Author: Nick Hawkes

According to a study, entitled, Religion and Occupation, (written by Philip Hughes of the Christian Research Association), the most religious folk in the country are farmers.   Evidently, almost half attend church at least once a month. I guess that when you work so closely with nature, relying on seed-time, harvest and rains, the need to rely on God would be hard to avoid.   Those of us who live in cities can suffer from the illusion, surrounded as we are with…

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our mobile phone?   Just imagine it. What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we flipped through it several times a day? What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it? What if we gave it to our kids as gifts? What if we used it when…

Matthew Parris, writer for The Times and former Member of Parliament, is not your typical atheist, for he wrote in an article on 27th Dec, 2008, saying, “As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God.   Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa’s biggest problem – the crushing passivity of the people’s mindset.” As a result of researching a story on aid organisations in Africa, Paris wrote: “Travelling in Malawi refreshed a belief I’ve been trying to banish…

What did you get up to last Valentine’s day? Did you do anything that scored you a kiss or did you ‘crash and burn’? The origins of Valentine’s day are not known with any certainty, because there were at least three early Christians called Valentine who were martyred for their faith. However, a lovely legend has arisen around one. Marcus Aurelius Claudius was the Emperor of Rome from 268 to 270 AD. His problem was that he could not get…

Eric Clapton once lived the life of an alcoholic on the streets. He wrote a song about this experience on his Unplugged album, entitled: “Nobody knows you when you’re down and out.” Jesus once told a story about a young son who badgered his Father for his share of the inheritance, and then went off and squandered the lot on parties and prostitutes. He, too, discovered when he was broke that everyone deserted him. Eventually, he decides to go back…

Christianity is thriving in China despite most of the Christian church being persecuted. However, sometimes there are reports of the Chinese government being so amazed at the difference being a Christian makes that they secretly study it to find out why. One Christian industrial company they are watching is the Boteli Valve Group in Wenzhou. They make 5 million dollars worth of engine valves a year. The manager of the company encourages his workers to become Christians and have Bible…

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