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I hope people think this is true about me

When someone is willing to die for you, I think it’s only right that we take them seriously and do all we can to tell others why that person is willing to die for us.

Follower

Posted: January 9, 2019 in cross, death, life, music, quotes, religion
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If I were to ask you to draw a picture of a follower of Jesus, what would your picture look like?

Here’s a picture which to me, shows and explains a follower of Jesus.

For me, and I’m sure, for other Christians, it’s all about the cross, and what God sacrificed for each of us when Jesus died on the cross. That is why I follow the cross. That is why I follow Jesus.

 

Christmas viewing

Posted: December 29, 2018 in Christmas, family, religion, television
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When I was younger, I remember always looking forward to the Christmas season for many reasons: time with family, presents, remembering the birth of Jesus and of course Christmas TV.

Maybe it’s just my imagination now, but the programmes on TV then were so much better than they are these days. I remember there being lots of Christmas specials of all the favourite TV shows, very few repeats, and lots of great Christmas films.

That is definitely not what we have had this Christmas is it? There have been so many repeats of old Christmas shows which now look so dated, loads of animation films that don’t relate to the Christmas season at all, and when it comes to the soaps, they certainly haven’t been particularly cheery once again!

 

I have to say that, for us, this Christmas has been one of the worst for TV that we can ever remember – we’ve struggled to find any more than just a few great Christmas films or new Christmas specials.

So how do you rate this year’s Christmas TV?

They say having a child changes everything – I personally cannot comment on that as I don’t have any children, however I have seen how a child has changed the lives of family and friends when they have had children. They tell me that no matter how much you prepare for becoming a parent, you’re never fully prepared, as you don’t get an instruction manual with your child when they are born.

The birth of a child is the start of a new life not just for the child but for the parents as they adapt to having a new addition to their family. Just as the birth of a child is the start of a new life for the parents, so the birth of Jesus all those years ago, offered us the chance of a new life in Christ.

As we near the end of 2018, and look forward to the start of a new year, take advantage of Christ’s offer of new life by giving your heart to God today.

O Come Be Born Again by Jennifer Martin

Baby born in Bethlehem
Come be born in me again
Since You don’t mind dirty stables
Here’s my heart not fit or able
To receive such majesty
Still, You humbly come to me

Chosen One who chose to be
Suff’ring Savior, Servant King
Since You don’t despise the broken
Here’s my life laid bare and open
To receive Your mercy
As Your Spirit calls to me

All who struggle, all who sin
Come and become born again
Come and lay your heavy burdens
At the cross where all’s forgiven
At His feet new life begins
Come, O sinner, enter in

We’re now a couple of days after Christmas but has the spirit and excitement of Christmas worn off yet?

Maybe you’ve had to go back to work today, so Christmas already seems an eternity ago. Maybe you’ve received great presents, eaten far too much, stayed up really late so are still catching up on sleep?

We should however be celebrating Jesus 364 days a year, so it really doesn’t matter if it’s two days, three days or three hundred days since Christmas Day, as because of Jesus, Christmas is actually part of every day of the year.

So that’s it, after all that preparation Christmas Day 2018 is now in the past!

My Mum used to always say that it always seemed to take so long to buy and wrap Christmas presents and just a couple of minutes to pull off the wrapping to reveal the surprise; and day to cook and bake the Christmas dinner and less than an hour to eat it all – Despite saying this, my Mum always enjoyed Christmas, and so I hope although you may have been extra busy, and found it stressful getting everything ready, you had a fantastic Christmas Day.

So how do you feel today – shattered, exhausted, stuffed? Do you still remember who gave you what present, or even all the presents you received?

While we may have already forgotten some gifts we received as to us they weren’t important, I pray we don’t forget about Jesus just because Christmas Day is over. Christmas Day may be the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, but it’s also the day we celebrate the start of Jesus’ life, a life which he later sacrificed for us. So don’t forget Christ because His legacy is not just relevant at Christmas, but for the whole year.

Today we may all be spending time with our family and friends, exchanging gifts and eating far too much. But let’s remember why we are celebrating today, Christmas Day

If it wasn’t for Jesus’ birth over 2000 years ago, we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas, to please take some time today to remember that today is simply because of Jesus.

What is Christmas really all about? It’s about amazing love, and a child, a Saviour, who came to save humanity.

The message of Christmas is told in the fabulous song Noel, by Chris Tomlin featuring Lauren Daigle.

Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore
Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel
Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore
Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel

If Christmas for you has always been about presents, family and food, and not about Jesus, please make time this year to come and find out all about the Light of the world, Jesus…the One who was born on that first Christmas morn.

When it comes to Christmas, it seems more and more people seem to think it’s all about giving and receiving gifts, spending time with family and over eating.

Those of us who believe in Jesus, His birth and His resurrection, know what Christmas is really all about…it’s about Jesus. It’s about Jesus, and we can ensure that others know this is our belief if we have let Christ into our heart. With Christ in our heart His love will shine through us for other to see.

The song All In The Heart by Steven Curtis Chapman is one I really like , as it reminds us exactly what Christmas is all about…

No, it’s not in the snow that may or may not fall
And it’s not in the gifts around the tree
It’s in the love heaven gave, the night our Saviour came
And that same love can still be found wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all in the heart
And the joy can still be found, wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all, all in the heart It’s all in the heart

Christmas shouldn’t be about how many presents we get or how much we’ve spent on presents or others, how our homes are decorated or even how much we eat or drink, it should always be about Christ!

So make sure Christ is in your heart this Christmas!

I’m sure those of you who have children, all hope your child will grow up and achieve great things in their life, and maybe even make meaningful changes to the world and those who live in it.

For Mary and Joseph, I wonder how they felt – They knew their son was God’s own son, and great things were already planned for him, plans for him to change the world.

There’s a song by Steven Curtis Chapman called This Baby which for me, tell us all about Jesus’ time on earth, his life and his achievements.

And love made Him laugh and death made Him cry.
With the life that He lived and the death that He died,
He showed us heaven with His hands and His heart,
‘Cause this man was God’s own son.
This man was like no other one,
Holy and human right from the start.
 

Jesus came to earth to change the world, but has He changed you?