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Christmas Prayer

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My soul magnifies the Lord and rejoices in God my Saviour…

Lord, with the joy that was Mary’s we come to You now, giving thanks for the wonderful gift You have given us in Your Son. We praise You for that love made flesh, come to reconcile us to You our Father in Heaven, and ask that amidst all the joy, fellowship and festivities of these next few days, You would help us to remember the real reason for this joy and accept this truly wonderful gift.

Pause For Thought

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Take one day at a time – for that’s the pace of grace…

Gracious Lord, just as we cannot say the word Christmas without first saying Christ, so we cannot truly understand Your love, peace and joy until we first spell out Your precious name…Amen

 

Short Reflection On Daniel 10, 11 and 12

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The final three chapters of Daniel deal with Daniel’s vision of the times at the end of time but also expand on the previous three visions of Daniel. They speak of the persecution and tribulation that God’s people will face but how they will ultimately triumph – and as Christians we believe this ties in with the coming of Christ.

Daniel is one of the most vivid and difficult books of the Bible to truly understand, however, at the heart of it lies the complete faith and trust that Daniel has in God to look after him and take care of him – and if we could emulate such a faith and trust it would stand us in good stead in our walk with our Lord.

Short Reflection On Daniel 9

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Daniel chapter 9 is thought by many to be one of the most difficult to understand in all of the Old Testament. In this vision Daniel prophecies a time when there would be: The end of transgression, The end of sins, Reconciliation for sinfulness, Everlasting righteousness, A sealing of this vision and prophecy, The Most Holy would be anointed. As Christians we believe this was fulfilled with the coming of Christ. However, when the vision will begin to unfold and precisely what the 70×7 ‘s actually mean has led to much debate over the ages.

However, although this passage is difficult to understand, and there are lots of ‘interpretations’ out there, we should not lose sight of the wonderful promises concerning the Messiah’s work related to sin and righteousness, and that through His death Jesus has truly brought an end to the consequences of sin and the offer of salvation and everlasting righteousness through Him!

Short Reflection On Daniel Chapters 7 & 8

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Daniel’s vision in chapter 7 reminds us of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision in chapter 2, where it speaks of the rise and fall of the 4 great empires of the day – Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman – and the establishing of God’s Kingdom which shall never be destroyed. However, is also expands on that and looks at the struggle of the early Church within the Roman Empire, the trials and tribulations it faced, and yet prevailed.

Then in chapter 8 we focus on the rise and fall of the Medo-Persian and Greek empires but again it is the struggle the early Church faces during the Roman period that this focusses on too.

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God can do wonders with a broken heart if you give Him all the pieces.

Gracious Father, help us to know You so dearly and walk with You so closely that we are so grateful for Your constant presence helping us in our hour of need. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Short Reflection on Daniel 6

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The story of Daniel in the lion’s den is perhaps one of the most well known in the Bible, but what does it teach us? Well, quite simply, his story reinforces what we know of Daniel’s faith and trust in God. Rather than bow down and obey decrees that defiled God, Daniel prayed fervently and sought the will of God at all times – and then sought to live in obedience to that will, no matter what.

Short Reflection On Daniel Chapter 5

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By the time we get to Daniel 5, Belshazzar is now King of Babylon and we get the impression that he knew little of Daniel or of the God whom Daniel worshipped. At a feast held by the King the vessels used are the Gold and Silver ones plundered from the Temple in Jerusalem and began idolising them and the gods who made them. So we have that famous scene of the hand writing on the wall which Daniel interprets for the King – The days of your kingdom are numbered, you have been found wanting and your kingdom will be divided between the Medes and Persians.

Material goods and possessions will come and go. So let’s make sure that we are not guilty of idolising such material and worldly goods in our life today at the expense of honouring God.

Pause For Thought

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Lord, You are merciful and gentle, slow in getting angry, full of constant loving-kindness and of truth.

Loving Father, as we come to Your table this morning we thank You for Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Thank you for His blood, His cleansing, healing, life giving blood. In His precious mighty name we pray. Amen