Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

Can you believe it, we’ve reached December already? It seems to have been a really quick year, as it doesn’t seem that long ago we were just celebrating Easter. My Mum always told me that time passing quickly was a sign of getting older, although I always chose to dismiss this! Maybe there’s some truth in this, or maybe it’s just that when there’s a lot going on in your life and you’ve more things to juggle to fit everything in, time does seem to pass quicker, I don’t know.

Anyway, back to it being December – Not just December, but Advent Sunday. Do you know what Advent Sunday is?

Advent Sunday, which is also known as the first Sunday of Advent, is the first day of the Advent season. Advent season is the time when Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, when they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent Sunday is always the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. It does even need to be in December, as it can fall as early as November 27 or as late as December 3.

On the first Sunday of Advent, Christian churches around the world will light their first candle of Advent. They will light an additional candle each of the following Sundays in the lead up to Christmas.

Now that the advent season has arrived, you’ve probably either started to put up your own Christmas decorations or have seen decorations that others have put up. You may have been our carol singing or playing Christmas carols, and if not, I’m sure that will all start very soon.

At the start of this advent season, please take time to remember what all the activities we’re involved in in these coming weeks, are really all about, the Christ of Christmas.

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Men and women, boys and girls, never knowing unconditional love, never feeling their future is secure.

Messages of turmoil, disasters, hatred fill our news and social media streams.

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Millions have turned from God thinking He doesn’t exist or doesn’t care for them.

Millions are wrong, God is always there for them, they just need to have faith to believe in God.

My prayer is that those of us who believe in God, do all we can to show those we come into contact with, that we are different, and live our lives differently, because we believe in God.

May we then be examples of Christ’s love to others, showing love and compassion to everyone.

I read this on a friends Facebook timeline, and it really hit home to me. I wonder how many people go to their church simply because it’s the church they’ve always gone to, or it’s the one their friends go to?

So consider these statements…

If Jesus isnt preached in your church…
If there is no opportunity for people to respond to Him in your church worship services…
If the major thing isnt HIM…
If the Bible is compromised or watered down…

It might be the time to find a new church. 😳😩

Or at least challenge the one you are in

There are a lot of things that matter in this world. But the thing that matters most, is getting people connected to Jesus Christ and saved for eternity by Him. Everything else is secondary to that, so if found when you read the above statements that your conclusion was “at least challenge the [church] you are in”, then maybe the church you attend is not the right church for you.

Just because you’ve always done something or gone to the same place, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

Everyone struggles with loneliness at some point. Whether you are going through something hard that you don’t think anyone else understands or you are facing a change in life where you just feel alone, God’s Word provides hope and strength. There is someone who is closer than a brother and is always with You – Jesus Christ is our friend and comforter!

This is backed up by what we’re told in the bible. In Deuteronomy 31:6 we read:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Words of comfort, words to reassure us of God’s presence, even when we feel everyone has deserted us.

As some of you will know, I’m a big football fan, so if I’m home and there’s football in the telly, you’ll find I usually watch it. Well as few days ago I was watching a match involving Manchester City, and part way through the second half they made a substitution, where they brought on Gabriel Jesus. When Jesus came onto the park, the commentator said, “Maybe Jesus can change the fortunes of City tonight”.

This caught my attention as it reminded that just as Manchester City hoped Gabriel Jesus could help change the fortunes of their team when they brought him onto the pitch, so we can change our fortunes if we accept Jesus Christ into our lives.

Philippians 4:6-7 (The Passion Translation)

Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.

Life can be incredibly tough at times, because as the above bible verses say, we can be ‘pulled in different directions’, with many people expecting or wanting something from us.

Whenever I find myself getting stressed about life, I remind myself that God is with me, and then read these verses from Philippians again, as they reassure me that God will guide me through those difficulties.

So be strong, and stay faithful, because God is always faithful to you.

Loud!

Shouting! Screaming!

This isn’t what ‘live loud’ is about. It’s about living your life in the way God wants you to, so that others can see Christ in us.

Let God’s love shine through your life so…

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud, our God we’ll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

 

 

 

 

Let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

So if you believe in God, and you believe in all He stands for…believe!

But don’t just believe…share your belief!

We believe by Newsboys

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud, our God we’ll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again!
He’s comin’ back again!
We believe!
We believe

 

Are you in pain?

Are you angry?

Are you anxious?

If you answered “Yes” to any or all of these questions, this next picture is just for you.

take-it-all-away

If you give your all to God, he can take away all your burdens, and help and guide you through each day.

Tomorrow is Christmas, so I hope you’re all organised?

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that over the years I, like many of you, will have heard the Christmas story many times, and many times every year and, if I’m honest, I have probably taken the message of Christmas for granted because of that. So I decided to take a fresh look at Christmas this year, to try to get that feeling of excitement back about all the festivities.

Children are always very excited about Christmas, so I started by looking at what some of them have to say…

In answer to why do we celebrate Christmas, here’s a couple of answers given by children:

  • “I am not really a Christian. I believe in unicorns and pixies.”
  • “We celebrate Christmas because Santa comes and gives us lots and lots of presents.”

When asked who Jesus is:

  • “Jesus was a king and he wore a crown even though he was a baby. It was a really small crown.”
  • “Jesus is really old and his birthday was on Christmas over 2000 years ago.”

What gifts did the wise men bring?

  • “The wise men brought gold, Frankenstein , and myrrh.”
  • “The three wise men brought Jesus presents of gold, frankincense, smurr  and silver. But I think he would have preferred wrestling toys.”

And when asked where Jesus was born, one child gave the following answer:

  • “He was born in a stable a long way away from here in another country. Bethlehem – it’s in England.”

That’s how some excited children have described Christmas, but what about you, what gets you excited about Christmas?

In the busyness of this time of year, in amongst preparing for Christmas, how much time have you spent thinking about the true meaning of Christmas, and the birth of Jesus?

Jesus birth was foretold many years beforehand in Isaiah 7:14 where Isaiah says “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”.  What an exciting prospect that must have been even then, knowing that the Saviour of the world would be born into this world at some point, as one of us.
We read in Luke about the angel Gabriel visiting Mary to tell her she would give birth to the son of God. Although Mary would have been scared and filled with trepidation about what lay ahead, I’m sure she would also have been excited about the prospect of becoming a mother.

A new child in any family is a magical event, so it’s not surprising we get excited when someone we know is expecting a child. This Christmas in amongst the busyness of the season, I encourage you not to forget about Jesus, but instead get excited about the birth of Jesus again, just as you would if a friend or family member tells you they are expecting a baby.

I came across a poem which reminds us of this.

dont-forget-christmas-is-about-jesus-2Don’t Forget Jesus

Christmas is a special time

To reflect on Jesus Christ,

The wonder of His lowly birth

Brings meaning to our lives

There really is no other reason,

We celebrate this day,

The birth of God’s precious son

And the life, He willingly gave

But so much seems to distract us

In the busyness of our lives,

We lose our focus in all the happenings,

Not knowing, we leave out Christ

 

We lose sight of the true meaning

As we endlessly rush about,

Trying to find that perfect gift,

Seems to cloud our Saviour out

 

We need to stop and reflect awhile,

Remembering our precious Lord,

His birth, His life and sacrifice

And all that He stands for

 

For though the world may celebrate,

It seems, though, for other reasons,

Let’s keep in mind that Jesus Christ

Is the true meaning of the season.

© By M.S.Lowndes

 

As I mentioned earlier I decided to take a fresh look at Christmas this year, so whether this year is the first or the 51st time you’ve heard the Christmas story, I ask you to do the same, and in doing so consider remember the birth of Jesus and Who Is He? to you this Christmas.