Posted by: stpowen | December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

2 Cor. 8:9. ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.’

Every blessing to you, good reader, this Christmas season. It has been another difficult year for the people of God: at home in Britain, where the apostasy seems to grow worse almost daily, and Biblical Christianity is becoming less and less acceptable to ordinary people; and abroad where the persecution seems to get worse and worse.

And yet, maybe this year has marked the turn of the tide, in Britain at least. At our church we have seen more visitors so far at Christmas than we have ever seen; among the evangelical denominations, many new churches are being planned and planted, among the Universities, there are more outreaches, and many are coming to faith. In the Middle east and elsewhere, many Moslems, sickened by the excesses of their co-religionists, are coming to Christ. Maybe we are at the turn of the long ebb tide; great storms are doubtless before us, but, if God wills it, the coming year may see things more amazing than we think possible today.

Two thousand years ago, something happened so tremendous that it beggars the imagination. God came and visited His people.

‘He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all;
And His shelter was a stable
and His cradle was a stall.
With the poor and mean and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.’

What He has set in motion God will most certainly bring to a triumphant conclusion.

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