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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
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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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June 2017
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‘Safe spaces’ and how to escape from them

Now before you read this article, I’d better issue you with a warning. You see, I live in a carefully policed, ideological ‘safe space’. I am not able to tolerate the slightest difference of opinion that gets me upset’. If you disagree with what I say and write a letter to the editor or post something negative on Facebook, I will explode with a mixture of shock and outrage. I will rush on to Twitter to have you un-friended and reliably inform you that you are suffering from an unpleasant phobia. Oh yes, I warn you, the stigma will be unbearable! For your disagreement with...

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May 2017
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Key to life

Last October, a little rusty key, along with the metal fob attached to it, was sold by auction. Somebody picked it up for £85,000. It is exactly 105 years since the Titanic sailed from Southampton bound for New York. As everyone knows, it was her maiden voyage. And, as everyone also knows, she never got there. Although many ships before 1912, and since then, have foundered with the loss of life, none have claimed the attention and gripped public imagination quite like the Titanic. Over the years there have been many stories of godly faith and self-sacrifice in the teeth of an unprecedented catastrophe. Inspiring...

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April 2017
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Saints and sinners

On Sunday, 8 January 1956, five young missionaries gave their lives in an attempt at sharing the gospel with a tribe renowned for its ferocity. Earlier in 2017, the grandson of one of the martyrs toured the UK along with performances from 4Front Theatre. Their show, Reckless Abandon, runs throughout 2017 and tells the story of the martyrs’ deep commitment to spreading Christ’s message. In 1955, MAF pilot Nate Saint and fellow missionaries Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian and Ed McCully first made contact with the widely feared tribe named ‘Auca’ (‘savages’) by the Quechua Indians, and referred to by Time magazine as ‘a...

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March 2017
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Pure love

Christian, your body is for the Lord! It is the temple of the Holy Spirit, whom you have from God; and you are not your own (1Corinthians 6:19). And that mind of yours is not for just anything; it is for loving the Lord your God (Mathew 22:37). Uncleanness is not for you. You are like my friend who had to go gluten-free, due to coeliac disease. He loved the smell of a bakery and knew that almost everyone else was enjoying gluten products without any problem. But the appetite in him and the prevailing behaviour around him, did not mean gluten was suddenly OK...

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