Every Christmas the Bible Society publishes a booklet telling the Nativity Story, explaining why the birth of a baby 2000 years ago is significant for us today. We give them out to families when they visit church for the Christmas party or a Christmas service. There is also an animated screen version.
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On this second Sunday of Advent we remember John the Baptist and his preaching ‘Prepare the way of the Lord!’ As part of that preparation he called people to repent and be baptised.
I love this time of year. Yes, it is Christmas, a time of great joy and celebration. Elaine and I have our birthdays in December, but that’s not it. For me it’s a time of reflection on the year passed and taking everything, I’ve learned and grown into - into the year ahead.
Today we continue our series on preparing for Revival both in the morning and evening services.
I’d like to share four extracts from recent reading.
In Anne Morrow Lindberg’s book ‘Gifts from the Sea’ first written over 60 years ago -
It is not the desert island nor the stony wilderness that cuts you off from people you love. It’s the wilderness in the mind. When one is a stranger to oneself then one is stranger to others too.
Since returning from their sabbatical , Ian and Erika have shared several times that if we want to see a move of God within our church , we need to be seeking personal holiness. Last week Scott Dalton preached on the need to be aware of our idols, which are anything we seek to put before God. These are two big challenges – a call to be holy and a call to renounce our idols.