Prince of Peace – Carols by Candlelight 2011

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Jesus came to fulfil the promise made in Isaiah that the Messiah would be the Prince of Peace.  There is no peace in the world or in our hearts because we are not at peace with God.  Jesus’ mission was to reconcile us to God by his death on the Cross so we have the basis for peace with God, and with ourselves and others.  Although we do not see perfect peace now, his mission was successful.  We can have peace with God now and the promise that one day all who know him will be at peace. To listen to Graham Nicholls preaching at Christ Church on Sunday evening 18th December 2011 use...

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God with us – Family Carol Service 2011

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The birth of Jesus is the fulfilment of the promise of Isaiah 9 that the Messiah will be God with us. God with us in Jesus means that he shows us completely what we need to know about God, he shares our humanity, he demonstrates that he cares for us and that he knows all about our life experiences. To listen to Mark Ventham preaching at Christ Church on Sunday morning 18th December 2011 use the links below. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. (Using...

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Hebrews 12:14 to 29: Warning – do not refuse God

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Keeping going in the Christian life is a personal choice but it’s also a community responsibility. Together we spur one another on, and together we try to root out bitterness or disharmony. We are to strive for peace and holiness all the time, remembering that we came to the heavenly mountain not the earthly fearful one that the Israelites hardly dared approach. Here we worship God with confidence but at the same time with reverence and awe. To listen to Mark Ventham preaching from Hebrews 12:14 to 29 at Christ Church on Sunday morning 11th December 2011 use the links below. Audio clip:...

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John 16:5 to 16 – The Spirit’s work

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What does the Holy Spirit do in the world and in the church? In John 16 Jesus explains that when he departs the Holy Spirit comes bringing conviction to the world about their sin in rejecting Jesus, of the perfect righteousness in Jesus and the reality of judgment. The Holy Spirit will also guide first the disciples, and then through them, the church into all truth about Jesus in the past present and future, always with the spotlight on Jesus, and in that way bringing glory to God the Father. To listen to Graham Nicholls preaching from John 16:5-16 at Christ Church on Sunday morning 11th...

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Jesus vs Santa Claus

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Jesus vs Santa Claus

Father Christmas is not real. He might not even be useful. Jesus is so much more important than Santa Claus and of course he’s real. I wonder if another great fiction, a visitor from Mars came to our homes just before Christmas, what would he think about what we believe, and about what’s most important to us? (Actually a Martian perspective on any day would be interesting!) Someone pointed out to me a blog by Jen Hatmaker about Christmas excess and there’s a great quote about young children and Father Christmas. “…There is no fake benefactor [Father Christmas] this year my...

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Hebrews 12:1 to 13 – Fix your eyes on Jesus

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The Christian life is a race. Not a competition but a journey that needs dedication and endurance, urged on by the witness of those ordinary heroes of faith who went ahead of us. We can only persevere if we get rid of everything that slows us down, fix out attention on Jesus, and learn and grow through the hardship – recognising that God is treating us like a loving Father. To listen to Graham Nicholls preaching from Hebrews 12:1 to 18 at Christ Church on Sunday morning 4th December 2011 use the links below. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this...

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