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  • Charles Dickens And Reviving Christmas  PRO

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 24, 2012
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    Two hundred years ago, in the early 19th Century, as astonishing as it may seem, Christmas in Great Britain had become almost extinct. The Times newspaper did not mention Christmas once between 1790 and 1835. Not once! However, Charles Dickens was instrumental in reviving Christmas during the ...read more

  • The Journey Of Jonathan Aitken

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Nov 5, 2012

    THE JOURNEY OF JONATHAN AITKEN Jonathan Aitken was a British war correspondent in Viet Nam, Chief-Executive of TV-AM, and for 23 years an MP including time as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and a Defence Minister. Jonathan Aitken's life fell apart after he was caught telling a lie under ...read more

  • The Ally Of Sufferers

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on May 31, 2012

    THE ALLY OF SUFFERERS The author and church minister Ray Ortlund says this: "Sometimes there is no way to get out of suffering; but there is a way to get through suffering, because God is the ally of sufferers." He also says that ...read more

  • Someone Suggested To Me Recently That If Money ...

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 23, 2011

    Someone suggested to me recently that if money ever became tight I should consider becoming a joke writer for Christmas crackers. So, I turned to him and asked, "What did the grumpy sheep say when the ...read more

  • How Amazing Would It Be

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 15, 2011

    HOW AMAZING WOULD IT BE For 33 years God lived on earth as a man – Jesus, and walked amongst us. How amazing would it be if Queen Elizabeth II decided to come and live here in Billericay? How amazing would it be if the Queen decided to come and live next to your school? How amazing would it be ...read more

  • Waiting To Be King

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 4, 2011

    WAITING TO BE KING In April 2011 Prince Charles became the longest serving heir apparent in British history, having waited 59 years, 2 months and 14 days. Charles overtook the record set by his great-great grandfather king Edward VII; and ...read more

  • What Are You Waiting For?

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 4, 2011

    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? On February 17th this year, Belgium set a record. They had gone for 249 days without a government. Guinness World records no longer accept claims for long periods of sleep or sleeplessness. However, it appears that the record for the longest period without sleep is ...read more

  • Lost Alasdair

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jul 10, 2011

    LOST ALASDAIR In October 1984 my brother-in-law Alasdair got lost. As a family they had visited Venice – long before I knew them – Sandy and Valerie my in-Laws, Moira my wife who was 14 at the time, and Alasdair who was 11. They were at St. Mark’s square, Venice – at the same time as Queen ...read more

  • Preaching And Teaching

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jun 22, 2011

    PREACHING AND TEACHING Joseph Trenaman found that listening to more and more material in a lecture seemed to interfere with learning from the earlier lecturing. A class listening to 15 minutes of lecture remembered 41% of what was presented; those listening to 30 minutes remembered 23% of the ...read more

  • Phil Sheldrake's Story

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Apr 10, 2011

    PHIL SHELDRAKE'S STORY At the age of 14 Phil Sheldrake was invited by a school friend to attend an event called Festival ’89. The event was being held on Sun Corner in Billericay and hosted by the preacher J. John. That night, Phil came to find a personal faith in Jesus. With his best ...read more

  • April Fools

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Apr 1, 2011
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    APRIL FOOLS In 1976 the British astronomer Patrick Moore made an announcement on BBC Radio 2. He said this: "At 9:47 a.m. today there will be a 'once-in-a-lifetime' astronomical event occurring." He said that listeners could experience it in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass ...read more

  • Left-Handed Whopper

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Apr 1, 2011
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    LEFT-HANDED WHOPPER On 1st April 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in an American newspaper announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" especially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new ...read more

  • Said Musa

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Mar 10, 2011
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    SAID MUSA I have recently been exchanging letters with our MP John Baron regarding a man named Said Musa. Some of you know about his situation. Said is an Afghan convert from Islam to Christianity. In May 2010 he was arrested during a crackdown on converts because under Islamic religious law it ...read more

  • Olonga's Persecution

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Mar 10, 2011

    OLONGA'S PERSECUTION Henry Olonga tells of when he was first selected for the Zimbabwean cricket B-Team. They were touring South Africa and staying in a luxurious Johannesburg Hotel. At that time they had to share a hotel room with a teammate and he was sharing with a more famous, white, senior ...read more

  • Musalaha In Jerusalem

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jan 30, 2011

    MUSALAHA IN JERUSALEM Musalaha is a charity in the Holy Land working for reconciliation. It is an Arabic word that means "reconciliation" and I recently received this communication from the head of Musalaha - Salim Munayer, who writes: At the end of 2010, more than 150 people assembled, ...read more

  • The Drinks Are On Me...?

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jan 15, 2011

    THE DRINKS ARE ON ME...? In the summer of 2010 I was hanging on every word of Steve Chalke as he preached at the New Wine Summer Conference. He was talking about Jesus being the one who transforms people and transforms situations; and he was calling the Church to once again become fully involved ...read more

  • The Queen

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jan 9, 2011

    THE QUEEN Duke of Lancaster, Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Garter (a dress shop?), Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of ...read more

  • An Audacious Rescue

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 16, 2010

    AN AUDACIOUS RESCUE On 5th August this year the San Jose copper mine, in the Atacama Desert in Chile collapsed. 33 men were trapped in darkness. The world and their relatives feared that there was no hope. The depth of the mine, the lack of food and water, and the absence of any signs of life ...read more

  • God, Can You Hear Me?

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Nov 7, 2010

    GOD, CAN YOU HEAR ME? "My future seemed so uncertain and I was asking, 'God, can you hear me?'" I’ve got three children and ever since they were babies my wife Moira has heard every single murmur. Even now that they are 16, 12 and 7 she hears them when they call out from their beds and when ...read more

  • On 10th May 2003, Through The Post I Received Six ...

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Oct 20, 2010

    On 10th May 2003, through the post I received six letters concerning my claim for Tax Credits - much to my annoyance, since I made my application quite some time before. Back in 2003 the Tax Credit Office were singled out for a lot of criticism, and every day there seemed to be a story of a ...read more