Verse of the day – Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. —Luke 12:23

Verse of the day – Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. —Luke 12:23

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
In the rush of the holiday season and the grab at getting and giving gifts, it is very important to remember that life is much more than even the most basic things we think we need. If we lose sight of God, his work and his will in our lives, then what do we have? Not much and it won’t last long! My prayer for you, and for me, during this holiday season is that we are reminded of what is most important, most valuable, and most enduring.

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O Little Town Of Bethlehem: How The Birthplace Of Jesus Is Being Strangled By The Israeli Occupation

O Little Town Of Bethlehem: How The Birthplace Of Jesus Is Being Strangled By The Israeli Occupation

On the face of it, the holy city of Bethlehem is flourishing this Christmas. It has had some 2.3 million visitors this year, up from 2.2 million in 2015, and its 3,700 hotel rooms are fully booked. Compared to recent years – some described last year as the worst ever for Bethlehem, with tourism down 11 per cent thanks to local violence – this is good news for the “little town” where Jesus was born.

But under the surface lies a different story. Of the 2.3 million visitors, only 900,000 have stayed overnight, and a majority of those are Palestinians. Understandably, they tend to spend considerably less money than foreign tourists in the poverty-stricken West Bank city which has an unemployment rate of 48 per cent, higher than any part of the Palestinian territories apart from Gaza.

The key to understanding the plight of Bethlehem lies in the Israeli occupation, which now means the city is surrounded – some would say strangled – by illegal settlements and the wall (or “separation barrier”) that snakes round the town.

Foreign visitors are discouraged from visiting Bethlehem by the Israeli authorities, who subject passengers to more extensive questioning if they declare an interest in visiting the town while at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv when they land.

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7 Bible Verses to Put On Your Christmas Cards

7 Bible Verses to Put On Your Christmas Cards

1. A bible verse to remind us how much God loves us.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2. A bible verse to remind us where all blessings truly come from.

James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change

3. A bible verse to remind us that the greatest gift is eternal life.

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

4. A bible verse to remind us that we are saved through God’s mercy and grace.

Titus 3:4-7: But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

5. A bible verse that reminds us the birth of our Savior.

Matthew 2:11: And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

6. A bible verse that wishes peace to everyone.

1 Corinthians 1:3: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

7. A bible verse that reminds us how great love is.

1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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We all know the Christmas story as told in the Gospels.

We all know the Christmas story as told in the Gospels.

Mary and Joseph travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem where they find shelter in a stable because there’s no room at the inn. There Jesus is born and the shepherds, angels and wise men visit before Mary and Joseph have to escape Herod and flee to Egypt.

Except it’s not as simple as that. Firstly, two of the four Gospels don’t feature the story of Jesus’ birth at all. Mark and John jump straight into his baptism and ministry without reference to how or where he was born.

The remaining two – Matthew and Luke – have very different accounts.

Matthew begins with a genealogy to show Jesus’ heritage and then tells of his miraculous conception and birth without any reference to a journey to Bethlehem. Matthew also makes no reference to a stable, manger, shepherds or donkeys. He simply says the Magi came to “the house” after their fateful visit to Herod in Jerusalem.

Luke on the other hand has no genealogy and instead focuses heavily on John the Baptist as a foil to Jesus. The author goes to considerable length to explain the background and circumstances around John’s birth before coming to Jesus. Mary is much more central to the story than in Matthew with her visit to Elizabeth and her Magnificat in 1:46-55. There is a heavy focus on the naming of John before we’re told of Jesus’ birth.

In Luke, Mary and Joseph start in Nazareth and have to travel to Bethlehem where Jesus is born and placed in a “manger”. Here there is no mention of Magi but instead Luke has nearby shepherds coming to visit the young family. There is also no mention of having to flee Herod’s regime in Jerusalem. In fact, Luke says Mary and Joseph actually went to Jerusalem to have an eight-day-old Christ circumcised. Here they met Simeon who blessed them after saying the famous line: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation.”

So far from the Christmas story being straight forward and well-known, the two accounts are strikingly different.

The classic nativity story is actually a slightly deceptive amalgamation of two seperate versions. In an effort to ensure the Bible fits with the doctrine of inerrancy, the Christmas stories were merged.

This is not a new or particularly revelatory point but it is worth remembering. Not necessarily because either account disproves the other, but rather because by merging the two we miss some of what the original authors were trying to get at.

Matthew’s emphasis on Jesus’ ancestry reflects his desire to show Jesus as the fulfillment of Israel’s story. He highlights Jesus as the new David with his birthplace in Bethlehem and his links as a direct descendent. Joseph hears from angels through Old Testament prophecies that are shown to be fulfilled in Jesus. Indeed the whole account is littered with references to the Old Testament, again highlighting Jesus’ Jewish roots.

Finally, the Magi’s role shows the importance of Jesus and his prominence as “King of the Jews”.

By contrast Luke’s main focus is on showing how Jesus is different to John the Baptist. The author goes to great pains to explain John’s identity as one “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” and a “prophet of the Most High”. This is pointedly contrasted to Jesus who “will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High”. The shepherds are told a “Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. If readers are still in any doubt of Jesus’ identity, Luke finishes his nativity account with the visit to Simeon who described Jesus as God’s “salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations”.

By blurring these two accounts we miss what the authors wanted to highlight originally. We are blinded to the subtleties and focuses of their particular stories.

The effort to make sense of the two separate accounts has led to their difference being diluted. We would do better to be comfortable with the contrasts, even if they are difficult to reconcile with each other.

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Bishop Appeals For Cash To Make Refugees Welcome In Winchester

Bishop Appeals For Cash To Make Refugees Welcome In Winchester

It is now one year since the first refugee family was found a new home in Hampshire.

Since then, homes have been found for families in Winchester, Baskingstoke, Lymington, Eastleigh and Andover.

And among those offering the most practical help to these families are volunteers from churches thoughout the area.

Now the Bishop of Winchester Tim Dakin has launched a special Christmas appeal to raise funds for further resettlement of refugees in his diocese.

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Christian Lawyer In China May Have Been Tortured In Prison

Christian Lawyer In China May Have Been Tortured In Prison

Fears that a missing Christian human rights lawyer in China may have been tortured into making a confession to trumped-up crimes have been raised by campaigners calling for his release.

Jiang Tianyong, 45, went missing on November 21 after visiting the wife of an imprisoned lawyer, persecution charity Release International reports.

He was first held in so-called ‘black jail’; an unregistered detention centre with no legal status. Watchdog China Aid has noted that torture is common in these centres, and inmates are refused physical, written or verbal communication with family members or legal representatives.

Chinese authorities claim to have released Jiang, but his family have not been told where he is. According to state media, he is accused of being “in possession of documents containing state secrets” and “illegally handed over state secrets abroad”.

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‘We Stand With You’ Netanyahu Says To Persecuted Christians

‘We Stand With You’ Netanyahu Says To Persecuted Christians

srael is the only country in the Middle East where Christians are thriving, the Israeli Prime Minister said in his Christmas address on Thursday.

Benjamin Netanyahu gave his video address outside the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem – one of the largest pro-Israel Christian ministries in the world.

Israel has a special bond with Christians, he said, “because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilisation. What a magnificent heritage it is. Yet, we also know that it is under attack these days.”

While people of faith in some parts of the world are subject to “barbarism” and Christians are attacked “with particular vehemence”, Netanyahu said: “I’m proud of the fact that in Israel, this is the one place in the Middle East that the Christian community not only survives, but thrives and it’s no accident. It’s because of our commitment to religious freedom; it’s because of our embrace of heritage; it’s because of our embrace of our common future.”

“We stand with you,” he said to persecuted Christians.

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We Need More Women And Laity In The Church, Pope Says

We Need More Women And Laity In The Church, Pope Says

The Pope has ordered his senior clerical staff in Rome to employ more women, lay people and people from ethnic minorities.

This was not a mere “facelift” aimed at removing wrinkles, he told his audience of ordained men that make up the Roman Curia, but part of a wholesale “purification” of the Vatican.

“Dear brothers and sisters, it isn’t wrinkles we need to worry about in the Church, but blemishes,” Francis said in an unusually hard-hitting annual Christmas greeting to the Curia.

Permanent deacons and lay Catholics must be selected to serve the Church on the basis of their spiritual and moral life and their professional competence, he said.

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My Prayer – Holy God, please bless me with character…

My Prayer – Holy God, please bless me with character…

Holy God, please bless me with character as I resist those who are critical, cynical, and vengeful toward me. Please help me respond in a way that reflects the character and Lordship of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Why Does The Church Of England Have So Few Black Clergy? Is it Institutionally Racist?

Why Does The Church Of England Have So Few Black Clergy? Is it Institutionally Racist?

The Anglican chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons has suggested the Church of England could be institutionally racist because of the small numer of black or ethnic minority clergy in senior positions.

Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin was speaking out after the Church announced its first new black bishop in 20 years.

Currently, just over 3.4 per cent of all stipendiary clergy are black of ethnic minority (BME) and an even smaller proportion, 2.2 per cent of senior staff, are BME

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