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November 23 Day 327

Where is God?

Elie Wiesel was born into a Jewish family in Romania. He was only a teenager when he and his family were rounded up by the Nazis and taken first to Auschwitz, and then to Buchenwald. In his book, Night, he gives a terrifying and intimate account of the increasing horrors he endured – the death of his parents and eight-year-old sister, and the loss of his innocence by barbaric hands.

November 22 Day 326

New Birth

I remember that first night so well. Every time we heard the slightest sound we leapt out of bed and picked him up. He was so tiny – not that much bigger than a hand. This was a new life. Our first child had been born. We were so proud. Three or four times a night he would wake craving milk. Pippa would feed him regularly. Of course, he grew up. Now as I look at him, almost twice the size of Pippa, it is hard to believe that he was once so small.

November 21 Day 325

The Prayer of Faith

I received a call from a man in our congregation. He wanted me to go and pray for his wife who had suddenly been admitted to hospital for an operation.

November 20 Day 324

Resisting Evil

Recently, with the rise of ISIS, world leaders have spoken a great deal about vanquishing evil. But, as one writer in The Guardian pointed out, ‘Their rhetoric reveals a failure to accept that cruelty and conflict are basic human traits.’ As Albert Einstein said, ‘I do not fear the explosive power of the atom bomb. What I fear is the explosive power of evil in the human heart.’

November 19 Day 323

Can These Bones Live?

‘Thousands of churches face closure, demolition or conversion in the next decade, leading to the demise of some branches of Christianity in Europe’ wrote Ruth Gledhill in the London Times a few years ago. There seems to be a spiritual dryness and a lack of hope, almost a sense of being abandoned.

November 18 Day 322

How Now Shall We Live?

How Now Shall We Live? is the title of a book by Chuck Colson, former ‘hatchet-man’ of President Nixon, founder of Prison Fellowship, whose life was completely changed as a result of an encounter with Jesus Christ.

November 17 Day 321

Five T's of the Christian Life

The Christian life is multi-faceted. At any given moment I find there are a number of different things going on at the same time. In the passages for today we see five of these aspects, which all begin with the letter T.

November 16 Day 320

Community

Former England Football Captain, David Beckham, describes in his book, David Beckham, being sent off in the 1998 World Cup Finals: ‘It was probably the longest walk in my life … looking back I’m not sure what thoughts were going through my mind: it was a swirl of fear, guilt, anger, worry and confusion. My head was spinning … I walked into the dressing room. The rules stated that I had to stay in there for the remainder of the match.’ England lost. We were out of the World Cup.

November 15 Day 319

Happiness, Holiness and Humility

Why is worship important? What are we doing when we worship God?

November 14 Day 318

Running a Marathon

I have made many mistakes in life. One of them was taking part, on a whim and without any training, in ‘The Boundary Run’ when I was nineteen. It was slightly longer than a marathon and involved running around the boundary of the town of Cambridge, with much of it across ploughed fields.