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Eager to depart?

Eager to depart?

I usually check my email before I go to bed. Last night there was the usual assortment of junk mail, appointment reminders, freecycle offers and invitations to share the hoarded fortunes of African presidents. Delete without reading. Delete without reading…

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Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday!!

Tomorrow is David’s first birthday… We try to make birthdays special for each member of the family… Wise Christians have always tried to use their birthdays as a time for reflection on the past, and preparation for the future.

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Am I ready to die?

Am I ready to die?

Tomorrow I go into hospital for an operation on my knee. It’s a very minor operation and I should be home, God willing, by the evening. But I’m aware that with all operations, there is a risk. An anesthetist may make a mistake. A patient may have a heart-attack on the operating table. An infection may set in and then escalate with fatal consequences. So as I say goodbye to my wife and children tomorrow, I shall be …

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Obadiah Holmes’s Will

Obadiah Holmes’s Will

These are to signify that I Obadiah Holmes of Newport, Rhode Island being at present through the goodness and mercy of my God of sound memory and being by daily intimation put in mind of the frailty and uncertainty of this present life, do therefore for settling my estate in this world which it hath pleased the Lord to bestow upon me, make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following, committing my spirit unto …

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Where are the future leaders?

Where are the future leaders?

I heard this morning some desperately sad news. The phone rang at quarter to nine. Alec Taylor was ringing to let me know that our friend Nigel Lacey had died during the night. Since his first heart attack a month ago, we had heard varying reports of his condition. One moment we heard that he was making good progress; the next we heard that he was in intensive care. And then finally this news – half expected and yet shattering.

Nigel had been a preacher for many years. He …

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