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Everything in December 2003 issue

December 2003
Evangelistic

The inside story

The girls in the cleaning department at a London bus depot were looking forward to Christmas. They were discussing plans for the holiday as Will Stewart, London City Mission evangelist, approached with LCM calendars for the following year.He asked them what they thought was the true meaning of Christmas. After a considered silence one…

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Omri Jenkins 1915-2003
December 2003
Obituaries

Omri Jenkins 1915-2003

Omri Jenkins, who died on 2 September2003 aged 88, was born in Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, a small village in south-west Wales. His parents were converted during the 1904 Revival and he was named after a respected evangelist.His early years were spent in the Pentecostal fellowship which they attended. Omri could set no date for his…

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God’s free pardon
December 2003
Evangelistic

God’s free pardon

  You've probably forgotten. It happened back in August. Even then it may not have stirred your interest.   Five Britons and a Canadian, living in Saudi Arabia and facing sentences ranging from death to 12 years in prison, were given free royal pardons and released from jail.   The charges related to a…

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Israel’s glory
December 2003
Evangelistic

Israel’s glory

Iwant to tell you about one eventful day in the life of an otherwise unknown man.I suppose I ought to begin at the beginning, but I'm sorry, I can't do that. This is because Luke, although an accurate historian, didn't tell us everything. The event took place in Jerusalem. To be more precise, it…

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Missionary Spotlight-Orphans at Christmas
December 2003
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-Orphans at Christmas

When we first met Rachel she was seven years old and slept at night in the back of a jeepney – a form of public transport in the Philippines – with her grandmother, who was sick with TB. Her mother had died in childbirth and her father had disappeared. We had been praying as a church in Manila about how we could help the poor around us and were led by God to begin a small home for street children. We had a very small flat at the back of our church, and Rachel became the first resident. Her old grandmother died not long after....

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Missionary Spotlight-Sickness and street children
December 2003
General

Missionary Spotlight-Sickness and street children

There are an estimated 160 million street children in the world – 1 million in the Philippines, 40 million throughout Latin America (8,000 on the streets of Bogotá, Colombia). Who takes care of them when they are ill? When we are sick, we have people to look after us, a bed to sleep in, blankets to keep us warm, clean water to drink, and hot chicken noodle soup to speed our recovery! But where do the street children, and the 13 million AIDS orphans in Africa, go for comfort and care? Where do they get medicine and clean water? Where do they sleep? May I...

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Missionary Spotlight-Raised an Atheist
December 2003
Czech Republic

Missionary Spotlight-Raised an Atheist

I was born in 1954 in communist Czechoslovakia, now divided into two countries � the Czech Republic and Slovakia. I hated the unjust, oppressive system so, in my twenties, I fled the country illegally to seek truth and freedom in the West. I settled in Germany, got a good job, and lived out the materialist philosophy I had grown up with. Raised � like most Czechs � as an atheist, I knew nothing about God. God�s calling   Without me realising it, however, God was calling me to himself. I was drawn to the Holy Land and wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus...

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The challenge of the four Gospels
December 2003
Evangelistic

The challenge of the four Gospels

The New Testament begins with the four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In different ways, each Gospel tells the story of an extraordinary man.This person, Jesus of Nazareth, claimed to have been sent into the world by God - indeed, he claimed to be the Son of the living God. He said…

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Who can help me?
December 2003
Evangelistic

Who can help me?

Before I became a Christian I thought Christianity was a thing of the past. My personal view of church was of a place full of old ladies wearing hats and long faces! When I came across open-air preachers I went out of my way to wind them up.But at that time I didn't realise…

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Reading rock festival
December 2003
News

Reading rock festival

Remember the Late Summer Holiday weekend? We certainly do. About 80,000 people 'invaded' Reading to attend the annual music festival held on the outskirts of the town centre. Apparently the festival-goers spent £7 million pounds, ate 250,000 hotdogs and drank nearly 2 million pints of lager during their brief stay in the town!In the…

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Sorting out the world
December 2003
Evangelistic

Sorting out the world

This August, during our summer holiday in Europe, my family and I enjoyed a day out in Geneva. It was instructive.In the morning, we visited St Peter's Church, where John Calvin preached regularly during his years there as pastor. In the afternoon, we went on a tour of the United Nations offices, located towards…

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December 2003
Evangelistic

I tried to be good

The process of becoming a Christian was quite a gradual one for me, taking place over a period of time. It all started when I realised that I wasn't a Christian, though I had thought I was for many years.I used to go to church with my grandmother. I enjoyed this very much: the…

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Discovering love
December 2003
Evangelistic

Discovering love

Neglected and ill, a young man still in his mid-twenties lay in his small rented room. Gerhard Tersteegen had deliberately cut himself off from his family and friends. He had done so in the mistaken belief that by living a solitary existence, far from the religious confusion of his day, he might find God.Aribbon-weaver…

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Michael Faraday – scientist and Christian
December 2003
Articles > Historical

Michael Faraday – scientist and Christian

'Very few men', said Sir William Bragg, 'have changed the face of the world as Faraday has done. He was one of the greatest experimental philosophers that ever appeared ... and of his discoveries none has had more consequences than that which he made in 1831 ... on this has been founded all those…

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December 2003
Evangelistic

Pretending to be a Christian

I have believed in God since my school days, but life presented too many opportunities to have fun and do my own stuff to be tied down with religion. I have been churchgoer all of my life, but once I was old enough to understand what was being preached, my 'auto-defence' systems tried to…

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December 2003
Evangelistic

Love freely given

My name is Yuan Lei (Lilian) and I come from China. I am studying pharmacology at the University of Sheffield. I would like to share with you my experience of becoming and growing as a Christian. I first heard about the Lord Jesus Christ in China, when I was 18 years old. And it…

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December 2003
Evangelistic

From darkness to light

As a child I can remember having a misty, distant understanding of God. However, I continued on through my teens and early adulthood oblivious to the fact that I was without Christ and without hope. I can recall occasions when I would wake up in the middle of the night with a feeling of…

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December 2003
Evangelistic

I wanted answers

I was born into a large family - one of seven. None of us went to church. But as far back as I can remember I believed there was a God, although I had no understanding of him.My lifestyle was very materialistic. My quest for fun and fulfilment revolved around wine-bars and nightclubs. I…

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Letter from Bethlehem
December 2003
Evangelistic

Letter from Bethlehem

Dear Rebecca,At long last a quiet moment to let you have some news. For weeks we've been up to our eyes coping with the census crowds. I sincerely hope Caesar Augustus doesn't decide to have another one for a very long time. We've been busy day and night. Everyone was wanting something or other,…

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God’s peace in Bethlehem
December 2003
Israel

God’s peace in Bethlehem

The Baraka Christian congregation in Bethlehem held its annual family conference recently. Pastor Victor Atallah spoke on the theme: ‘In Christ — one people of God and one offspring of Abraham’. Most families participating are Palestinians from Bethlehem and the nearby towns of Beit-Jalla and Beit-Sahour. Some were able to secure Israeli government permits to come from the Jerusalem area. The Baraka congregation also includes international members from as far away as Korea and Sweden. Believers from other Palestinian communities, like Ramallah, Jericho, Gaza and Nazareth, were not able to secure passes to travel to Bethlehem. Participants in the conference prayed fervently that their testimony...

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December 2003
Evangelistic

Jesus our Guide

'There was a very big EMPTY gap in my life that I tried to fill with people, friends, going to clubs, bars and lots of other things. But nothing in my life was working out'.Joneish and Saroj Rahl, a young Indian couple, attend West Park Church in Wolverhampton. They were married last year. Here…

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Why was Jesus born?
December 2003
Evangelistic

Why was Jesus born?

Jesus was born so that God could become man. To believe this will radically affect your attitude to Christmas. At Christmas most people are more concerned with the death of a turkey than the birth of a Saviour. Consequently they miss the whole point of this wonderful time of the year.Jesus is God. Many…

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Are we good enough for God?
December 2003
Evangelistic

Are we good enough for God?

Afriend of mine visited one of H.M. Prisons recently to preach the Christian gospel to the inmates. A law-abiding neighbour commented, 'Ah yes, they obviously need it; they wouldn't be there if they didn't.' Most people would agree - those in jail are there because of bad actions and need converting from their evil…

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Why believe the Bible?
December 2003
Evangelistic

Why believe the Bible?

Here we go again! Cards and crackers, parties and presents, feasting and fun, mistletoe and make-believe, turkey with all the trimmings and decorations soon to become debris - it must be Christmas! The build-up seems to begin earlier every year. By the early days of December the Christmas juggernaut is on auto-pilot. It sweeps…

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December 2003
Evangelistic

An urgent matter

Icannot remember a time when I did not believe that I was a sinner deserving God's judgement, but that Jesus Christ, God's Son, had died on the cross so that I could be forgiven. But I also knew that just believing in God, going to church every week, or even praying, did not make…

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Guest Column
December 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Many people think that we evolved - that over aeons of time simple molecules combined to form primitive life-forms which eventually evolved into men. But this is without any firm scientific foundation. Medical science has shown us the remarkable workings of DNA - with its digital-computer-like control mechanism for making all the proteins necessary…

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December 2003
Evangelistic

Angry young girl

I grew up without a father - and with a mother who didn't want me. I can remember a sad childhood. I never felt loved.We lived with my grandparents and, as grandmother was a medium, spiritualism was part of everyday life. By my early teens I wanted to find happiness but looked in all…

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December 2003
General

Missionary Spotlight-Escape from persecution

I was born in to a Jewish family in prosperous Vienna, Austria, in 1930. Although my parents did not strictly observe the Jewish religion, father took my brother and me to synagogue occasionally. Mother never went. Then came the Anschluss to shatter our secure world. Our parents immediately explained that because the Nazis were persecuting the Jews we would have to leave Austria as soon as possible. And so we did, on 22 December 1938.   Why were the Jews persecuted?   We made our new home in Sydney, Australia. Father continued to take us to synagogue on most Saturdays. For the rest, we only...

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December 2003
Evangelistic

There had to be more to life than this!

As a child I went to Sunday school and church every week. At home, as a family, we read the Bible together. My parents explained that I should make my own mind up about being a Christian and that they could not do that for me.In my mid-teens I became very confused by the…

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Turkey on the beach
December 2003
Evangelistic

Turkey on the beach

Growing up in the political uncertainty of Northern Ireland, the possibility of emigrating to Australia kept cropping up in family discussions. The promise of a better life Down Under (and the ten pounds assisted passage!) made emigration not only attractive but also affordable.The more my parents spoke of Australian life - the strange animals,…

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The birth of faith
December 2003
Evangelistic

The birth of faith

The birth of Christ has one great purpose - to bring about the 'birth' of faith. The God who bridged the gap between the divine and the human when he gave Christ to the world, is the same God who bridges the gap between unbelief and faith in our hearts' experience.The Christmas hymn makes…

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