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Missionary Spotlight-God at work in French-speaking Switzerland

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December 2002
Switzerland

Missionary Spotlight-God at work in French-speaking Switzerland

Nearly 500 years ago, between 1528 and 1536, the Reformation took root in the French-speaking cantons of Neuchâtel, Vaud, Geneva and Bernese Jura. This occurred largely through the influence of William Farel, Pierre Viret and John Calvin. But during the eighteenth century, their biblical teaching was rapidly replaced by a heresy called Socianism, which…

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Spiritual Sanity

Article

December 2002
Evangelistic

Spiritual Sanity

But when he came to himself, he said 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!' (Luke 15:17)Jesus' parable about the 'prodigal' son - who left home and squandered everything his father had given him - addresses circumstances familiar to people of all nations…

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The route to rescue

Article

December 2002
Evangelistic

The route to rescue

Rescue stories have a certain fascination. If that were not so, Reader's Digest would have to radically alter the balance of its monthly offerings!Such stories contain what journalists call 'the human interest factor' - that crucial ingredient that brings a story out of the realm of fiction into the world of personal reality. We…

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The incomparable Book

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December 2002
Evangelistic

The incomparable Book

The Bible? Isn't it full of myths, miracles and mistakes? And drearily old-fashioned at that? Who needs the Bible? The answers are: 'No', 'No', and 'Everyone'. Why is that? Because the Bible is God's own message to mankind.Claiming to have a book that contains a personal message from the Creator of the universe might…

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Is anyone there?

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December 2002
Evangelistic

Is anyone there?

Did you see Stanley Kubrick's film 2001; A Space Odyssey? I was taken to see it when it was first released in 1968 - and had to be taken out because I was frightened by the apes! When it was re-released I tried again, but this time I fell asleep before the end! Since…

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Article

December 2002
General

Missionary Spotlight-True healing

We were both born into practising Roman Catholic homes, one in Switzerland and the other in Belgium. All our schooling took place in Roman Catholic institutions and God was part of our daily life, although we had no personal relation with him. When we were married and had two children, the time came to…

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Shipwreck!

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December 2002
Evangelistic

Shipwreck!

In September 1985 a French geologist, Dr Ballard, discovered the wreck of the ill-fated Titanic and revealed some interesting finds. The sinking of the ship off Newfoundland on 14 April 1912 was undoubtedly one of the greatest maritime disasters of the last century.At 11.40pm, the supposedly unsinkable luxury cruise-liner struck an iceberg. Some two…

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Article

December 2002
Evangelistic

Raised in atheism

We are from China. We did not believe in God, but now we have been converted and have become Christians. This is our story.We were raised in atheism and taught from childhood that all religions are superstitions. We believed that we could achieve our objects by our own efforts. When we were at school…

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Evolution: fact or fiction?

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December 2002
Scientific (including creation)

Evolution: fact or fiction?

The British biologist Sir Julian Huxley, the first Director of UNESCO, once claimed, 'Evolution is the most powerful and the most comprehensive idea that has ever arisen on earth'.On another occasion he argued: 'It is essential for evolution to become the central core of any educational system, because it is evolution, in the broad…

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Archaeology and the Bible

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December 2002
Scientific (including creation)

Archaeology and the Bible

Archaeology is a young discipline. Little serious archaeology was done before the nineteenth century, but as western nations extended their empires, whole new worlds opened up. At first, the cultures of Egypt and of ancient Mesopotamia - today's Syria, Iraq and Iran - were studied for their own sake. But it soon emerged that…

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Simply good news

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December 2002
Evangelistic

Simply good news

If you asked a man in Bali, 'What is your greatest need?' he would say: 'End the terrorist threat of bloodshed'.If you were to ask someone from Somalia, 'What is your greatest need?' he would say: 'Food - our children are starving, our people are dying'. Or someone in Southern Africa, he would say:…

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Missionary Spotlight-Where could I find God?

Article

December 2002
Switzerland

Missionary Spotlight-Where could I find God?

I was born in Switzerland in December 1963. My parents, two sisters and I lived in a ski resort in the Valais areaof the Swiss Alps. In 1968 my father died suddenly of a brain embolism. His death, and the restless adolescence of my two sisters, upset me very much. I left home when…

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Guest Column

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December 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Walking in freedomOne of the most influential post-war philosophers was Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980). He and Simone de Beauvoir, his chief mistress (he had many), influenced the thinking of millions - most of whom have never heard of them. De Beauvoir was the high priestess of the Feminist movement, and her writings were its 'bible'.…

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Heaven

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December 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

Time to wake up! (Romans 13:11-14) The Bible confronts us with a vital question - are we in any condition to go to heaven? Scripture offers no encouragement for us to make assumptions about heaven. Peter tells us bluntly: 'if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?' (1…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

December 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

Robert Thomas and his wife faced a hazardous future as they contemplated sailing to China as missionaries in 1863. Few had yet set foot in that vast and unknown land to bring the gospel of Christ to its teeming peoples.In 1807 Robert Morrison had made a noble endeavour, but could penetrate no further than…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Relay

Article

December 2002
General

Missionary Spotlight-The Relay

Since November 1994, I have been working with the UK-based Grace Baptist Mission, training men for Christian ministry in the French-speaking world. This work is currently centred on the city of Lausanne in French Switzerland. Our ultimate aim is to plant new Evangelical churches and consolidate small established churches in French-speaking lands. So we…

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Article

December 2002
Evangelistic

Fine for him – but not for me!

Pam Wild found her troubled like turned around by God when both she and her husband became Christians.I had been married for three years when in December 1999 my husband Richard walked out, leaving me with our two-year-old son, Daniel. I had thought my life was OK. I was no angel, but not particularly…

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Has Father Christmas upstaged Jesus?

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December 2002
Evangelistic

Has Father Christmas upstaged Jesus?

Awhite-bearded old man has thrown the baby out of the cradle - and his trinket-filled grotto has replaced a rustic stable.For most people, Christmas seems to have lost any vestige of religion. It is now a social festival - tinged with nostalgia and veneered with the hope that, for a while, 'good will' might…

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Come and see

Article

December 2002
Evangelistic

Come and see

At the heart of the Christmas message is a scandal. Let's be clear about this. We are being told that God made himself known as our Saviour in one particular person, in one particular place, and at one particular time. He decided to reveal himself through a group of insignificant people, living in a…

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Article

December 2002
Evangelistic

I wanted to be free

Richard Wild is 28 years old and married with two children. He works as a salesman for a packaging company. God helped him to sort out his life and he has now been a Christian for almost 18 months.All my life I have had a sense of something missing - a big hole that…

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Jesus Christ serves sinners

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December 2002
Evangelistic

Jesus Christ serves sinners

How did the Son of God appear when he came to earth? Like Superman? No. Like an Emperor with a vast entourage? No. As a golden-tongued prophet who could make people weep or laugh at will? No. Paul says that when Christ came to earth, he made himself 'nothing' and took 'the very nature…

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Article

December 2002
Evangelistic

Not born a Christian!

Amanda Williams was brought up in a Christian family and had attended church all her life. But that did not make her a real Christian, as she explains here.It was not until last year, when I was seventeen, that I became a Christian. Being brought up in a Christian family I was aware from…

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