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Crossing the great gulf

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December 2012
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Crossing the great gulf

Crossing the great gulf At the age of fourteen I made a Christian friend at school, who invited me to a youth club run by her church. As my family were not Christians and I had always witnessed Christians being mocked for their faith, I did not particularly want to go.     However, on…

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Touch and the difference Jesus makes

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December 2012
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Touch and the difference Jesus makes

Touch and the difference Jesus makes If I was to use a picture to describe life, it would be the splash of water following a stone tossed into the sea. We leave ripples behind us which reach out and touch others. There will always be a ripple; even the most talented divers at the…

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December 2012
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He was Mary’s son

He was Mary’s son Guest Column   Peter Milsom Christmas can be a strange time. It comes in the dark days of winter and, no matter how carefully we plan, always seems to be a busy time with too much to do and too little time to do it. It’s really good to see the…

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David Livingstone  — famous missionary explorer

Historical

December 2012
Articles > Historical

David Livingstone — famous missionary explorer

David Livingstone  — famous missionary explorer David Livingstone, the fabled explorer, was born nearly 200 years ago at Blantyre, which is about seven miles from Glasgow, on 19 March 1813. His father, Neil, worked industriously as a tea-dealer around the local villages. He was a Sunday school teacher and total abstainer, who honoured the…

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Will the war be over by Christmas?

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December 2012
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Will the war be over by Christmas?

Will the war be over by Christmas? Ninety-eight years ago, the men of two huge armies faced each other across the fields and woods of Belgium and France and prepared for their first Christmas of the Great War. At nightfall on Christmas Eve there was an outbreak of peace and goodwill among British and…

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Everything now made sense

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December 2012
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Everything now made sense

Everything now made sense I was raised in Scotland in a village just outside the picturesque town of Stirling. Our family would probably have been best described at the time as agnostic. We simply didn’t have any need to discuss God, and I never went to the Sunday school that some of my friends…

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Does a little matter much?

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December 2012
Articles > World Mission

Does a little matter much?

Does a little matter much? Africa is a continent with massive needs. What wonderful opportunities for ministry with the gospel and compassionate care, for God’s glory!     We should not settle for doing only a little for the kingdom of God, when we can do so much more by trusting in our sovereign Lord…

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Calling on the name of the Lord

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December 2012
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Calling on the name of the Lord

Calling on the name of the Lord I was born into a Christian family and each week went along to church. I was not interested in what was being said, although there were times when it would suddenly hit me that I was not living in a way that pleased God. This would trouble…

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From football to faith

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December 2012
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From football to faith

From football to faith Hi, my name is Hamilton, but you may call me Ham!     My childhood wasn’t anything spectacular; I did what most children did when growing up. I had a real love for football and was always playing it. Looking back, I don’t really remember having much to do with Christianity…

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December 2012
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God’s living Word

God’s living Word I became a Christian after I experienced an amazing touch of God’s presence. I was born and raised in Singapore by non-Christian parents. Though they sent me to a Lutheran kindergarten where I learnt songs like ‘Jesus loves me, this I know’, when I was eight I became an atheist.   …

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Finding the Creator

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December 2012
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Finding the Creator

Finding the Creator I was born in South Wales during World War II. I had a happy and stable upbringing.     My parents and I attended a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church. Going to chapel was part of our weekly routine, as was dressing in our ‘Sunday best’! I believed in the existence of God,…

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Truth or tradition?

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December 2012
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Truth or tradition?

Truth or tradition? Truth and tradition have usually been in contention. And this is especially true when it comes to the subject of Christmas. Christmas is a season full of traditions, from Santa Claus to Rudolph the reindeer, to Christmas trees. These are harmless and happy traditions, except when they push the truth out…

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Igor Chernov — living in a different world

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December 2012
Articles > World Mission

Igor Chernov — living in a different world

Igor Chernov — living in a different world Things are different from normal at -40 Celsius. The ice on the road is no longer slippery, but makes a squeaking noise as you walk over it. Plastic carrier bags become brittle. The hairs in your nose freeze with the first breath you take.     Any…

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The force of truth

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December 2012
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The force of truth

The force of truth I was brought up in Toxteth, Liverpool, and lived around the corner from a very active church, which always had something for bored kids like me. Although my parents weren’t churchgoers, they had attended Sunday school as children and thought it would be good for us to do the same.…

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What is your life ?

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December 2012
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What is your life ?

What is your life ? I challenge you! Can you think of a more important question than that? The New Testament writer James gives a brief answer to this question: ‘You are a mist that appears a little while and then vanishes’ (James 4:14). But that answer touches on only two aspects of life…

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December 2012
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A white Christmas

A white Christmas Yes, it’s that time again — when you can’t visit the shops without being subjected to ‘Christmas music’. I don’t mean carols like ‘Hark the herald angels sing’ or Handel’s ‘Messiah’, but ‘Merry Christmas’ by Slade or ‘Mistletoe and wine’ by Cliff Richard. It’s enough to make you want to stay…

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A Christmas blessing

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December 2012
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A Christmas blessing

A Christmas blessing Christmas Eve 2011 saw my family and I attending a ‘Service of nine lessons and carols’ in Bath Abbey. The carefully chosen Bible readings, along with the traditional Christmas carols, proved a great blessing. The service concluded with a prayer, which this Christmas I would like to share with you: May…

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Doing the right thing

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December 2012
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Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing There will be some people reading this who don’t enjoy the social whirl of the holidays. Nevertheless, they go to dances, ‘dos’ and New Year countdowns because of the expectations of others. Even while conforming, many feel the awkwardness of ‘loneliness in a crowd’. But my biblical hero, Joseph, broke…

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December 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Meet the multiverse

Meet the multiverse According to Goldilocks, Little Bear’s porridge was ‘just right’, but only in the last 60 years or so have scientists been forced to agree. Not just about porridge, of course, but about planet Earth’s apparently unique capacity to sustain life. The realisation that Earth is perfectly suited (‘just right’) for the…

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From immorality to Christ

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December 2012
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From immorality to Christ

From immorality to Christ I left the British Home for Mothers and Babies, at Woolwich, in my mother’s arms. That was at the end of the first week of June in 1944. We were accompanied, I am told, by the drone of an unwelcome companion up in the sky, one of Hitler’s first ‘doodlebugs’.…

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The dog who stole Christmas

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December 2012
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The dog who stole Christmas

The dog who stole Christmas Wise men came from the East to worship Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Myrrh seems a strange gift, for it was used to anoint a dead body!    But Jesus was born to die, and, by his death and resurrection, he paid the penalty for…

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December 2012
Articles > Historical > News

Scottish martyrs

Scottish martyrs 31 October 2012 marked the 350th anniversary of the ejection of nearly 400 Covenanter ministers from their parishes in Scotland. These men refused to conform to the imposition on the Reformed Church in Scotland by King Charles II of what they believed to be unscriptural forms of worship and church government. A…

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An urgent choice

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December 2012
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An urgent choice

An urgent choice I was brought up in Italy, where the standard belief is Roman Catholicism, but I never really believed Catholicism had God’s authority behind it.     Somehow I resented my conscience’s demands for a better standard of behaviour, but that was the extent of my beliefs. I believed in the existence of…

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Words of wonder from a forgotten figure

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December 2012
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Words of wonder from a forgotten figure

Words of wonder from a forgotten figure Simeon is not as well known as the shepherds or the wise men, but he tells us far more about the meaning of Jesus’ birth. Whenever we think of the people who saw the Lord Jesus Christ as a newborn infant or as a young child, our…

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Let’s get this party started!

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December 2012
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Let’s get this party started!

Let’s get this party started! ‘It’s the season to be jolly’, but have we forgotten the reason to celebrate? This year is the last time the Girard Annual Christmas Open House will be held at my flat. It’s been a seven-year tradition: inviting everyone from church, work, school and university to see how many…

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Drawn to Christ

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December 2012
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Drawn to Christ

Drawn to Christ As a 15-year-old growing up in the city of Coventry, I had one focus in life — cycling was my passion. Every day I would be out with the local cycling club, training or involved with time trials. I was not really that good but I just loved the sport.   …

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The sinking of the Iolaire

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December 2012
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The sinking of the Iolaire

The sinking of the Iolaire In the Western Isles, where people over the years have so much depended on boats for their livelihood, many families have become familiar with the experience of bereavement, as news has reached them of vessels lost at sea and their men drowned. Among the shipwrecks off the Isle of…

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December 2012
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My eyes were opened

My eyes were opened I started coming along to Camberwell Evangelical Church when I was just 14. My new friend from school had invited me along. She’d been brought up in the church and thought I might enjoy playing rounders in the park with the rest of her young friends during the summer.   …

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From atheism to Christ

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December 2012
Articles > World Mission

From atheism to Christ

From atheism to Christ I was born in 1957 in Khabarovsk, eastern Siberia, in an atheistic family. My father was a military pilot. I was 14 years old and had never heard about Christ.    When we moved to the Moscow region, I sought out a Russian Orthodox church, as something inside my heart impelled…

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The mystery of the incarnation

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December 2012
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The mystery of the incarnation

The mystery of the incarnation If you were visiting someone in a nursing home and they asked you to read them the Christmas story, you would probably read from the early chapters of either Luke’s or Matthew’s Gospel. We usually think that these events are described in those Gospels and that Mark and John…

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Silent night

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December 2012
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Silent night

Silent night There are few things as stunning as a night sky full of blazing stars. Trouble is, you hardly ever see one. Why not? Because of light pollution.     There is so much light from buildings, towns, cities and street lamps. You really need to be out in the ‘middle of nowhere’ to…

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LOVED from before birth

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December 2012
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LOVED from before birth

LOVED from before birth There is a verse in the Bible in which King David celebrates God’s care for him, while he was a baby growing in his mother’s womb.     He says, ‘Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me,…

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Season of goodwill

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December 2012
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Season of goodwill

Season of goodwill Christmas is a very important time for charities. Throughout December, we will all be receiving more than the usual amount of glossy flyers and printed envelopes asking us to donate to good causes, along with Christmas cards from great aunts and second-cousins-once-removed. Whether it’s animal shelters, third world aid or medical…

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