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1 Jul, 2012

Jesus wins: Overcoming from Revelation

by Steve Wilmshurst

Jesus wins: Overcoming from Revelation Recent years have seen Christians in the UK placed under greater pressure than for several centuries. At times it feels as if we are constantly on the defensive. And yet, over the same period, my church in Bristol has seen a new openness to our involvement with the community and…

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1 Jul, 2012

Why not? Sexual temptation in the workplace

by John Benton

Why not? Sexual temptation in the workplace It is noteworthy that the well-known story of Joseph’s battle with sexual temptation in Genesis 39 occurred in his place of work. He was a slave to one of Pharaoh’s officials. What can we learn from the attempted seduction in Potiphar’s house? A place of danger Why can…

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1 Jul, 2012

Ministering to the bereaved

by Clive Anderson

Ministering to the bereaved Bereavement touches us all at some time in our lives. So it is surprising that death and bereavement are subjects many avoid, and very often, new pastors and church leaders are not sufficiently well trained to deal with the diverse situations they will face. I was once asked to accompany a…

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1 May, 2012

The decline in biblical literacy

by Rodger Crooks

The decline in biblical literacy It was Saturday night and my youngest daughter’s cry of anguish had me dashing downstairs from my study to see what disaster had befallen her. I found Elizabeth, who was about nine at the time, remonstrating with the television. She was watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the…

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1 May, 2012

Pentecost: a great and unique day   

by Paul Yeulett

Pentecost: a great and unique day Did you know that 27 May this year will be Pentecost? We all know the date of Christmas, and the date of Easter usually dawns on us some time during April. If someone told us that he didn’t realise that 25 December was Christmas Day, we’d give him rather…

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1 May, 2012

My new life in Peru

by Esmé Zárate

My new life in Peru In October 2011 we returned to Arequipa Peru, my husband’s home city and the place where I had previously worked in mission for three years before returning to the UK, my homeland, to marry Eduardo and support him whilst he was at Bible College. Returning to Peru, which I previously…

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1 May, 2012

There’s more to life than rugby

by Bethan Parry

There’s more to life than rugby Every rugby player’s dream is to play for his country. Surely for the rugby player, there can be no greater privilege than representing your country in the Six Nations or even the Rugby World Cup. How disappointing it must be for the players who don’t get off the bench…

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1 May, 2012

Apostle to China: Griffith John

by Noel Gibbard

Apostle to China: Griffith John (1831-1912) Griffith John was born in Swansea in 1831. When he was eight-years-old, he was accepted into membership at Ebenezer Independent chapel in the town, and by the time he was sixteen was known as ‘the boy preacher’. In 1850, Griffith John entered Brecon Congregational College, before proceeding to Bedford…

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1 May, 2012

Gospel opportunities in Burkina Faso

by Ben Griffin

Gospel opportunities in Burkina Faso Open your mind’s eye. Imagine the British Isles. I always think of Snowdonia, Mow Cop and Arsenal. That’s home for me. Oh yes, and rain. Keeping your mind’s eye open, now imagine a country the exact opposite. No coastline, no rain most of the year, few mountains, over seventy different…

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1 May, 2012

A question of sport

by John Woolley

A question of sport A question of sport, not the popular television programme, but how should Christians respond to it? Its powerful and domineering shadow hangs over modern life. It has been said, ‘it may be that all games are silly but then so are humans. Sport is human life in microcosm.’ We may well…

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