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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

God with us

The wonder of the Incarnation Sometimes we say a thing 'seems too good to be true', though we are not really doubting its truth. Sometimes we say that 'fact is stranger than fiction', because that is just how it can seem. Sometimes a thing is so unexpected, so unbelievable, that we say it cannot…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Out of Darkness

As a young boy in a large family of six, I had known a good upbringing in a caring and close-knit family. My parents had been devoted to us and gave us much moral direction. I was brought up to attend the local Anglican church, where I became a server or altar boy. I…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Disaster

Imagine living in a quiet mountain valley in Nicaragua, at the foot of the Casita volcano. Hurricane Mitch sweeps across the mountains, depositing inches of rain. The mountainside collapses in a river of mud. Your village is buried, its homes destroyed, and 1500 people die. Imagine living near a quiet beach in Papua New…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

A closed door in boom-town Bethlehem

'And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn' (Luke 2:7). Bethlehem was experiencing boom times. Caesar Augustus had decreed that a census be carried out, and the city was overflowing with those involved…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

God’s grace in an island of graves

Sri Lanka has a multi-ethnic society, comprised of Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers and Malays. Protestant evangelical Christians amount to less than 1% of the total population. Serious ethnic conflict between the (mainly Buddhist) Sinhalese and (mainly Hindu) Tamil communities has continued for the past fifteen years. It has affected all areas of life. The continuing…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

A startling discovery

My parents were Jewish, and my earliest memories of childhood in our pleasant North-East London home were quite happy ones. My father and mother did not strictly follow the Jewish faith, but I can recall observing the festivals and going to synagogue with them from time to time. The reason we did that was…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Peace at last

Until I reached fifty-seven, my visits to church had been few and far between. I always said I believed in God and thought I was a Christian, trying to lead a good life, but in fact I never really had time for God - I was always too busy. My life was wrapped up…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Death sentence at 50

1989 and 1990 were very significant years in world history. This period saw the virtual collapse of communism in Europe, and apartheid in South Africa. The infamous Berlin Wall was demolished, and Nelson Mandela was released from prison. For me personally, 1990 brought the shattering news that I had a primary brain tumour. A…

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December 1998
Articles > Guest column

True Religion

In the early years of my ministry in Cardiff I read a book which had been recommended to me, and in my opinion it would leave a lasting impression on anyone who read it. It is the sort of book that, as you lay it aside, causes you to become very thoughtful, because you…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Philippines

Compassion in the Philippines

Cindy sat in the church service, weeping. She is only ten years old and life, it seems, has been very hard on her. Her father and mother were separated when she was only about six or seven, and she then lived with her father and younger brother in the streets. Her father made a…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > India

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Andhra Pradesh

We have been visiting Southern India for the past six years. The province we go to is called Andra Pradesh, which has a population of approximately 65 million. As in all of India, the major religion is Hinduism. We have been working with a group called the India Rural Evangelical Fellowship. This ministry has…

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News

December 1998
News > International > China

House churches in China

Leaders of major house-church movements in China have issued a ‘united appeal’ calling on the Chinese Government to recognise the legitimacy of Christian groups outside the government-approved ‘Three Self Patriotic Movement’. The seven-point statement, issued from an unidentified location in Henan province and dated 22 August 1998, was reportedly drafted by twelve house church…

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Historical

December 1998
Articles > Historical

Dr Barnardo – the children’s champion

Two-year-old Tom Barnardo lay critically ill. Frail from birth, the child had battled constantly against ill health. But now, as his anxious parents watched over their sick boy, it seemed that this time they must lose him. With heavy hearts they recognised that the child's life was slipping away. And at last the doctor…

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December 1998
Articles > General > World Mission > Americas > South America > Brazil

Forgotten children

Every morning around the world, 100 million children wake up with nowhere to call home except the streets of the world’s cities. They are the ‘Forgotten Children’. Can you remember how loving hands touched you as a child? The gentle stroking of a fevered brow; the careful bandaging after scrapes and bruises; the hand-in-hand…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Can prophecy be true?

Most attempts to prophesy the future end in failure. Those who claim to be prophets are usually charlatans. But the writers of the Old Testament were different. They forecast the future with uncanny accuracy. The Old Testament is a library of thirty-nine books, which makes up more than three-quarters of the Bible. It was…

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Historical

December 1998
Articles > Historical > Ireland

Ireland and the Second Reformation

In earlier articles we visited Lutterworth, Prague and Leicester to learn more of the work of John Wycliffe and the Lollards. This time we recall a movement of the Spirit in the west of Ireland in the nineteenth century. The focal point was Achill Island in Co. Mayo, which many visit for the scenery…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Angry with God

I grew up in North-West London with my parents and brother. As a child I was sent to a Methodist Sunday school although my parents were not churchgoers. At the age of fifteen, I left school and started work, and all contact with anything religious ceased. My father died at a very early age,…

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December 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Now I am trusting Christ

I have godly parents who have taught me the Scriptures from an early age, sent me to Sunday school, and taken me to two services in the local chapel at Stanton Lees every Sunday. I am fourteen years old and enjoy life to the full. But, until recently, I never really thought about my…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

A summer holiday- with a difference

One summer’s morning, in the early hours, a small group of us arrived, bleary-eyed and a little bewildered, at the airport in Turkey. Our Bible studies during our stay in Turkey were to be in the book of Esther, when, morning by morning, we were reminded of God’s hand of providence in the lives…

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December 1998
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Can a scientist believe the Bible?

The simple answer to the question is 'yes'. Otherwise I would not be writing this article. I know that today science is often presented by the media as something that makes God redundant. But in my forty-five years as a professional scientist I have met very few atheists among my fellow scientists, and many…

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