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Making sense of life

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Making sense of life

William Wade is on the staff of SASRA, an evangelistic organisation working among Army and RAF personnel. This is his personal story.'You're all sinners!' The pastor of the small church was passionate as he preached. Actually, I had no problem with being called a sinner. I was in a world of trouble. I had…

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Building on sand

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Building on sand

I had good parents but ours was not a God-fearing home. I was sent to Sunday school at a little Wesleyan chapel in Abercarn but it made little impression on me.I started work at fifteen. There was little choice in those days, it was either the mines or the tinplate works. I went to…

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Brave new world

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Brave new world

For me, religion was not Christianity - it was football. During the long summer months, from eight in the morning until eight at night, it was football, building dens and going fishing. Religion was the last thing on my mind. At school, the Religious Education teacher was always mocked. They taught evolution in one…

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Wings over Darfur

Article

December 2006
Sudan

Wings over Darfur

The humanitarian crisis in Darfur has affected millions of people. Many have died through the war and its consequences. Disease and starvation are rife. Since 2003, two million people have fled the region. Many seek refuge in displaced people’s camps in neighbouring Chad; others make their homes elsewhere in Sudan. Christian relief organisation Safe…

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Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Teen testimony -afraid to sleep

I was born and brought up in a Christian family and I have been going to church since I was very young. When I was eight I asked God to forgive my sins because I didn't want to go to hell, but nothing changed in my life.Over the next few years I sat through…

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I cast a spell

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

I cast a spell

In my teens I found myself drawn to books about eastern philosophies, the occult and new age. Under the surface I harboured a deep unhappiness but I drowned these feelings with alcohol, drugs and comfort eating.I thought suicide might be a way out. Once during an argument I tried to get out of a…

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Top priority

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Top priority

Every day we face a barrage of things that need to be done - work, meetings, shopping, phone calls, cleaning, DIY, people to see, books to read, and so on. The only way to cope is to set priorities and deal with the important issues first. But, how do we know what is important?…

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Nothing made sense

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December 2006
Evangelistic

Nothing made sense

I came from a good working class home and left school at fifteen - when a lot of questions suddenly seemed important to me. Who am I? Where do I fit into the scheme of things? Can we find happiness in a world where most people are out for themselves? Nothing really made sense.Religion,…

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A glorious thought

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

A glorious thought

Sandi's story I was in hospital suffering from depression. Hearing that I wanted to attend church, a fellow patient invited me to go to hers.I was not brought up as a Christian, so when I first entered Spring Road Church in Southampton I found it strange that there were no stained glass windows, crosses…

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What’s your problem?

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

What’s your problem?

Many people get annoyed if someone tries to talk to them about Christ. 'Religion is a private matter', they say, 'so keep it to yourself!'But Christianity is not private at all - according to Jesus it is a message to be proclaimed to the whole wide world (Mark 16:15)! The apostle Paul took this…

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Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Toy story

'In my opinion', said the Teddy Bear, 'Christmas is overrated'.'Yeah', chipped in the Barbie Doll in a frilly dress, 'It's just an excuse for a party. But, heh! There's nothing wrong with that, is there?' 'We're all robots', gloomily intoned the shiny mechanical figure (made in Japan); 'Just robots, nothing more'.The toy shop was…

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Free the slaves!

Historical

December 2006
Articles > Historical

Free the slaves!

John Newton was the only son of a sea captain who owned a small fleet of trading vessels. Captain Newton planned a rugged upbringing for John. He left boarding school as soon as he was old enough for his first taste of life at sea - in a vessel trading round Mediterranean ports.At seventeen…

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Led to find Christ

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Led to find Christ

I came to England from China for a short stay. One morning, I was trying to place a large bag of garbage into a bin outside the place where I was staying. I was struggling with the bag but a Chinese man passing by kindly volunteered to help me. I discovered later that he…

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Guru-mania, or finding your roots

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Guru-mania, or finding your roots

Our 'mobile' generation, ever on the move, has developed a powerful sense of its own rootlessness. So it's not surprising that discovering our family roots has become a major pastime. Surpassing the nation's fitness fads, cooking concerns, and a myriad other self-help gigs, genealogical research (GR) is now big business.A simple search for 'genealogical…

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What if Jesus had never been born?

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

What if Jesus had never been born?

On one of my overseas trips an in-flight documentary caught my attention. An anthropologist was waxing eloquent about the 'incredibly advanced Mayan civilization' of Central America in the 15th century. They didn't have a written language, but they were 'incredibly advanced'.The Mayans built spectacular pyramid temples - all without the wheel! Of course, they…

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A tale of two Women

Historical

December 2006
Articles > Historical

A tale of two Women

Both women lived in the eighteenth century. Both were highly gifted. Both had marriages arranged for them at a young age. But there the resemblance ends.Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806), was acclaimed for her beauty, style, wit, intelligence and strength of character. One of the top ten celebrities in the nation, she was…

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Help! I’m allergic to God

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Help! I’m allergic to God

The medical columnist of a USA newspaper received an unusual letter. The writer complained of a phobia that sounds strange but may be more common than we think! She claimed that whenever she went to a church she felt weak and dizzy, and within a few minutes began to perspire. Her doctor had suggested…

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The humiliation of God

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

The humiliation of God

The humiliation of God is not the first thing that springs to mind when we think of Christmas. The mood of the season is festive. The carols we sing speak of the King of heaven coming to earth to usher in a reign of peace. Even the familiar nativity scenes are cosy and attractive…

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Christmas was an ugly holiday!

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Christmas was an ugly holiday!

As a Jew I believed that Christians worshipped a pagan God. I was offended by their faith and aggressive towards anyone who tried to share it with me. I used to mock my Christian co-workers, telling them that Christmas was an ugly holiday that celebrated the murder of young Jewish children by King Herod.…

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A Christmas message from Peter Jensen Archbishop of Sydney

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December 2006
Evangelistic

A Christmas message from Peter Jensen Archbishop of Sydney

The madness of choiceAny visitor to the USA will comment on the same thing - the huge variety of choice available. I am a simple man with simple tastes. Trying to order a sandwich in the US is a nightmare. For years now, all I have wanted from a sandwich is two pieces of…

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Love of a Father

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Love of a Father

I've heard it said that everyone looks for God at some point in their life. For me it was 28 August 1999 - although it was really God who came looking for me. I wasn't prepared for what it would be like to meet God. Religious studies at school had given me no clue,…

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Who is Jesus Christ?

Article

December 2006
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Who is Jesus Christ?

Earlier this year the British press had a field day with a story about BBC television newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky. It seems that she and her husband were declined an upgrade at a sumptuous hotel in Agra, India, close to the Taj Mahal. She asked the receptionist, 'Do you know who I am?' The answer…

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Article

December 2006
Bulgaria

Christmas in Bulgaria

Many people of all ages in Bulgaria live below the poverty line, experiencing hunger and illness yet remaining neglected. Some have been bedridden for years in poverty and hunger. Each Christmas, Siloam Christian Ministries joins with local Christians to alleviate this suffering. Relief gift parcels supply food staples such as rice, lentils, macaroni and…

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Love actually

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Love actually

The film Love actually begins dramatically - the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 sent only messages of love before they died. Their last act was to tell family or friends, 'Never forget I love you - thank you for loving me'. Love is that important. Christmas is a good time for many…

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Simply the best?

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Simply the best?

'Simply the best' - so goes the refrain of a popular song. Everything has to be the best. There's no room for modesty in today's competitive world!We want our children to be the best at reading or swimming - to attend the best schools and later get the best jobs. The education system contributes…

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And is it true?

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

And is it true?

John Betjeman, a Poet Laureate born 100 years ago, was one of Britain's greatest twentieth century poets. He loved our country and its great Christian heritage. He prized our traditions and institutions. He admired the fine old buildings and churches. He wrote extensively about the countryside.But although Betjeman loved to attend church services, he…

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SANTA or Saviour?

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

SANTA or Saviour?

Who takes centre stage at Christmas? Many would answer, 'Santa Claus'. The friendly bearded man dressed in a red suit, who gives out presents to children, seems to be everywhere at Christmas-time! In advertising, greetings cards, Hollywood films, and shopping centres - Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) is increasingly the focus of the festivities.…

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Designer humans

Article

December 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Designer humans

I once designed a small knife - a slender rod with a tiny razor-sharp blade at the end. One of my students came across the knife and started using it to cut up card. I stopped him and explained that the knife was designed for something far more important - a life-saving surgical operation…

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Enabled to believe

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Enabled to believe

Peter's storyI was brought up in a Christian home and attended church, but when I went to college I began hanging out with friends on Sundays, following nights out in pubs and clubs. I was living the life that most young people are accustomed to in this country. I had my fair share of…

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Wages or gift?

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

Wages or gift?

A long time ago, when I worked as a wages clerk in the Coal Industry, I went to various collieries on Friday mornings to give the miners their wages. They didn't touch their caps and cry, 'Thank you for your kindness young sir - how can I ever repay you?'That packet I gave them…

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FAQ Fight Al Qaeda? Fix All Quibbles?Free Albert Quinn?

Article

December 2006
Evangelistic

FAQ Fight Al Qaeda? Fix All Quibbles?Free Albert Quinn?

None of the above (who is Albert Quinn anyway?) If you're into computers you will know that FAQ means Frequently Asked Questions. But here Professor Edgar Andrews answers some FAQs you won't find on the internet.Q. You look intelligent. So how can you believe the Bible?A. I believe the Bible first and foremost because…

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