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Christmas riches

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December 2011
Evangelistic

Christmas riches

Christmas riches ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich’ (2 Corinthians 8:9). Perhaps Christmas should be renamed. After all, for many, Jesus Christ plays a very minor part in the…

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God’s love

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December 2011
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God’s love

On 14 February 2010 my life changed forever. My journey until then had been roughand rocky.

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One huge problem

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December 2011
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One huge problem

Have you ever taken a wrong turning and ended up far from where you meant to be? Have you ever shared in the shame of the footballer who missed a penalty goal in a crucial match?

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Article

December 2011
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Caroline Gabbott

Doubts conquered

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Medal of honour

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December 2011
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Medal of honour

The American people's honour and gratitude for their armed forces is notable and commendable. On what must be approaching two dozen occasions, I have witnessed members of the public stopping uniformed personnel and thanking them openly for their service to the American nation.

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The power of forgiveness

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December 2011
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The power of forgiveness

Thirteen years ago the question of forgiveness became avery real one for me.

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Found!

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December 2011
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Found!

If you are reading these words, the chances are that you have at least a passing interest in Jesus.

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Ever met a perfect man?

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December 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Ever met a perfect man?

Ever met a perfect man? It has always struck me as more than interesting that no writer of fiction, from Aesop and his fables to J. K. Rowling and her phenomenal creation Harry Potter, has ever given us a picture of a perfect human being. Not even Superman is ‘super’ in every possible way.…

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One hundred years ago

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December 2011
Historical but excluded from the Timeline

One hundred years ago

John Harper glanced at the ticket he had just purchased — No. 248727. It had cost a handsome £33 — a considerable sum for a Baptist pastor to pay in 1912. Originally, Harper had planned to sail to New York on the Lusitania, en route to Chicago, where he was booked to preach at…

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One hundred years ago…

Historical

December 2011
Articles > Historical

One hundred years ago…

One hundred years ago… John Harper glanced at the ticket he had just purchased — No. 248727. It had cost a handsome £33 — a considerable sum for a Baptist pastor to pay in 1912. Originally, Harper had planned to sail to New York on the Lusitania, en route to Chicago, where he was…

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Uncomfortable Christmas

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December 2011
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Uncomfortable Christmas

Christmas is coming! How do you feel about it? Are you looking forward to a Christmas lunch … or dreading all the hard work, before and after?

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Article

December 2011
Poland

World Mission – Ania

Hello, my name is Ania. I am an English teacher and mother of Tomek 11, Joanna 10, and Samuel 8. We live in southern Poland.

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Jesus has done it all

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December 2011
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Jesus has done it all

My name is Laurentiu Gheorghe Mustatea. I am 25 years old and was born and raised in Romania.

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Revolutionary encounter

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December 2011
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Revolutionary encounter

 ‘Daniels, go home and get your kit, you’re playing this afternoon!’ Llanelli Grammar’s 1st XI was short of a few senior lads and they needed some younger kids to fill in. But who cares? A whole afternoon of cricket and, even better, missing double maths and biology. Our opponents were 50 miles away, just…

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Christmas or Xmas?

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December 2011
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Christmas or Xmas?

Some would say, 'What's the fuss about? Both words mean thesame thing; there's no difference'. But there's a vast difference and they do not mean the same thing.

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Article

December 2011
Poland

World Mission – Wioletta

'Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands' (Isaiah 49:15-16).

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Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary

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December 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary

A few days before Christmas 2006, the London Times ran with the headline, 'Wise Men seek a virgin mother'. Another newspaper ran the headline, 'Lizard's immaculate conception'.

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God’s ambassador

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December 2011
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God’s ambassador

This year was a very special year for the Royal Family. The day many had been waiting for came - Prince William married Kate Middleton.

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Article

December 2011
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Tony Bickley

Delivered from drugs

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Article

December 2011
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Anne-Michelle Nova

Saved and kept

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Opening the door

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December 2011
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Opening the door

Throughout my primary and secondary school years, I developed a simple answer to Christianity, which was 'I go to church'. But eight years ago, when I was 14, I had to undergo one of the biggest challenges in my life. I had to face moving to Ghana.

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Handel’s Messiah

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December 2011
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Handel’s Messiah

To attend a performance of Handel's Messiah is one of life's 'must-do' experiences. It is a musical message telling the story of the 'Anointed One', Jesus the Messiah.

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Brainwaves and pickpockets

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December 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Brainwaves and pickpockets

The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures this December will be given by psychologist Professor Bruce Hood, Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre. The advance announcement says he 'will induce false memories in members of the audience and use pickpockets to demonstrate how easily we are distracted'.

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With a song in my heart

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December 2011
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With a song in my heart

Singing is as much a part of the Christmas celebration as picking bits of baking foil off the turkey and buying presents. But how many of us really think about what the words mean?

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An awesome God

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December 2011
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An awesome God

There is a time for everything, a time to be born and a timeto die. Everything about our life in this world happensbetween those two points. And the most amazing thing thatcan happen to us is that we come to know Jesus Christ asour Saviour.

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More important …

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December 2011
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More important …

More important … Dan Walker is best known as the face of BBC’s Football Focus. But football is not the best thing in Dan’s life — far from it. In fact, on a Sunday Dan says he would rather go to church than to the big game. Here’s his story.    To say I enjoyed…

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Have I got news for you!

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December 2011
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Have I got news for you!

Words are powerful. Words we see or hear can be pivotal in our lives. Some conversations you play over and over again in your head and they can either trap you in the past or free you for the future.

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Review

December 2011

The Dawkins Proof for the existence of God

Do we need yet another book responding to Dawkins? Yes! This excellent little book is quite different from all the many others I have read.       Barns is a computer scientist who has worked in programming and system administration for 25 years. He tells us that he grew up as an atheist, but found…

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Review

December 2011

The Book of Books

Among the many books written on the King James Bible this year it may come as a surprise to see one by Melvyn Bragg (Baron Bragg of Wigton in Cumbria), the well-known writer and broadcaster. Some may have seen his programme on the same subject on television, or read a recent article of his,…

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Review

December 2011
Reviews > Book

The Power to Save – A history of the gospel in China

The Power to Save – A history of the gospel in China Bob Davey Evangelical Press 356, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-743-0 Star Rating: Bob Davey has carefully researched the story of the church in China. In Power to Save the reader is given a short introduction to China’s wider history and the story of Nestorian…

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