All over the world last night there were events such as this, where millions of people gathered to celebrate a new year.
While they had the public’s attention, the real power in 2014 was being unleashed in thousands of smaller gatherings ranging from 5 or so to perhaps a thousand.
New Year’s prayer vigils in every little town and many little churches invoked God’s blessing in their communities in the year ahead.
I took part in such a meeting, from 9pm to midnight- and it was the best three hours I have invested in a long time.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, everyone.
Here’s the view from my window last night (just kidding)
The Lord commands us “Rejoice!”
For He will restore and pardon
Those whom He has punished
The nation of His heart.
Where we are scattered,
He will gather like Israel
restored from the four corners
Like sheep gathered under a shepherd
What bounty, what provision
For a nation, food and wine
For a people joy and gladness
All at the hands of the Lord.
Do you know Him?
Do you know the Lord?
Turn to Him and come back home
You will find deep joy in Him.
The sermon for December 29th 2013 is now available on the New Life web-site.
In this sermon, which is based on Matthew chapters 1 &2, Margaret Bates talks about God’s Rescue Plan.
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The sermon for December 22nd 2013 is now available on the New Life web-site.
In this sermon, which is based on Isaiah7:1-16, I talk about the fear, faith and religion.
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“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Mary discovers she is pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit, Joseph decides to divorce her quietly.
An angel appears to Joseph telling him that the child has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. She will have a son who is to be named Jesus.
This all happened in order to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah- The virgin will conceive and bear a son and they will call him Immanuel- God with us.
The Christmas story is told so often that we become overly familiar with it, losing all the wonder that should be there.
Apart from the outrageous claim that this baby conceived outside of marriage is the Son of God, there is the extraordinary faith of two ordinary people.
Mary, a virgin, meekly (probably anxiously) accepts her responsibility to bear and nurture the Saviour.
Joseph, a man of great integrity and gentleness, comes to accept the preposterous story of the baby’s origin and plays his own part in raising the son.
Mary and Joseph were uniquely equipped for their roles. When God calls us to a task, he always supplies everything we need.
Thank you Father for the example of Mary and Joseph in accepting your commission. Help me to discern your plan for my life and to follow that plan. Amen.