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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
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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
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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
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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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December 2014
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Pilgrims’ Friend Society

Residents and supporters celebrated the end of a two-year redevelopment of the Pilgrims’ Friend Society’s (PFS) care site in Evington, Leicester, with a tape-cutting ceremony and a service at local Wycliffe United Reformed Church. Residents and supporters cheered as Alan Copeman, chairman of the PFS, and Rev. Paul Bassett from Melbourne Hall cut the…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

From head to heart

I had a normal upbringing in Dudley, but, unusually coming from an Indian background, I was never taught anything even vaguely linked to religion. I suppose the only religious influence I had was the little I was taught in RE lessons at school. Up until the age of about nine, I never even considered…

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December 2014
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Artillery Street, Colchester

Saturday 20 September saw nearly 90 people gather at Artillery Street Evangelical Church, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester. The occasion was to celebrate and thank God for 175 years of the church’s life and gospel ministry in New Town, Colchester. Stuart Olyott preached from Acts 9:9-34, and reflected on the amazing grace…

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December 2014
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Christmas Day 1814

Christmas Day 1914 — just 100 years ago — witnessed an astonishing scene: German and Allied soldiers shaking hands in No Man’s Land, tentatively at first, and then more boldly as a Christmas truce marked a lull in the bitter fighting of World War 1. Even more surprising were the football matches that took…

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December 2014
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Learning from Joseph

Joseph stands centre stage in nativity plays. He is right at the heart of the drama that unfolds in Bethlehem, but in the biblical account of the first Christmas, Joseph has a non-speaking part. Mary sings, angels speak, shepherds talk, the Magi (wise men) inquire, and Herod rages, but Joseph remains silent. None of…

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December 2014
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What Jesus means to me

I come from Hungary. I am 46 years old and married to Natalia. We have two sons, Daniel, who is 14 years old, and Dominic, who is 7. My parents live in Budapest. I have been in the UK for 15 years, but still keep my Hungarian accent! As a young man I represented…

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Learning from the shepherds

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December 2014
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Learning from the shepherds

Shepherds weren’t very high up on the social scale, in the first century. In fact, the general view was that they weren’t to be trusted. They were often the victims of cruel stereotypes — like blondes today! People would comment to one another whether the sheep being herded along the side of the road…

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