From a sermon delivered by Neil Cotton, Sunday 19th Dec. Please read Luke 1:26-35.
Today’s lesson is broken into two halves. The first half we are going to take a tour down memory lane and look at a few probably well known bible verses and then look at today’s reading. The second half we will quickly look at the role the angel Gabriel plays in the bible.
There are a number or places in the bible, especially in the Old Testament, where we see God’s influence in the conception and birth of special people and under sometimes special or unlikely circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »
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I WAS LYING IN MY BED, IT WAS ABOUT 3AM, PUTTING SO MUCH EFFORT INTO THE PLANNING, WHEN AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED IN MY MIND, HE WAS FURIOUS, HE SAID TO ME THAT THEY HAD HAD ENOUGH, AND THAT IF I DID THIS THING, THAT ON JUDGEMENT DAY, IT WOULD TIP THE SCALES AGAINST ME, AND THEY WERE WITHDRAWING FROM ME AND THEN HE LEFT. INSTANTLY, I WAS TERRIFIED, I’VE NEVER FELT SO ALONE OR SCARED OR ABANDONED IN MY LIFE, I JUMPED OUT OF MY BED, ON MY KNEES CRYING, PRAYING TO THE LORD, AND PROMISED, THIS TIME, I TRULY WOULD GIVE MY LIFE TO HIM.
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Have you ever been in utter despair seeing something you put your hope in come crashing down around your ears – where a tree was growing, a smouldering stump is all that remains? Such was my teaching career, the first time round. Fresh out of teachers college, I went to teach juniors in a rural primary school, only to finish after two years vowing never to return to the classroom. In my second year we got a new Principal who made a ‘special project’ of my professional development, calling into question many aspects of my work and character. This was a difficult thing, I was young, impressionable and far away from family support, and I resigned at the end of year two. That principal was fired the following year, but even that gave me little comfort at the time. Read the rest of this entry »
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