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Christianity is true

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December 2009
Evangelistic

Christianity is true

Christianity is true True Christianity is Christ. It stands or falls by the historical person of Jesus Christ. Alone among the great religions Christianity claims that its founder was divine - God in human form. Jesus made astounding claims for himself. Here are three: 'I am the light of the world'; 'I am the resurrection and…

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‘A satisfaction and completeness I had never known before’

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December 2009
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‘A satisfaction and completeness I had never known before’

'A satisfaction and completeness I had never known before' I was brought up to go to a Church of England church in North Yorkshire, but stopped going when I was about ten to play football. Although I do not remember the gospel being preached there, I did believe in God, and God was good to me.…

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News – Taking action for women

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December 2009
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News – Taking action for women

Taking action for women Release:women, the women's ministry of Release International, held its third London Sharing Spiritual Treasures Conference for women on 24 October at St Michael's Church, Chester Square.      Seventy-six women from different churches took part. Speakers shared stories of women from Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea and others around the world, who are persecuted…

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A Gurkha soldier stands for Christ

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December 2009
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A Gurkha soldier stands for Christ

The Christian testimony of WO2 (Retd) Lalit Bahadur Gurung While I was on intensive and hard training in the Training Depot Brigade of Gurkhas, Hong Kong, one day I received a letter from my parent saying, ‘My son, we have found the true and loving God who is known as Jesus Christ. If you…

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‘I was so full of joy’

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December 2009
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‘I was so full of joy’

'I was so full of joy' The only connection with church I had when growing up was the occasional service as part of my school days.  I didn't really think about God and assumed there was nothing after death. I guess I believed in evolution like most people, but the subject really didn't interest me.    …

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Star of  wonder

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December 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Star of wonder

Star of wonder  The Gospel of Matthew records how wise men came from the east to the land of Israel to search after the King of the Jews. The wise men were led to Jerusalem and then Bethlehem by a bright star in the sky. We don't know exactly how far east the men had…

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Christmas cheer?

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December 2009
Evangelistic

Christmas cheer?

Christmas cheer?   Let’s face it, there are not that many reasons to be cheerful nowadays!      We are in what is politely called a ‘recession’. Unemployment figures are higher than for a long time; people are losing their homes; and banks that helped get us into this mess are once more dishing out…

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‘What God did for me’

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December 2009
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‘What God did for me’

'What God did for me' I spent my early childhood surrounded by teaching about God and Christianity. My parents took me to church every Sunday, and I was quite comfortable believing what I was being taught. I had no reason or desire to doubt it, and as far as I was concerned I had everything…

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News

December 2009
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News – Faith without fear

Faith without fear Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, is backing a campaign, called FaithwithoutFear.org, to help the persecuted Christians in Orissa, India.     Since 2008, violence has escalated across the province, with many professing Christians being caught up in the storm. Premier Christian Media's chief executive, Peter Kerridge, said that more than 120 people…

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December 2009
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News – Scientology? Mais, non!

Scientology? Mais, non! Two French courts have convicted the Scientology group of mass manipulation and fraud, although they have not banned it from operating in the country.     The judgement comes after two women complained, one stating that she was defrauded into paying thousands of pounds during the 1990s for life-improvement courses and 'vitamins'.     The sect's…

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Joy to the world

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December 2009
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Joy to the world

Joy to the world Guest Column - Peter Milsom The birth of Jesus Christ is the greatest reason for joy in the history of the world. Today people all over the world are seeking true and lasting joy. It was the same in the first century. The night Jesus was born, an angel appeared to some hill…

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Found by Christ!

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December 2009
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Found by Christ!

Found by Christ! I was born in Halifax 60 years ago and lived at Siddal in a loving and respectable home with a high standard of moral behaviour. I attended the local Methodist church.      At the age of 16 I became a cadet, and at 18 started my training as a registered nurse at…

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Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!

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December 2009
Zimbabwe

Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!

Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!   I was born in Zimbabwe of devout Roman Catholic parents and attended Catholic schools. I was baptised and confirmed at an early age and started serving mass while at primary school.   Church attendance was compulsory during my primary and secondary school years. However, it was just…

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News

December 2009
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News – Christ in Christmas

Christ in Christmas People in Britain want to keep Christ in Christmas, according to a poll by theology think-tank Theos.     The survey, of more than 1000 adults in the UK, revealed that 85 per cent of the population believed that Christmas should be a Christian affair.      In response to the question by pollsters ComRes, who…

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Happy Christmas?

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December 2009
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Happy Christmas?

Happy Christmas? Jim sat on the bench in the park. He often did that. It was the secluded part of the park out of sight of most people and well away from the paths everyone took. He had his sandwiches and a flask of tea and wanted to be alone for the day. Christmas day meant…

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News

December 2009
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News – Church gets gagging order

Church gets gagging order A church in London has been slapped with a noise abatement notice, after complaints by a Muslim neighbour.      The Immanuel House of Worship Church, in Walthamstow, has been meeting in the Victorian church hall since 2006. The property next door, which had been the manse, was bought by the current…

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Cradled in a manger

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December 2009
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Cradled in a manger

Cradled in a manger A family came from South Africa so that the father could study librarianship in Aberystwyth. There was a long flight, followed by the airport hassle of hiring a car for themselves and their children.  Then there was the drive through England and onto the winding country roads of Wales, westward, ever…

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News

December 2009
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News – Word 4 Weapons

Word 4 Weapons A Christian initiative to place special bins outside churches in Islington for knives expects to have collected more than 100 weapons.     What makes the knife amnesty different to the ones held by the police is that every young person who hands a knife in is given an 'All I need' pack, which…

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News

December 2009
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News – No Christian decorations

No Christian decorations  An American legal firm is challenging the US Forest Service in Arizona for trying to ban children from submitting tree decorations bearing the name of Jesus.     The 85-foot tall blue spruce, which will become the Capitol Christmas tree and adorned with 4000 decorations, has been decorated instead with red-tape that has…

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Ready for eternity

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December 2009
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Ready for eternity

Ready for eternity I was brought up in a Christian home by Christian parents who regularly went to church - and I went along to Sunday school. Here I learnt such Bible stories as Noah and the Flood, Samson and Delilah, Moses and crossing the Red Sea. These gave me a general knowledge of the Bible,…

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Tremendous peace

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December 2009
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Tremendous peace

Tremendous peace On a cold and wet Tuesday afternoon, on 11 February 2003, I slowly opened my eyes to the scene of paramedics, doctors and fireman busily moving around me. My vision was hazy and my back and right leg in agony.      In my disjointed memory, I recalled being at a great height, yet…

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News

December 2009
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News – Holywell Free Church, Loughborough

Holywell Free Church, Loughborough Holywell has called Joseph Pettitt to be its pastor, following the retirement of Rev. Bruce Powell in October 2006. Joseph studied at London Theological Seminary and has been assistant minister at Hayes Town Chapel, Middlesex.      He and his wife Louise will move to Loughborough for 1 December and commence ministry…

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Scents and sensibility

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December 2009
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Scents and sensibility

Scents and sensibility One of the things I love best about the Christmas holiday is the smell of it. In the weeks running up to December 25, my flat is enveloped by tantalising aromas: the pine tree and the pine-scented candles and air fresheners. As days go by, the flat is variegated with the sweet odours…

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The wonder of Christmas

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December 2009
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The wonder of Christmas

The wonder of Christmas It is not uncommon to talk of the wonder of Christmas. Often we have in mind the excited faces of young children opening their presents on Christmas Day, or the transformation of our cities by their bright lights and decorations. But what is the real wonder of Christmas? And how can it…

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!

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December 2009
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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas! Irving Berlin stayed up all night writing the lyrics for 'White Christmas'; then in the morning went to his office and told his musical secretary, 'Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written!'  Bing Crosby introduced the song in 1942,…

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News – Assistant pastor for Surrey churches

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December 2009
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News – Assistant pastor for Surrey churches

Assistant pastor for Surrey churches  Lower Kingswood Evangelical and Tollgate Evangelical Churches have appointed an assistant pastor, James Murkett.     Mr Murkett, a recent Oak Hill Theological College graduate, and his wife Eve, were called to serve Tollgate and its partner church, Lower Kingswood, in Surrey. This followed a partnership between the two churches in…

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Children’s Champion

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December 2009
Articles > Historical

Children’s Champion

Children's Champion With Barnardo's 330 charity shops, 400 social projects and care of thousands of children, most readers will be familiar with that name. But who was Tom Barnardo, founder of this remarkable charity begun in 1867?  A bit of all sorts' was Tom's own description of himself as he thought of the blend of…

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December 2009
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News – Prime time at Beccles

Prime time at Beccles  The weekend of 19-20 September brought to a close 23 years of faithful ministry at Beccles Baptist Church of Rev. Roger Prime.     Under God's guidance he was appointed to the pastorate in March 1986, at a time when the church was still suffering from divisions regarding the departure of the…

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December 2009
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News – New pastor for Thatcham

New pastor for Thatcham  Rev. David Crowther has accepted the Lord's leading to become pastor of Thatcham Free Church, just months after Thatcham started to ask the Lord for an under-shepherd.     Thatcham had been seeking a new pastor for several months, when, one Friday in October 2008, David Crowther and his wife Sally began…

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This is Dave Smart…

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December 2009
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This is Dave Smart…

This is Dave Smart…  Hard working, polite, and smart. He got good grades at school, with an 'A-star' in information technology. Everyone's pleased, because he gets on well with everyone. Now he writes games for next-generation mobile phones. He works freelance, and sells on to the big companies.      One of his games has proved a…

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God’s awesome holiness and amazing love

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December 2009
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God’s awesome holiness and amazing love

I have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and that got me thinking about the workings of God’s grace in my life. I can detect his hand in gently pushing me where he wants me to go throughout my life, even at the times when I was very distant from him. Just a few…

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‘HD God’

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December 2009
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‘HD God’

'HD God' Many now have High Definition (HD) television and enjoy its quality images. Christmas reminds us that God went 'HD' 2000 years ago. The human race was privileged to see him in high definition - as Jesus, the quality image of God. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, HD God was inaugurated: 'The Son is…

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Silent night- the darkness of Christmas

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December 2009
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Silent night- the darkness of Christmas

Silent night- the darkness of Christmas Was Jesus born on December 25? It is just possible of course, but overall highly doubtful. Actually it doesn't matter. What matters is that the Son of God did come to earth and did come as a human baby. The precise date of his birth is not important, although the…

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An anchor for the soul

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December 2009
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An anchor for the soul

An anchor for the soul My life has had two distinct phases. Before my mid-thirties - single and professional; then, in complete contrast - marriage and stay-at-home motherhood. It's the pattern of many women's lives today and creates a transition that can bring mixed feelings - loss of independence on one hand, in contrast with the joys of…

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News

December 2009
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News – Faith school in court

Faith school in court Another UK faith school is in the news - this time, Jewish. JFS (the former Jews' Free School) is accused of racial discrimination because it refused entry to a boy whose mother was not Jewish by birth and whose religion was not Jewish Orthodox.      Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, David…

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The reality of it all

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December 2009
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The reality of it all

The reality of it all Since I was small, my parents and my gran have taken me to church, but for many years it was never something I did anything more about, or realised it was important to me.      As a teenager, I continued to go to church and its youth group for completely…

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Christmas is coming!

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December 2009
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Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming! I don't know about you, but I think the countdown to Christmas starts far too early. It seems like my summer tan has only just begun to fade when suddenly every shop window is adorned in red and green glitter, and Wizzard are wishing it could be Christmas every day in my…

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No condemnation

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December 2009
Evangelistic

No condemnation

No condemnation I had the privilege of being born into a Christian family, so I grew up knowing all about God, Jesus and the Bible stories. I enjoyed going to church and Sunday school, and was generally a 'good little girl'.      Over the years, I gradually came to know the Lord for myself rather than…

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Why on earth?

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December 2009
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Why on earth?

Why on earth? In the time it takes you to read this page, over 100 more people will have been born, and before you could read the whole of this newspaper from cover to cover the world population will have increased by well over 6,000. Of the sixty billion people who have lived on our planet…

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A new meaning to life

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December 2009
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A new meaning to life

A new meaning to life Hi, my name is Tim. This is the story of how I became a Christian, coming to know Christ as my own personal Saviour and Lord.      The first thing I want to say is that it is God who makes a person a Christian and that he is often…

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A Saviour from another world

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December 2009
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A Saviour from another world

A Saviour from another world  It may seem perplexing that Christians get so excited over two issues, especially - the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus. Why do these matter so much? Why don't Christians just concentrate on making the world a better place to live in? We only understand why when we grasp that the central…

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Who do you think you are?

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December 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are? Natasha Kaplinsky went to Cape Town, Rick Stein to China and Zoë Wanamaker to Ukraine. Whatever were they looking for? The answer is 'their roots'. In the BBC1 TV series Who do you think you are? celebrities trace their family trees, discovering secrets and surprises from their past - along…

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News

December 2009
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News – Data on abortions

Data on abortions     The Information Commissioner has ordered the UK government to publish figures on late abortions of unborn children who have minor abnormalities.      The ProLife Alliance, which had been campaigning for transparency over the data under the Freedom of Information Act, said this was a 'victory' as it exposed the number of…

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News – The reason for hope within

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December 2009
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News – The reason for hope within

The reason for hope within 'The Reason for the hope within: defending and declaring the Christian faith in the 21st century' was the title for the 13th Salisbury Conference in October.     Held at Emmanuel Church, roughly 200 people attended, many of whom were able to stay in the homes of church members. The visiting speaker…

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Presents

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December 2009
Evangelistic

Presents

Presents At Christmas time we give and receive presents. I suppose this echoes the gifts that the wise men brought to the infant Jesus. Perhaps, it is an even fainter echo of God's gift of eternal life to us through his incarnate Son.      Christmas is a reminder of the importance of giving. But we…

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