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Are men of God always great examples?

How can we hold up men, such as Abraham, Jacob and David, as ‘heroes of the faith’ when each of them also did terrible things?

In the Bible you can read accounts of people with an especially close relationship with God. These people, such as Abraham, Jacob and David, were given promises and blessings that are spoken of through the whole Bible and are revealed to have their fulfilment in Jesus Christ. But, we may… Read more.
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Tips to help make a marriage successful: Part 2

Taking vows seriously and being prepared to keep communicating are just two things that can help the strength of a marriage.

Take promises seriously Marriage is based on promises, sometimes called vows. These promises are the most important part of the wedding ceremony whether it takes place in a church or is a civil ceremony and takes place in a hotel, a registry office, a castle or even on a beach.… Read more.
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Where do STIs originate?

How did the first person catch an STI if no one else had it?

When I give talks on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) to young people, this is one of the commonest questions. If an STI is only ever caught from someone else with an STI, logically we find ourselves asking where it all began. How did the first person catch an STI if… Read more.
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Lessons from Love Island

It is natural to desire loving relationships, but does sex always express love?

The 2018 series of the dating reality TV programme Love Island recently ended. The show which is in its 4th season involves a group of contestants, who in order to remain on the show and win £50,000, are forced to ‘pair up’ with another contestant. The show begins with the… Read more.
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Transgender in children – a medical perspective.

There has been a huge increase in the number of children presenting with Gender Dysphoria (Transgender) in recent years – but what are the implications of treating this medically?

You may have heard about the huge increase in the number of children with Gender Dysphoria (Transgender) who are now being referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in London. Or you may have seen one of the numerous TV programmes about transgender children – but what are the… Read more.
Middle aged couple sitting nest to each other. Smiling at the camera. The woman is on the left and the man on the right.

Tips to help make a marriage successful: Part 1

Deciding to get married is one of the most important decisions you might make in your life. How can you prepare for such an important decision?

Understand what marriage is. Wherever we look, marriage appears to be in trouble, and many young people are growing up in a home where the example of a happy and faithful marriage does not exist. This can make it hard to look forward to marriage and perhaps even harder to… Read more.
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Love online?

The internet can allow you to connect with people across the globe – but is this always wise?

The internet can be a brilliant tool. You can use it for streaming, socialising, shopping and research. You can use it to interact with people across the globe. It can help you to learn about the world and things you are interested in. It can help you to connect with… Read more.
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Christian Singleness

In terms of relationships, the Bible teaches that there are only two ways to live – single or married – and both states are gifts from God.

We all start off our lives single and in this article, as well as in the Bible, this means unmarried. Facebook profiles use “single” in a different way, meaning “not currently in a relationship”; in addition they do not assume sexual inactivity for the single person, though the Bible does.… Read more.
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Why don’t men like to commit?

It can seem difficult to find a man, in our current society, who is willing to make the promises of commitment in marriage. Why are so many unwilling?

Many young women still dream of finding a man who is willing to devote himself to her in love, publicly declaring that he will ‘forsake all others’ for the rest of her life. Much rarer, it seems, is the man in our society, who is willing to make such a… Read more.
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What’s the point of marriage?

Marriage has existed in almost every known human society since the beginning of history. Though the customs associated with it may vary, marriage always has three main purposes.

Marriage has existed in almost every known human society since the beginning of history, even though the customs associated with marriage may vary in different cultures. But wherever it is found, marriage has three main purposes: Companionship The two people getting married grow together in love and trust. They help… Read more.
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5 questions to ask yourself before going out with someone.

We can want to go out with someone for all sorts of reasons; but not all reasons are good reasons. Thinking seriously first can help you avoid heartache later.

1. Why go out? Though it is important to have fun while dating it is most important to think seriously about it. After all, when you start a relationship there are a lot of feelings involved. You need to be careful with your own and the other person’s feelings, regardless… Read more.
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From cooking disaster to vital life lesson

We all need the Bible. A simple cooking disaster taught me about living God’s way.

Have you ever tried to make your own pasta?! A few months ago, I tried to do just that. And in case you’ve misunderstood, it didn’t involve opening a packet and adding boiling water etc. I tried to make proper, fresh pasta, from special flour and eggs. I bought the… Read more.