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December 2014
Evangelistic

Knocking at the door

I don’t have a dramatic or magical testimony. I was brought up in a Christian home. I attended church regularly and read the Bible occasionally. I thought I was a Christian because I did all the stuff that Christians do. But, deep down, I didn’t have peace in my heart. At one point during…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Homeless at Christmas

Homeless people! We hear lots about them in the news, and sometimes we see them. They huddle in corners of the streets, pulling their tattered garments about them. Sometimes they take refuge under bridges to stay dry. In the winter, charity organisations afford them places to eat and sleep. They are pitiable, to say…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Surprised by forgiveness

I was born in a small village in south Buckinghamshire. At the age of two months I was christened in the local parish church just across the road. It was here I went to Sunday school. Three things from then stand out in my memory. When speaking about David and Goliath, the vicar demonstrated…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Redeemer Croydon

In September 2013, my family and I moved into Croydon to plant what is now Redeemer Croydon. The time since then has been the steepest learning curve I’ve ever experienced. It has been thrilling, exhausting, joyful, draining, and ultimately, under God, fruitful. In the year leading up to our launch, the Lord assembled a…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Learning from Simeon and Anna

Among the delightful aspects of the story of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is this incident involving Simeon and Anna, two elderly people in the Temple (Luke 2:22-38). They were part of a group of people earnestly waiting the coming of the Messiah — the One who God had promised would…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Turned around

I grew up in a Christian family that attended church every Sunday morning and evening. I happily accepted the things I was told, as fact. But, towards the end of primary school, it was becoming obvious that living in a Christian family was not ‘normal’. I had problems at school and was unhappy, yet…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Christmas – truth or tradition?

Truth and tradition have always been in contention. And this is especially true when it comes to the subject of Christmas. This is a season full of traditions, from Santa Claus, to Rudolph the reindeer, to Christmas trees. These are harmless and happy traditions, except when they push the truth out of Christmas. God’s…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

A Christmas letter

As Christmas approaches, some children write a letter to Father Christmas, ensuring he knows their wish list! At a Caring For Life (CFL) Supporters’ Day in September, one young lady who is supported by CFL read out a letter of a very different sort. Karen was referred to CFL by her parents when she…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Drawn to Christ

I was brought up in a Catholic family and attended church every week. I was aware of God during my younger years. However, I fell away from Catholicism and ignored my religion, mostly because I had no real understanding of the Lord. I chose instead to make my own decisions, living the way I…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Finding God’s way

I grew up going to Sunday school, kids’ clubs and attending church every week. As a boy, teenager and young man I did this mainly to please my mum and dad. I knew church was a good thing. I believed the Bible stories were true: Daniel in the lions’ den; Noah’s ark, and stories…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

All our Christmases

Christmas Day 1914 marked one of history’s most famous football matches. A few months earlier, World War I had erupted and the fierce fighting had already claimed nearly a million lives. But around Christmas a series of unofficial ceasefires occurred along the Western Front. Despite the cold, frosty conditions, German soldiers began singing, ‘Silent…

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December 2014
Articles > Historical

Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Smith (1890-1977)

It was Lord Hardinge who said of General Havelock, the devoted Christian officer who was to become famous for his part in the relief of Lucknow, that he was ‘every inch a Christian and every inch a soldier’. This description would be equally appropriate of Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Smith KCB, KBE, DSO, MC,…

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