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A different Christmas Perspective

My friends at The Sanctuary Centre produced these excellent Christmas stories two years back.  The perspective offered from the various characters of the Christmas Narrative is brilliant!  Feel free to download the PDF.

  1. Use it will your cell groups (home groups)
  2. Use it in the office place.  Maybe print it, pin it up on the notice board at your work?
  3. Or use in your own personal devotions.

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I am very certain this will give you a fresh approach to Christmas this year!  Click on the links to below to open / download any of the 3 stories

  1. From Elizabeth: meditation_elizabeth_grace_born_in_the_wilderness
  2. From Joseph: meditation_joseph_on_the_run_with_the_baby_deliverer
  3. From the Shepherds: meditation_shepherd_devotional
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Shoebox Stuff – DEADLINE 27 November

Here is the low down of what we are looking for for the Christmas shoe box collection we do for FAMSA

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Also here are the list of the children we are reaching out too.  You can do three things with these names:

  1. Pray for each of them by name.
  2. Knowing their age, may also help with what shoe size to get.
  3. Like the lists (genealogies) that are no omitted in the scriptures – because each person matters.  These people matter too:

“But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43: 1)

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Friday Youth

We had a little youth gathering on Friday.  We met in the church hall and God did some amazing things:

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I wanted to emphasis the message of being connected with God. And not just having a “Friday Youth Group” faith…
We looked at John 15 – the vine and the branches. There is something so profound with that passage. The gospel could be summed up in there.

“Remain in My love” Jesus implores. “Remain in me and I will remain in you.” (There can be no other better connection / relationship.)

We did some fun challenges. We even stuck with the futuristic times (making robots) as one of the challenges.

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The challenged ended with a picture capturing the message of John 15. See above pic.

There were two moving times for me on Friday night. I had planned some “forced” quiet time at the end of the evening. They had a scripture passage and some questions to sit with. There was 20 minutes. And as the youth went to sit on their own… an incredible silence fell over the office. They all were focused. Connecting. (It was stunning!)

Prior to that I also enjoyed it when they all sang along to Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin.
(I didn’t expect that. I played it from my laptop and they just sung in worship. Was brilliant!)

Check out the song here: