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In this special time of Christmas, I just want to mention the ‘resurrection’ of Christ. He not only resurrected but He lives now and forever.

Luke tells us: Jesus was seen and heard by the apostles over the course of forty days; He even ate with them, demonstrating that He wasn’t a ghost (Luke 24:37–39).

Scripture mentions at least ten post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus, many of which are listed in 1 Corinthians. Jesus appeared separately to Paul, Peter, James, the rest of the apostles, and over five hundred brethren at once (1 Corinthians 15:5–9). Most of these people were still alive when Paul wrote these words, implying that his readers could check with these witnesses if they didn’t take his word for it.

Conversion of Skeptical Witnesses—James and Paul

The Lord’s appearances to James and Paul are especially relevant to historians. Critics have often alleged that the original disciples were in such a malaise that they simply had hallucinations. This proposal is wracked with its own problems, and it still fails to account for Christ’s later appearances to James and Paul.

James was the half-brother of Jesus, and he remained a skeptic throughout the Lord’s earthly ministry (John 7:5). At one point, he and his kin claimed that Jesus was “out of His mind” (Mark 3:20–21). While on the Cross, Jesus entrusted the care of His mother to His disciple John rather than one of His half-brothers, indicating that James likely had not yet come to believe. Yet soon after Jesus ascended to heaven, James was counted among the believers (Acts 1:14), and became a leader in the Jerusalem church (Galatians 2:9). What could account for this dramatic change? In all likelihood, he was convicted of his unbelief and believed in Jesus after seeing Him alive following His execution.

Paul is just as formidable a witness to the Resurrection. He was not a blind follower but the early church’s most feared persecutor. Yet after confronting the risen Lord, Paul was transformed into perhaps the most influential Christian in history. He endured tremendous persecution, including imprisonments, floggings, beatings, and even stoning for his faith. The only plausible explanation for Paul’s changed life was his encounter with the risen Savior on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1–9).

Principle of Embarrassment Modern historians recognize another fact that helps to authenticate the biblical accounts of the Resurrection: the “principle of embarrassment.” Why would writers of history invent details that do not seem to help their cause? For example, the first eyewitness of the risen Savior was not an important dignitary like Caiaphas, Pilate, or King Herod; nor was it a leading disciple like Peter or John. Instead, it was a woman. And not just any woman, but Mary Magdalene, a woman from whom Jesus had cast seven demons (Luke 8:2).

Why would the Gospels claim that Mary was the first witness when a woman’s testimony, let alone a former demoniac, was not highly valued in first-century Israel? Either the writers were quite foolish or exceedingly clever, or they wrote precisely what happened.

When we suffer in our life, I speak to Jesus-Christ, my friend and my Lord who died for my sins knowing that said : “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; John 11:25

Have a joyful Christmas!

 

 

 

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Another Saturday

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Cheers! Steven and I are having a drink in the Sun Inn and I thought I’d have half a cider, the least alcoholic and it happens to be a perry! Very nice!

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We took some books to a charity shop ( it’s hard for me to get rid of books however it was a slow decision) and clothes and the Christmas tree. Then we used a voucher to buy two 5 litres interior paint in our local homebase which happens to be closing down. We were contemplating buying a steamer to take wall papers down in our French house but in the end we didn’t.
We haven’t been here together for a long time. When Imogen stayed with us last week we popped in on Tuesday after school!

I was very upset to read about the explosion in a hotel in Ouagadougou. Will you join me in  prayers. Our Father in heaven, we ask you to comfort the victims and their families,surround them with your love and draw them closer to you. We ask you in the name of our Saviour and redeemer Jesus-Christ. Amen
Hope you are having a great Saturday.

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I am not sure I still qualify to keep on the Janathon challenge as I haven’t posted much about my daily exercises for a week. Our youngest daughter came back from London and spent a whole week with us so we were overjoyed! We’ve had a great time together. She’s back to uni now.

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Changing our culture of worship!

by Michele Guinness

Thank you Lord

The end of our hols in Civray

We had a lovely day in Civray. I was looking forward to attend my first house church so Steven dropped me there at 10:30 and he was so sad that he couldn’t make it because as yesterday it was assumption day and we did not realize the shops were closed; we couldn’t get any food and my brother was coming today so he went food shopping.

It was great to be with my joyful brothers and sisters in Christ, worshipping, giving thanks and praying, glorifying God for all his blessings and outpouring of his grace on us, healing our frail bodies and fixing difficult family situations. Before communion, this is what we read with Marc: Hebrews 9:11-15

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a]he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

And also Hebrews 9:22 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Back at the campsite, we went to the house to meet the fourth electrician. While Steven was busy touring the house with the electrician, I also showed the house to my brother. At the end of the visit, Steven whispered that he completely forgot to put the chicken in the oven and I thought ‘oups’. When we went back to the campsite, le camping de Civray, while Steven was sorting the meal I took my brother and his dog, the glamorous Glam to see the various lambs and sheep and the river by the restaurant, we admired the beautiful blue dragonflies.

Have a blessed evening. N

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Friday evening

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Have an excellent evening.

Day off at Lichfield

Here we are again strolling along in the beautiful market-town of Lichfield! The cathedral is looking magnificent as always. Lots of families are out and about and the market stalls are busy as always! Youngsters looking at the geese and ducks landing on the lake.
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We went to have a look at the museum where they had a few old photos; the one that struck me was that of about a dozen of pea-pickers; black and white and very serious since the photographer would have told them no to smile. It reminded me of a photo of my grandmother when she was young!

What are you up to today? Have a blessed Saturday.

My answer!

Let’s celebrate with joy

the birth of Jesus

our King

His kingdom will have no end

our Saviour

I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

our Shepherd

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

our Light

I am the light of the world

Are you ready to celebrate?

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