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Christmas charades

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December 2010
Evangelistic

Christmas charades

Christmas charades After the pudding and Queen's speech, quite a few households up and down the country will be indulging in another Christmas tradition - the family game. It's an age-honoured custom that, on one day of the year, families and extended families gather together or with friends to take part in festive activities.     For some,…

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WEST dedication

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December 2010
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WEST dedication

WEST dedication                                  The Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) dedication service was held on Saturday 25 September in West's College grounds in Bridgend.      Rev. Geoff Thomas of Aberystwyth, the invited preacher, spoke on 'For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:2).     Earlier, WEST…

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Reviews – Dealing with Dawkins – John Blanchard – EP Books

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December 2010
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Reviews – Dealing with Dawkins – John Blanchard – EP Books

Dealing with Dawkins John BlanchardEP Books96 pages, £2.50ISBN: 978-0-85234-715-7 John Blanchard goes to the heart of the matter in his response to Prof. Richard Dawkins' best seller The God delusion.      Blanchard exposes Dawkins' mindset and highlights major flaws in his case against God. He is at pains to deal fairly with his opponent, addressing issues…

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In search of love

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December 2010
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In search of love

In search of love My guide strode on, purposefully, following the dusty road out of the city. At last the thronging crowds had thinned somewhat, enabling me to gulp deep breaths of morning air as I struggled to keep up with his tireless pace.  As the track levelled off I could at last get alongside…

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To lose a SON

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December 2010
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To lose a SON

To lose a SON What is Christmas about? There are lots of explanations; some merely commercial, others profoundly religious. But for most people it doesn't really matter. Christmas comes every year and the best thing to do is to enjoy it.   There are the downsides, with the cost of everything and all the commercial exploitation.…

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‘It’s all about Jesus’

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December 2010
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‘It’s all about Jesus’

'It's all about Jesus' To say I was brought up by the best of parents would not be an exaggeration. I was brought up on a healthy diet of good books, a love of the outdoors and broad scope for my imagination.      My parents loved God, so we were thoroughly taught about him and…

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December 2010
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News – Farewell to GCU

Farewell to GCU This summer, across the UK and Northern Ireland, thanksgiving services were held to mark the end of the Girl Crusaders' Union (GCU) after 95 years of faithful work evangelising and discipling young women.     The London service, held at Greycoat School, Victoria, saw around 200 former GCU girls, together with leaders, prayer partners…

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Once I was blind – now I see

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December 2010
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Once I was blind – now I see

Once I was blind - now I see Being born into a Christian family is a tremendous blessing. During the first twelve years of my life, Christianity and church were the norm for me. But the first time I seriously thought about Christianity was in my teens, when I was struck by the reality of…

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Promise, expectation & gratitude

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December 2010
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Promise, expectation & gratitude

Promise, expectation & gratitude  'You are going to have the best present ever', said Dad, and his little girl's eyes glistened with excitement.      That night, as she lay in bed, she began to imagine the wonderful things that Christmas Day would bring. Her Dad's promise of 'the best present ever' had triggered her hopes…

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Life with Jesus

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December 2010
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Life with Jesus

Life with Jesus  How would you finish this sentence - 'My life would be better if...?' For some the answer might be, 'if I had more money'. For others: 'if I had a better education'; 'if I had a life free from illness or addiction'; 'if I had more friends'; 'if I was in a…

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Questions Questions!

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December 2010
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Questions Questions!

Questions Questions! Have you any questions that simply won't go away and always demand an answer? Consider first the pressing questions of life itself and death. What is life? What a mystery life truly is! We did not choose to be born; we cannot recall anything of our earliest years; and we could not even care for…

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The blue planet

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December 2010
Scientific (including creation)

The blue planet

The blue planet When astronauts went into space for the first time, one of the first things they noticed was that the earth had a beautiful blue glow when viewed from space. This is why the earth is called the 'blue planet'.      Despite discovering many hundreds of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, astronomers…

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News – Southampton

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December 2010
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News – Southampton

Southampton Saturday 2 October was a day of great rejoicing for members and friends at Netley Christian Fellowship, in Southampton, at the induction service for Paul Oliver as their new pastor.      Around 170 people attended the service at Abbey Hall, Netley. Dr John Hall spoke from Joshua chapter 1, emphasising that we should be…

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We need Jesus

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December 2010
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We need Jesus

We need Jesus  It struck me as I read recently a chapter in the book of Matthew (first book in the New Testament) how desperately Jesus is needed in our world today. Jesus came into a world much like our own. It was a world of false religion, violence, disease and death. He saved people.…

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News

December 2010
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Pro-woman lobby

Pro-woman lobby A ComRes poll that showed 90 per cent of British women believed they should be warned of the physical and psychological dangers of abortion has boosted a flurry of activity in Westminster.     'According to Life' - a national pro-life charity - welcomed the poll that showed 90 per cent of women and 87…

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My journey from cynicism to faith

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December 2010
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My journey from cynicism to faith

My journey from cynicism to faith I begin my story in a closed wooden doorway. It was the entrance to a tiny hilltop monastery in Italy. I had been working as the sole representative for a small British tourist company and was based in an isolated northern region for some months.      I had been…

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Was Scrooge right?

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December 2010
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Was Scrooge right?

Was Scrooge right? It's Christmas Eve, but Ebenezer Scrooge is not going to let his clerk knock off a minute early. He already begrudges the fact that he is going to have to pay Bob Cratchit a day's pay for no work on Christmas Day.      While Bob waits shivering in the cold warehouse office,…

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News – Living Word

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December 2010
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News – Living Word

Living Word Lowestoft Living Word was held during the third week in October at London Road Baptist Church, with a total attendance of 1000 over the four days.     Churches from Lowestoft and the surrounding Waveney Valley area were represented. Phil Moon, Vicar of Bishop Hannington Church, Hove, took as his theme for the main meetings…

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God’s amazing faithfulness!

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December 2010
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God’s amazing faithfulness!

God's amazing faithfulness! You could say I used to be the average, second-generation Christian. My parents are Christians, their parents were Christians, and it goes back like that.      I was born into and raised in a church setting all my life. Looking back, it was obviously such a great benefit, because even when I…

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Prodigal to penitent

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December 2010
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Prodigal to penitent

Prodigal to penitent  My name is Douglas Slack, a retired engine fitter at the Derby-based aero engine maker Rolls-Royce, and I have lived in the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth all my life.  I am married to Winifred and we have three sons. My wife and I are members of Crich Baptist Church, where we…

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News – New man for Isle of Man

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December 2010
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News – New man for Isle of Man

New man for Isle of Man A new chapter in the history of Grace Baptist Church, Peel, Isle of Man, began with the induction of its new pastor Glenn Walters.      On Saturday 11 September, the church - which was constituted in 1974 by Matthew Else, who received his 'home call' in 2008 - welcomed…

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Still learning

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December 2010
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Still learning

Still learning Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lowri. I'm 25 years old and live in South Wales. There are lots of other things I could tell you about me, but the most important thing you need to know is that I'm a Christian. I've been around Christians my entire life. My father is…

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December 2010
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News – A Christmas story

A Christmas story  A Kenyan slum is the new setting for a powerful film, Sami and the ultimate Christmas gift.      The brainchild of Spurgeon's Academy in Kibera, the film follows an 11-year-old orphan's search for a new-born king among the deprived community of Kibera, which is one of the largest slums in Africa.    …

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My story of God’s love

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December 2010
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My story of God’s love

My story of God's love I was brought up in a church going family and have always believed in God. I called myself a Christian because I went to church, but this is not the meaning of a Christian, as I was to discover!      I left church when I was 17 due to my…

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What’s it all about?

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December 2010
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What’s it all about?

What's it all about? It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, and I was beginning to believe that the weather forecasters were right in predicting 'a barbecue summer' this year. I stepped into a local shop to buy a card for someone who had just retired, but had difficulty finding the right section,…

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Jesus Christ

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December 2010
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Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ There were people who heard the Lord Jesus teach and saw him heal and raise the dead, but still they did not believe in him. It seems incredible, until we realise how deceitful men's hearts can be.  For some in Jesus' own day it was unthinkable that Christ was God; and today many…

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The true light of Christmas

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December 2010
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The true light of Christmas

The true light of Christmas  I have to admit that we don't really know the day on which Jesus was born. But I think the church of long ago was wise to decide to celebrate his birth on December 25. We can do with a good celebration to lighten the cold gloom of winter.…

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The most important lesson

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December 2010
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The most important lesson

The most important lesson Have you ever tried making something work in a way it wasn't designed to?  Perhaps you've accidentally filled a petrol engine with diesel, or inserted a DVD into a CD player. If you have, you'll know that things go wrong when we ignore the designer's plan. And this principle isn't just…

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News

December 2010
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News – Early intervention

Early intervention The Lighthouse Group (TLG), a national Christian educational charity, is launching a new early intervention programme in schools to support children and young people at risk of exclusion.     TLG aims to recognise the need for early intervention, as children as young as six years old are being excluded from school. TLG is hoping…

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Reviews – The magnificent Magnificat – Timothy Cross – Gospel Folio Press

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December 2010
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Reviews – The magnificent Magnificat – Timothy Cross – Gospel Folio Press

The magnificent Magnificat Timothy CrossGospel Folio Press69 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-1-926765-08-2 Mary's Magnificat, or song of praise, is found in Luke 1:46-55. Timothy Cross takes us through the song verse by verse.      When Mary visits Elizabeth before Jesus is born, she speaks these words that reveal both her humility and devotion for God. This book is…

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God, black holes and Stephen Hawking

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December 2010
Scientific (including creation)

God, black holes and Stephen Hawking

God, black holes and Stephen Hawking Cosmologist Stephen Hawking is famous for his work on black holes, but in his latest book The Grand design he falls into a conceptual black hole of his own making. Until recently Stephen Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and is now Director of Research at the…

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News – What we will be

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December 2010
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News – What we will be

What we will be 'What we were, what we are and what we will be' was the title of the 22nd Sussex Youth Conference.     Mick Lockwood applied this to believers' lives (but it had some relevance to our meeting place too, as the new Ebenezer Chapel in Brighton had only opened two weeks previously!).     'What…

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News – Pilot to pastor

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December 2010
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News – Pilot to pastor

Pilot to pastor A former airline pilot has become the pastor of a congregational church in West Yorkshire.     Captain Stephen Wright was ordained into the Christian ministry and inducted as pastor of Morley Community Church, near Wakefield.     A large congregation representing 19 different churches gathered for the welcome service in this former textile town. Church…

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Article

December 2010
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Overwhelmed by joy

Overwhelmed by joy Bill Ramsden is 58, happily married to Ann. He spent much of his time on the road with his business, where he made a life-changing discovery a few years ago. He takes up the story. In July 2005 I was on vacation in Italy with my wife. We had met up with our…

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December 2010
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News – Wedding bells in Chile

Wedding bells in Chile Five of 'los 33' - the miners trapped underground for more than two months - are planning to tie the knot.     According to Associated Press (AP) reports, the five miners proposed to their girlfriends and wives during a special seaside party in the northern Chilean town of Caldera. One couple had…

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From hatred to love

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December 2010
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From hatred to love

From hatred to love Even as a young child, I always hated God. I never denied that he was there (it seemed too obvious to me), but desperately wished that he wasn't!  I believed that the Bible was true, but didn't like what it taught. I didn't like knowing that I was a sinful rebel…

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News

December 2010
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News – Papal poll

Papal poll The pope's visit in September may have stirred mixed emotions, but, according to a Theos survey of more than 2000 people, many in the UK agree with his social teaching.           The survey, carried out on behalf of the Theos think-tank by pollsters ComRes, found that although 24 per cent of people disapproved…

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Knowing God personally

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December 2010
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Knowing God personally

Knowing God personally I became a Christian when 13-14 years old, but the journey began a long time before. We regularly attended church and prayed together as a family. There were a couple of kindly older sisters who lived on our street, who would sometimes take me to church.  I was often arguing with siblings,…

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News – The way to go

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December 2010
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News – The way to go

The way to go Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church held another special family service on 17 October, at the end of the latest weekly Kidz Klub series, 'How to know the way to go'.     This was based on words from John's Gospel, chapter 14. Children from the club performed the songs 'Stop and let me…

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Historical

December 2010
Articles > Historical

A divine irony

A divine irony With an ominous rattle of wheels and the crack of a whip, a cart was driven through the gates of an Edinburgh hospital. Another casualty was being rushed in, a man critically injured in some industrial accident. With the lower half of his body horribly crushed, he was in desperate pain.…

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December 2010
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News – Friends and heroes

Friends and heroes      It's not often that a Christian cartoon gets put onto stamps, but the Friends and heroes retelling of the Christmas story has been made into a set of stamps by the Isle of Man Post Office.     The Post Office has released a miniature sheet with three £1 stamps showing scenes from…

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December 2010
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News – Prayer Book website

Prayer Book website The Prayer Book Society has launched a special website in preparation for its upcoming 350th anniversary of the Church of England's founding liturgy. Ahead of a range of special events planned for 2012 to mark the occasion, www.bcp350.org.uk was launched during a special ceremony at the Prayer Book Society's annual conference, held…

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Christmas – free for all

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December 2010
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Christmas – free for all

Christmas - free for all Shopkeepers, advertisers, and little children all know that Christmas is about gifts. There is magic in the air when bright, cheery wrappings are ripped open to discover what is hidden inside. Nothing quite compares to a gift lovingly given and received.     It is said that the way to measure a…

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Christmas joy

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December 2010
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Christmas joy

Christmas joy I wonder how many of you own a Christmas compilation album? You'll find shelves stocked with them everywhere during the festive season, but despite the many different CDs available, they generally all have the same songs on them.  They'll all feature Merry Xmas everyone by Slade and other cheery, upbeat songs that get…

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South Craven

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December 2010
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South Craven

South Craven On Saturday 23 October, South Craven Evangelical Church in Cross Hills, near Keighley, welcomed Paul Gamston as pastor.      In spite of the wet autumnal weather, more than 250 people gathered for the occasion. Apart from many friends and families who came from across England, Scotland and Wales, a number of folks from…

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December 2010
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News – Jihad

Jihad  Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham and a practising Christian, was stabbed by a Muslim woman as a 'punishment for Iraq', a court found.     In a Daily Telegraph report from the Old Bailey courtroom, the judge heard that Roshonara Choudhry, aged 21, approached Mr Timms while he was doing a local…

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GOD heard my prayers

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December 2010
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GOD heard my prayers

GOD heard my prayers I come from a family of five sisters and four brothers. We all followed our parents' religion, Buddhism/Taoism. The Lord graciously brought me to know him through thyrotoxicosis during my A-levels in 1975.  Prior to that illness, I was always healthy and well. It was in hospital that I began to…

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Are you happy?

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December 2010
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Are you happy?

Are you happy?  How do we measure happiness? Some people shout and cheer when something happens to bring them great pleasure. Others jump up and down for joy. Others don't say very much, but their faces glow with delight.  However we might express great happiness, it is something we all seek. We can seek…

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Outside the box

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December 2010
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Outside the box

Outside the box It was C. S. Lewis who said that, 'Over the lives of some people at the end of life's journey could be written the words, fine performance but you missed the whole point'.     So many think making a living is far more important than making a life. We live within our 'box'…

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