Darkness and Light

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Sharing the Christian Life

"The Christian is called upon to be the partner of God in the work of the conversion of men" (William Barclay 1907–1978)The effort that has gone into technical and medical development in our lifetime is almost beyond comprehension. Whilst these developments and...

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Optimism

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else" (Sir Winston Churchill 1874–1965).As we are surrounded by catastrophes, economic meltdown, wars and rumours of wars, optimism is sometimes denounced as a pointless concept. Yet this word is of great...

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A Bird in a Cage

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." (Sir James M. Barrie 1860–1937)   This is a story about a singing bird.   This bird didn't sing in the open, away from buildings and people.   It didn't fly from tree to tree.   In fact...

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Big Ben

"God leads us step by step, from event to event. Only afterwards, as we look back over the way we have come and reconsider certain important moments in our lives in the light of all that has followed them, or when we survey the whole progress of our lives, do we...

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Life Changes

"In our natural life our ambitions are our own. In the Christian life we have no aim of our own, and God's aim looks like missing the mark because we are too short-sighted to see what He is aiming at." (Oswald Chambers 1874–1917)Can you remember what you wanted to be...

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All Because

"A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things." (St. John of the Cross 1521-1591).One of the great Scottish poets of last century was...

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Appreciation

"The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated." (William James 1842–1910).William Stidger, a Methodist minister, began to think of the blessings he had received during his life. He remembered a special elementary school teacher who had gone...

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