Jesus Be The Centre 2

2013-52.2 Luke 10:41-42   Tuesday, December 24, 2013   Combining Martha preparation with personal ‘Mary time’ Dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42 NLT)   If God…

Jesus Be the Centre 1

2013-52.1 2 Corinthians 6:12-13 (The Message) Monday, December 23, 2013 Don’t let small things crowd out Jesus Last-minute shopping – one of many pressures   2 Cor. 6:12-13 (TM) The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can…

Dawn of the era of ‘God With Us’ – 5

2013–51.5 Isaiah 42:6–7 Friday, December 20, 2013 Shining lights for Jesus Isaiah 42:6–7 I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;I will take hold of your hand.I will keep you and will make youto be a covenant for the peopleand a light for the Gentiles,to open eyes that are blind,to free captives from prisonand to…

Dawn of the era of ‘God With Us’ – 4

2013–51.4 Psalm 129:8 Thursday, December 19, 2013 Blessing through giving gifts A three-handled wassail mug. To wassail means to bless with health. Psalm 129:8 “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.” It is generally thought that the custom of Christmas gift giving began with the visit…

Dawn of the era of ‘God With Us’ – 3

2013–51.3 Psalm 128:5, Numbers 6:23-24 Wednesday, December 18, 2013 “A good and blessed year” Horsley’s 1843 design for Sir Henry Cole drew criticism from some Christians for showing too much of the bonhomie of Christmas, although this was balanced by care for others and concern for the poor in the side panels Psalm 128:5 May…

Dawn of the era of God With Us 1

2013–51.1 Habakkuk 2:2 Monday, December 16, 2013 The first nativity scene – Francis of Assisi communicates the gospel simply and clearly Artwork in Chiesa di San Francesco, Maiori, Italy, depicting Francis of Assisi’s cave nativity scene with borrowed ox and donkey, in which he would tell the story from the Bible in everyday language, involving people in…