Monthly Archives: December, 2016

Christmas day 2o16 Luke 2:10-11

To you is born this day in the city of David, a saviour who is the Messiah, the Lord                                   Luke 2:11  Since the beginning of time itself, God has tried to communicate with us, first with individual people, then …

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Advent Saturday 24th December Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness, have a great light              Isaiah 9:2  Today is the last shopping day before Christmas. The lights are still twinkling, the cash registers are slowing, the Amazon parcels have hopefully all arrived, it is finished. Now we can sit back and wait for the arrival of Jesus. But wait! Isn’t …

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Advent Friday 23rd December 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Love never ends                                          1 Corinthians 12:1-13 Love came down at Christmas. What a wonderful image.! A love that is pure, honest, true and faithful, A love to illuminate and radiate, A love to encircle and enrich A love that is far reaching and faithful A love that heals hearts and heartaches. Whatever our interpretation and experience …

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Advent Thursday 22nd December Acts 20:35

It is blessed to give than receive                                          Acts 20:15  In this passage, Paul is writing to the elders to the church in Ephesus. He writes a letter sent by a courier, as he wanted to arrive in Jerusalem and could not spare any time stopping off in Ephesus. Yet there were things he felt he needed …

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Advent Wednesday 21st December Romans 12: 6-9

We have gifts that differ according to the grace give to us  Romans 12:6 What can we bring to the crib on Christmas morning? A Christmas carol written by Christina Rossetti, answers that question. Christina was born in 1830 and lived in London with her two brothers and one sister, who all became successful writers …

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Advent Tuesday 20th December Mark 12:41-44

…but she out of her poverty, has put everything she had     Mark12:44 The story of the widow’s mite has been told and retold over the centuries and pulpits. The meaning is still as vivid now as it was 2,000 years ago. Generosity is at the heart of the Gospel, it is not so much what …

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Advent Monday 19th December Matthew 5:23-24

    Leave your gift there before the alter and go first to be reconciled to your brother or sister                     Matthew 5:24 Reconciliation and healing are vital to the disciple, but we cannot walk the way of Christ, if we have broken relationship to fix first. …

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Advent Sunday 18th December Matthew 1:18-25

She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus     Matthew 1:21 Well, the angel certainly has taken the joy out of the pregnancy question, ‘Is it a boy or girl?’ As a grandmother, I watch children playing with a different perspective. Yes, I am in awe at how quickly time passes, and …

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Advent Saturday 17th December Habakkuk 2:1

I will keep watch and see what he says to me      Habakkuk 2:1 Here is another prophet moaning and complaining. Habakkuk openly questions the worship of God and when the prophet sees injustices among his people, he asks why God does not intervene. Habakkuk is a little-known prophet who complains and moans a lot. He …

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Advent Friday 16th December Matthew 25:13

Keep awake   Matthew 25:13 Having worked many years as a nurse on night duty, I know how difficult it can be when the clock strikes 4am. The eyes become heavy and you are searching for jobs to do to stay awake. As humans we need our sleep, so that is why this passage from …

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