Church is boring for most because the power of God has vanished from many congregations … there is a lack of desire to pursue Him in the pulpit as well as in the pew. Like Samson, they “know not that the Spirit of the Lord has departed” (cf. Judge 16:20). High attendance is not […]
Since I’ve started teaching in September in Angoulême, I have stopped going to the choir on Tuesday night. Lately I have changed bible study group, instead of Thursday night I go on Wednesday afternoon. I’ve had to organise myself in the morning since I need to get out of the house at 6:30 am and no later. In fact after the February hols, I missed my train. I had to drive all the way to Angoulême and I was so tired in the evening.
I am so grateful to the Lord for all the blessings he pours on us day after day. He is patient and full of compassion. I say this because as I am growing old, I realise how frail we are and that somehow I am still around thanks to Jesus amazing love and grace.
For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. Psalm 103 v 14
After thinking about it for weeks, we decided to visit the girls and spend Christmas in England. It was great to meet up first with Im and Cam in London and then Vez and her hubbie Mike in Bolton. No need to tell you that those 8 days flew!
We drove to Dieppe through rain and it was hard because the road seemed to be covered by a sheet of ice. Four hours later we arrived in Newhaven. Then we arrived in Haringey an hour and a half later! It was busy but not too busy if you see what I mean. We couldn’t find our hotel even though Steven put the post code in the Satnav. The manager of the hotel told us later that it was not the firt time people failed to locate his hotel because of it.
Then Im came to see us, it was lovely to see her. The last time I saw her was when we went to Malta together with Cam!
La suite au prochain numéro! lol
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!
I’m trying to choose a ‘flight +hotel’ holiday in Malta however when it comes to check the hotel, it takes time and of course there is no guarantee of success! At last, the girls and I have agreed on the destination and indeed Malta seems to be a beautiful place with lots to do. Any hotel that you could recommend, let me know!
I also have to check the days and times for my flight from Poitiers to London or Limoges to London. Thinking about it, I should do this first!
Earlier on, Steven and I took a charming stroll to the only park in Civray, it’s by the Charente river and I noticed that the banks are covered by new yellow leaves freshly fallen and lots of beautifully polished conkers! We sat down and watched for any birds. It was lovely to relax and take the time to unwind. Now that I have been teaching at Angouleme for a month, I find the days go too fast. On the other hand, it has helped me a lot to settle in France!
Dear friends, I trust that you are having a blessed Sunday 🙂