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I am KeptI am Kept: Extracts from Diary and Letters of a young soldier of Christ in Bank, Billet and Battle-field
Trooper Charles Harold Mawson’s diary and letters tell of a remarkable, but brief, life. A committed Christian, working in a bank, Charlie was called up for military service with the Household Battalion. Always on Christian service, he trained at Windsor, and fought in “France”, until a shell exploded at Poelcappelle on October 12th, 1917.

Charles Harold Mawson, known as “Charlie”, was born in Bradford in 1898. The family settled in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, and as a young man he took up employment in a bank. Around that time, he began to keep a diary, and the entries are notable for the honesty with which he muses on his desire to be a totally committed follower of Jesus Christ.

However, following the passing of the Military Service Act in early 1916, on October 25th of that year he was called up for military service in the 2nd Life Guards, and was assigned to the Household Battalion. Diary entries ceased, but letters home (always liable to be censored) began. From the extracts from his letters it is clear that the aspirations expressed in his diary entries were fulfilled in his experiences at the infantry training camp in Windsor, where he took every opportunity presented, informally and in Christian services, to talk about his Saviour.

But how would he fare when sent overseas to “France” (more accurately, Flanders, in Belgium)? He was only there for some 4 months, but his letters home reveal how faith can be triumphantly joyful in the most dangerous of circumstances. He is truly inspirational. He was taking part in an action at Poelcappelle, near Ypres, on October 12th, 1917, in the First Battle of Passchendaele, when a shell exploded nearby and he went to be for ever with his Lord and Saviour, no longer to be found on earth. He was 19 years and 8 months old.

The effect of his life on his comrades in arms is well evidenced by the letters which they wrote to share memories of him with his family. His name is recorded on Panel 3 of the Tyne Cote Memorial to the Missing in Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium; but, as he himself said of other believers, “How splendid to leave the army with a record in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

The extracts from his diary and letters home form a fitting memorial: on reading them, the Bishop of Durham could write, “I bless God for this splendid young life, filled and used, first in peace, then in the fiery crucible of soldier-life, not by any vague ‘new thought’, nor worship of mere manhood, but by the old and unchangeable Gospel of the Grace of God in Christ” [Handley Moule, (May, 1918)].

100 years have passed since that day in October 1917 and his story remains a challenge to us all: in these more settled days, do we face our problems with the same uncompromisingly cheerful faith as Charlie faced his?

Published 12 October 2017

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C H Mawson

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The Holy Spirit of God and The Great AdversaryThe Holy Spirit of God and The Great Adversary
Growing in the Christian faith is not easy. There’s a war on! Satan is implacably opposed to the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. The Holy Spirit supplies His sword, the Word of God, with the definitive answer to each attack. It is vital to know what it says about each combatant. Pollock, with characteristic clarity, presents his analysis.

Any Christian wanting to advance in appreciating the spiritual land open to them in the power of the Spirit, will find there are many influences to deter them. A warfare is on! The attacks are Satanic. Some are direct, others are subtle. The Christian’s strength is only in the Lord Jesus Christ, but He provides armour to meet the attacks and tricks of the devil.

Almost the last item in the armour available is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. It is not our sword, though Christians sometimes refer to their Bibles in that way. The Holy Spirit is the source of it, and the power for right usage of it, whether on the defensive or on the attack.

We need skill in its use; we need to let it discern and shape the thoughts and intentions of our own hearts first. Peter, with a sword, was an unskilful user at it: he was more at home with nets! He lashed about with that sword: it was a poor shot! In the Lord’s hands the damage done was repairable. We need training in private with the Lord, alone with the Word of God. Then we shall not make wild sweeps with texts of Scripture, but find the skill to use the Word wisely, graciously, and in a way that even the devil will have difficulty in rebutting.

In this book the author presents his systematic examination of what the Word of God has to say about each of the two combatants in the spiritual war in which every Christian is engaged: the Holy Spirit and Satan, the Great Adversary. His object is twofold: to help Christians know their enemy, but supremely to enjoy in practice, through the presence and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ over Satan at the cross.

As the author concludes his section on the Adversary, “Scripture throws light on these things, and it is well for us to gain what help we can from it. Not all subjects in Scripture are pleasant, but all are profitable, and for our learning.”

Published 1 August 2017

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A J Pollock
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Reasons to Believe by Philip NunnReasons to Believe
Philip Nunn discusses the basics of faith and asks whether Christianity makes sense. He answers questions such as: How certain can we be? Why is truth important? Are there no other ways to God than Jesus? He examines critical arguments against the Christian faith and shows why they are not sustainable.

Are there strong reasons to believe? Does God really exist? What 'type' of God is that? Is the God of the Bible still active today? Is the Bible reliable? How does Jesus make God known? What is the Christian world-view? Is God really interested in what I do now? How sure can I be of spiritual reality? Why is faith so important for Christians? Is my faith real, when I occasionally struggle with doubt? This is a book for unbelievers who are seeking a dependable faith. It is also a book for believers who sometimes have genuine doubts about their own faith. It is also for Christians who are keen to give answers to honest questions from their thoughtful friends. It is written with the conviction that Christianity is a reasonable faith. Moreover, the Christian story works: it changes people for the better, it is satisfying and it gives meaning to life. Is it worth your faith?

Published 1 August 2016

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Philip Nunn

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Paul's Letter to the Colossians by George Stevens, Douglas Pettman, Ernie Brown, George Bell, Gordon Kell, David AndersonPaul's Letter to the Colossians
In this compendium of six Bible talks, first broadcast on Premier Christian Radio in June and July 2000, various members of the "Truth for Today" team consider in a practical way the message of Paul's letter to the Christians in the church at Colossae. Each speaker expounded their allotted passage as the Holy Spirit directed. Some took a verse-by-verse approach, while others a more thematic one. In bringing this collection together, the individual approaches have been retained; but, to enable the book to be used for both devotional and reference purposes, the verses under consideration are clearly indicated.

George Stevens provides an overall Introduction to the letter, followed by a look at the first part of the letter, which culminates with the great statement that Christ is pre-eminent in everything. Douglas Pettman explores the subject of reconciliation, and the secret of the Church and its future with its Head. Ernie Brown opens up the simplicity of the Christian message: nothing but Christ is necessary, for Christ is everything. This has practical implications, and George Bell looks at the reality of what it means when Paul writes that Christ is our life. Gordon Kell explores the way in which service for Christ is worked out in our families and occupations. Finally, David Anderson closes the studies underlining the way in which prayer is necessary to under-pin actions and speech which testify that Christ is, indeed, everything.

Published 1 August 2016

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George Stevens, Douglas Pettman, Ernie Brown, George Bell, Gordon Kell, David Anderson; John Rice (editor)

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Fruit for Christ's Labour by Yannick FordFruit for Christ's Labour
"He shall see the labour of His soul, and be satisfied", prophesied Isaiah. His prophecy was fulfilled by the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, with wonderful far-reaching results. They are the fruit of the labour of Jesus: closely associated with our current and future blessing. The author explores some of this glorious fruit in this book.

To know God better is a compelling reason to study Bible themes from many different angles. The author looks at some word pictures that illustrate the great consequences of Christ's death and resurrection. His desire is that the reader might see something of Christ's wonderful character and consider what He delights in; and, as a result, have a renewed and strengthened affection for the Lord Jesus as they think about the fruit of His work. The focus of this book has been restricted to consider some of the ways in which the Lord Jesus relates to us individually, with the aim of encouraging a greater appreciation of His love to us. Whilst it is intended to be an encouragement to Christians, the author trusts that it may also be helpful to those who do not yet know the Lord Jesus in a personal way, but are curious to find out more.

Published 31 July 2015

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Yannick Ford

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The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ by A J PollockThe Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ
It is an historical fact that Jesus Christ actually rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven. In a survey encompassing Old and New Testaments as well as Lyttleton's Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. Paul, Pollock affirms his thesis with characteristic eloquence.

This new edition conveys his message to the 21st Century reader.

Published 31 July 2015

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A J Pollock
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What Does the Bible Teach? by R D MahersWhat Does the Bible Teach?
Jehovah's Witnesses' Bible study textbook is entitled "What Does The Bible Really Teach?", but a close examination of the Bible itself reveals that what it truly teaches is significantly at odds with their textbook's explanations. This booklet looks at some points of difference in relation to fundamental areas of Christian belief: who Jesus really is, what Jesus has done and will do, and what the future holds for the Christian. Writing in a polite, clear style, the author challenges the Jehovah's Witness reader to take up the Bible without prejudice, examine what it truly says on these vital issues and consider the consequences of accepting or rejecting the truth of its words

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R D Mahers

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