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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

The sweet sound of grace

Hello, my name is Ruth. I’m married to Pete, am a mum, and love to spend my spare time singing, cooking and catching up with friends or family. However, I’ve got to pause there, because although all those things are nice to hear and know, they don’t tell you about my true identity. I want to tell you about how I came to find my true identity in Jesus Christ. I was brought up with my two sisters in a Christian home, meaning both my parents trusted Jesus as their Saviour. We were taught about God from childhood and I can never remember doubting God’s...

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic > Uncategorised

True freedom

I’m not sure what you think about Christianity or even Christians as you are reading this, but I would like to share with you the way the God of the Bible changed my life in ways I never thought would happen. My upbringing was a Christian one, as both my parents are Bible-believing Christians. I grew up going to church on a Sunday and hearing what the Bible has to say. However, I didn’t believe what was being taught and I had little interest in God or changing the way I lived because of what I heard. As I saw it then, God was in...

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December 2017
Historical

Anne Askew (1521 – 1546), Protestant martyr

In Henry’s court, there were several high-ranking women who loved the gospel, including Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr. Among these influential women was a highly intelligent, beautiful and gifted noblewoman, Anne Askew.

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Sought and found by God

I was born in Wales, United Kingdom. Although sent to Sunday school as a young child (something which I hated!), I never once really heard the gospel message. Strange as it may seem, one can go to some places of worship and yet never hear the message of God’s saving grace. Two things I hated on Sundays as a child: one, having to go to the church up the road and attend this rather large Sunday school; and two, being reminded on Sunday evenings that I had school in the morning! I hated going to both schools, Sunday school and ‘ordinary’ school. I hated school...

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

From knowing about Jesus to knowing him

I grew up in a happy home in Malvern with a great family, good friends, and practically everything I wanted, right down to my own horse! We attended the local Church of England fairly often, and I believed I was a good person and good people went to heaven. I’d always believed in God and that Jesus Christ was his Son, although it never occurred to me to thank God for all the good things I had, or that he might not be pleased with the careless way I was living my life. I was confirmed at 15 years old, believing myself to be a...

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Something better than this life can ever offer

When I was about six-years-old, I believed in God, and I remember praying to him, asking him to forgive me for the wrong things I was doing. I wasn’t particularly naughty or rebellious by many peoples’ standards, but I was hiding it well! But I knew that those wrong things I was doing meant that I was sinning against God, and that because of that I was going to hell. It scared me! Growing up as a teenager, I started to have serious doubts as to whether or not I really was a Christian. I had some big unanswered questions. For me, the problem was that God...

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December 2017
Articles > Guest column

William Wilberforce and the abolition of the slave trade

This month marks the end of Kingston upon Hull’s year as the UK’s City of Culture. One part of Hull’s celebrations has been remembering William Wilberforce, ‘the friend of humanity’ and Hull’s ‘most illustrious son’. Wilberforce’s untiring efforts to abolish the slave trade were rewarded with that famous Act of Parliament of 1807, an event which historian G. M. Trevelyan called ‘one of the turning events in the history of the world’. William Wilberforce was born in Hull on 24 August 1759. He dedicated his life, to a great extent, to the abolition of the slave trade and ultimately of slavery itself. He said, ‘I...

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

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
Articles > Comment

The Royal Speech

More than eight million people in the UK watched the Queen’s message on Christmas day last year. Millions more throughout the Commonwealth saw her, some in different time zones many hours before our 3 o’clock slot. Always eagerly anticipated, the Queen’s message has a certain predictability about it. She reflects on the world scene, shares some family moments and commends those who sacrificially serve. She anchors all she says in the first Christmas, when God came into our world in the person of Jesus, born in Bethlehem and destined to die to ‘save his people from their sins’. 1939 Christmas message The tradition of our...

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December 2017
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Where science and faith meet

For many generations, we have been bombarded with the idea that science and the Bible are at war. Yet in 1865, over 150 years ago, Christians who were scientists proposed an approach based on harmony, not contradiction. Describing themselves as ‘students of the natural and physical sciences’, the 717 scholars represented senior academics, professional scientists and engineers, physicians and surgeons, ministers and missionaries. Royal Society Most of the signatories were fellows of professional organisations and 86 were members of the Royal Society. Their Declaration of 1865 appears to have been triggered by the reception given to Charles Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species. As...

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

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
Articles > Evangelistic

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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