ASH WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 25TH 2009

Church history indicates that, in these islands, Ash Wednesday has changed, and lost much of the impact that it once had.
 

ADVENT SUNDAY - RECONCILIATION.

Our word 'Advent' means 'coming' or 'arrival’; and, at Christmas, we will celebrate the fact that Christ came into the world for a very definite purpose; to implement God’s will, in a particular way.

ADVENT (2)

John 1: 1-14 touches upon the Advent of Christ; and verse 12 gives a particular challenge to our thinking: ‘Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the power, the right, to become children of God’ .

‘YOU ARE ALREADY CLEAN’ John 15:3.

The importance of Christ’s words: ‘You are already clean’, can be overlooked, or become lost, through seeing them as no more than a part of the symbolism of a teaching-image, which he based upon vines and vine-dressing. Instead, they are central to what Christ said: and their meaning is at the heart of many of his of teachings, about salvation, and how it is brought into being.

THE CHURCH'S CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST.

When Nelson Mandela was put in prison, the South African government announced a 'National State of Emergency': tightened the existing laws on apartheid, and made new ones. Despite little hope of change for the good:  the A.N.C. or African National Congress, made a positive statement.

‘Are we getting rid of Jesus?’ Luke 22: 66 – 23: 1-25.

At the Jewish Supreme Court: there was just one charge against Jesus: blasphemy: because he dared to call himself the Son of God. (Matt. 16:16).

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