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ANGER ON BRITAIN’S STREETS AS SPENDING CUTS BITE DEEP Under the surface in UK society is growing unrest.

Sometimes anger erupts, like in the recent student demos in London. Unemployment is on the rise. Fear spreads as spending cuts affect thousands. Fuel prices rocket. Growing food prices cause major financial stress. Isolation, growing loneliness – they all conspire to make anxiety and insecurity spread. Jesus smashes through the fear-ridden

system and promises hope as we turn to Him. He says “Come to Me. Recover your life. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” And among His people, yes! In the Church of Jesus, you can find friendship, family and security in a place where all our needs can be met – emotional, practical, and spiritual. Escape the corrupt society: get a new life. For more on Jesus and the life He offers, text the Jesus Army on 0774 0774 200

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IN BRITAIN the most popular baby name is now Mohammed, eclipsing Jack, which held top spot for 14 years. But more than seven in ten people in Britain describe themselves as Christian, an Office for National Statistics survey has found, and just 4.2 per cent as Muslim. Is faith mainly the province of older people? A recent Church of England study indicates that most young people born since 1982 have only a “faded cultural memory” of Christianity. The survey of 300 young people found that most were unconcerned with answers to life’s “ultimate questions” – though with “no active hostility to Christianity”. The question of Britain’s beliefs is apparently one with many answers.

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I WAS at the Jesus Centre. A guy asked to talk to me, so we went to one side. He’d got hammered on drink and drugs and ended up knocking his girlfriend over. He was genuinely ashamed. I referred him to our emotional support service, a trained counsellor. But I also asked him if he wanted me to pray with him. He said “Yes, why not?” He didn’t believe much, but was open to it. So I prayed, asking God to open his eyes more. He said “People like you – into religion – are interesting. You don’t have expensive trainers or flash cars but you are happy as you are.” The same day a woman had come in, looking very down. She sat with tears on her cheeks, hugging herself. I asked what was up and she said she was in pain, so I asked quietly if she would like me to pray for her.

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She said “No – well, alright then” so I put a hand on her head and prayed for healing. No-one else seemed to notice – I guess people are used to it there. She said thanks and later said she felt better, and hungry. At the end of the day, I went to the dentist and found myself next to a woman in the waiting room. She looked upset and I asked what she was in for, an abscess? “Probably” she said, adding “and I just lost my mum” with a sob. I asked her more and then if she had any faith. She said she hadn’t been to church for a while but God had helped her a few times. I asked if I could pray for her and she let me, with a hand on her shoulder (no-one else was there just then). I scribbled down my number and some details about our church for her. Later in the evening, I got a text thanking me. She had been thinking of suicide, but realised she could not do it to her two sons, and my words had helped. They were what I call “divine appointments”.

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BELIEFS

CHRISTIANS save the government more than £150 million pounds a year. A new survey reveals that evangelical Christians have been carrying out volunteer work worth at least £3 million every week. Prompted by Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a ‘Big Society’, the survey of 17,000 churches found that they are giving over half a million hours of their time to good causes in the community. If they were paid just the minimum wage, these volunteers would cost over £150 million per year. Evangelical Alliance General Director, Steve Clifford, commented that evangelicals “would be sorely missed if we weren’t getting on with our voluntary work”.

LIFE

CRYING TOGETHER AMERICA is accustomed to violent gun crimes. Despite that, the US was shocked recently by the shooting of Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, and six others in Tucson, Arizona. Barack Obama led tributes at a moving service in which he was visibly affected. The people killed were representative, he said, of all the people in the country. The youngest person killed, he said, 9 year old Christina Taylor Green, was “everyone’s child”. A nation wept together. Pain is something we all know. Close friends and family die, or become estranged. We’ve felt like losers so often. We didn’t get that job. That

opportunity was denied us. We failed that test. We’ve been hurt by that person. Our hearts are torn open. Pain is something God understands. He isn’t just sitting somewhere behind a cloud, looking down. God came to us, shared our pain – in Jesus Christ. Jesus, according to the Bible, was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief”. He was let down, misunderstood and betrayed. He was opposed by powerful enemies. His death was horrific: brutally whipped and nailed to a cross. Why? Why did God go through all that? Because He loved us enough to want to share our pain. What is tearing at your heart now? What pain do you carry? Carry it to God and let Him meet you there with a love that heals deeply.

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TOP bioethicist, Baroness Mary Warnock, has said “Life has no value”. The veteran assisted suicide campaigner has claimed that human life has no intrinsic value. Baroness Warnock, who helped shape the laws on human fertilisation and embryology, made the assertion in an assisted dying debate in London. Later, in the Guardian newspaper, she said “I don’t think that life as an abstraction has any particular value.” Baroness Warnock has also stated that it is “genuinely wicked” if medics do not help someone to die. Her opponents have pointed out that in Belgium, where euthanasia has been legalised, around 30 per cent of patients killed by doctors had not given consent.

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Free runner ran free At 17, “free runner” Simeon was sleeping rough on his school steps. Now he’s living for a positive cause. What happened? SIMEON MORGAN, 19, had been running wild for a year when he went to a “free running” night, organised by the Jesus Army. When Simeon turned 17, he’d moved out of home “to find some freedom”. But with nowhere to go he wound up sleeping on his school steps. It didn’t take long for the staff at the school to find out about this. They were concerned and helped Simeon to get into a hostel.

The week after Simeon had been to the Jesus Army’s free running event, he got a call from one of its leaders, inviting him to a Christian youth group. Simeon went along a bit guarded, but he enjoyed it and decided to go again. The next week the dam broke. During the youth group Simeon burst into tears. He was shocked. But years of uncertainty were flooding out. “I saw a real friendship there” explains Simeon: “Friendship that asked for nothing in return”. After that night Simeon

couldn’t keep away. “I realised I didn’t want to be a part of today’s society with its alcohol, pleasure-seeking and love of money” he says. “I realised ‘There has to be more’.” The more Simeon came to things around the Jesus Army the more he felt the “buzz”, the life of it all. “I knew it was God” he says. “It can be hard work, giving up all the negative things from my past” says Simeon “but I know it’s worth it because I’ve found a friendship with the people in the church – and with God.”

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FREE RUNNING is a new form of urban acrobatics. Free runners run through city and rural landscapes, as much as possible without stopping, by leaping between and vaulting over its obstacles, and performing acrobatic

movements through its structures. It is similar to parkour (or “PK”), a physical discipline of French origin. Free running works in urban areas because of the many suitable structures available such as buildings and rails.

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BARBIE? Lips, legs and lashes

Every moment we’re fed helpful reminders that life would be better with (insert product). We’re just not up to scratch without it. Research has shown that three

quarters of girls aged 8 to 13 would like to change their appearance and only one in five British females consider themselves attractive. And it’s not just a girlie thing. The number of young men who selfharm has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Approximately 10 per cent of eating disordered individuals coming to the attention of mental health professionals today are male. Image drives people. Research says 32 per cent of school pupils worry

about their bodies. For some, it’s a matter of life and death. A survey of 16- to 25-year-olds found that 14 per cent of young people felt that life had no purpose and 10 per cent felt life was not worth living. Author Bill Bryson said his “first rule of consumerism” is “never to buy anything you can’t make your children carry”. Is it time to blow the whistle on the advertisers, for future generations’ sake? Our children just can’t carry all this stuff.

This wild child just got wilder Once a teenage tearaway, now Jen Carter’s passion is to help girls find real self-worth AFTER JEN was “kicked out of school” at 14, she says she “went pretty wild” – drugs, festivals, parties. But something felt empty about it all. In 2001, Jen met some young Christians and they became friends. “I’d been put off Christianity”

says Jen; “Christians seemed too ‘nice’.” But Jen went to a Jesus Army event with her friends. There she heard a song about Jesus that made a big impact: “I fall on You because everything else is insecure”. “I felt a total peace that cleared away all of the rubbish inside of me and I felt satisfied.” Jen kept coming back after that.

“I wanted to find that peace again and I couldn’t find it anywhere else. It drove me to give my life to God.” In 2007, Jen moved in with her friends, to a Jesus Army Christian community house in Northamptonshire. The future? Jen’s passion is to see young girls realise they’re loved and valued by Jesus – to find their security in God.

“I know what it’s like – I’ve been there. You see it all around you, teenage girls who think they’re worthless. They give themselves to things that just cause more pain, because they don’t think they’re worth anything better. “I want to show them that there’s something more. If God can rescue me, He can definitely rescue them.”

I know what it’s like – I’ve been there. JEN

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“If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a glass slipper on a gouty foot” writer of Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

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Picture perfect? HOW MANY expensive cars, or anti-aging creams, or perfumes, or luxury shampoos will it take before we match up to the “perfect people”?

A YouTube video produced by Dove shows a model sitting down, ready for a photoshoot. People buzz around her, applying make-up, doing her hair. Eventually she’s ready and pictures are taken. She’s beautiful. Or is she? Because next we see how the photo is altered using

“I always felt that anorexia was the form of breakdown most readily available to adolescent girls”

Photoshop. Gone is every mark, “blemish”, anything “not perfect”. Skin paler, neck longer, eyes larger. The final image is almost unrecognisable as the girl at the start. The “product” is a perfected face on a billboard. Millions of people will gaze and aspire. The video finishes with this caption: “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted.” However hard I try, I’m never going to meet society’s expectations of perfection. Thank God I don’t have to try. Literally – thank

God. Because He’s the complete opposite of our image-obsessed culture. It may sound clichéd, but He really does love us just the way we are. We are His creations, beautiful in His eyes. So next time I feel tempted to compare myself to all those perfect images of dazzling beauty all around me, I’m going to remember that, as it says in the old King James Bible, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works.”

“The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” the Bible

WHY RELIGION SUCKS BUT JESUS RULES TONY BLAIR was famously warned not to “do God” during his period in office as British Prime Minister. Afterwards, he become a Catholic.

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Christopher Hitchens, author of God is not great, is an atheist columnist with a real dislike for religion. Both are great public speakers and met in Montreal, Canada recently to debate the motion “Religion is a force for good in the world’”. Audience members voted on the debate and results posted on the Munk Debates website sided with Hitchens, with 68 percent saying that religion is more of a destructive than helpful force in the world. It might surprise you, but Christians don’t necessarily disagree with the view that religion is a bad thing. Someone once defined religion as “people trying to get to God by their own efforts”. Christianity has a different message: the great news that God has come to us. We can meet Him now if we want to accept the new life He offers in Jesus. It’s also worth noting that Jesus Christ’s main opposition came from the religious establishment – and they arranged His killing. They killed Him, but Jesus rose from the dead and is alive today, transforming lives. So don’t bother with religion. Instead, get to know Jesus as your friend and rescuer.

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HIT MOVIE “The Social Network” swept the board recently at the Golden Globes awards in Los Angeles. The film, about the creation of the Facebook website, was named best film drama, winning additional prizes for its direction, screenplay and music.

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Facebook, and other social networking web sites, have gained huge importance in people’s lives. It’s now possible to have “friends”, thousands of them, all around the world, many of whom you have never met or spoken to. Friends are important. But how many real friends do I have? There’s a difference between the casual encounters I might have online and the deep sharing of hearts and lives that constitutes real friendship. Jesus said to His followers “Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” (John 15.12) The friendship that He and His disciple friends enjoyed was a sharing of hearts, lives, possessions and life. Jesus, the Son of God, is the greatest friend-maker ever and the best of friends. He gives us life from God that is rich in love and sharing with our friends in God’s family. Have you “added” Jesus as your friend yet? Invite him into your life – and discover life as it’s meant to be.

ASTON VILLA refused “to give up the ghost” says The Sun. EastEnders character Pauline Fowler is described as “the salt of the earth”. The Daily Mirror fashion pages call Tilda Swinton “a law unto herself”.

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LOADED WITH cookies, hot chocolate and free magazines, young people from the Jesus Army set up a stall at the SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies) University in London recently. They received a great deal of positive interest and made friends with the Christian Union. One young man came to a church event on Sunday night. He was genuinely delighted to discover what he called “a living, breathing Acts chapter 2 church”. “There was such an interesting variety of people there, brimming with enthusiasm for the future” said Jesus Army member Ruth Burling, 35. “They connected with the Jesus Army’s friendly and open approach.”

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Monks for punks THE JESUS ARMY featured in a book recently entitled Totally Devoted: the challenge of new monasticism. Author, Simon Cross, looks at ways in which Christians in the UK today are living their faith in ways that are similar to some of the ancient ways of monks and friars. These radicals shared their money and possessions, lived together, and took to the open road to tell people about Jesus. Modern movements such as the Jesus Army have certain things in common with them. “We aim to be a movement with relevance to today’s world” commented Jesus Army leader, James Stacey, “but we can draw lots of inspiration from what these amazing Christians from the past achieved.”

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Food 4thought CHANNEL 4 are running a series of short films called “4thought” in which a wide range of UK people share their stories, all of which have some connection with faith and spiritual beliefs. Recently Jesus Army member and ex-Hindu, Sunitha Ramakrishna, featured in one of these films in which she told her moving story. After her mother was healed when Sunitha prayed to Jesus, she converted to Christianity. The Jesus Army red cross she wore throughout the film spoke louder than words. Sunitha is determined to follow Jesus courageously despite the real difficulties she faces. Check out “4thought” at: 4thought.tv

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Andrea and Alan O’Malley are “mum and dad” to many on their council estate. But it was a rough road which led them there... ANDREA’S childhood was so painful she blanked parts of it out for years. From the ages of six to nine, while Andrea’s mother was away in hospital suffering from chronic anorexia, a close family member repeatedly sexually abused her. “I buried the rejection and pain” says Andrea “till I didn’t know where it was from anymore.” At age 12, Andrea wanted to die. “I hated myself.” But a year later, at a Christian event, Andrea opened herself up to faith in God and found something amazing happening inside her. “It was incredible” enthuses Andrea “I wanted to laugh. I hadn’t known such joy before.” Andrea met Alan when they were both part of the Jesus Army in Northampton and they were married in 2001. Alan had his own story of a changed life. He says he “never wanted for anything” when he was a child – but it didn’t stop things spiralling out of control when he was a young man.

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Kicked out of college for taking drugs. A spell in jail for burglary. When Alan met the Jesus Army in London, he’d been getting into Krishna Consciousness. “This guy from the Jesus Army had a real impact on me” says Alan. “He’d been into Krishna, too, but had seen through it all. I realised I didn’t know God.” Just a few months later, Alan got his breakthrough. “I was a complete mess. I started crying and I asked Jesus if He was really my Saviour, then I felt the strongest sense that God loved me.” In 1996, he was baptised as a Christian. Five years later, he was married to Andrea. But they both agree there was “no honeymoon period”. A few months after they got married, things started to go wrong for Andrea. She began to re-live sensations of pain in her body. At

times, it was as though she “became a little girl again”. The couple visited a counsellor who explained that Andrea was “regressing”: after years of burying the abuse

she had experienced, she was now re-living it. But Andrea was not alone; she had God – and Alan. “When Alan prayed with me” she recalls, “Jesus would come into my imagination and comfort me.” And – amazingly – “He came as a boy. Men scared the ‘little girl’ inside

me.” One horror Andrea had endured was being left outside at night after being raped. She was left with a hideous fear of the dark. Now, as Alan prayed with Andrea, the little girl inside her experienced a beautiful moment of healing. “Jesus, as a boy, came into my imagination – and took me to see His ‘daddy’. His daddy gave me a star, and told me, whenever I was scared in the dark, I could have it to remember that He was with me.” As time went on, Andrea found more healing. After a year, she stopped regressing. She was exhausted – “wrecked” – but amazed at God’s healing power and deeply changed. Now, six years on, Alan and Andrea live with several others in “House of Miracles”, a Jesus Army house in a council estate in Northampton. “We love it” says Alan. “We wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. We’ve become “mum and dad” for the young people that come around.” Their own stories are a sign of hope for others: God is real – and He’s changing lives today.

MIRACLES: Alan and Andrea with their Jesus Army crew

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ever, in fact, even more magnificent (by far) than William and Kate’s. This wedding is the one at the end of history when Jesus comes for his “bride”, the Church. It will be a moment of glorious consummation, joy and delight as God joins His people fully and finally, and they enjoy “pleasures for evermore” in union with God. It’s the ultimate happyever-after ending. You have an invite. The party of the century. The event all creation is longing for. Will you accept it? Say “Yes” to Jesus today. Pray like this: Jesus, I want to know You now, and be part of an amazing ‘forever’ when You return. Please come into my life, change me and save me. Thank You Jesus.

in Jesus, He gives them a new life – and something to live for. Not that being baptised as a Christian means you never have any more problems. Jesus Army leader, Laurence Cooper, 36, says “The call to follow Jesus is a call to tough commitment through thick and thin. There are plenty of challenges along the way – but when you’ve experienced the power and love of Jesus, it’s worth it.”

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ON THE 29th April this year, Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry at Westminster Abbey. The Queen will host a reception at Buckingham palace afterwards.

“Words were spoken out, saying what was happening. Baptised into the death and resurrection of Jesus. Baptised into God’s family. Baptised into the brotherhood. Baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. “Then I was under the water. “Next moment I was splashing water everywhere! I’d never felt so alive.” When anyone believes

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realandwild.com RAW (Real and Wild) is an annual 4-day youth gathering. ALL 15’s-35’s invited.

JESUS SAID... “Anyone who believes and is baptised will be saved” Mark 16:16, The Bible For local information contact:

Photo: © 2010, Mario Testino. Taken as official portrait photo for the engagement of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

mJa: 0845 123 5550 jesus.org.uk Email: info@jesus.org.uk Write: Jesus Fellowship, FREEPOST, Nether Heyford, Northampton NN7 3BR Tel: 0845 166 8171 Fax: 0845 166 8178

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