Glad tidings of great joy (Dec 25)

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring…

Heaven Touching Earth: Redux

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men Jesus was there as the earth was formed. As stars were placed in the sky…

Waiting

“The Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” Isaiah 7:14 The Old Testament is full of prophecies about the coming of a Messiah. A ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince…

Mistletoe and Wine

“Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine Children singing Christian rhyme” So begins the chorus of the inexplicably popular Christmas song by Cliff Richard. And as we approach the Christmas period those lines provide a couple of images that point to what Christmas was pointing to. Because that night in Bethlehem was only the opening act, the…

Lonely this Christmas?

Premier plans to find a place for the lonely on Christmas Day   Christian radio station’s promotion will match people with places at Christmas   Lonely people will be offered somewhere to go on Christmas Day thanks to a unique, nationwide, on-air promotion being organised by Britain’s largest Christian broadcaster. Premier Christian Radio has been asking…

No Silent Night

“And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He travelled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She…

Fall on your knees

“Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born;” – O Holy Night “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine…

The Santa I Never Knew

I first got acquainted with Santa as a child, singing “Jingle Bells” in school, addressing Christmas wish-lists to “Mr Claus”, watching The Santa Claus movie. I associated Santa with milk and cookies and presents for good behaviour. But what if I told you there was much more to Santa than that? What if I told…

Free

I recently discovered a tactic to get free food from Dunkin’ Donuts, and as I am no longer able to take advantage of it given that I have moved back to a country that doesn’t run on Dunkin’ I thought I would share it with you all. Step 1 – Go to Dunkin’ Donuts Step…

Putting the dragon back into the Nativity

What if I told you one of the characters from the Nativity has been left out for many years? What if I told you a creature present at Jesus’ birth doesn’t get a single mention in any carols? What if I told you for too long we had been leaving the dragon out of the…