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What is your life ?

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December 2012
Evangelistic

What is your life ?

What is your life ? I challenge you! Can you think of a more important question than that? The New Testament writer James gives a brief answer to this question: ‘You are a mist that appears a little while and then vanishes’ (James 4:14). But that answer touches on only two aspects of life…

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December 2012
Evangelistic

A white Christmas

A white Christmas Yes, it’s that time again — when you can’t visit the shops without being subjected to ‘Christmas music’. I don’t mean carols like ‘Hark the herald angels sing’ or Handel’s ‘Messiah’, but ‘Merry Christmas’ by Slade or ‘Mistletoe and wine’ by Cliff Richard. It’s enough to make you want to stay…

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A Christmas blessing

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December 2012
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A Christmas blessing

A Christmas blessing Christmas Eve 2011 saw my family and I attending a ‘Service of nine lessons and carols’ in Bath Abbey. The carefully chosen Bible readings, along with the traditional Christmas carols, proved a great blessing. The service concluded with a prayer, which this Christmas I would like to share with you: May…

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Doing the right thing

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December 2012
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Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing There will be some people reading this who don’t enjoy the social whirl of the holidays. Nevertheless, they go to dances, ‘dos’ and New Year countdowns because of the expectations of others. Even while conforming, many feel the awkwardness of ‘loneliness in a crowd’. But my biblical hero, Joseph, broke…

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December 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Meet the multiverse

Meet the multiverse According to Goldilocks, Little Bear’s porridge was ‘just right’, but only in the last 60 years or so have scientists been forced to agree. Not just about porridge, of course, but about planet Earth’s apparently unique capacity to sustain life. The realisation that Earth is perfectly suited (‘just right’) for the…

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From immorality to Christ

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December 2012
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From immorality to Christ

From immorality to Christ I left the British Home for Mothers and Babies, at Woolwich, in my mother’s arms. That was at the end of the first week of June in 1944. We were accompanied, I am told, by the drone of an unwelcome companion up in the sky, one of Hitler’s first ‘doodlebugs’.…

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The dog who stole Christmas

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December 2012
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The dog who stole Christmas

The dog who stole Christmas Wise men came from the East to worship Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Myrrh seems a strange gift, for it was used to anoint a dead body!    But Jesus was born to die, and, by his death and resurrection, he paid the penalty for…

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Historical

December 2012
Articles > Historical > News

Scottish martyrs

Scottish martyrs 31 October 2012 marked the 350th anniversary of the ejection of nearly 400 Covenanter ministers from their parishes in Scotland. These men refused to conform to the imposition on the Reformed Church in Scotland by King Charles II of what they believed to be unscriptural forms of worship and church government. A…

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An urgent choice

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December 2012
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An urgent choice

An urgent choice I was brought up in Italy, where the standard belief is Roman Catholicism, but I never really believed Catholicism had God’s authority behind it.     Somehow I resented my conscience’s demands for a better standard of behaviour, but that was the extent of my beliefs. I believed in the existence of…

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Words of wonder from a forgotten figure

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December 2012
Evangelistic

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…

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Let’s get this party started!

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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…

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Drawn to Christ

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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.   …

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