1 in 300: Baptism

‘“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”’ (Matthew 28:19 NASB) I believe the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 demonstrate the importance and value he places on baptism. On the eve of his ascension to heaven, Jesus declared that the defining mark of his followers would be baptism. Baptism was … Continue reading 1 in 300: Baptism

Immanuel

‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name “Immanuel”‘ (Matt 1:23) Familiarity can so quickly lead to the loss of awe. I think this is especially true with the Christmas message. For example, hearing the word Immanuel should send shudders of joy and excitement surging through our bones! Why? Let me try to explain: Immanuel, as many of us will … Continue reading Immanuel

A Topsy-turvy person

A week ago we started a three part series, looking at the topsy-turvy nature of Christmas. What I mean by this is, have you ever stopped for a moment and considered how topsy-turvy, upside-down and back-to-front the story of that first Christmas really is? It may be familiar to many of us, but there is nothing normal about the story. Let me show you the third of three … Continue reading A Topsy-turvy person

A topsy-turvy story (part 2)

Yesterday we started a three part series looking at the topsy-turvy nature of Christmas. What do I mean by this is? Well, have you ever stopped for a moment to consider how topsy-turvy, how upside-down and back-to-front, the story of that first Christmas really is? It may be familiar to many of us, but there is nothing normal about the story. Let me show you what I mean with … Continue reading A topsy-turvy story (part 2)

A topsy-turvy story (part 1)

I wonder how many times the story of Christmas has been told, acted, sung or written about in the past two thousand years? It must be in the billions by now! However, have you ever stopped for a moment and considered how topsy-turvy, how upside-down and back-to-front, the story of that first Christmas really is? It may be familiar to most of us, but there … Continue reading A topsy-turvy story (part 1)