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All Articles from December 2007

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December 2007
Evangelistic

Fun year for atheists!

Fun year for atheists!The atheists have had a fun year, with five or six high-profile books attacking religion indiscriminately. We used to be told that all religions are equal because they all lead you to God. We are now hearing that no religions will lead you anywhere - least of all to God. Either…

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Tell the shepherds? You must be joking

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December 2007
Evangelistic

Tell the shepherds? You must be joking

Tell the shepherds? You must be jokingCarols and Christmas cards represent the shepherds in the Christmas story as some kind of rustic nobility - an ideal example of primitive rural simplicity, an echo of distant Eden, far from dark Satanic mills. Some of the world's greatest artists - painters like Constable and Rubens -…

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Youth Supplement – Bullied at school

News

December 2007
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Bullied at school

Bullied at schoolAs a child I was taught the Bible and went to church but, looking back, I realise that I didn't enjoy these things. I had Bible stories embedded in my head but they were just fiction to me. I didn't really care for the Christ who died on the cross. I quite…

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December 2007
Evangelistic

Me and my mobile

Me and my mobileWould you give up your mobile phone for a million pounds? According to a survey by the Carphone Warehouse and the London School of Economics, one in three of us would not! Mobile phones are fast becoming indispensable and Britons send a billion text messages every week.The survey also found that:…

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I had it taped

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December 2007
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I had it taped

I had it taped Charles Tomlin was brought up in a Christian home in Cheltenham with three brothers and two sisters. He came to know Christ as his Saviour by listening to tape-recorded sermons.My parents made sure that we all attended Sunday school and heard sermons but I could never understand why my parents made…

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Come and welcome

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December 2007
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Come and welcome

Come and welcome A few years ago I saw something that touched my heart. An evening TV news segment presented an historical feature about Ellis Island, which was the American government's chief immigration station from 1892 till 1943. It was here that immigrants were first detained and examined for citizenship in the United States.…

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Guest Column – It was for us … Ian Hamilton
Sorry mate, I’m not interested in religion

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December 2007
Evangelistic

Sorry mate, I’m not interested in religion

Sorry mate, I'm not interested in religion At 17 David Fraser embarked on a journey that changed his life. 'All the best, son, and remember, don't get involved in religion'. These were the last words from my father as I ventured through passport control and onto my flight to London. I remember them clearly…

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Tax collector climbs tree

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December 2007
Evangelistic

Tax collector climbs tree

Tax collector climbs tree How many people today would consider themselves lost? Would you? It is interesting, therefore, that Jesus said, 'the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost' (Luke 19:10). He was speaking about us as being lost and himself as the one who can find us.He was passing through…

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Charles Dickens’ favourite sister

Historical

December 2007
Articles > Historical

Charles Dickens’ favourite sister

Charles Dickens' favourite sisterWhen Charles Dickens described the cheerful and improvident Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, he had a vivid and personal model in mind - his own father, John Dickens. Charles and his older sister Fanny could never forget those dark months when their bankrupt father was locked up in a notorious debtors'…

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Unanswered questions

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December 2007
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Unanswered questions

Unanswered questionsStephen Nowak's life was changed when he watched his friend die, trapped in a well he was constructing when an earthquake struck.My name is Stephen Nowak. I was born in 1973 and grew up near Brighton. Although I had every chance to get a great head-start in life, I wasted all the opportunities…

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Article

December 2007
Uganda

Compassion in Uganda

Compassion in Uganda Battling through heavy rain, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot Laura Westley flew a team from the Mildmay Clinic to conduct a one-day clinic at Bobi — a camp for internally displaced people in northern Uganda. On arrival the team was greeted by rows of mothers, waiting patiently with their children to…

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When Christmas is the hardest time

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December 2007
Evangelistic

When Christmas is the hardest time

When Christmas is the hardest timeJohn Benton finds comfort at Christmas for those bereavedIn bereavement two gigantic realities collide. They are very different but very real. They are the realities of love and death. Bereaved people often say, 'It doesn't get any easier' - and times like Christmas are the worst. Past memories of…

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Eternity? What’s that?

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December 2007
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Eternity? What’s that?

Eternity? What's that?

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The Morning Star

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December 2007
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The Morning Star

A Star is bornThe Bible is full of prophecies about a coming Messiah which were written hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. One of the earliest was spoken by an obscure character called Balaam, who declared, 'I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come…

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December 2007
Evangelistic

What if Christmas never was?

What if Christmas never was?The significance of Christmas for people todayIs Christmas worth the hassle? It seems to start earlier every year bringing too many crowds, too few parking spaces, too much food and too little money. There are certainly aspects of Christmas we could do without - the extra food, cards, decorations and…

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Why are things beautiful?

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December 2007
Scientific (including creation)

Why are things beautiful?

Why are things beautiful?Stuart Burgess, Professor of Design and Nature at Bristol University, considers the origin of beauty and design in nature. It is amazing how a tiny dry seed, planted in mud and given the right conditions, can turn into a flower with beautiful colours, smells and textures. Of course, beauty is subjective, which…

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Is there anybody out there?

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December 2007
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Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there?John BlanchardFor nearly half a century a privately funded project has captured the imagination of millions of people all around the world. SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) was launched in the hope of detecting messages from alien civilisations in outer space, but it ties in with deeper questions that human…

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Who made God? or how long is a piece of string?

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December 2007
Scientific (including creation)

Who made God? or how long is a piece of string?

Who made God? or how long is a piece of string?A question that is asked repeatedly by both Richard Dawkins and your average five-year-old probably deserves a reply. But whether asked gleefully by an atheist intellectual or innocently by a child, the only possible answer is, 'nobody'.There is more to the question than meets…

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The virgin birth

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December 2007
Evangelistic

The virgin birth

The virgin birthThis Christmas countless people will sing Charles Wesley's hymn 'Hark the herald angels sing' including the verse:Christ by highest heaven adoredChrist, the everlasting Lord.Late in time behold him comeOffspring of a virgin's womb.Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,Hail the incarnate Deity,Pleased as man with men to dwellJesus our Immanuel.Unlike other religions, the…

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Knowing Christ personally

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December 2007
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Knowing Christ personally

Knowing Christ personallySam Matthews discovered that a Christian upbringing doesn't make you a Christian.Because I had a Christian upbringing people think I have been a Christian all of my life. But faith in Jesus Christ is not something that my parents or teachers could instil in me, nor something obtained by attending church. My…

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Can we be sure of heaven?

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December 2007
Evangelistic

Can we be sure of heaven?

Can we be sure of heaven?Are you a Christian? Are you right with God? Are you sure of heaven? There are no more important questions than these. These are matters of life and death, of heaven and hell. Doubtless some will say they are sure, others will know they are not, and still others…

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going home…

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December 2007
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going home…

going home...Before her recent death, Irene Lyon wrote this brief but moving testimony to God's saving and restoring grace.When I was in my teens I was privileged by God's grace to attend a church where the Bible was believed and taught and the gospel of Jesus Christ was faithfully preached. The minister of my…

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Living two lives

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December 2007
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Living two lives

Living two livesJackie Tomlin discovered that you cannot serve two masters.Christianity was something I was brought up with. I always assumed that one day - probably when I was middle-aged with a family and had done everything I wanted to do - I would then decide to become a Christian. Little did I know…

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How to have everything

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December 2007
Evangelistic

How to have everything

How to have everything According to Lord Layard, a professor at the London School of Economics, people in the West have got no happier in the last 50 years. His research leads to the conclusion that we are richer, work shorter hours, have longer holidays, travel more, live longer, and are healthier - but…

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