Volume 2 No 6

 As I see the shop shelves fill with the glitz and glamour that Christmas has become, and hear carols blaring, beckoning weary customers to enter and part with more hard earned Rands. I sometimes wonder what God thinks as he looks down on it all?

A plan has been in place since the foundation of the earth, revealing God’s immeasurable love for every one who has ever lived, or ever will live: the creator of the universe stripping himself of his power and glory and becoming a fleshly being, born among the stench and noise that is a stable. God incarnate, choosing to rescue humankind from themselves and their sin!

And I would probably agree with you if you argued that Christmas has become overly commercialised and in most cases, the true significance of it has been forgotten. I would even have to agree that the 25th of December was most likely not the day on which he was born. After all, the date is not recorded anywhere in the Bible.

But the words of the Apostle Paul, in Philippians 1:15-18, come to mind. In this passage Paul is referring to the way some were responding to his imprisonment. Some were seen to be taking advantage of Paul’s being out of the way, by preaching Christ to set themselves up in Paul’s place. Others were preaching Christ out of pure motives, simply to proclaim the gospel. Here is what Paul had to say about it: “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.”

So let us too rejoice and sing praises, for as the words of one carol declare: Sweet are these strains of redeeming love, Message of mercy from heaven above: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest! 


Picture This

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Our true elder brother

The parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-31 is arguably one of the most famous and well loved parables of Jesus.

Ubi Christus, Ibi Ecclesia

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The most excellent way

The church in first-century Corinth was plagued with social divisions and rivalries.

Treasures in the trash

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Free to be

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Serving the God you want, or the God who is?

Several years ago I decided to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes; relaxing at our local bookstore and browsing through the latest arrivals.

Goodwill to all men?

On the day Jesus was born, a choir of angels sang: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests” (Luke 2:14).

Be ye perfect

Reading “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” in Matthew 5:48 (KJV) reminds me of all my imperfections—which are many, to be sure.

I am an addict

It is very difficult to admit that one is an addict. Throughout my life I have been lying to myself and those around me.

Afraid of God

Are you a little afraid of God? Do you worry that he has something against you?

Saved by good works?

Martin Luther once said: “Good works do not make a good man, but a good man does good works.” How true!

You are hereby sentenced to... LIFE?

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