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2014

1 May, 2014

Can you imagine?

by UFM

Can you imagine? Can you picture this scene? A local pastor in North Africa was in church on the Lord’s Day preparing for the service. He heard a gentle but persistent knock at the door. Since Christians are habitually persecuted and harassed in his country, he responded to the stranger’s approach with caution, although he…

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1 Mar, 2014

All one in Christ Jesus

by Mark Barnes

All one in Christ Jesus Age is a funny thing. When I was a child, nothing on earth could tempt me to eat broccoli. But now, it’s one of my favourite vegetables. As a teenager, any spare moment was invariably filled with a game of football with the lads from school – no matter what…

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1 Mar, 2014

My kids don’t want to go to church!

by Andy Christofides

My kids don’t want to go to church! My wife and I well remember feeling somewhat intimidated by the wonderful family in the church whose kids were all so compliant! Well turned out, well mannered, always seemed so happy to be at church from the younger infants to the older teenagers – how did they…

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1 Mar, 2014

Are you afraid of growing up?

by Andrew Norbury

Are you afraid of growing up? I wonder if you suffer from gerascophobia? This is not to be confused with geniophobia (a fear of chins). What I’m asking is this: Are you afraid of growing up? If you ask someone under the age of eight how old they are, you will often get a surprisingly…

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1 Mar, 2014

Death of an innocent

by Roger Carswell

Death of an innocent Day 1 After a night in a filthy dungeon the prisoner was led away to the governor for sentence. Tired and exhausted the prisoner was made to stand as he was questioned. The judge despite recognising his innocence, nevertheless released a well known terrorist in order to please the mob, who…

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1 Mar, 2014

The hand of God

by Alistair Begg

The hand of God Joseph is a wonderful, real-life illustration of the biblical doctrine of God’s providence. Through the events of his life Joseph understood that God sovereignly orders all things that come to pass and preserves the lives of his creatures for his purposes. Our discussion of the doctrine of God’s providence is set…

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1 Mar, 2014

Dare to be a Daniel!

by Paul Yeulett

Dare to be a Daniel! One reason why God gives us pictures of characters like Joseph, David and Daniel is to inspire and motivate young Christians. The way we determine to live as young believers – our resolve, our self-discipline, our clear and definite choices – will have huge consequences for the future. But even…

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1 Mar, 2014

Christ and his church

by Mike Reeves

Christ and his church Everybody knows the definitive happy ending to a good story is ‘and they got married and lived happily ever after’. Perhaps it’s cliché, but this reverberates deeply within us. Why do people speak of their wedding day as the happiest day of their lives? Why are good marriages the dream? Why…

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1 Mar, 2014

God’s good news

by Roger Ellsworth

God’s good news Jesus’ parable in Luke 13:6-7 packs a powerful punch! A man planted a fig tree in his vineyard. Each year for three years he expected it to bear figs, and each year he was disappointed. He finally had enough of it and decided to have his gardener cut it down. It was…

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1 Mar, 2014

Could it be dementia?

by Louise Morse

Could it be dementia? ‘My mother has become very vague and forgetful,’ said my colleague Janet, ‘and I’m thinking – could it be dementia? But I’m also wondering if it may be anaemia. She can’t always be bothered to cook for herself, or eat properly. So I’ll take her to the doctor, and ask him…

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