Archive for December, 2014

Another year

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Another year

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Another year ends within the sight
Of another with dreams of luminous light
All gloom has dispersed in the glorious beams
Of heavens promises kept and wisdom seen.
The road of suffering, perseverance make
As character built and doubt forsake.

The Trinity

Posted: December 25, 2014 in The Trinity

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The day is today. Tonight is the night. The promise is fulfilled and God has come to us…

Jesus has trusted himself to the Father, that the Father will keep him and bring him to the point of why he came here. The Holy Spirit will dwell in JESUS and give the power to do marvellous deeds and speak words true and able to save. This is the Trinity- the Father, the son – the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. All equal in glory and in power.

That God should care for us so completely, is something we cannot take in, but God speaks truly, so we can believe.

Mary did you know?

Posted: December 21, 2014 in Mary did you know?

The worst

Posted: December 19, 2014 in The worst

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As we get really excited (or not!) about the near approach of Christmas, the good feelings of kindness and good-humour are around. The shops sing out the usual Christmas songs, the television has all the usual Christmas films, and the streets are as dirty as ever… we can feel tired of it all, and find it difficult to see beyond Christmas day.

The baby in the manger isn’t even noticed, the message is drowned out by santa songs and our need of fulfilment is trivialised. We have to push aside the glitter and the hype and look again at the small body in the manger- who is this? why did he come to such a place as this? Has this meaning for me?

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15

This was written by the most amazingly godly man who ever lived, the Apostle Paul. He says the message is for everyone, and should have our full attention, because it is true.

JESUS, the baby in the dirty shed, is the HOLY GOD and he came into our ruined world to save people. What people?

Everyone who believes and puts all their faith in him. We cannot earn it, or do anything to get it, but to seek Him earnestly and rest on his reliable love.

Paul was the worst… “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man…”

Yet God forgave him everything and lifted him up to serve Him in wonderful ways. Only God can do this…

“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”

As God poured out grace on Paul, so he will pour it out on you. JUST BELIEVE…

Christmas 2014

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Christmas 2014

Joy Joy Joy

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Joy Joy Joy

Gifts for God…

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Gifts for God...

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At Christmas we like to think and hope that we might get some presents from people who care about us. We hope we will like them and be able to enjoy what is in the gift in the days after. Maybe we are giving gifts, and we also hope those we love will like what we have chosen for them.

When Jesus was born, some very influential men, clever and full of faith in God, brought gifts to Jesus- Gold, frankincense and myrrh. These were precious gifts, as they signified who Jesus is, and what he was going to do to save all people who put their trust in Him. They carried the gifts a long way- from the East, and gladly gave them to the one who was their Saviour.

Romans 11 verse 34+35 says,

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his councillor? or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?”

The Lord knows the end of a life from the beginning. He knows the end of events from where they began, and all things belong to Him. He decides what happens to us, and he needs no advice from any councellor. What can we give such a God? What gift would be suitable? Whatever we give, he does not need and he doesn’t need to repay us for whatever great deeds we might do for His sake.

We cannot give to Him, but he has given to us… given the greatest gift we could ever have- forgiveness of sins and a new life, bought with the blood of His son, Jesus, on the cross.

Take the gift.

Then give Him your greatest gift- your whole life… and gain forgiveness and peace forever…

Peace on Earth

Posted: December 7, 2014 in Peace on Earth

Counting

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Counting

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It’s the first day of the Christmas season, and only 24 days to go to Christmas day. I hope you all have a lovely time with family, good food and happy times together.

For some it is not quite such a happy time, and the glittering merchandise in the shops, seems to make their situation feel worse than usual. We are supposed to be happy, but if I am not, what does that mean?

Imagine being taken away from your family for many years, all your possessions are stripped away, you become homeless and desperately poor and have to rely on the kindness of the people around you to just survive. No one understands you, even when you do them good, and they even hate you, because you make then feel bad by your searching words.

There are no Christmas days for you, and you never see your family again.

Such was the life of countless Africans, who were stolen away from their lives in their own country, and taken to Britain and American in horrific ships, to be sold for a pittance as a slave.

Such was the life of the Eternal Son of God, who came down to us, to live with us and give himself up for our sakes. When the slaves heard of such a one, who lived like them and was so disregarded, it is not surprising than many turned to him and found hope and love, which was absent from their earthly lot.

Whatever state we are in this Christmas, let us seek out the God who loved us enough to give up everything, humble himself and identify with lost people like us, so he could save us.