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Everything in December 2005 issue

The Humpty Dumpty world

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

The Humpty Dumpty world

When we were children we learned about Humpty Dumpty - the big egg who fell off the wall and couldn't be reassembled. Today we live in a world that also seems to be falling apart. Persons, programs, institutions and ideals that we once thought timeless are fragmenting. Nothing is sacred any more. In the…

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Are you sitting too comfortably?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Are you sitting too comfortably?

Many years ago a wise teacher said something I have often thought about. He remarked, 'In the beginning God made man in his image, and ever since man has been making God in his image'. There's a lot of truth in that. It seems that 'God-making' is a perennial employment of human beings. There…

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I had to be sure

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

I had to be sure

I always imagined that the answers to life lay in experiencing new things - travelling, learning about other cultures and meeting new people. Having grown up with no religious influence, I was happy to accept this as being 'all there is'. But I soon discovered that these things provided only temporary happiness.So started my…

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Does God exist?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Does God exist?

'Does God exist?' 'Is there more to life than what is here and now?' I struggled with these questions like everyone else.I was brought up in Malaysia, a mainly Muslim country with a significant Buddhist population, followed by Hinduism and Christianity. However, my own family were not religious and as a child I gave…

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Happy or haggard?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Happy or haggard?

Our culture pushes us to get more - the Bible prompts us to give more. Our society makes a virtue of self-fulfilment - the Bible makes a virtue of self-denial. 'Say yes' to what you want, advise the adverts. 'Say no' to what you covet, says Jesus.Alarming numbers of people in Britain are in…

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Can a scientist believe in God?

Article

December 2005
Scientific (including creation)

Can a scientist believe in God?

Research zoologist Sheena Tyler examines the evidence.I still remember the day when, returning from a University hockey match, student vet Cynthia asked to talk with me about God. She shared two things I'd never heard before. Firstly, she said that God had a plan for my life. I challenged her statement but the depth…

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Slavery and boiling oil

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Slavery and boiling oil

'Five Ukranian women who were tortured and imprisoned in a basement by sex traffickers in Turkey [have been] freed thanks to ... the International Organization for Migration (IOM)'. So ran a newspaper item last summer.The paper continued: 'The women - one of whom was held for six years - were set to return to…

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Rescue mission

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Rescue mission

C. S. Lewis, author of the Narniastories, said that the essentials of what we are as human beings can be argued quite cogently from two things - dirty jokes and attitudes towards death.The former centre almost exclusively on reproduction and going to the loo - two of the most natural processes on earth. Why…

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Really good news!

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Really good news!

The news that a mother is expecting a baby is good news for the whole family, but especially for the mother, She shares the news with other who, in turn, are glad to congratulate her.In the months that follow, she will become aware of physical changes in her body as the baby develops. She…

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Why bother about Christmas?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Why bother about Christmas?

Steven Curry ruminates on the pagan origin and present meaning of ChristmasI had quite a shock when I first met a Christian who didn't celebrate Christmas. 'Missed you at the carol service!'  I said cheerily to a man I regarded as a spiritually-minded Christian. He looked at me gravely, hesitated and then replied, 'I…

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Missionary Spotlight-The forgotten conflict

Article

December 2005
General

Missionary Spotlight-The forgotten conflict

For 18 years, the self-styled ‘Lord’s Resistance Army’ (LRA) has waged war against the Ugandan government, carrying out horrific attacks and acts of violence in towns and villages. The conflict has claimed up to 100,000 lives. Countless survivors have been scarred physically and psychologically. Sexual violence, mutilation and kidnappings are common. Up to 30,000…

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A perfect life?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

A perfect life?

Carl's story My teenage years were spent doing what young lads do. As I reached adulthood, I began to have girlfriends, get drunk, party ... and I loved it! But when I reached 20 I noticed something. Every Sunday evening, I would lie in bed (usually hung over) and consider life and death. It…

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Life in focus

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Life in focus

A scientist looks at 'intelligent design'As a boy, I was able to use a microscope to explore the world around me. It was fascinating to look at printing in books. Under magnification, the letters are no longer crisp and well formed. Printed pictures are a chaotic mixture of coloured dots. A razor blade has…

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Are YOU free?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Are YOU free?

'I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom', declared French writer Simone de Beauvoir. But what kind of freedom do people want? To find out where our dreams of freedom lie, I did a survey among my friends. Gallup it wasn't, but the results were interesting!Samantha JellettI asked a single question:…

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Saved in a chip shop

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Saved in a chip shop

It's 12.30pm on 26 June 1993. At 32 years of age, I am sitting in a chip shop staring at the wall - reviewing my life, struggling with my guilt, and despairing in my heart as to what I should do.In my mind I could see the letter 'Y'. It was a picture of…

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Is God real?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

Is God real?

I was brought up in mainland China in a materialistic and atheistic environment. I was taught to believe that everything will disappear after death - no more happiness and no more pain. I was also taught that the purpose of life is to realise all personal ambitions.After leaving school I was blessed with favourable…

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No choice but to pray

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

No choice but to pray

Spend all your time waiting for the second chance,For a break that would make it OK.There's always some reason to feel not good enough,And it's hard at the end of the day ...Those words are from Angel - a beautiful, melancholy song recorded by Sarah McLachlan in 1997. They reflect the hopelessness of drug…

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God with us? Yes, really

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

God with us? Yes, really

Do you have an interesting name? Have you every tried to trace your ancestors? Many names reflect the trade or occupation of their original owner - Mason, Collier, Smith, Hunter, Driver, Butcher, Thatcher and so on.In Wales, over the centuries, so many people acquired surnames such as Davies, Jones or Williams that it became…

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Bowers of the Antarctic

Historical

December 2005
Articles > Historical

Bowers of the Antarctic

Henry Bowers was just 28 when in March 1912 - with Captain Scott and Dr Bill Wilson - he lay down to die in a tiny tent in a swirling blizzard. The explorers were on the return journey from the South Pole. Bowers' father, seafaring Captain Alexander Bowers, had sailed race-winning clippers and penetrated…

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The true happiness of Christmas

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

The true happiness of Christmas

'I enjoy Christmas', said my friend, 'because I like getting presents'. There was a twinkle in his eye when he said it, but no sensible loving person despises receiving present. But we also enjoy giving presents, gifts that make your loved ones' eyes light up with pleasure. Giving and receiving - here lies the…

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Guest column

Article

December 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest column

The right equipmentOctober's devastating earthquake in Pakistan proved one thing - to save people from disaster you need the right equipment. As on countless previous occasions, the availability or absence of helicopters and heavy lifting equipment proved crucial, as did tents to shelter the homeless and medical supplies. The same principle applies in the…

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What’s in a name?

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

What’s in a name?

We choose our children's names on the basis of some family or other association - or simply because we like the way they sound. In the Bible, however, names were chosen because of what they meant.The most famous biblical name of all is of course the name 'Jesus'. It is the Greek form of…

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The Man in sixty billion

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

The Man in sixty billion

On 10 January 1989 a baby girl was born in a hospital in Essex. She weighed exactly 7lbs and was 20 inches long. This may sound very ordinary, but she was unique in the whole of human history - she made me a grandfather for the first time!There have, admittedly, been more remarkable babies.…

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Article

December 2005
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight-Spectacular growth in Cambodia

Dr Stephen Griffiths of OMF International writes:   I went to buy a school van. ‘By the way,’ said Mr Lak, the salesman, ‘are you a Christian?’ Waiting for the paperwork, we sat on plastic chairs, traffic thundering past just feet away. Waves of dust, heat and diesel fumes gently choked me while Mr…

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Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

The tyranny of tolerance

No-one likes being accused of intolerance. It is the ultimate put-down. To be branded 'intolerant' puts you in the same category as a fascist or a bigot. For many people, tolerance is the ultimate virtue. But this creates a paradox - as a society we can tolerate anything but intolerance! Instinctively we want to…

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Gunpowder plot and providence

Historical

December 2005
Articles > Historical

Gunpowder plot and providence

Dear Sir, While I enjoyed Paul Mackrell's article summarising the Gunpowder Plot (Evangelical Times, November) I felt it overlooked one of the most significant consequences of the plot's failure - that six years later King James authorised a new version of the English Bible. Produced by the most spiritual academics of their day, the…

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