanted and needed, but I wasn’t happy. Deep down I was crying and I remember calling out to God...

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December 2017
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Real celebration

The story is told of a fellow who decided he’d throw a retirement party for his colleagues, friends and family, having worked in the same company for over 40 years. He hired a hall, booked a jazz band, contacted some outside caterers and sent out the invitations. Then, in due course, a great crowd descended on the hall and, as the evening wore on, began to really whoop it up. Strangely though, the host himself didn’t turn up! He couldn’t face it. Sadly, the nearer he got to retirement, the more depressed he got. It was something to do with thoughts of growing old, and...

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December 2017
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Let’s go to Bethlehem

Christmas is a special time of the year. The preparations begin weeks before; there is a long list of things to be done. Cards and presents are to be bought, decorations and Christmas trees put up. There are school concerts and carol services. There is food to be bought and cooked; time with the family; and, for parents with young children, an early start on Christmas day! It’s no wonder we can feel very tired. But after it’s over, what remains? When the food has been eaten, the family have gone home and the decorations have been taken down, what stays with us as life...

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December 2017
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Amazing grace

Being brought up in a Christian family, I listened to the gospel message from a young age. I attended Sunday school, youth groups and hundreds of church services, but I took very little notice of what I was hearing. From my point of view, the truths I heard from God’s Word went in one ear and out of the other, during the first 19 years of my life. I had little interest in listening to what God was saying to me and, during my teenage years, began to have the attitude, ‘I can do what I want and no one can stop me’. I went...

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December 2017
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From prodigal to preacher — the story of Chris Killen

On 25 July 1966, a family in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, welcomed a baby boy. He was their third son, and they had high hopes that he would fulfil their dreams for him and succeed in life. But, by the time he was 15, he had so broken their hearts that they had to ask him to leave home. The other boys had done well in school and in business, but this one was sinking to the depths, a real prodigal. And yet today those parents rejoice in that wayward son. No longer a prodigal, he is a preacher of the gospel and a winner of...

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December 2017
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Passchendaele — a lesson in mud

The green and pleasant little Belgian village of Passchendaele, just east of Ypres, has given its name to some of the worst horrors of the First World War. It has become synonymous with the mud of Flanders. With the Somme, you think of over-the-top charges and thousands of British soldiers mown down by German machine guns. With Passchendaele, you think of mud. Just over 100 years have elapsed since that particular campaign ended in ignominious abandonment, but the images have entered our collective psyche and are still with us today. Everyone knows that it rained then and that it rained hard. In fact, the rainfall...

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October 2017
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Justification by faith — a personal testimony

At this 500th anniversary of the Reformation we come to one of the main pillars, if not the pillar, of that Reformation: justification by faith alone, in Christ alone. Martin Luther wrote, ‘When the article of justification has fallen, everything has fallen’. He declared, ‘This is the chief article from which all other doctrines have flowed’. He argued, ‘It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves and defends the church of God; and, without it, the church of God cannot exist for one hour’. John Calvin said the same. He called it ‘the hinge on which religion turns’. Justification can be defined as ‘God’s act of remitting...

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April 2017
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The breaking dawn

At sunset and sunrise, a soldier in the field will be told to ‘Stand to’. These periods — just before sunset, when the light is dimming and it’s harder to see the enemy approach; or just before dawn, when the night is at its darkest, until the sun has broken over the horizon and the day’s routine begins — are the two times when a unit in the field is at its most vulnerable. Night vision equipment doesn’t function well and the human eye struggles to adjust to the changes in the light. They are also the most nerve-wracking periods for an infantry soldier. The...

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April 2017
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A matter of life and death

The celebrated Liverpool manager Bill Shankly famously said, ‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death … it is much, much more important than that’. Such sentiments have been echoed by many an ardent football fan, while they remain a complete mystery to those for whom ‘the beautiful game’ holds no appeal. For some of us it’s football; for others it’s rugby or some other sport; or music, art, politics, or something else. We all have something that we are passionate about, something that at times seems more important than either life or death. And yet, deep down, we know that there...

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