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PDF Renewal Journals – 20 PDF Renewal Journals


New Christian’s Guide – Blog
New Christian’s Guide
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Bible Story Pictures & Models
Bible Story Pictures & Models – PDF


100 Bible Quotes: Bible Verses to Memorize – Blog
100 Bible Quotes – PDF


The Queen’s Christmas and Easter Messages – Blog
The Queen’s Christmas & Easter Messages – PDF 2020

 


Revival Fires – updated
Revival Fires – PDF
Stories of over 50 powerful revivals
Amazon edition

A Holy Week All

Holy Week

Holy Week – PDF

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A Christian Passover All

Christian Passover Service

A Retelling of the Last Supper

Christian Passover Service – PDF

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Risen _ PDF

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A Holy Week, Passover & Resurrection All1

Holy Week, Christian Passover & Resurrection

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Flashpoints of Revival – Blog

Flashpoints of Revival – PDF

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Revival Fires – Blog

Revival Fires – PDF

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Blog: God’s Surprises

God’s Surprises – PDF

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South Pacific Revivals – Blog

South Pacific Revivals – PDF

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Anointed for Revival – Blog

Anointed for Revival– PDF

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Great Revival Stories – Blog

Great Revival Stories – PDF

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Great Revival Stories – compiled from these two books:

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Best Revival Stories
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Transforming Revivals
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Transforming Revivals – PDF

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Renewal and Revival
Renewal & Revival – PDF
Renewal Journal articles compiled in one volume from these two books:

 

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Renewal Books

Discovering Aslan

 

Discovering Aslan – Blog

Discovering Aslan PDF

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Living in the Spirit study book

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Living in the Spirit – Blog

Living in the Spirit  PDF

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Your Spiritual Gifts – Blog

Your Spiritual Gifts – PDF

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Devotional Books

A Inspiration (Colour) All ModInspiration – Blog

Inspiration – PDF

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A Christian Journal & PlannerChristian Journal and Planner – Blog

Christian Journal and Planner– PDF

Perpetual – a month to an opening

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A Annual Journal & Planner2Annual Journal and Planner – Blog

Annual Journal and Planner– PDF

Perpetual – a week to an opening

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Body Ministry – Blog

Body Ministry – PDF

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A Learning Together in MinistryLearning Together in Ministry – Blog

Learning Together in Ministry – PDF

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Biographical

A Pentecost on Pentecost B

Pentecost on Pentecost

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Journey into Mission – Blog

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Journey into Ministry & Mission – Blog

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Blog: God’s Surprises

God’s Surprises – PDF

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A Looking to Jesus AllLooking to Jesus:

Journey into Renewal and Revival – Blog

Journey into Renewal and Revival – PDF

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Light on the MountainsLight on the Mountains – Blog

Light on the Mountains – PDF

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King of the Granny Flat (colour)

 

King of the Granny Flat – Blog

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GENERAL BLOGS INDEX

BLOGS INDEX 1: REVIVALS (BRIEFER THAN REVIVALS INDEX)

BLOGS INDEX 2: MISSION (INTERNATIONAL STORIES)

BLOGS INDEX 3: MIRACLES (SUPERNATURAL EVENTS)

BLOGS INDEX 4: DEVOTIONAL (INCLUDING TESTIMONIES)

BLOGS INDEX 5: CHURCH (CHRISTIANITY IN ACTION)

BLOGS INDEX 6: CHAPTERS (BLOGS FROM BOOKS)

BLOGS INDEX 7: IMAGES (PHOTOS AND ALBUMS)

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Free PDF version available – The Christmas Message

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Available in Basic Edition in print and Gift Edition in colour.
All versions available as eBooks in colour.

The Christmas Message – to 2018 – download PDF
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The 2018 updated version is available on Kindle and Amazon.

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Great Christmas Gift
All versions updated annually after Christmas Day.
Printed books have a double page for each of the annual Christmas Broadcasts.

Originally available as The Christmas Message: Reflections on the Significance of Christmas from The Queen’s Christmas Broadcasts

Gift Edition in Colour – Amazon link

A Christmas Message Gift

 

Amazon Reviews

1.  ‘The Christmas Message’ is an appealing, highly unusual and very creative anthology.  This book would be the perfect Christmas present. – Alison Sherrington (Author)

2.  I haven’t seen anyone else draw the events of the last 65 years together in this way before. Using the Queen’s speeches not only ties in the unfolding events of our time but reveals a deep spiritual glue that provides a fascinating and intimate insight into the personal life of our Queen. A fascinating read. 5 Stars. – Rev Philip Waugh (Minister)

3.  The core of the book is the excerpts from The Queen’s messages. A new and innovative approach to the Christmas Story and its clear message of peace and goodwill to all. It is a rewarding experience to read it from cover to cover. – Don Hill (Consultant)

4.  The Queen Would Be Proud – 5 stars 
What an amazing collection! This has so many wonderful Christmas messages and is a great addition to any family during the holiday season. – Jenny & Benny (Amazon)

 

Some quotes from The Queen:

God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general … but a Saviour, with the power to forgive. Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. … It is my prayer that … we all might find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord. (2011)

This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only son ‘to serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. (2012)

For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach. (2013)

For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people, of whatever faith or none. (2014)

Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another. (2015)

Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe. (2016)

We remember the birth of Jesus Christ, whose only sanctuary was a stable in Bethlehem. He knew rejection, hardship and persecution. And, yet, it is Jesus Christ’s generous love and example which has inspired me through good times and bad. (2017)

The Christmas story retains its appeal since it doesn’t provide theoretical explanations for the puzzles of life. Instead, it’s about the birth of a child, and the hope that birth 2,000 years ago brought to the world.  Only a few people acknowledged Jesus when he was born; now billions follow him. I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone. It’s needed as much as ever. (2018)

2018 Christmas Broadcast


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GENERAL BLOGS INDEX

BLOGS INDEX 1: REVIVALS (BRIEFER THAN REVIVALS INDEX)

BLOGS INDEX 2: MISSION (INTERNATIONAL STORIES)

BLOGS INDEX 3: MIRACLES (SUPERNATURAL EVENTS)

BLOGS INDEX 4: DEVOTIONAL (INCLUDING TESTIMONIES)

BLOGS INDEX 5: CHURCH (CHRISTIANITY IN ACTION)

BLOGS INDEX 6: CHAPTERS (BLOGS FROM BOOKS)

BLOGS INDEX 7: IMAGES (PHOTOS AND ALBUMS)

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Christmas Story by an Orphan

A Christmas Story By A Russian Orphan.

Best Christmas story I’ve heard in a long time!
You may have tears also.

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In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were in the orphanage.

They related the following story in their own words:

It was nearing the holiday season, 1994, time for our orphans to hear, for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and placed in a manger.

Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word. Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. (No colored paper was available in the city.)

Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel, cut from a worn-out nightgown an American lady was throwing away as she left Russia, were used for the baby’s blanket. A doll-like baby was cut from tan felt we had brought from the United States. The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help.

All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat — he looked to be about 6 years old and had finished his project.

As I looked at the little boy’s manger, I was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously. For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the happenings accurately until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the manger.

Then Misha started to ad-lib. He made up his own ending to the story as he said, “And when Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don’t have any place to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn’t, because I didn’t have a gift to give him like everybody else did.

But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked Jesus, “If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift?”

And Jesus told me, “If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave me.”

“So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I could stay with him — for always.”

As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon nor abuse him, someone who would stay with him – FOR ALWAYS.

I’ve learned that it’s not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:14)

 

See also:

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The Christmas Message: Queen Elizabeth II describes the significance of Christmas
The Christmas Message – to last Christmas – PDF


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The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition, as we now know it, in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if trees were scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable. The Christmas tree had arrived.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 2015 Christmas Broadcast – YouTube

Queen Elizabeth II, 2015 Christmas Broadcast – Script

Selection from The Queen’s Broadcast:

At this time of year, few sights evoke more feelings of cheer and goodwill than the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.

The popularity of a tree at Christmas is due in part to my great-great grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. After this touching picture was published, many families wanted a Christmas tree of their own, and the custom soon spread. …

It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

At the end of that War [WWII], the people of Oslo began sending an annual gift of a Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square. It has five hundred lightbulbs and is enjoyed not just by Christians but by people of all faiths, and of none. At the very top sits a bright star, to represent the Star of Bethlehem.

The custom of topping a tree also goes back to Prince Albert’s time. For his family’s tree, he chose an angel, helping to remind us that the focus of the Christmas story is on one particular family.

For Joseph and Mary, the circumstances of Jesus’s birth – in a stable – were far from ideal, but worse was to come as the family was forced to flee the country. It’s no surprise that such a human story still captures our imagination and continues to inspire all of us who are Christians, the world over.

Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another. Although it is not an easy message to follow, we shouldn’t be discouraged; rather, it inspires us to try harder: to be thankful for the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives, and to look for ways of spreading that love to others, whenever and wherever we can.

One of the joys of living a long life is watching one’s children, then grandchildren, then great-grandchildren, help decorate the Christmas tree. 

The customary decorations have changed little in the years since that picture of Victoria and Albert’s tree first appeared, although of course electric lights have replaced the candles.

There’s an old saying that “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”.

There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today. Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them, and for all that brings light to our lives.

0 The Christmas Message 2 Gift
See: The Christmas Message: Queen Elizabeth II describes the significance of Christmas
The Christmas Message – to last Christmas – PDF

See also Christmas Worship
 

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