A friend sent me this picture and the commentary of it below. It is a beautiful picture and message. Praying you will be blessed by it this Christmas.
This picture. It takes my breath away. I first saw this beautiful drawing from Monastery Candy last year and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since.
If you take a few minutes to really look at this picture, I think you will be just as captivated by it as I am. I think the thing that grabbed my attention the most was the bringing together of two very well-known women of the Bible – Eve and Mary. I mean, seeing them together doesn’t make sense, they aren’t even mentioned in the same BOOK of the Bible. Or are they?
Not by name, at least.
First let’s look at Eve – the despair on her face. It’s the face of the knowledge of sin and shame. The forbidden fruit, still in the clutches of her hand. The serpent, still with his tight grip coiled around her leg – the same evil that holds so many of us captive today. And her hand outstretched….
Sweet Mary, obedient Mary. Could you imagine being a teenager and being told that you would give birth to the Messiah? See the compassion on her face as she gently comforts the ashamed Eve. And that serpent that once held Eve and mankind captive? Just like Genesis 3 prophesied, the baby she is carrying will crush the head of the serpent. All because of the One thing that she and Eve have in common.
The Babe in Mary’s womb.
The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Eve and Mary… two women you wouldn’t think to talk about in the same sentence, yet two women whose stories were woven together from the very beginning. From the fall to glory, let us not forget this Christmas that we are celebrating the beginning of redemption from the fall in the garden so many years ago. The King has come, and salvation is here.
“Oh death, where is your sting? Oh hell, where is your victory?”
(From Blacktop to Dirt Road)
It must have been an amazing scene – the heavens suddenly open and angels in glory singing and praising God! “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:15
We’re having our Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 23rd December at 6pm to celebrate the fact that God sent His only Son into the world as a baby to grow up and become the Saviour of the world!
We’ll be having plenty of traditional carols, as well as a couple of contemporary worship songs, a Christmas drama direct from the nativity scene in Bethlehem, a testimony of salvation and John Lavric will be bringing a short Christmas Gospel message.
Afterwards there will be plenty of mince pies and cakes, teas & coffees.
And before all that, on Saturday 22nd in the centre of Scartho by the shops on Waltham Road at 2pm, we’ll be having open-air carol singing.
We would love it if you could join us in celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus!
We are holding our annual Feast of Tabernacles Celebration on the 29th & 30th September at the Scartho Community Library, and hope you can join with us as we celebrate in faith the future return of the Lord Jesus to reign on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
This year we very much look forward to the ministry of Rev. John Angliss with us as our gust speaker. As well as John’s teaching, we will be celebrating as usual in praise and worship with Israeli/Hebraic dancing, and enjoying fellowship with one another with cakes and refreshments afterwards.
John Angliss: John is the chairman of Christian Ministerial Fellowship International and heads up his own ministry, Ambassador International Ministry (AIM). A pastor for 40 years at an independent fellowship in Reading from 1977 to 2016 (end) ( and which he was used to restore into a functioning New Testament Church) and preaching for 50 years, he now has an itinerant ministry, seeking to teach the whole counsel of God and specialising on Israel and the end times from a prophetic point of view .He was at one time on the board of Prayer for Israel and Derek Prince ministries (UK) and is a recommended speaker for PWMI and has made many trips to Israel and India amongst other places .He is now part of ARK Christian Fellowship at Swallowfield , just south of Reading, and is supported by his wife Mary to whom he has been married for 47 years.
Please note our service on Sunday 22nd July will start at 4.30pm instead of the usual 10.30am. This is due to the road closures associated with the Grimsby 10k run.
This run has always made getting to the service difficult when we were in St John Fisher buidling on Waltham Rd, but now we meet at the library off Louth Rd (one of the roads closed for the run) it’s well nigh impossible to conveniently get there for a morning service.
As the roads will reopen after lunchtime, it makes sense for move the service to the afternoon. We trust this doesn’t inconvenience anyone greatly. We will of course revert to the usual 10.30am start from the following week onwards.
A poem by Julie Sanderson
Eyes – all glossy and bright, with no physical vision but can see in the night
Eyes – awakened with a new spiritual sight
Eyes – illuminating, like beacons, bringing others into the light
Eyes – all glazed over, looking sick or so tired, evidence of loss or grief
or the days energy expired.
Eyes – full of tears that tell a story of pain, like being caught in the mist or lost in the rain
Eyes – that yearn to be understood or forgiven
Eyes – that show mercy just as Jesus has given Read the rest of this entry »