Archive for December, 2012

Saint Stephen.

December 26th marks Saint Stephens Day.

Saint Stephen is attributed as being the first ‘Christian Martyr’ of the Church. We learn about Stephen in the book of Acts, were a group of men become jealous of his correct teaching about Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit in the individuals life. So instead of tolerating him, they form a mob and stone him to death. Acts 7:1 -8:1. Saul is there approving Stephens death, this is before his own encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Acts 9.

The reality is ‘that all believers in Jesus as the Son of God, died for our sins on the cross/stake and arose from the dead will be persecuted, if not killed. To be a real believer is not about keeping traditions or set beliefs, it is about having the faith to put them into practice. More about the doing than the saying.

Christmas. Part-Four.

Jesus the Jewish Messiah and the Saviour of the world is now born. Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:6-7.

He was not a helpless babe, his mother the Virgin” went on to have other children with her husband Joseph. Jesus was circumcised eight days after His birth in that stable. Luke 2:21-24. He had to fulfill the conditions of Jewish Law, since he was their promised Messiah.

Many people say ‘why do the Jews, not believe? Some do believe, but meanwhile some Catholic’s rely on infant baptism, conformation and the traditions of the Church, and they continue on in pagan revelry. We need all to come to a personal relationship with Jesus and turn away form Sin. Acts 4:12, John 3:15-21. Romans 3:23, 6:23, 1 John 1:5-10.

Christmas. Part-Three.

The Angels appeared to the shepherds, why?  Because Jesus the Messiah, was the son of David, King of Israel. David was a shepherd boy. Jesus later in His ministry said ‘I Am the good shepherd.’  Luke 2:8-20,  Psalm 78:70-71, John 10:14.

Christmas. Part-Two.

A righteous branch. Jeremiah 23:5.

Jesus the son of David will, has come and reigns wisely. We see that while he was on the earth, throughout the Gospels that he did what was right and fair. He was the perfect human, he did not sin. Now He is in heaven, waiting for the Father to announce his return.

What will you be doing this Season, getting drunk, eating to much,spending money that you have not got? Will you be acting wisely? Will you be taking on right responsibility and caring for those around you, family or stranger? Will you do that for nothing in return?

John 6:47, 1 John 5:20.

But most of all will you try to do your best and believe that Jesus died and rose again for you!

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