- Who we are
- What we do
There’s something cleansing about the fresh start that the new year affords us every time we turn over the last page of our calendar.
The idea of clearing the debts in our personal conscience account is strangely appealing; I might have over-eaten, under-exercised, over-criticised, under-loved in 2013… but the new year gives me a chance to start afresh.
Yet if you’re like me, you’ll know that it’s usually only a few days or weeks before many of our New Years’ Resolutions end up collapsing in a heap… and we’re reminded again of the need to hold onto the true and deep forgiveness that can only come from Jesus.
As we hear God tell us about the shape of the Spirit-filled life this summer, we are reminded again that it is only from his hand that true renewal comes… and that’s a great reason to keep listening to the Spirit of God as we read his word.
May 2014 be a year of drawing on God’s strength as we seek to live a life that’s more and more like Jesus.
Many people throughout the history of God’s people have received a great honour from God that was completely undeserved.
Mary, like those people, was nothing more than an ordinary human with an extraordinary privilege.
It is hard to conceive just how amazing it would be for a woman to receive news that she would give birth to the great saviour of the world.
In her humble state, she would be known for generations as blessed by God, for the great things that he has done for her.
Like Mary, none of us deserve to be known by Jesus nor to enjoy great blessings from God.
Yet, like Mary, God has greatly blessed all of us whom he has called to himself.
May this be a Christmas where we are reminded again of how great it is to be personally related to Jesus as Lord and saviour.