Archive for December, 2013

I have mentioned in previous posts my solitude as a Christian during my youth and today as I try to rebuild my relationship with God. Despite struggling with my integration into the Church community, I find myself finding the connecting to God I had in my youth. I want to share God with all that would listen, but I still doubt myself and my commitment. The same as when I was younger being a solitary Christian scream failure because there is no one to hold you accountable.

As Christmas is upon us and the majority of people are focused on the consumerism side of Christmas. I have been focused on Jesus and the birth that began it all, but it has made me aware that people are not looking to Jesus, but to the High Street Stores.

This should be the time of year when we see more people opening their hearts to God, making a change to began a new life in Christ; But that is not the case. During this time of year people couldn’t be further from God if they tried.

Despite attending Carol Services and watching Nativity Plays, people still take for granted why this day is so important. It is about community and family because whether the date is correct or not, Jesus was born on Christmas Day, which began the life that was to change everything through love.

I was very impressed with Channel 5 as during this month they aired The Bible. This is not an accurate portrayal but it certainly covers an in depth portion of the Bible.

I truly love watching Bible adaptations because it brings it to life. To read the words you can visualise the time, but when given an image of the way the houses looked, the clothes they wore, it brings a new reality of the stories told. This is what The Bible series does, it takes some of the most popular stories and brings them to life.

With this I would have thought there would be a shift in the mind sets of people; that they may be more intrigued to what being a Christian was all about. If you are reading this and are curious about Christianity & have questions you wants to discuss, Try Alpha.
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As we now enter the New Year, let us reflect on our behaviour over Christmas a one day event that seems to encourage people to overspend on items that are unnecessary, while others find themselves alone.

This has been a very rambling post, but I am spending my Christmas at work and I think people forget that for some this one day is no different to any other, but we still have to reflect on why we have this day. Not for the presents but for the gift that was given to us all those years ago when Jesus was born.

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Unto Us // A Child is Born

Posted: December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Therefore The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 NIV)

Mary and Joseph were just a normal everyday young couple who had their whole life ahead of them.

As they thought about their future it would be completely normal to wonder… “Why am I here… What was I made for.”

We all have hopes and dreams… Things we feel destined to do, experience or feel. Yet, sometimes life doesn’t quite work out how we’d planned. Just like Mary and Joseph, our own story can have lots of unexpected twists and turns.

The Shepherds were just normal down to Earth guys… Working hard for their families… Getting on with everyday life, they probably didn’t see themselves as the religious type; however, since they spent a lot of time out in nature, it would be completely natural for them to wonder… “Is there something out there… And even if there was, would God be interested in me?”

Perhaps you too wouldn’t call yourself a religious person… In fact maybe you’ve found yourself watching this video thinking this isn’t your kind of thing?

At the heart of the story is the Good News, that a loving God decided to write himself into history, and to be born a baby. Through Jesus’ birth God demonstrated His love for us. He showed that he wanted to be involved with us; involved in our everyday lives.

God didn’t come first to the religion people, instead he came straight to ordinary men and women… Like the Shepherds; and invited them to go on a journey with Him.

The Magi were like special advisors… The senior scientists, politicians or professors of their day, who counselled their national leaders.

They are the kind of people that look at the world and ask… “Is there more to life than this?”

We can probably all relate to asking this question at some point or another. It’s completely normal to wonder where everything came from and whether there’s a God out there somewhere?

At the heart of the Christmas story is the Good News that there is a loving God out there.

Who decided to write himself into history so that we could get to know Him personally.

Jesus is God, by being born as one of us He demonstrated His love for us. He showed us that He wants to be known.

So if you too are a person searching for truth and meaning, I invite you to investigate the claims of the most famous man that ever lived… Jesus Christ.

If you would like to experience a friendship with God, just say this simple prayer:

Jesus, thank you for stepping into history! and showing me that you want to be part of my life.

Thank you for dying in my place so that I can have a close friendship with you.

I’m sorry for all I have done wrong. Please forgive me and take my life in a new direction, on an adventure with you.

Amen