Archive for November, 2012

Christmas. Part-One.

The names and attributes of Jesus.

Isaiah 9:6-7.

Wonderful Councellor.  Isaiah 28:9, Colossians 2:3.

Mighty God.  Isaiah 45:24-25, 1 John 5:20.

Everlasting Father.  Isaiah 8:18, Hebrews 2:13-14.

Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 11:6-9, Hebrews 13:20.

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Bru na Boinne, New Grange. Part-Two.

Many people throughout the island of Ireland in recent years have been drawn to various forms of Druidism, Wicca, New Age and Satanism/Witchcraft, because these older thoughts of religious experience are non Sectarian. After 40 years of conflict in N-Ireland, which did spill over the border (Monaghan and Dublin bomb attacks), people have sought refuge in paganism. but many have found that to be as divided as ‘Christianity’.

What real Christian belief is about, is a new life experience in Jesus the Son of God. It is about a change of heart, walking and living in a new way to obey and please God. It is a two way relationship. It is not based on traditions and ceremonies, but on faith and action daily. It is about seeing that we are all failures and that we need God to help us get through life, always trying our best to do what is good, true and right.

Ephesians 4:22-25, Romans 15:3-4, Titus 3:3-7,  Galatians 5:19-24.

Bru na Boinne: New Grange. Part-One.

I know it is a funny time to be starting to talk about the winter solstice, but I do not want it to interfere with Christmas.

New Grange is a very old and fascinating place in its own right, situated near to the Boyne river in Co. Meath, Ireland. No one knows who actually built it, but it is older than the Pyramids in Egypt. The ancient people living in Ireland at that time were moving from west to east and they worshiped both the Sun and the Moon. The heavens were part of their lunar calender and were needed for their agricultural year. Initially it was believed to be just a burial cairn. But this use came later, it was in fact a round platform, with ceremonies being carried out on the top of it.

New Grange, like Stonehenge in England were built for solstice activity. We have no idea what form this worship took, but it is by reading the bible and the testimony of Saint Patrick that we get a view into pagan society.

Many people today claim to follow the old religions of Druidism and Pantheism, but some have found it to be empty. Really all peoples are sinners and they need Jesus as Saviour and to be in a personal relationship daily with him. Romans 3:23, 6:23, John 3:16-21.

Remembrance Sunday. Part-Two.

Remembrance Sunday not just for Britain.

Many thousands of Commonwealth and allied troops and resistors died fighting in a coalition against Nazi-Germany and Imperial Japan. Jesus tells us that war is an inevitable fact of human history and his followers should not worry. Mark 13:7.

Humanity is stained by Sin and the heart is selfish, nations do go to war, so do people who row and argue end up in fights, which sometimes leads to murder. Romans 3:23, 6:23.

Jesus warns us in Mark 13 that the Judgment Day of the Father will come at the end and we need to know where we will be standing on that day?
John 3:16-21, Acts 4:12.

Remembrance Sunday. Part-One.

For a long time, and maybe still today this has been a sore point in Ireland.

Despite the dreadful losses of World-War I (1914-18) and the trickery involved by the British to buy cannon fodder, many young men died for Ireland. During the second world-war (1939-45) many Irish people went of their own choice to fight against the Dictatorships of Nazi-Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan.

If the Axis powers had prevailed Ireland would have been re- assimilated back into Britain, very much as the German lead EU is trying to do today.

Humanity has always had wars, they start for all sorts of reasons. Some minor, some serious. God had a war with Satan even before the world was created, even in the garden of Eden the enmity was set between Adam and Eve. Genesis 3:15. the first mention of wars between peoples is in Exodus 14:13-14.

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