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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Finding the answer

My name is Hien and I come from South Vietnam. My grandparents, parents, brother and sisters are all Christians. I went to church regularly and was baptised at the age of 14. Then in 1975, when I was 15, North Vietnam defeated the South and they became one nation. Vietnam is a communist country,…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Saved in a shipyard

I was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1926 but not into a Christian family. When I was not quite three years old my mother died. My father remarried and I went to live with my grandmother, who was an old-time Methodist. She taught me many things about the Lord and about the Bible. She used…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Good news

The gospel is the good news of what God has done for guilty sinners in and through the Lord Jesus Christ The gospel is good news in contrast to the awful predicament we are in because of our sin. Sin is the breaking of God's law, and we are all guilty of it. 'All…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

The joy of forgiveness

Does anyone want to be sad? There are some people who give that impression, but no one really wants to be miserable. We all want to be happy. David, King of Israel, did too. A king has no shortage of wealth, servants or any other means to make him happy. David could have called…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Who is Jesus?

Jesus Christ is many things. He was the greatest moral and religious teacher this world has ever known. But, says the Bible, he was, and is, much more than that. He is the only Priest with direct access to God. He alone can forgive sins. And, as the personal stories printed in this paper…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

The new birth

During the early ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, a Pharisee, whose name was Nicodemus, came to the Lord and engaged him in conversation. After Nicodemus had acknowledged that Christ was a true teacher and that he had come from God, the Lord began to speak about the necessity of the new birth. Jesus…

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December 2000
Articles > Guest column

The meaning of Christmas

As Western culture becomes more secular and anti-Christian, it is increasingly difficult to uncover the true meaning of Christ's birth into the world. When I became a Christian nearly thirty five years ago, I found for the first time the wonder, joy and true meaning of Christmas. I discovered that the birth of Christ…

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December 2000
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Man: created or evolved?

'Early man was late for first date', ran the newspaper headline: 'Women were the complete article long before men, a new study has shown ... The result overturns the biblical description of women being created from a spare rib left over from a man' (The Times, 31 October, p.11). The reporter has got his…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Illness and joy

I was born 53 years ago in Ness (Isle of Lewis) to loving, godly parents. When I was two my father, who was a Free Church of Scotland missionary, was sent to Grimsay (North Uist) where he served for five years. These were happy days, although there were no roads, cars, electricity or running…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Mental breakdown

My clearest memories of childhood are images of violence and fear. With my sisters, I watched helplessly as my father, in his drunken rages, beat and abused my mother. I remember when this became too much for me and, as an eight year old, I rushed at my father crying, 'Stop it, stop it…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Logs on the fire

​'It's Christmas time, mistletoe and wine. Children singing Christmas rhyme. Logs on the fire, gifts by the tree. Time to rejoice in the good that we see'. Cliff Richard's song probably summarises the sentiments of most people at this time of year. That warm inner glow of sentimentality overtakes the most unusual and unlikely…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

The conflict of Christmas

To speak of the 'conflict of Christmas' might conjure up images of children squabbling over toys, or tense moments during the gathering of the clan. But it seems a million miles away from our traditional idea of what the Christmas story is all about. Carols, cards and cradle scenes all suggest that 'peace on…

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Historical

December 2000
Articles > Historical

Edward VI

In a year of royal birthdays it is appropriate to recall another, celebrated more than four hundred and fifty years ago. On that day, bells peeled out across London, guns from the Tower of London thundered over two thousand salutes, and bonfires lit up the night sky. At last King Henry VIII had a…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Spiritual void

As a newly arrived English teacher in Japan, I used to ask my students what religion they belonged to. I was surprised when the responses came, ‘I am not religious’. At first I thought these young people were so absorbed in materialism that they no longer saw religion as relevant. But in time I…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

A Dying Thief

On May Day 1753 a clean, neatly dressed young man mounted the scaffold in Haverfordwest, spoke briefly to the vast crowd, then pulled the cap over his face and prayed quietly. Eventually he dropped his handkerchief, indicating his readiness to hang. Unfortunately the executioner failed to notice and it was handed back. He dropped…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Sowing in tears

Like thousands of other British teenagers called to do National Service in the early 1950s, I first arrived in Japan on a troopship. We docked at Kure, a few kilometres up the coast from Hiroshima. Since Japan opened its doors to foreigners in the mid-nineteenth century, Kure had become a major shipbuilding base. When…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Soho

‘Soho hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons’ London’s Soho district has a big reputation for such a small community. Hemmedin by Oxford Street, Regent Street, Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square in the city’s West End, Soho occupies less than half a square mile. It may be small but it has made…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – Protestant churches

Protestant missionaries came to Japan from the United States and Britain during the later nineteenth century, with a clear understanding of the gospel and a zeal for evangelising the Japanese. They learnt the language and translated the Bible into Japanese, along with other Christian literature. Many people were converted to Christ. The first Protestant…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Upside down

When I left home for university, I was excited but apprehensive. Who would I meet? Who could I trust? Who would I feel safe with? For the first few months at Aberystwyth I went along with what I thought was expected of students, but often felt a great ache. Was this all I could…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Americas > South America > Peru

Missionary Spotlight – Saturday afternoon

It’s Saturday afternoon. The minibus is loaded up and we set off into the country south of Arequipa to take a children’s meeting in the Pueblo Joven (new township) of San Pedro de Tiabaya. But this was not to be a normal Saturday afternoon children’s meeting. Arriving at the community hall, we found the…

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News

December 2000
News

Trafalgar Square

Noah preached righteousness and warned an indifferent people that they would be judged by a great flood. Following that flood, a rainbow appeared, as God promised never again to destroy the world by water. Early on Saturday 14 October, a rainbow beamed over Central London. The previous week had seen the beginnings of the…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Finding peace and joy

I was baptised as a baby into the Church of England and attended Sunday school irregularly to the age of fourteen. My parents were not churchgoers, and religion was not discussed at home. During my teens I believed in God and occasionally went to church, but soon drifted away. My nineteen years of marriage…

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December 2000
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > Japan

Japan – From Buddha to Jesus

I was born into a staunchly Buddhist and Shinto family. When I was three years old, my mother tried to teach me a long Buddhist prayer, but I made so many mistakes that she often scolded me and punished me by making me go without breakfast. Once a year in the winter my father,…

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December 2000
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

God cares

I faced the paediatrician and gave what I now know was a classic description of a baby with cerebral palsy. Then I added: 'But I don't think there's anything wrong with her. She's very behind in her development, but you'd expect that - she's been seriously ill for 15 months'. Very gently, the doctor…

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