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We live in a time where many believe there are no such things a miracles. However, you’ll still find people saying things such as

  • “It’s a miracle I got home in one piece”
  • “We need a miracle to get this job completed on time”

Those aren’t really real miracles that are being reference here are they, they are simply figures of speech.

There may be a lack of belief that miracles still happen these days, but I believe they do. For example

  • People who are terminally ill who not only don’t die, but find they have no trace of the terminal illness any more.
  • People who suffer from alcohol or drug abuse, but through the influence and guidance of someone who tries to help them, realise God loves them, and so turn their life around by giving their life to God.

The One who made the blind to see
Is moving here in front of me, moving here in front of me
The One who made the deaf to hear
Is silencing my every fear, silencing my every fear

The One who does impossible is
Reaching out to make me whole
The One who put death in its place
His life is flowing through my veins

These are just a couple of examples of true miracles. I’m sure you can see evidence of God performing miracles all around you.

Over the last few months I’ve done a number of posts called ‘Slogans’. Today it’s time for another one!

In my previous “Slogans” posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Refreshes The Parts Other Beers Cannot Reach
  2. A hazelnut in every bite
  3. Has it changed your life yet?
  4. We are one
  5. You only get an ‘OO’ with…
  6. How do you eat yours
  7. Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s…
  8. Snap! Crackle! Pop!
  9. The power of cool
  10. The drive of your life

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Heineken
  2. Topic
  3. Compaq
  4. Calvin Klein CK one
  5. Typhoo
  6. Cadbury’s crème egg
  7. Maybelline
  8. Kellogs Rice Crispies
  9. Davidoff Cool Water
  10. Peugeot

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks/months, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

Christmas is a time for family

Christmas is a time for celebrating

Christmas is a time for giving

Christmas is a time for parties

Christmas is a time for loving one another

Christmas is time for Christ

Is Christmas a time for Christ, for you?

I’ve heard a few conversations recently about Christmas, and have been disappointed that just about all these conversations have been about the commercial side of Christmas rather than about Christ. These conversations have been about buying gifts, partying and drinking to excess then suffering hangovers as a result, eating to excess, spending time with family – some complaining about the stress involved with this, time off work, to name a few of the things that were discussed.

What I personally don’t get is why, particularly at this time of year, people want to drink to excess and become so drunk that they can’t remember much, if anything, about their night out, and then feel really ill the next day or two!

no christ no christmasWhere is Christ in all of this, and all these conversations?

Even when someone in the discussion mentioned church or chapel, it was talked about as if it is a chore as going to church/chapel at Christmas is only done out of duty, not because they want to celebrate the reason for the season.

Please don’t get too caught up in partying and presents this Christmas, that you forget that if Christ hadn’t been born, there would be no CHRISTmas!

In the Christian calendar, Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter which is treated as a period of reflection and a time for fasting from food and festivities. It symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent resurrection when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the desert.

Every year Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (This year starting on 1st March) and finishes on Holy Thursday (This year the 13th April). While Lent is a 40-day period it is actually 46 days of lent, as Sunday’s are excluded.

These days lent has traditionally become a time when people give up something up such as chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, favourite foods or television.

How many of you have given up something for lent this year? Did you do so just because traditionally you give up something for lent, or because it is the lead up to Easter and so this is a time of reflection for you as well as a time for fasting from some of your favourite things?

I pray that this lent as you reflect and/or give up one of your favourite things, you take time to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, and reflect on your relationship with God.

What does your Christmas look like?

Lots of parties and nights out?

Spending time with your family?

A chance to help others, by providing gifts for those less fortunate?

A time to celebrate the birth of Christ?

 

I must admit to being disappointed by a number of conversations about Christmas that I’ve heard, as Christ hasn’t been mentioned. More than that, it seems for most, that Christmas is only “good” if, one, “the kids get everything they want for Christmas”, and two, they have a great night out where they get really drunk and can’t remember anything about it the next day.

Yes, it’s nice to be able to give and receive presents, and it’s great to see the joy on a child’s face when they get that gift they really wanted, but is this really what Christmas is about? Is this really what we want others to think this is what Christmas is all about?

It’s also great to “let your hair down” and have a good night out, but is there any need to drink to excess? What’s the point of drinking so much that you can’t remember anything about the night and have a hangover the next day? Personally I don’t get that, as isn’t it better to have a great fun night out that you can remember, rather than a night you can’t remember so have no idea whether it was good or bad?

no christ no christmasSo where is Christ in your Christmas? Is He centre of your festivities, or has He been given a bit part role meaning we attend a Christmas service at church out of habit or duty, just because that’s what we’ve always done at Christmas?

Christ should be the centre of our Christmas celebrations, and He should be at the centre of our every day lives, each day of the year.

Therefore this Christmas, don’t get too caught up in partying and presents that you forget that if it hadn’t been for Christ, we would not have CHRISTmas!

For many this time of year is party season, where they take the opportunity to socialise with family and friends, team mates or work colleagues, at a party night. Party nights for many are just an excuse to drink far too much alcohol and then spend the next day suffering from a severe hangover.

For me, the spirit of the Christmas is not about any alcoholic beverage, but it is in fact summed up perfectly by this picture:

spirit-of-christ

We hear of people trying to quit one thing or another every day: chocolate, alcohol, cigarettes, takeaway food, fizzy drinks etc. But what about the quitting the things in our life that hold us back from letting God take control of our life?

Quit questioning God and start trusting Him! ~ Joel Osteen

Zero-toleranceYesterday in Zero Tolerance #1 of 2 I spoke about how many zero tolerance posters I’ve noticed in different places over the last few weeks. This in turn got me thinking about what these zero tolerance posters usually relate to. i.e. racism, verbal or physical abuse, sexism, bullying or harassment, alcohol abuse, drug abuse.

This in turn got me wondering about whether we should have a zero tolerance poster to indicate that Christ has a zero tolerance policy towards sin. I know this is slightly different from the zero tolerance posters we’ve all seen in that we cannot be prosecuted for disobeying the directives on the poster…or can we?

1 Timothy 15-17 (NLT)

This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.  But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honour and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

If we believe in Christ and repent, by giving our whole life to God, we will be rewarded with the gift of eternal life with God. What greater promise is there than that?

Let’s make sure there is zero tolerance for sin in our lives, and those we come into contact with.

It’s Christmas time, and for many that also means party time!

Christmas Party

But what does party time mean to you? A night out with friends and/or colleagues? A Christmas meal? Lots of drinking? Lots of dancing? Very late night or even an early morning?

And what about the day after the party, how do you feel? Hangover? Little recollection of events from the previous night? Exhausted? Memories of a night full of fun?

Sadly for many, Christmas night‘s out are all about drinking lots of alcohol and getting into a state that means they are not in control of their actions, and will have little memory of anything they have said or done. For me that’s not a good night out, that’s just a waste of money!

You can have a great night out and have fun spending time with friends, without the need for alcohol…trust me on that one as I’m talking from experience!

christmas party2I find it quite annoying when people assume that just because I don’t drink I can’t enjoy a good night out! I’m sorry to break all your preconceptions, but not drinking and having fun aren’t mutually exclusive!

Please don’t misunderstand my message today, I am not against people drinking, I am against people drinking to excess, because after all what does that achieve both for the person doing the drinking and those who have to look after them…I’ll let you answer that question yourself.

In conclusion, if you’re attending a Christmas party in the run up to Christmas, I hope you have a great night out, but even more so I’d ask you not to drink to excess but instead drink responsibly.