Archive for November, 2013

‘Christmas is coming. Part-Two.

Keeping Centred.

The centre of the Christmas story is Jesus, the perfect man born into human flesh. Born to a young virgin woman, who was in her year of betrothal to her husband. This is the way Jewish people still get married to their religious tradition. No sex before marriage.

Many people find it hard to accept the bible and the power of God manifest, but God allowed the Holy Spirit to overshadow Mary and in that miricale, the egg in her womb was fertilized and she concieved a perfect baby.  Luke 1:30-38, 35.

Mary was not the first woman in the bible to have a child, that came by the power of God. Sarah the wife of Abraham had Isaach in her old age. She was well beyond the age of human possible conception, then there was Hannah who beared Samuel from a desperate prayer to God.  Genesis 17:19, 21:1-3, 6-9,  1 Samuel 1:11,  17.

Today the world relies on science to prove God is wrong or we can do better than Him, we have Abortion and artificial insemination. A sort of give and take to suite our wants, but ultimately God is very much in control.

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‘Christmas is Coming. Part-One.

The reality of it.

Today we are being told that the Christmas season has started and its the middle of November. But that is advertising for you, businesses want to you to start shopping now and many of us do not want to face that last minute rush in the shops.

But what does Christmas mean to most people today? Is it about presents, eating and drinking, angels, father Christmas, snowmen all withouth the true meaning. without the ‘baby jesus, born of the Virgin Mary.   Luke 2:6-19.

‘Field of Poppies. Part-Two.

‘A time to Reflect.

This where we go wrong with any kind of Rememberance, we forget to reflect on the day. Reflectio is a great thing to do for anthing, because it allows us to see our mistakes and learn not to do them again?

Many armies do not reflect, because they do not want to destroy or reveal their failures. In all wars soldiers of any conflict are left scarred mentaly, without help. We hear and see what seems to be help, but this is usually for certain ranks.

War also leaves victums and many accusations, so it is better to talk afterwards to try an resolve things. Meanwhile the bible has much to say on the matter of remembering, so let us reflect on His words to help us push on.

Job 4:3,  14:13,   Psalm 25:7,   37:25,    Matthew 19:27,   Mark 14:9,   Luke 17:32,   John 15:28,  Hebrews 10:17.

‘Field of Poppies. Part-One.

‘War and Rememberance.

The 11th of November is a very emotive day in Ireland, becuse of the long British occupation and als the various conflicts following Independance. From the establishment of Northern-Ireland in 1922, this state used ‘remebrance and many other dates for political gain and suppression of Roman Catholics,

Prior to the divison of Ireland many Irish people served the British Crown and they died in conflicts around the world, but it was not until the second world war that changes occured into the status of a common enemy ‘Nazi Germany.

There are times when we need to put aside our differences to fight evil in the form of anti-Christian forces. Today this is once more a previlant factor in Europe. The Bible is a book full of wars and strifes between Gods people Israel and pagan nations, who practiced moral filth.  Joshua – 2 Chronicles,   Ephesians 6:10-18.

Terrorism. Part-Two.

‘Dark Forces.

People who are angry and not heard as we saw recently in Norway are right across Europe and the world. As Christians in politics we do so need to encourage everyone with their grievences to be heard and not ignored.

Sometimes what we will hear we disgust us, but hear it will help to heal any wounds that left festering as we should know will lead to a conflict. Jesus was not political, but when shown a coin, said ‘Give to Ceaser what is his and then give to God.

We need to learn to respect those in authority both in the government and in the ekklesia.

Mark 12:14-17,  Romans 13:1-7,  Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-17.

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