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August 2018
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YOUTH FEATURE: Lost for words

My wife and I love Budapest. It’s a beautiful, romantic city and famous for its music, food and drink. Though Hungarian is a notoriously difficult language, the Hungarians have a way with words. Words for these creative, artistic people have meant the difference between life and death, freedom or imprisonment. Communism In an echo of Luke 11:23, Mátyás Rákosi — the hard-line Communist leader referred to as ‘Stalin’s best Hungarian disciple’ — once said, ‘Whoever is not for us is against us!’ He meant that, unless you were a committed Communist, you were an enemy of the people and should therefore be arrested, tortured, imprisoned...

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July 2018
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YOUTH FEATURE: Dores Youth Conference Spring 2018

The Dores Youth Conference was held on 24 March. It was well attended, with 19 young people from many parts of Scotland, including Lewis, Skye and Inverness. As we arrived in dribs and drabs, there were snacks available for the hungry travellers. Rev. Davide Ratti opened with a short time of worship. After worship, Rev. Kenneth Macdonald began the morning talk on the theme ‘Running the race’, taking his text from Hebrews 12:1-2, ‘let us run with patience the race that is set before us’. The two main points from the morning talk were Preparation and Patience. We learned that we must be ready to...

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May 2018
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YOUTH FEATURE: William Tyndale — more than a translator

William Tyndale was born around 1494 in Gloucestershire, most probably in Stinchcombe. In the English-speaking world he is arguably one of the most influential men since the apostles. He was a Christian, preacher, theologian, translator and Reformer, yet was executed for heresy by strangulation, and then his body was burned. Not much is known for certain of Tyndale’s early life. He was thought to have been converted as a child and then attended Magdalen Hall, Oxford University, where he graduated in May 1512 and followed on with an MA in theology. Here he was shocked that reading the Scriptures did not form any part of...

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April 2018
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YOUTH FEATURE: Star Wars, Episode VIII, The Last Jedi : a personal reflection

I grew up on TV, and as a child had a particular interest in science fiction. What interested me was not who the actors or actresses were, but what the film was about, how it related to real life, what it meant. I often analysed the films I watched and discussed the characters with my friends. By the time I went to college in my teens, I was well-versed in films, going to the cinema pretty much every Saturday night. I embarked on communication studies at A level, which meant I immersed myself in sociology, psychology and the media. I got an A-grade in exams...

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April 2018
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The RAF at 100; SASRA at 180

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed on the 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service merged to form the world’s first independent air force. This took place during some of the most bitter fighting of the Great War (First World War). Soviet Russian forces had signed a peace treaty with the central powers at Brest-Litovsk, on 3 March 1918, ending Russia’s participation in the war. This allowed the German army to transfer large numbers of men and their equipment from the eastern to the western front. On 21 March 1918, with 50 extra divisions at his disposal,...

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February 2018
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Salvator Mundi

On 16 November 2017, the world held its breath and then celebrated, as it always does, that so much money could be paid for a single painting. The painting was Salvator Mundi — ‘The Saviour of the World’ — attributed to the great renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. I say attributed, because there is no definite proof that Leonardo painted this picture, and the experts are still divided. Wrong reasons But, all the same, it seemed the whole world held its breath that day and wondered how much it would be sold for; and, as usual, held its breath for the wrong reasons and celebrated...

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January 2018
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UBM anniversary at New Quay

Does this photo make you miss summer, or at least the warmer weather? Perhaps this report will at least warm your hearts! ‘It’s very important the mission carries on for the next 50 years’. These were the encouraging words from Lynford Thomas, chairman of Ceredigion County Council in Mid Wales, at a special bilingual thanksgiving service, attended by more than 70 people, in Towyn Chapel, New Quay. The service last year was held to celebrate and give thanks for 50 years of work in the town by the United Beach Missions (UBM). UBM started missions in Llandudno in 1953, with the aim of sharing the...

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January 2018
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Does the sheep know it’s lost?

We think of the little lamb wandering off and bleating helplessly. The Good Shepherd hears the cry and comes to the rescue. But does the sheep itself appreciate it’s lost? Does anyone know what’s going on inside the head of the little lamb? The Good Shepherd does, of course; and maybe a few experienced sheep farmers might like to think their insights are close to the mark, but the rest of us would be guessing. Even so we’d probably be right in thinking that a sheep’s head is a fairly uncluttered place, where thoughts of food and shelter reign supreme. Ewes with lambs have additional...

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October 2017
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Reformation Timeline

If Methuselah died in 2017, he would have been born in 1048 and could have fought at the Battle of Hastings. He would have lived through the whole of the Reformation period and into the present day. Not being Methuselahs, it isn’t like that for us! For us, the Reformation began seven or eight lifetimes ago; and it can seem like a confused jumble of events and stories that happened at some, long-ago time. At least, that’s how I felt, because numbers never made a lot of sense to me. That’s partly why I like pictorial timelines; they let me see how people and events...

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September 2017
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Fleas

The Bible commands us to constantly be praising God for all our blessings. But there is also a strange command in the Bible that has caused a lot of people to wonder. Paul commands believers in 2 Thessalonians 5:18: ‘In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’. Give thanks for everything? Give thanks for poverty, pain, separation and loss? It takes a lot of grace and faith to praise the Lord for trials, but many have found that it is not only profitable but richly rewarding. A story from the Second World War can, perhaps illustrate this....

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August 2017
Youth Features

Dores Youth Conference

On Saturday 25 March 2017, a total of 14 young people aged 11-18 gathered at Dores Free Church (Continuing) for a youth conference. The day started with time for refreshments and chatting to friends while we waited for everyone to arrive. Rev. Davide Ratti introduced the speaker for the day, who was Rev. James MacInnes, minister of Lochalsh and Strath Free Church (Continuing). We then sang Psalm 67, ‘Lord bless and pity us’, and prayed. After that, we heard the first talk, on ‘Knowing your rights’. This is a very topical issue in society and it can cause a lot of debate and arguments in...

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July 2017
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‘I’m a creationist … get me out of here! How to handle evolution at school or college

So you’re a Christian young person studying science? You believe in creation because that’s what the Bible teaches, but you’re wondering how to handle the issue at school or college. You have some difficult decisions to make. Will you openly challenge what you’re being taught about evolution, or will you keep quiet? Will you avoid science as much as you can and opt for other subjects? Or will you embrace science and hope that your faith stands up under the challenge? Being a creationist at school or college is not easy and in this article we want to give you some advice based on the...

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