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Jewish pop star finds joy in Jesus
By Charles Gardner
Just as the ‘swinging sixties’ started to gain momentum, a Jewish teenager from the East End of London took the pop world by storm with a string of hits.
Her first – Don’t Treat Me Like a Child – was appropriate enough as Helen Shapiro was only 14 at the time (1961) and it reached No 3 in the charts.
By early 1963 she was bigger than The Beatles – for a time. They actually accompanied her on a tour of the UK as her support act; she was the main attraction.
Ignorance of the Hebrew Scriptures is a serious impediment to Christian mission, a South African pastor told an audience in Derbyshire, England.
Cape Town-based Rev John Atkinson was addressing the annual UK conference of the Church’s Ministry among Jewish people (CMJ), of which he is the international chairman.
In association with Escape Ministries
Read how a ‘wicked man who turned away from his wickedness’ is now being used to spread the kingdom of God around the globe
Anyone in Christian circles today in the UK will have at some point received emails asking for help from places like Africa and India where there is so much poverty.
It’s all too easy to read these emails and with the hit of a button they are deleted and forgotten. We are all probably guilty, because the reality is that there are unscrupulous people out there and we want to be sure money or resources we send will actually reach those in greatest need.
John Lawson, founder of Escape Ministries in Newhaven, Sussex, recalls how he has wrestled with this dilemma for some time. He explains how beginning a dialogue can help.
by Gloria Venables
“What you are planning to do is forbidden, because the life inside you does not belong to you but to God.” That’s what I heard from a figure in white when I was about to get rid of my unborn son. That and being saved from almost certain suicide convinced me that God had been looking out for me through my damaged early life
I CAN SPEAK FROM FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE OF GOD’S LOVE AND FORGIVENESS because he saved me from the demonic forces which had ravaged my early life, pushing me towards killing my unborn son and then to almost certain suicide.
By Dr Clifford Denton
It is quite a different matter to know God from knowing about God. Knowing about God can remain in the realms of Greek philosophy: knowing God, Hebraically, is to have intimate relationship with him.
HEART subscriber David Rawlings has written a short story for Christmas:
‘The Visitor from Space’
The spacecraft touched gently down. A slim, white figure glided down a ramp onto the snow -covered ground. The last rays of the sun glinted on his helmet. He gazed briefly at the Parish Church silhouetted against the sky and moved towards the town centre.
Carol singers were in full voice in the shopping arcade. He paused to listen for clues, trying to understand the words……
THE FIRES OF ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer discrimination, ill-treatment and violence because of their love for Christ. Research has estimated that around 200 million Christians – about 10 per cent of the total number – are disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their faith.
If Jesus fulfilled the “sign of Jonah”, then Jonah must have drowned and been brought back to life, argues Philip Wren
The Islamic apologist Ahmed Deedat used to love to pick holes in what Christians believe. He was quick to spot inconsistencies between Christian belief and scripture and to highlight what he considered to be contradictions within the Bible.
In one of his booklets he records how he used to challenge Christians on their understanding of “the sign of the prophet Jonah”. He relates asking a series of questions about whether Jonah was dead or alive when he was thrown into the sea; when swallowed by the fish; when vomited out on the sea shore.
In the last two issues of HEART we have published extracts from a short but highly challenging booklet by Sister Joela Krüger of Germany’s Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, founded by Mother Basiliea Schlink in the ashes of her town, Darmstadt, after World War Two.
Previously Sister Joela has warned of a pleasure-seeking society where even Christians are programmed to avoid speaking of sin. Yet this society, in which the Church has tuned out uncomfortable topics from its message, will, she contends, be more willing to ban anything that reminds us of Jesus’s atoning sacrifice.