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Why did they call him ‘Jesus’?

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

Why did they call him ‘Jesus’?

As the time approaches for a baby to be born, the parental debate over the name of the child gets more focused. Maybe there are three names left, but sooner or later the choice must be finalised. The name is important. The parents are going to say it, and the child is going to…

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Music – the god that cannot save

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

Music – the god that cannot save

'The Verve' music band have a picture of the cross on the inside cover of their 1995 album entitled A Northern Soul. The caption alongside the cross is 'Music saves'. The statement makes its message quite clear - in today's society, music has become the focus, even the god, of many people's lives. It…

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A winter rainbow

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

A winter rainbow

As we headed for church on that cold, winter Sunday, we saw that the heavenly Artist had been busy again. Overnight he had transformed our world into a crystal garden. Brilliant sunshine sparkled off the hoarfrost clinging to trees and bushes, houses and fields.Then, rounding the corner at Turkey Hill, we stared in amazement…

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Unwanted gifts

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December 2001
Evangelistic

Unwanted gifts

Ties, socks, underwear and aftershave are the standard gifts for the middle-aged man at Christmas. As an average thirty-something family man I have received more than my fair share over the years. Of course, as a dutiful husband, father, son and son-in-law, I always try to look pleased as I open my gifts on…

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Heart failure

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

Heart failure

The specialist in hospital told me that my heart was in a serious condition. How did he know? First of all, he was guided by the symptoms - pain, tightening of the chest, breathlessness and an inability to do ordinary things. There is so much heart trouble today that many will recognise these symptoms,…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

December 2001
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

Doctor Mackay's BibleIntelligent and popular, seventeen-year-old William Mackay was about to leave his home in Montrose, Scotland. The year was 1856 and William was due to begin medical studies in Edinburgh. As she helped her son pack his belongings, his anxious mother slipped a parting gift into William's trunk: a Bible. Inscribing it carefully…

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A new way

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

A new way

Being a teenager in Llanelli, Wales, in the 1970s seemed great to me. The 'Scarlets' had beaten the 'All Blacks' and gone on to win the Rugby Cup Final four times in row. As well as this, there were always Scarlets in the Welsh team and touring with the British Lions. The Welsh team…

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Twilight world

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

Twilight world

The war was on and, as a lad of seventeen, I joined the Merchant Navy. Every port at sea was a round of drink and women. I actually became that character 'the drunken sailor'.Every time I fell to temptation my conscience got harder. Out in the Middle East I saw more evil, sex and…

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Rich man, poor man

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December 2001
Evangelistic

Rich man, poor man

Jesus told a story about a rich man and a poor man, which opens a window into the after-life. Two men die. The poor man goes to be with the patriarch Abraham in heaven, but the rich man goes to 'hades'. A conversation follows between the rich man and Abraham, held across 'a great…

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The best life

Article

December 2001
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The best life

I was born in Kenya, the fifth of twelve children. I trained as a doctor in Nairobi and came to the United Kingdom in 1994 for further training and to broaden my horizons. I hope to go back to Kenya soon and offer my expertise to my people.I first became aware of Christianity through…

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Missionary Spotlight-Baseball

Article

December 2001
Mexico

Missionary Spotlight-Baseball

Sometimes I ask myself ‘What are you doing here, Philpott?’ Playing baseball at San Quentin Prison consumes about fifteen hour of my time each week. Some days are dusty and hot, surrounded by ugly yellow brick. Other days a cold, stinging wind blows in from the Pacific Ocean. That wind picks up the dirt…

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The new birth

Article

December 2001
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The new birth

During the course of our Lord's ministry on earth, he came into contact with many fascinating characters. Nicodemus was one of the most interesting among them.He is identified as a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews. We know quite a bit about the Pharisees from the Bible record, as well as from historical studies.…

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Slaughtering the innocents

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December 2001
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Slaughtering the innocents

The events surrounding the birth of Christ were not all light and joy. Driven by fear and envy, King Herod tried to eliminate the competition by killing all male children under two in the vicinity of Bethlehem.That gruesome episode has become known as 'the slaughter of the innocents'. It could never happen today.Or could…

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John Rogers and the English bible

Historical

December 2001
Articles > Historical

John Rogers and the English bible

John Rogers was born in 1500 in the hamlet of Deritend, since swallowed up by modern-day Birmingham. He matriculated to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, around 1521 and took his BA in 1525. Nicholas Ridley was a contemporary. The Bishop of London's registry confirms Rogers' appointment as Rector of Holy Trinity, in the City of London…

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Where was God?

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

Where was God?

Whatever happens in the next ninety-eight years, 11 September 2001 will have a lasting place in the history of the twenty-first century.As we all know, it was the day on which religious fanatics crashed two hijacked commercial airliners into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Centre and another into the Pentagon, in…

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A changed life

Article

December 2001
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A changed life

began life on a farm in Kenya, but when I was five my mother died. The Second World War had just begun, so my father set off for England to join the army. He left me in a Roman Catholic convent in South Africa, where I was educated until the end of the war.…

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Jesus Christ – the only way to God

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December 2001
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Jesus Christ – the only way to God

We know ... we know ... we know ...These two words recur constantly in a letter written by the apostle John and found towards the end of the New Testament (it is called '1 John' because he wrote two other letters).We live in an age marked by moral and spiritual malaise and double talk.…

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Two lost sons

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

Two lost sons

The story of the 'prodigal' son is well known. Its human elements of discord, rebellion, sorrow and joy are repeated in many homes in our own day. One son wants to go his own way regardless of his father's feelings. The other son seems loyal to the father, but appearances are deceptive.The younger son…

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No longer afraid

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

No longer afraid

A year ago, as a single mother on a low income, I was fearful about the future. Today, with all the trouble in the world, I would probably have been even more so. But in between something happened to change all that. I became a real Christian.I was born and brought up in the…

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Missionary Spotlight-Christmas at Bellavista

Article

December 2001
Colombia

Missionary Spotlight-Christmas at Bellavista

Christmas conjures up pictures of Christmas carols, bright lights and tea around a crackling fire. But Bellavista prison! What a nightmare! Colombia, a land torn apart by evil men: drug dealers, assassins and guerrillas. Bellavista was once the most feared prison in Colombia, where notorious criminals ruled. Two inmates died violently every day within…

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CHRIST’S FLOCK

Article

December 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

CHRIST’S FLOCK

Our Lord had just spoken to his disciples about circumstances and influences in this world of which they should be mindful or beware. He cites hypocrisy (Luke 12:1); persecution for the sake of the gospel by those who professed to know God (12:4-12); covetousness (12:15); and anxiety over the necessities of life (12:22). AlarmWhen…

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Guest Column

Article

December 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

In an opinion poll taken in Britain a few months ago, 38% of those interviewed said they were 'not religious'. Other surveys show that about one-half of these would go further and say that they were atheists. To some people atheism seems like a breath of fresh air. After all, if God does not exist,…

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A sense of urgency

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

A sense of urgency

I came to a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ on 11 April 1984 at the age of thirteen. I was attending a typical 'church camp' in Yorkshire for teenagers and 'twenty-somethings'. Quite naively I had thought that sixteen would be a good age to 'become a Christian'. It was on my list…

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God to the rescue

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

God to the rescue

For two thousand years Christians have recognised that the words of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) are words inspired by the living God. All his words are reliable and true.Here Paul is speaking about God's Son coming to earth as a human being with a mission. But you might well be thinking: 'Why…

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WHY A VIRGIN BIRTH?

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

WHY A VIRGIN BIRTH?

Three years before his death in 1826, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States of America, wrote: 'The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the…

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Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

Real enlightenment

When my best friend and I were studying for our A-levels, we found an excellent remedy for the stress and cares of our lives. We would encase our heads in cardboard boxes, stretch out our arms and run around the school at breakneck speed, shouting 'neowwwww!' The feeling of freedom and exhilaration was immense.…

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