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All Articles from December 2015

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December 2015
Armenia

Armenians, ‘experts in the art of dying’ – and also in the art of living (1)

Christian evangelist Roger Carswell shares with ET readers an edited version of a booklet first penned by his grandfather, Rev. Sisag Manoogian, at the time of the Armenian genocide (1915-1917). Sisag was a refugee who experienced 33 miraculous escapes from the Turks. He went on to be a powerful evangelist and pastor, proclaiming the…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

From Catholicism to Christ

How can I be right with the one, true and holy God? Have you ever pondered that question? The question haunted me ever since I was a boy. I only discovered the answer when I was 23 years old. Do you know this all-holy, eternal God personally: the one who created you and continues…

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Historical

December 2015
Articles > Historical

The surprising story of Colonel James Gardiner (1688-1745)

Commemorations of the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 have grabbed many headlines this year, as we celebrated the 200th anniversary of that historic victory by the Duke of Wellington’s forces. Hailed among the finest of all British military commanders, Wellington has often been compared with the Duke of Marlborough,…

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December 2015
Scientific (including creation)

What is DNA polymerase?

This article provides some background information on DNA polymerase to supplement the article Oxford-trained scientist acknowledges the creator DNA polymerase is an enzyme, a protein ‘machine’ that makes copies of DNA molecules. It is found in all living organisms in various levels of complexity and performs a number of important functions. For example, our bodies…

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December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘The gods do not live among humans’

‘What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans’ (Daniel 2:11). King Nebuchadnezzar was an awesome and feared king, whose word and wishes had to be obeyed. Members of his court were terrified because they were unable to…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

From fear to faith

I have been very blessed in that God has put me in a Christian home — not just my immediate family, but much of my wider family as well. As I grew up I was taken to church, and mum and dad often did Bible times with us. When I was about ten years…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

‘I started to read my Bible again’

It wasn’t until I was studying for my A-levels that the faith I’d had as a young child was really tested, and I started to question what I had believed for so long. I took Religious Studies in philosophy and ethics. Faced with so many new ideas and theories about the world and its…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

A wonderful name

Names are so important! Parents agonise over what to call their newborn infant. Should he or she carry on the family tradition for a name; or bear the name of a loved relative or friend; or reflect the parents’ hopes and aspirations? When Jesus was born, 2000 years ago, all these considerations were set…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

A straight answer to a straight question

All my life I have been surrounded by Christian influences. My immediate family and many of my wider family are Christians. I have always attended church regularly and have been to Christian youth groups and camps. However, from an early age, I knew that these things did not make me a Christian. I had…

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Something extraordinary

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Something extraordinary

Who am I? You won’t see my face on TV, won’t read my name in the papers. There was no media interest on the day of my birth, nor is there likely to be on the day of my death. And yet there is now something about me that defies explanation, something at work…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Saved to serve

I was born the youngest of seven children into a low income, lost family in Pennsylvania. My mother decided to separate from my father when I was four years old, leading to even greater poverty. Through many troubles and many moves, I was an upbeat child, but clearly a sinner. I recall that, when…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Found by Christ

I was born in 1953 into an Anglo-Irish family. We were practising Roman Catholics. I was deeply interested in the faith. Religious Knowledge, was, generally speaking, the subject I was best in at school. I was sent to a private Roman Catholic school. The staff were exceptionally kind and genuinely pious. I was confirmed…

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Is tolerance a Christian virtue?

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December 2015
Articles > Comment

Is tolerance a Christian virtue?

In our pluralistic society, ‘toleration’ is definitely a supreme virtue. It is held up as a good, even ‘Christian’ virtue. Not too long ago an incensed father was quoted in Metro when his son George was prohibited from joining the scouts due to professed atheism. Said Mr Pratt, ‘Christianity is meant to be about…

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Sought and found by God

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Sought and found by God

Rachel Heaps is the daughter-in-law of Graham Heaps, who was the pastor of Dewsbury Evangelical Church for 41 years, before retiring at the end of 2014. . Rachel grew up in a non-Christian household and had an unhappy home life. ‘When I was just 13, my mum left my dad, and took my 9-year-old…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Good news for chocoholics!

Recently Aberdeen University published a report which concluded that, after research, it was clear that chocolate was good for the heart. After years of being told the contrary, this was good news for chocoholics like me! When it comes to food, I like all the wrong things. I like chocolate, chips, salted butter and…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Sad world, good news

Fear; palpable, sickening fear. Your legs feel like water. Sweat beads break out all over your body. You wet yourself. But don’t worry, you won’t wet yourself again, because you won’t get another drink for days. In fact the next drink will be your last! Sea water pouring into your nose and mouth, distending…

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Broken but precious

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Broken but precious

There’s a small box, inside a larger box, inside an even larger box. Every year, the largest box — and several others of similar size — are taken out of the attic cupboard and rifled through with care and diligence. These boxes contain Christmas decorations. All of them; several hundred, at the very least,…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Worry and peace

We worry about many things: the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola; climate change and depletion of the earth’s resources. We worry about our children and grandchildren in a dangerous world and decadent age. We worry about technological change, employment, health, pension, what will happen when we’re no longer able to look after ourselves…

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December 2015
Armenia

Armenia

A century after the first genocide of the 20th century — the massacre of Armenians by the Turks — the Middle East is once more a place of extensive suffering in which many Christians (as well as Moslems) have suffered terribly. Armenia was one of Asia’s largest empires during the days of Julius Caesar.…

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Historical

December 2015
Articles > Historical

Foundling tokens

Lying a little to the south of London’s three great railway stations for the north (Euston, St Pancras and King’s Cross) is the Foundling Museum. Once home to the capital’s abandoned children, it contains dozens of wooden trays each containing hundreds and hundreds of little tokens. Many more are stored away. And each one…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Discovering God’s gentleness

During the summer of 1998 my marriage broke up, which left me in a lot of financial debt. Because of this the only accommodation open to me was lodgings. After a few weeks in lodgings, the landlord decided for various reasons to re-let the room I was in, which left me homeless because the…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Submitting to Christ

How did I become a Christian? In order to answer this question carefully, I must first give an account of my earlier encounters with the Christian religion. During the first five years of life, my parents took me to a Pentecostal church. I can’t remember much of my experience there. Following this period, our…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

‘God made all these things’

I wish to record my everlasting thanks to our dear and gracious Lord God for drawing me to himself and saving me, nearly 50 years ago, when I was a young mother, with four children. I didn’t even know what the words ‘born again’, and ‘being saved’ meant, as I had never heard them…

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The greatest of the great is come

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December 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The greatest of the great is come

In Nazareth, Mary was told that the child to be born to her would be a great person. He would have a great birth — the highest of all stooping to such a humble entry into the world. He would be great in his life, wholly free from selfishness, lust and greed. He would…

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Creation and evolution don’t mix!

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Creation and evolution don’t mix!

You may think there are enough problems for the Christian church without someone wanting to persuade you to believe in a literal creation, as described in the book of Genesis. But we must take seriously these issues, even if it means challenging the prevailing climate of scepticism and unbelief. You may say, ‘What does…

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December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The gift of God

Often, three questions come to mind when we open a present: Who is it from? What does it do? And finally (perhaps a little guiltily!), how much did it cost? The Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that was ever given, and I want to use those three questions and a verse of…

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December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is the Bible reliable?

There’s a very simple experiment that anyone in the Western world can perform. It starts by getting hold of a Bible printed before 1798. This is not hard. Some families have old Bibles. They can often be found in old churches, libraries, and second-hand book shops. You can also buy them on the internet.…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Delivered from addiction

As a fun-loving teenager, I would never have dreamt that I would have become an alcoholic in my twenties. But become one I did. Leaving school at 17, I started work on a Bournemouth newspaper. Alongside this, I worked in various bands as a musician. Between these two career paths, I drifted as time…

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December 2015
Articles > Comment

Oxford-trained scientist acknowledges the creator

Dominic Statham interviews biophysicist Dr Yusdi Santoso, who grew up in Bali, a province of Indonesia known for its beautiful mountains, stunning coastal regions and rich cultural heritage. Following high school, he moved to Singapore to study computer engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Yusdi then worked for a company specialising in bioinformatics, producing software…

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