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On Monday we celebrated the birth of Jesus. That was such great news over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, but is it still good news today in 2017?

Most of us will have celebrated Christmas is some way over these last few weeks, whether it was spending Christmas Day with your family, going out to an office party, giving or receiving gifts, carolling or attending a church carol service, going for lunch with your work colleagues. But on Christmas Day, did you take some time to celebrate the good news that Christ is alive?

Good news, great joy for all
Melody breaks through the silence
Christ, the Saviour is born!

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!

RSVP #1

Posted: July 12, 2017 in communication, friendship, life, words
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RSVP is a term I’ve always found a little confusing as it’s usual used in conjunction with invitations to a social event. It is the initials of the French phrase ‘Repondez s’il vous plait‘ which means ‘Please respond’ – in other words asking you to confirm your attendance at the event you’ve been invited to.

What always got me about RSVPs is that if someone invites you to an event, isn’t it common courtesy to let the person who invited you know whether you can make the event or not, so why do we need to write RSVP on invitations?

Also why not just write, ‘Please respond’ or ‘Please reply’ instead of going for the initials of a French phrase?

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

worship-prayerWhen you have a meeting a work, do you prepare for it?

When you’re going to a party, do you prepare for it?

If you’re going to be taking part in a sporting event, do you train for it?

If you’re playing a musical instrument at a concert, do you practice for it?

I’m sure for all the above situations, you will have said “yes”, because I’m confident in each of the above situations we’d all prepare as much as we could so we would do the best we can.

So taking this into you’re daily life, how do you prepare for each day? Do you prepare for the day ahead? Do you pray? Do you ask God to be at the centre of all you do each day, and to guide you through all you face?

The best we can do to prepare ourselves fully for each day is to pray. We need to make sure that God is at the centre or the heart of all we do. God can help and guide us at times when we are struggling or unsure, but He can also help and guide us in how to be there for others.

So remember to prepare your heart and mind for each day in prayer.

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. 

Following on from my post yesterday entitled A Common Focus, it got me thinking about how at the start of a new era in the UK political front, maybe our politicians will actually work together for a chance and work with a common focus, rather than spending their whole time slagging off the other parties.
 

Maybe we too should stop slagging off our politicians and back them to try and do what’s best for our country, regardless of whether we originally voted for those who now make up our government. You know I’m saying that but it does stick in my throat as I remember what life was like in Scotland during the Thatcher years, and I don’t believe any of us would wish that on anyone again. However I do fear that in the long run, we will either notice very little difference and certainly no improvement or, for those of us in Scotland, we might just find ourselves being the “guinea-pigs” for some new policies that the new government want to “try out” on a country that didn’t vote for them.

 
Let’s hope I’m wrong and the ConDem coalition makes a positive difference to all our life’s – so go on David Cameron and Nick Clegg, surprise me – make a difference to our lives, particularly those of us in Scotland!

Party In Heaven

Posted: October 21, 2009 in life, religion
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When humanity’s relationship floundered and failed, God sent Jesus. Why did He do that? Because He loves us – John 3:16 “God so loved the world that He gave His only son”.

Not only did God give Jesus, He gives us hope. Hope because He continues to seek those who haven’t found Him yet.
Luke 19:10
And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost.

There are a couple of stories which Jesus told to illustrate how God seeks people and wants to save them:

  • The first story was about a shepherd who lost one of his precious sheep, so went looking for it until he found the lost sheep. When he found the lost sheep, the shepherd was so happy that he had a party to celebrate.
  • The other story was about a woman who lost a valuable coin. She searched diligently until the lost coin was found, and just like the shepherd she rejoiced.

How many of us get lost in the things of this world, in sin, and find ourselves helpless without any help from God? How many of us don’t even realise we are lost, or indeed, how far we have wandered from God?

These people all need God. If you recognise yourself from one of the above descriptions, you need God, and God wants to save you today! God wants you to come to Him today.

Luke 15:10
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.

There’s going to be a party in heaven, and God wants you to be His guest of honour! Respond to God today, because He is seeking you. There will be joy for you, and for all in heaven, when God finds you!

Love Will Find A Way by Delirious?
Look around at what you see
There’s an s.o.s. ringing out for me
I thought I believed but I just turn away
From these souls living in this hell today

Tears are falling, on my face
From my face

Love, love will find a way to break through
This love finds a way to shine through
Your love, finds a way to break through,
This love finds a way to kiss you.

I stare in the eyes of this flesh and bone
I’m a tourist here so tomorrow I go home
I try to make sense of the things I’ve seen
Between the poverty and the five star dream.

Love will lead me to your feet
Love wont pass me on the street
Love will look me in the eye
Love wont leave me here to die
To your arms I’m gonna run
And escape what I’ve become
Love will find a better way, so they say

Love it will break you
Love it will take you
Love it will break you down

Checkout the Delirious? website: http://www.delirious.co.uk/html/