WHAT CHILD IS THIS? The Popular Christmas song, written by William Chatterton Dix, “What Child is This?” asks the all important Christmas question: “What Child is this Who laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping?” We do well to ponder the question andContinue reading “WHAT CHILD IS THIS?”
Normally Churches are delighted to welcome the stranger but this week we had a visitor we rather wish had never bothered to stop by. On Wednesday 20th December I received a phone call from the Principal of the Christian School attached to our Church, telling me there had been a burglary. Entering the spaceContinue reading “AN UNWELCOME CHRISTMAS VISITOR”
The Shepherds did not reason nor debate with themselves who should keep the wolf from the sheep in the mean time, but did as they were commanded and committed their sheep to him whose pleasure they obeyed.
The key word, vanity, is employed over and over to show that everything man accomplishes and achieves is empty. At his very best man is a failure. Solomon discovered this in his long march through life.
“Cranach was suggesting that the teachings of Dr Luther were more in keeping with Christ and early Christianity that that which was in vogue in Rome. While the Pope claimed Apostolic Succession, Cranach was perceptively illustrating that the truths which Luther rediscovered, were the true Apostolic Gospel. “
“…in assuring us the Holy Ghost brings us to the place where we have an affectionate intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father, learning to cry out for His presence and to rely upon Him utterly.”